I have to admit, I had never heard of Wow! Factor Desserts until they contacted me. That might be because they are mainly a wholesaler to restaurants and retailers, so you never really see their name on the cakes.
But they wanted to let Gluten Free Edmonton know that they have added several gluten free cakes to their product line. Wow! Factor Desserts was nice enough to provide us with a sample of each one of their gluten free cakes. They essentially have us so much we had to call in the cavalry to do the testing right.
First things first, I know my readers and I know you are asking "If Wow! Factor Desserts makes cakes, and gluten free cakes, how do they manage cross contamination?". So I got that covered because that is the first thing I asked. This is quoted direct from Angela Billingsley, Assistant Plant Leader:
"We have Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) in place for each of our four gluten free products in order to prevent cross contamination. This correlates to strict guidelines being followed at each step in preparing our gluten free products. Specifically, the scaling, baking, cooking, and finishing of our gluten free products are done in such a way so as to prevent the introduction of gluten. The end product is then sent to an accredited laboratory for gluten testing. All batches of gluten free product must achieve test results of less than 3 parts per million of gluten in order to be acceptable and sold as gluten free. We are also moving to perform in house gluten testing before the end of this month so as to have two sets of testing results for accuracy purposes."
-- Angela Billingsley, Assistant Plant Leader
- 10” Very Berry Cheesecake
- 10” Turtle Cheesecake
- 10” Chocolate Almond Torte
- 7” Chocolate Mousse Cake
So where can you get this? Two ways:
- Your local restaurant might be serving this as a gluten free option. If not, you should let them know that Wow! Factor Desserts is distributed through the Food Sector Service companies Sysco and GFS or purchase wholesale direct from Wow! Factor Desserts.
- Want to get it for yourself? The general public can purchase the desserts at their Factory Outlet 174 Cree Road in Sherwood Park.