The Gluten Free Diva: Wellaby’s Cheese Ups

 

I know all my fellow gluten free friends can relate to having 5 items you totally miss the most and would pick to eat if given a day to freely digest the G word. My husband thinks I’m crazy, but one of my most missed items is Cheez-It® Crackers. I have loved them since eating them at the kitchen table with my grandfather as a little girl. Sure he would top them with limburger cheese but I got over that as an adult. As a preschool teacher let me just say that I am tortured about 5 times a week during snack time!

Living gluten free I have found pasta that appeases me, cereal I can feel healthy eating, and even bread I can choke down. However the illustrious cheese cracker has continued to haunt my cravings. One day while shopping the gluten free section at Christmas Tree Shops, way on the top shelf I found a selection of Wellaby’s Cheese Ups. Ok,”selection” may be an exaggeration, there were really only 5 bags left on the shelf. The name and picture on the shiny bag totally caught my interest. Not knowing whether I would like them or not I had my really tall step father hide the three bags I wasn’t getting in the way back so nobody else could find them. Yeah I admit it. I obviously had really high hopes for these crackers…or chips. What would they be like?? I bought both the Classic Cheese and Parmesan flavors. I have never been a huge fan of parmesan, but priced at $1.99 for a 3.0 oz bag it was still less than the cup of coffee I would buy the next morning.

If you are paying close attention here I don’t think you will be surprised to learn that I opened the bag on the way home for taste testing! Yes folks, I told you I was jonesing bad for a gluten free cheese cracker replacement. Of course I went for the Classic Cheddar first. Shocker, right?? Well let me tell you the shocker was that these crackers made with 43% real cheese & 60% less fat than a potato chip really had that deep cheese flavor of a Cheez-It®! Not possible you say?? Well let me tell you I was very pleasantly surprised! Just to clarify, they are not the same, but they have a wonderfully cheesy flavor without that horrible gluten free residue left behind on your tongue. Made with potato starch they are a puffed out triangular crisp that to me tastes like a cross between a Pringle and a Cheez-It®. They are thin and super crispy. They will shatter if they hit the ground while you are shoveling them into your mouth. Ok, I don’t really shovel. These are more to be savored, especially the few you’ll find in the bag that didn’t puff out and are double thick. And in case you were wondering, I liked the parmesan flavor too, but Classic Cheddar makes my taste buds much happier. There is even a Smoked Cheese flavor for those that like well…smoked cheese!

So, guess who went back to the store on Monday to get the 3 hidden bags?? No silly, not me…my husband! Remember, I couldn’t reach the top shelf, and wasn’t about to ask a clerk for help reaching the 3 bags I just intuitively knew were hiding on the depths of the top shelf. On hubby’s return trip he actually found the crisps were restocked and there were a variety of Wellaby’s Crackers on the shelf too! Stay tuned for a future review to learn about them 😉 If you don’t happened to have a Christmas Tree Shops in your area you can order directly from the online store at www.wellabys.com

For those with multiple allergies the ingredients include potato, milk and egg. The packaging states that Cheese Ups are gluten, wheat, msg, and gmo free, and produced in a peanut free factory. Enjoy!

Wellaby’s Cheese Ups get 5 SPOONS raised high in the air!

 
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Article written by Staff Writer, Michelle Armstrong

Michelle is a mother of two from Webster, New York. After years of living with intense gastrointestinal pain, she went gluten-free and has never looked back. Michelle has learned how to cook for her children, who have a laundry list of allergies. She enjoys helping other “gluties” find tasty and reasonably priced gluten free foods that the whole family will enjoy.

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