Sunday, November 14, 2010

LiveGlutenFreely Review and Giveaway

MyBlogSpark recently contacted me to gauge my interest in participating in a LiveGlutenFreely giveaway. LiveGlutenFreely is a (much lauded) initiative from General Mills/Betty Crocker to extend gluten free product information from their brands, and they sent me one of their product boxes with some stuff to try, all gluten free.

Well, I've written about some of the stuff in the box before: Gluten Free Bisquick, Yellow cake mix (and again here), Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, and Chex. However, I have not yet had the pleasure to talk about Betty Crocker's gluten free brownie mix or frostings, so let's focus on that.

As timing and luck would have it, yesterday was my sister-in-law's birthday. The family went to Outback Steakhouse then came back to our house for dessert. I figured this was the perfect chance to try the gluten free brownie mix with chocolate frosting, and I also decided to make yellow cupcakes (I picked up funfetti icing, yay!) for my chocolate-hating hubby.

I was a little leery about making the brownie mix out-of-the-box since the mixes tend to be a bit gritty with no doctoring at all. So I picked up a package of chocolate fudge instant pudding (Jello brand) and added that and a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mix. This made the mix clumpy and not wet at all, so I added another egg and a bit of water to moisten the mix before baking it. I baked it in a nonstick 9x9 pan, and it took in the ballpark of 30 minutes at 325. I think I cooked it a little too long, because the edges were crunchy (or just the right amount of time, depending on how you look at it).

For the icing, I mixed chocolate icing with a bit of Nutella, and spread it over the top of the brownies with some sprinkles for color.

The consistency of the brownies was denser than I would have liked - a lot more like fudge than an actual brownie. I think that was mostly due to the pudding mix that I added. They tasted incredible though - chocolate on chocolate, decadent and very, very rich.

The real test came, however, when my sister in law brought some of the brownies and cupcakes over to her non-gluten free friend. He tried them, loved them and didn't know the difference (and wasn't told) they were gluten free.

So, here's the fun part. MyBlogSpark and LiveGlutenFreely are offering a LiveGlutenFreely pack, valued on their site at 24.99, to one of my readers. The LiveGlutenFreely pack includes the following:
  • Betty Crocker GF Brownie Mix
  • Betty Crocker GF Yellow Cake Mix
  • Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Chocolate Frosting
  • Honey Nut Chex cereal
  • Bisquick GF Baking Mix
  • Betty Crocker Fruit Snack variety pack
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar
  • Betty Crocker Potato Buds Mashed Potatoes
  • Betty Crocker Red Serving Spoon
  • Coupons and information about the Gluten Free diet.
How to enter:
  • One entry: Leave a comment on this blog answering the question: What food product would you like to see available, gluten free, from a major retailer? Please note: Please include a way to contact you - e-mail preferable, Twitter handle acceptable, if I have to do a lot of research to figure out who you are and how to get a hold of you, I'll pass the prize on to someone more accessible!
  • Bonus entry: Follow me on Facebook - if you already follow me, great! Post on the wall a link to your favorite gluten free recipe from for a 2nd entry.
  • Administrative stuff: The winner will be chosen randomly, comments that don't include a way to get a hold of you will be disqualified. Contest closes at 11/19/2010 11:59:59 PM EDT and winner will be announced over the weekend. Prize will be courtesy of MyBlogSpark and LiveGlutenFreely and sent through them.

Good luck!!!!


Ashley said...

I'd like to see gluten free pretzels.

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Anonymous said...

I'd like to see any or all flavors of Cheerios gluten-free :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I Like Kat's GF Kitchen on Facebook

mnms said...

I would love to see a good spice cake mix that could be used for carrot cake too. There aren't any mixes for gingerbread although that would be a seasonal item. We are loving the bisquick mix and the cake mixes. The chocolate chip cookies from BC's mix are a bit crumbly for my taste.

Love your blog and follow it in google reader. Thanks!

Katie Black said...

I would love to see saltine crackers that are gluten free. I had the flu for a month and had no crackers to eat to help me feel better.

Cheryl said...

I would love to see Gluten Free pasta noodles in all varieties.


Cheryl said...

I am now following you via Facebook.

(Cheryl HeartnSoulmom)