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Bags of goodies from Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections
Bags of goodies from Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections

REVIEW: Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections
Elizabeth Barbone
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Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections

It is not everyday you get a present in the mail. Last Tuesday, was one of those lucky days for me. I received a box from Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections.

The week before, Christine Ruggio, owner of Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections, asked if I would consider reviewing her products. While I agreed to sample her sweets, I want to be honest and tell you that I was a little nervous. I've tried too many awful pre-made gluten-free baked goods to be that excited. Plus, I don't lie in reviews, ever. If I don't like something, I'll tell you. So, Christine was taking a risk by sending me her stuff.

My week was hectic and I had almost forgotten about the package when I arrived at the post office to pick up my mail.

"I have an express package for you!" My postwoman said from behind the counter when I walked in. (One of the joys of living in a small town is that the post office has one worker who knows you.)

As soon as I got home, I opened the box. It was wrapped so well! Nestled in beautiful colored tissue paper were three bakery bags. Christine had sent me a bag of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, and oatmeal cookies. Not one of the cookies were broken and the brownies were all intact.

In addition to bags of treats were a note card and product list. This was a lovely package to receive. I kept thinking to myself, "It is just like getting a present!"

But the real test was still to come. Packaging isn't worth anything to me if the items aren't tasty.

I opened the bag of brownies first. A rich, chocolatey, brownie aroma met my nose. There was no mistaking there were brownies in the bag! I pulled one out. It looked moist and had a gorgeous craggy top that are the hallmark of excellent brownies.

I took a bite. Simply put, the taste was remarkable. The brownie was rich and studded with wonderful chocolate chips. (I hate it when companies use cheap chocolate chips. These reminded me of Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Yummy!)When I develop a recipe I want it to taste "just like" its gluten counterpart. Sweet Christine's has achieved that goal with these brownies. I gave one to my husband and to my friend who also declared them outstanding.

Chocolate Chip Cookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Next up, were the chocolate chip cookies. I pulled it out of the bag and worried for a second. They were a little paler than I had expected. And while none of them broke during shipping, as soon as I put the cookie to my mouth it crumbled just a little. The taste, however, was spot on. In my area, Freihofer's chocolate chip cookies reign supreme. These cookies had a similar taste, in the best way. They were soft and comforting--just as a chocolate chip cookie should be.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
With such outstanding brownies and chocolate chip cookies, I had high hopes before tasting the oatmeal raisin cookies. Again, I wasn't disappointed. Like the chocolate chip cookies, the oatmeal raisin cookies were a tad on the pale side. But when I took a bite, I was again rewarded with a great taste and texture. (By the way, Sweet Christine's uses certified gluten-free oats in these cookies in case you were wondering how oatmeal cookies could carry the gluten-free label. )

One last thing, Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections uses organic ingredients, like butter and eggs, in her baking.

So the next time you need to give yourself, or someone else, a present order some treats from Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections. You won't be disappointed.

Summary: Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections located in Kennett Square, PA. A line of gluten-free baked goods is available through their web site Sweet Christine's Gluten-Free Confections. The brownies, chocolate chip cookies and oatmeal cookies were outstanding. Excellent taste and texture. Pretty packaging, too!

Highly recommended. four stars

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