I happen to be one of those lucky people who are extremely sensitive to gluten. My belly acts as a visible indicator, poking out almost within minutes of being exposed to even the teensiest amounts of gluten; and well, let’s just say the next few days aren’t exactly paradise for anyone in my household.
One of the offending foods to my belly: Tofutti’s Better than Cream Cheese. :(
Many other folks who have to eat a gf diet also seem to get a “glutened” reaction from it, and some even began asking questions. This is the response that has been given to a few inquiring minds (it is the same information given on Tofutti’s website FAQ’s):
Given the enormous difficulty we have in ensuring that all of our products are completely dairy free 100% of the time, the logistics in also ensuring that they would be gluten free is probably overwhelming. An additional problem is that unlike dairy free, where you can rely on an independent, outside verification service (kosher supervision), there basically is no such service for gluten
So my tummy and I opted to play it safe and avoid Tofutti cream cheese.
Yesterday, though, I witnessed something amazing. I was in a vegan friendly grocery stocking up on a few essentials when I saw a tub of Tofutti, glowing miraculously in the light of the display case. In big red letters on the side of the yellow and white Tofutti tub it read:
what?! Since when?!
I scooped up two tubs of the supposedly “gluten free” stuff, and scurried happily home to share the news with my hubs. Once I got into my kitchen I didn’t hesitate a moment before shoving a big spoonful of it into my mouth. I realized I was taking a risk, but I was really curious to see if anything was different.
That spoonful tasted amazing. It tasted like the humble beginnings of New York style cheesecake, stuffed jalapeños, and cheese strudel muffins. Was it too good to be true? Thoughts of previous reactions started racing through my mind and suddenly I felt a bit apprehensive.
10 minutes passed. Nothing.
20 minutes…. still okay.
I knew then that something was different… but could it be true?
3 hours had gone by and you know what? Not a single notch went up on the ol’ belly indicator. This morning I giddily raced to email Tofutti hoping for their confirmation that better than cream cheese was now celiac friendly. Until I hear back, I’ll have to just assume that their new product is now totally xgfx… which may or may not be a very good idea.
Has anyone noticed any new wording on tubs of the non-hydrogenated Tofutti cream cheese? Anybody else also not get along with it prior to its package “re-design”? After?