Friday, July 24, 2009

Betty Crocker Gluten Free Dessert Mixes*Review and Giveaway*

When I first got sick back in the beginning of 2004, I had no IDEA that it would change my life so drastically. I guess I just thought it wasn't that bad until I stopped walking about 2 months later. Ever since I have been through everything imaginable from multiple new doctors and painful tests to different treatments and new ailments. Which brings me to my point of that whole depressing little tidbit of my life-One of those new ailments I referred to is food allergies.

About the ending of year 3, we went to a new doctor(later he would be our most trusted primary physician) and the first thing that he said to do was to go on something called the elimination diet, which would tell me what I was intolerant to food wise. I ended up being dairy, wheat and gluten sensitive along with a couple other things that I choose not to eat.

When the folks over at BlogSpark contacted me to review Betty Crocker's new Gluten Free Dessert Mixes, I nearly fell over in my excitement-I mean, you can never find gluten free anything unless it's at a health food store!

My Sweet Moments package arrived a week or so ago and I was shocked at how much I had been given! The package consisted of:
  • 1 Box of Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Brownie Mix
  • 1 Box of Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
  • 1 Box of Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 1 Box of Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • A Betty Crocker shopping list and pen
  • A Betty Crocker Large Tote Bag
  • Two Free Coupons for any Variety Gluten Free Dessert
Now you can fathom my excitement when I opened that lovely box :D Of course we had to try it out right away, so my sister and I set out to make the brownie mix first, which without a doubt was a big hit with the whole fam! That pan was gone before the night was over-Everyone just kept grazing in and out and sneaking a piece here and another piece there(my sister actually had to stash a few pieces for her boyfriend behind one of our jars because he wouldn't have gotten any otherwise).

The next night was chocolate chip cookies!! See picture below to demonstrate my happiness:

(Happy Faced Kayla)

First off, don't mind the dog in the background(we ended up kicking him out shortly after because he is a shedding freak of a dog).

(Of course I had to be Miss Professional Photographer)

Second, so far, we have done two out of the four desserts, but let me tell you, they are so easy to do and require so little effort, your young one could make them(with your assistance with the oven of course)! All you really need is some essentials like eggs and butter and the mix-Well and of course muscle since stirring is a job no matter what your baking! Lol (Of course I had to write something down with my awesome pen on my brand new grocery pad list).




















My sister doesn't like her picture taken, but I captured her a few times! HA.



Some things my family had to say about the desserts we made so far:

"The cookies taste just like regular ones! You can't even tell the difference."

"The brownies were to die for! So moist and very flavorful."

"I'm so glad that someone other then the health food stores are realizing that gluten sensitivity along with all the other sensitivities are a growing problem!"

(Me enjoying my cookie)

I would have to say that all in all, I'm thrilled that Betty Crocker is coming out with these mixes and actually acknowledging the gluten free community. For that, I have to say a huge thank you because people don't know how hard it is to find food that's suitable to eat when your sick(and food sensitivities are classified a sickness).

Not only are these desserts extremely delectable, but they are fast and easy-It will only take about ten to fifteen minutes until your basking in the aroma and flavor of your cookies, cake or brownies =]

Want a coupon for your own tasty box of gluten free goodness? Just call this number for your to request a free coupon for one of the new gluten free mixes and to also receive information about General Mills growing set of gluten free products: 1-800-446-1898


And thanks to the folks over at BlogSpark and Betty Crocker, one of my lucky readers is going to get a Sweet Moment's Prize Package containing all of the above mentioned products(pictured below)!!



Rules:

1. You MUST include a way to reach you whether it be an email or blogger URL.

2. Each comment, mandatory and or extra, has to be separate.

3. Unfortunately for some people, this giveaway is only open to U.S. Citizens

Mandatory Entry:

Tell me your favorite gluten free recipe

-OR-

Tell me why you feel that more people should be aware of food sensitivities.

**Note: Even if you answer both mandatory questions, it's only worth one entry

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6. Go to Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Website Page and tell me something you learned(1 extra)

7. Tell me how you have been affected by food sensitivities(1 extra)

8. Blog about this contest leaving a link back(3 extra)

That's 1 mandatory entry + 10 extra entries which = 11 entries total!
Good Luck!

This contest will run until Wednesday August 5, 2009 11:59 pm central standard time. Only open to United States Citizens. I will contact the winner within 24 hours of drawing their name. You have 72 hours to claim your prize and send me your shipping information. If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will choose another winner.

131 comments:

Judy said...

How totally awesome for you!! Even better that you were pleased with the results. Enjoy the other packages too.

Judy said...

ooops, forgot to tell you how cute you are with that big smile on your face!!

valerie2350 said...

Hooray for happy you! :)

why? soooo many people are impacted by food allergies & sensitivities, think a simple diet change can make a huge difference for many people :)

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Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

My favorite gluten-free recipe is Maui Wowee Bars with Coconut and Chocolate Chips :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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I'm lactose-intolerant and allergic to avocado, eggs, and some nuts. Consuming these foods makes me sick to my stomach at the very least.
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HODGEPODGESPV said...

i have been told that some people be have a problem with gluten and not even know it. for those people the only way to find out is to go gluten free for a couple of weeks. if they feel better, that could be a good indication. the kicker would be going back to their old eatting habits. if problems jump up pretty fast, it looks positive for a gluten problem.

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Twincere said...

My favorite gluten free recipe is the Gluten Free Brownie Mix - No Butter Recipe. I'm incorporating a Gluten free diet for my large family of 7 for several health reasons, the oldest is autistic and I have 2 younger ones with ADHD, and adhering to a Gluten free diet has been medically documented to lessen the more severe effects of these conditions. The no butter recipe also helps us decrease fat & cholesterol intake!

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I went to Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Website Page and learned that two of our Betty Crocker workers found themselves in the gluten free world.Linc was diagnosed with Celiac disease, and Colleen’s family switched to the diet for her son's well-being. Their experiences opened up the company's eyes to the challenges families face following the diet.

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Twincere said...

My MIL is severely allergic to eggs, and seafood. We have to make accomodations for her for when we have meals together.

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amanda said...

My favorite gluten free recipe can be found here:
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I learned that all of betty crockers frostings are soon to be labeled gluten free.
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amanda said...

I don't have many food sensitivities, but I work at a group home with a man who has several. We are always having to make special food for him, and I hate that he can't eat what his roommates are eating!
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fashionfrugality said...

I think people should be more aware of food allergies because they are just as serious, if not more so, than any other allergy! I can't fathom having to read every label to make sure it is gluten free or peanut free - we should be more sensitive to those that do!
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Anonymous said...

I think that food sensitivities are far more common than we know but less well understood.

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Diane said...

Hi, My nephew is autistic and on a gluten-free diet. Thanks for sharing!

Lee said...

I would love to have this because one of my close friends is allergic to gluten.
I think people need to be more sensitive to food allergies because they don't realize how hard it can be on the person.

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bboyle said...

My favorite gluten-free recipe are the banana, peanut butter chip and cherry muffins that my husband makes.

lmurley2000 said...

i dont have any receipts for any thing glutten free i'm new at this, i buy all my stuff at the grocery store. those chocolate chips cookies looked good to me i think i will try them. thanks

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Nancy said...

People should be aware of food sensitivities because they not only affect people's lives - they can also be life-threatening. I have been in several schools where there are signs on classroom doors noting that peanuts or tree nuts are banned due to food sensitivities.

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How food sensitivities affect us:

A friend of our family recently learned he is gluten intolerant. Now I know what food mixes I can use for a tasty dessert when that family visits!

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Alicia said...

People should be aware of other's food sensitivities before cooking for them because otherwise, something nasty could happen.

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ANNE S said...

More people should be aware of other's food sensitivities, especially restaurant owners, because it was result in more safe, varied choices for us with celiac disease. Thanks for the coupon info.

ANNE S said...

At the site, I learned that Betty Crocker® is a proud sponsor of the Celiac Disease Foundation.

taulya said...

Even in autistic childrens foods must be monitored because it affects thier bio chemistry. Learning thier do's and don't s makes a world of diffrence.

Mark said...

Restaurants should be aware of the special need eaters out there because they can bring in quite a few customers by offering gluten-free meals.

carolynishis said...

I have a nephew that is allergic to gluten.He has to take his own lunch to school.He has to be very careful of what he eats.It is a very serious problem.

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I learned that Betty Crocker is adding the labels for Gluten free products.

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I am allergic to some foods.I break out in hives all over my body and it swells my throat together.I have almost died before i got to the er.

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rmc1ra said...

Having worked as a Behavioral Support Consultant with autistic children I know the issues of gluten sensitivity through many parents I have worked with. I would also like to try gluten free products to see if this has an impact on my children and their food sensitivities.
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Tia said...

My family has been trying to introduce some gluten free products into our diet just because. None of us have a sensitivity however, we feel better when we eat gluten free. This is why I think 'people' should be aware of food sensitivities because they may be sensitive and not even be aware of it.
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Tia said...

One of my son's is sensitive to milk products and I think my daughter is headed in the same direction.
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amweeks said...

I would love to try these products...whether or not you have a sensitviity, I feel gluten free is all-around heathier for you. And it is so important to understand about folks' food sensitivities. My husband's college roommate was deathly allergic to peanuts & peanut products, and we've had a few friends who are allergic to shellfish. In both cases, just being around these foods could cause serious reactions!

selinda_mccumbers said...

People should be aware because more and more people are having these allergies!

Thanks!

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People should be a little more aware of what they're eating for the pure fact that they are what they eat! email: xombzomb@aol.com

Linda said...

food sensitivities cause havoc to your entire digestive system

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Kristie said...

Food sensitivites are becoming more and more common, so it is definitely important to be aware of them-you never know if someone who you are close to will end up with them.

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wigget said...

it's important to be aware of food sensitivities because they can affect so many aspects of one's life, especially mental development

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i learned they sponsor both the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Celiac Sprue Association

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my sister's sister-in-law's son is affected by food sensitivities and it greatly affects his behavior

Stephanie said...

many people don't even know they have an allergy to gluten or even that they can. if more products were carried, it would raise awareness and help many unknowing suffering people

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many people don't even know they have an allergy to gluten or even that they can. if more products were carried, it would raise awareness and help many unknowing suffering people

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Stephanie said...

I learned that all the frostings are gluten free and that all the mixes are kosher as well.

Stephanie said...

My husband loves cookies. And I love making him cookies. Thus, we were both devasted when we figured out he had a slight allergy to gluten. We were thankful that his is slight, knowing how bad it can be. But I was still sad when I thought about how much pain he would be in if he gorged on my cookies like he liked to. For the longest time, he just thought that his stomach was messed up no matter what he ate. It would be nice for him to be able to enjoy sweets again!

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shiloh said...

My daughter has gone gluten free, after years of digestive problems. For Mother's Day, I made her a german chocolate cake with rice flour, a recipe I got off the internet. I am so excited that Betty Crocker will have packaged mixes that are gluten free.

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My favorite gluten-free recipe is the Ooey-Gooey Rocky Road Bars from the Betty Crocker website. Here is the link:
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I learned that Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Mixes are part of the Box Tops for Education program, which I belong to and I love.
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The only food sensitivity that I have is a mild case of lactose intolerance. I can't drink milk, drink milkshakes, or consume ice cream without suffering afterwards, but I can have most other dairy products in moderation.
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Melanie said...

I think that nowadays more and more people have food senstivities, and we really should be more sensitive to that.
I think that ever restaurant should have a few items, that anyone can eat.


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people should be more aware, I wasn't and I am allergic to gluten

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jill said...

i am a nursing mother who found out when my baby was 3 months old that he had food allergies. i had to go on the total elimination diet if i wanted to continue nursing him - which i did!

if more people were aware of the prevalence food allergies perhaps the larger food companies would offer more allergen free foods.

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People are realizing more and more that they have food sensitivities and so I think everyone should know how to eliminate problem ingredients. Increasing awareness is good for all of us.
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Spanish Dinner

* 1 lb ground beef
* 1/4 cup diced onion
* 1 tbsp olive oil
* 2 cups corn
* 28-oz can diced tomatoes
* 1/4 cup sliced stuffed green olives
* 1 cup instant rice
* 3/4 tsp dried thyme
* 1/2 tsp oregano
* 1/2 tsp basil
* 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1. In large saucepan, cook onion in oil, over medium high heat, for 5 minutes.
2. Add ground beef and cook, stirring often, until meat is browned.
3. Add corn, tomatoes, olives, rice and seasonings.
4. Cover tightly. Simmer, stirring often for 10 minutes.

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Holly said...

I think more people should be aware of food sensitivities, because there are so many people with them in today's world. Wheat triggers migraines for me and my son just learned he's gluten intolerant.

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I went to Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Website Page, read how their co-workers found themselves dealing with Celiac disease and think it's really awesome they've started making gluten free products! I also looked at the 'images'-WOW, they look tasty!

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