Last Call for Gluten Free Passover a Hawkestone Sobey's

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Every year I write about what gluten free products are available during the Jewish holiday of Passover. During the Passover, the Jewish people not only eat Kosher foods, but they eat Kosher for Passover foods that have additional rules to the preparation of the food.  E.g.  Only unleavin breads are eaten, mainly in the form of what is called matzah.  Which is really just flour and water, made with with no time to let the yeast rise.

For those of you that live in Edmonton's West end and eat Kosher, you all know two of the most common places to shop at Andy's IGA and Sobey's Hawkestone which carry the largest assortment of Kosher foods in the city.  During the holiday of Passover, these locations also carry Kosher for Passover foods.

Due to the acquisition of Safeway by Sobey's, this year will be Sobey's Hawkestone's last year carrying Kosher for Passover products. The Hawkestone location is one of the locations that was forced to be sold to a competing grocer in order for fair competition (quite understandable).  Co-op foods will be taking its place in May 2014, and I have no idea if Co-op will be taking over the Kosher section, so as far as I know this is the last call for kosher at Hawkestone.

As we are a Jewish family we will definitely be picking up some of these for our house during Passover.  I'll be the first admit, we don't keep a kosher diet, nor do we keep a strict kosher for Passover diet.  Also ten years ago Kosher for Passover foods had really bad connotations of being REALLY bad, heavy and constipating at times.  The main culprit is matzah,  But really matzah one of those foods you love to hate, because you remember times when you made your first matzah pizza and being so proud of yourself.     You also don't want to miss out on traditional offering like matzah ball soup (which a friend brought us a gluten free mix from the states) and matzah with eggs and onions or pound cakes.

I think the gluten free diet has really helped the kosher brands to be more innovative with their products as gluten free foods can't use the grains not allowed in a kosher for Passover diet, so they just need the proper preparation ad certifications to be kosher for Passover.

So here is what is in store at Sobey's Hawkestone for a gluten free Passover 2014:
Gluten free matzah by Manischewitz

Gluten free vanilla cake mix with chocolate frosting by Streit's
Gluten Free yellow cake mix with fudge frosting by Manischewitz
Gluten free frosted flakes and fruit loops by Lieber's

Gluten free pound cake (marble, vanilla, and chocolate chip) by Osem
Gluten free chocolate cookies by Lieber's

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Wise Bites Gluten Free Ginger Bread Cookies

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Our friend RL brought some ginger bread cookies over to our house to try.  They are called Wise Bites Ginger Babies cookies.  They are gluten free, nut free, kosher, dairy free and soy free.  They are made out of a bakery in Richmond, British Columbia. Yay Canada!

They seem to have a big line of gluten free cookies you can get and are allergy conscious.  Check out their line of gluten free products.


So here are out thoughts on these cookies.  I'll be honest, Amanda didn't like them, but I did.  The cookies have a quinoa and date base.  Amanda tends to not like products that have dates in them.  The Lara Bar is the only one date based product that she likes.  But she gets the peanut butter, chocolate chip ones to mask the taste of the dates.

I on the other hand, grew up with a Moroccan family that ate dates on a weekly basis, so to me this cookie brings familiar flavours that I refreshingly enjoy.  So if you are like Amanda and don't really like dates, you may not want to try this.  But if you have kids that just want a ginger bread cookie, you may want to!

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Gluten Free Teff Tortilla's by LaTortilla Factory

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I posted these teff tortilla's on Facebook a long time ago that were found at Sobey's, but I wanted to make sure this was permanently listed on the blog.  Teff is a grass harvested in Ethiopia that can be made into a flour.

What I loved about these gluten free teff tortillas made by La Tortilla Factory is that they were really bendy.  When I posted this on Facebook, someone mentioned you could steam them for really bend.  But we opted to make quessadilla's and put them on a pan with oil.  Make sure you give them a good char to bring out the crispness.




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Gluten Free, Vegan, Nut Free Chickpea Snacks

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We were recently sent samples of The Good Bean, a chickpea snack that is gluten free, nut free, dairy free, vegan, and kosher.

These snacks are going to be available exclusively at Costco in Edmonton.  So far we sampled the chocolate, sea salt and mesquit BBQ.  The chocolate flavour certainly peaked our interest the most.  It kind of tasted like Cocoa Pebble with chickpeas.  Was quite the adventure for the taste buds.  I liked the sea salt snack too because it satisfied that salty snack craving.

The Good Bean said that only the sea salt flavour will be at Costco right now.  So if you want to try the other flavours, let Costco and The Good Bean know!


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