Having visited the States and sampled the sort of products they sell over there pre-gluten free days I knew what to expect but still kept an open mind I the hope that things might have improved. I’m not going to talk about the (lack of ) nutritional content – you know what to expect from these kind of products. I thought these products were made in America as that what it says on the packaging but confirmation from Udi’s tells me they were made in the UK.
I will review each product I received in turn.
Chocolate Chip & Toffee Flavour Muffins
The title is misleading as there are 2 muffins in the pack of 2 different flavours. These are the ingredients – eek!
Chocolate Chip Whole Egg, Sugar, Potato Starch, Chocolate Chips (11%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring), Rapeseed Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Palm Oil, Humectant (Glycerine), Invert Sugar Syrup,Whey Powder (from Milk), Raising Agents (Diphosphates, Sodium Bicarbonate), Emulsifiers (Sodium Stearoyl 2-Lactylate, Mono and Diacetyl Tartaric Esters of Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Lactic Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Flavourings, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Thickener (Xanthan Gum), Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder. Toffee Flavoured Whole Egg, Sugar, Potato Starch, Rapeseed Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Fudge Cubes (3%) (Sugar, Sweetened Condensed Milk, Glucose Syrup, Refined Palm Oil, Butter (from Milk), Humectant (Glycerine), Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Salt), Palm Oil, Humectant (Glycerine), Invert Sugar Syrup, Whey Powder (from Milk), Raising Agents (Diphosphates, Sodium Bicarbonate), Emulsifiers (Sodium Stearoyl 2-Lactylate, Mono and Diacetyl Tartaric Esters of Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Lactic Acid Esters of Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Polyglycerol Esters of Fatty Acids), Flavourings, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Thickener (Xanthan Gum), Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder.
I’m afraid there is only one word to describe them – nasty but then that’s not really surprising looking at that list above. The texture is very greasy and the flavour is just chemicals. Of course home made cakes are the best but failing that go for Honeybuns, they don’t have any nasties in them and are made from good quality ingredients.
Ancient Grain Crisps
I’m not sure whether the name of these is legal under Trades Descriptions but they are not what we would call crisps! I don’t really know how to describe them, they had no crunch which you would expect from a crisp and they weren’t even like corn chips, very strange. There are 2 different flavours. The Aged Cheddar did not taste remotely like cheese and there was no kick to the Jalapeno ones at all. They had a weird sweet flavour and were very bland. If you fancy a savoury snack stick to something like Kettle Chips or Tyrells which have only natural ingredients.
These are the ingredients of the Jalapeno ones:
Maize Flour, Water, Rice Flour, Rapeseed Oil, Maize Starch, Seasoning [Cheddar Cheese (Milk), Whey (Milk), Buttermilk (Milk), Sea Salt, Bell Pepper, Blue Cheese (Milk), Onion Powder, Jalapeno Pepper, Garlic Powder, Lactic Acid, Colours (Annato, Paprika Extract)], Brown Sugar, Pinto Bean Grits (Pinto Beans, Sugar), Flaxseed, Black Sesame Seeds,Rice Bran, Gelling Agent (Potassium Chloride), Millet, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate), Amaranth, Quinoa, Sunflower Lecithin, Onion Powder, Acidity Regulator (Disodium Diphosphate), Antioxidant (Citric Acid), Colours (Beta-Carotene, Annatto), Preservative (Malic Acid), Garlic Powder.
I’ve never tasted ‘Pop Tarts’ so I don’t know how these compare to their gluten containing equivalents. My teenage son tried a Strawberry one and said it was ok. This has always seemed a weird concept for a product but hey ho let’s keep an open mind. There are 2 flavours Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon. Apparently the finished products contain 2.5% Strawberry and the other one 3% Apple Powder and 2% Apples respectively. Hmmmm.
The smell of the Strawberry one made me feel nauseous even before I’d tried it – remember that horrible strawberry liquorice that tasted like plastic? Say no more – it tasted as bad too. The Apple Cinnamon one smelt slightly of cinnamon but that was as far as it went. They are very crumbly as one would expect from anything gluten free! Both flavours are very salty and made me feel slightly sick. I’ll stick to my jam on toast thanks.
Ingredients of the Apple flavour:
Apple Filling (23%) [Sugar, Apple Powder, Apples, Glycerine,White Grape Juice Concentrate, Water, Modified Tapioca Starch, Gelling Agent (Pectin), Antioxidant (Citric Acid), Cinnamon, Preservative (Malic Acid), Natural Flavouring, Anti-Caking Agent (Calcium Phosphates), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrates)], Water, White Rice Flour, Palm Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Maize Starch, Modified Tapioca Starch, Egg, Tapioca Syrup, Sugar, Sugar Beet Fibre, Inulin, Salt, Raising Agents (Disodium Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Phosphates), Thickeners (Xanthan Gum, Carboxymethyl Cellulose), Natural Flavouring. Finished product contains 3% Apple Powder and 2% Apples.
What a weird concept! These are just croutons really but Cinnamon and Sugar flavoured. I’m not really sure what the point of them is.
Slightly fewer ingredients in this one:
Tapioca Starch, Water, Potato Starch, Maize Starch, LiquidEgg White, Rapeseed Oil, Cinnamon Sugar Seasoning (Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cinnamon, Soybean Oil, Spices), Sugar, Thickeners (Guar Gum, Pectin, Sodium Alginate, Hydroxypropyl Methyl Cellulose), Acidity Regulator (Glucono Delta Lactone), Salt, Dried Egg White, Yeast, Raising Agent (Sodium Bicarbonate).
All of their products that I tried left a nasty after taste. Stick to home made if possible and failing that locally made products. According to Udi’s website their mission is to ‘Say goodbye to bland, crumbly and tasteless food.’ So I would agree with that and stay away from Udi’s! Food is life sustaining not a ‘brand’.