Bakeries, Products

Gluten-Free Giveaway: Molasses Bakery

209 Comments 18 July 2008


Let’s start the weekend early with a fun giveaway!

Three people will receive a sample box from the gluten-free Molasses Bakery that will contain: one cherry walnut brownie, one chocolate chunk brownie, two peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, two peanut butter nut cookies, one quinoa oat chocolate chip cookie, and one white chocolate walnut bar.

Can you believe it? That will be quite a fun little package to get in the mail!

Kim and I loved the Molasses Bakery packaging and most importantly thought that these products were dee-licious!  In fact, I want to quote Kim. She initially was like, "Yeah, I’m kind of tired of ordering things online…", after commenting on the cute packaging. She took a cookie and then called me from her desk, " Uh, I would totally order these online!", and then went on about how no one would even suspect that they were different.

Sarah, the baker behind Molasses Bakery, told me,"The things I want people to know about our products are first that our ingredients are the absolute premium best ingredients we can find.  I know eating gluten-free often means missing out on eating amazing desserts, since both my husband and his sister have celiac disease, and I wanted people with dairy and gluten allergies and intolerances to be able to experience truly great desserts.  We’ve struck a good balance between flavor and sweetness, with many people telling me that they don’t usually eat sweets, but that they really love our products.  We also have found that gluten-free and organic can be a difficult combination to find and we’re excited to put it out for others who are interested in eating fair trade, organic products."

So there you have it, what more could you want? They come in cute packages, gluten-free, casein-free (except the white chocolate bar) and are sincerely made with wholesome ingredients.

Here’s the deal: Post a comment below, before Monday the 21st of July, and tell me what baked treat you miss the most from your pre-celiac diagnosis days. There is no right or wrong answer. I’ll pick the random three winners from your comments. I’ll publish the winners on Monday in order for them to claim their prizes.

Oh, and Molasses Bakery items are available at these retail locations:

Tait Farm in State College
Cool Beans in Bellefone
Everything Natural Under the Sun in Altoona
Everything Natural in Clark’s Summit
Martindales in Springfield

Greenling in Austin

New Frontiers in Flagstaff

Have a great weekend and I’ll have some news on Monday about the partay!


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209 Comments so far

  1. 1
    Nancy says:

    I miss being able to eat with abandon in France: a wonderful baguette, pain au chocolat, the fantastic yet simple lunch of baguette with butter, ham and cheese.

    In general I miss brownies – my primary comfort food when I’ve had a bad day. And of course, pizza!!

    Wow, it was hard typing this out because I’ve had to convince myself I didn’t miss any of these, so I wouldn’t go crazy or cheat!! Thank goodness for more awareness and availability of gluten-free foods!!!

      Sisina Elizabeth says:

      I miss sticky buns. birthday cake, and croissants (French patisserie) as well as carrot cake too. My mother’s date bars and dolly bars (alot like chocolate-filled brownies)are divine. There’s nothing like fresh bread and pecan pies (or chess tarts). It seems like every family and region has its favorite breads and pastries! Black Forest cake and linzer torte are outstanding.

  2. 2
    Debbie says:

    I miss italian pasteries especially cannolis, napolians, and eclairs. Also, brownie mix and cookie dough.

  3. 3
    Noreen says:

    I miss gobs (whoppie pies) and my sticky buns. But I miss good Italian and French bread the most. If I’m ever told that I have a terminal illness. Real gluten filled bread is what I’ll go for first.

  4. 4
    Noreen says:

    I miss gobs (whoppie pies) and my sticky buns. But I miss good Italian and French bread the most. If I’m ever told that I have a terminal illness. Real gluten filled bread is what I’ll go for first.

  5. 5
    Barbara says:

    Hands down, there is only one baked product that I pine for, long for, dream about, hunger for, drool over,… OK, OK, you get the picture. German pretzels, the big doughy, salty, chewy ones whose aroma wafts down the city streets tormenting me, those that you can get only in Germany, fresh from the oven. I’m here on vacation now and it’s been horrible, I’m telling you. Horrible.

  6. 6
    Nicole (ikkinlala) says:

    My grandma’s apple pie.

    (I’m not sure if this is open to Canadians, but I’d love to enter if it is.)

  7. 7
    stephanie says:

    even though it’s kinda gross I miss things like twinkies. I never even ate them that often but it’s one of those things I suddenly crave when I pass them at the store!

  8. 8
    Katie says:

    I miss being able to get non-frozen pizza. Every time I visit home on the East Coast I get to stuff myself with all of the GF places in NYC, but Southern California just hasn’t caught on to the market yet. I think the closest place to go is in Arizona!

  9. 9
    Jessica says:

    I miss cake đŸ™‚ All sorts of desserts really. Oh, and a good slice of NY style pizza!

  10. 10
    Sharleen says:

    I have to say I miss the bread that is hard on the outside and soft inside. Mostly baugettes, Yum! I have 3 celiac kids on the diet and they miss birthday kcakes that don’t look like I decorated them! I have been know to throw on toy tractors and make it look like farm land!

  11. 11
    Michele says:

    There are so many things that I miss just like the rest of you. However there are a couple of things that I crave a pretty consistant basis:
    Breakfast Rolls from my neighborhood bakery
    Cinnamon Twists
    Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake
    Fetticine Alfredo with Sun Dried Tomatoes
    Being able to eat out without always thinking is this going to make me ill!
    Well Im sure that we could all go on forever but those are my top 5!

  12. 12
    Kathy says:

    I miss a good apple pie “a la mode”! The ice cream partially melted around the pie from the heated apples, YUM!!!! Heated pastries are the absolute best…

  13. 13
    Elizabeth says:

    as i am diabetic as well as celiac, i miss my low blood sugar routine of graham crackers and peanut butter.pre-diabetes and celiac, CINNAMON ROLLS ON CHRISTMAS MORNING ! going to a restaurant and not having to worry…about anything.

    since all of us here have something in common..i think we all know that celiac is more then just the food. its the tradition of a hamburger on a bun at a barbeque in the middle of the summer. a warm doughnut and cup of coffee on a chilly winter afternoon. making cake or cookies with friends and actually being able to eat them. in a world of allergies and illnesses that will stick with us forever, we all need to stick together! im fortunate that i live in the new york city area but we still need to make people more aware of what really is going on here!

  14. 14
    flo says:

    Reading all of these posts is making my mouth water! For me it is carrot cake. Thick, rich carrot cake with heavenly cream cheese frosting.

  15. 15
    Christine says:

    I truly miss baking for others, as this was my favorite pasttime. There wasn’t a holiday or event that went by without my gift of baking. Christmas baking began in earnest in the beginning of November, with the baked goods stored in my deep freezer until they were ready to be beautifully packaged for delivery. This baking was truly my passion. I know that I developed this passion from observing my mother when I was a child. Everything that she made came from her heart, and mine was the same. I began baking in earnest when I was eleven years old, and I can still vividly remember rolling out the dough for my sugar cookies one snowy winter morning only to find that my older brother “stole” some of my dough over my shoulder.My dream has always been to open my own bakery. Congrats to all at Molasses Bakery – my dream may still come true.

  16. 16
    lisa ann says:

    wow…the comments from everyone makes me keep adding things to my list of most missed foods….but here are the ones at the top of my list-in no particular order..
    cinnamon buns, my aunt’s homemade german chocolate cake that she used to make for me on my birthday,chocolate chip cookies and pancakes, blondies,philly cheesesteaks, pizza,corn dogs,fried shrimp, softshell crab sandwiches,lobster bisque,eggrolls,onion rolls,pretzels,KFC,and nacho cheese doritos.

    Okay, so I have a huge list because there are so many more things that come into my mind- But the biggest is what so many others have expressed- For me, what I miss most is the feeling of freedom to live and eat without thought- to walk into a restaurant and pick from a full menu, to attend a party without bringing my own food or calling the hostess in advance, without having to limit my friends and family to certain restaurants when we go out to eat, to walk on the boardwalk and be able to buy an ice cream in a cone…. simple things that were never an issue until I was diagnosed with celiac..

    Thanks to all for making me feel like I am not the only one who struggles with the GF diet.

  17. 17
    Jenny says:

    Cherry pie, pop tarts (I know there’s more nutrition in the wrapper than the tart) and really fresh italian bread.

  18. 18
    Becca says:

    Celiac has made me lactose intolerant. So, though it’s not baked, what I am missing most right now is being able to enjoy ice cream in a waffle cone. Okay, to make it baked, lets make it my mom’s apple pie with a scoop of vanilla on top. Sigh.

  19. 19
    Greta C says:

    I miss real pie crust, french bread, and bearclaw pastery.

  20. 20
    lisa ann says:

    whoops- I got carried away in my prior post and didn’t realize I should have only listed baked goods I miss the most- it would have to be german chocolate cake.

  21. 21
    Samantha says:

    I miss elephant ears! I don’t know if this is what you’d ask for at the bakery but I know them by no other name. Flakey,crisp, and sweet!

  22. 22
    Heidi says:

    I really miss baklava. I’m not sure that type of phyllo type flakey pastry is even possible to recreate with non gluten flours. I also miss really good pizza. I’ve found some pretty decent local gluten free ones but I can’t have dairy anymore either and it’s just not the same without some melty mozzarella!

  23. 23
    mona says:

    I miss COOKIES!

  24. 24
    rachel says:

    most missed sweets?

    hot dogs & hamburgers (not worth it without the bun!)
    birthday cake!

  25. 25
    GRIT says:


  26. 26
    Sasha says:


  27. 27
    Christy says:

    I miss light and crusty bread. And gooey brownies! And hamburgers (it’s not a hamburger without the bun)! And Southern-style biscuits! And graham crackers! And hot fresh rolls!

  28. 28
    Mandy says:

    I DEFINITELY miss Annie’s macaroni and cheese from the box. It’s my favorite comfort food. And deep dish pizza.

  29. 29
    Alissa says:

    I miss going to In ‘n Out Burger. Everytime I am in California, the sight of one just makes my mouth water.

  30. 30
    Lesley says:

    I miss cannolis!

  31. 31
    Rene says:

    I miss light, fluffy hamburger buns and birthday cakes…and croissants and bröchen and European-style light fluffy pastries and torts.

  32. 32
    Beth says:

    A great scone and my grandmother’s strawberry shortcake (and NYC bagels of course!)

  33. 33
    Dan says:

    I miss a really good pie. I used to bake them often and while I still make GF pies sometimes, they aren’t the same as a flakey-crust apple pie. A la mode of course!

  34. 34
    Shannan says:

    I miss really good chewy pizza crust.
    I miss really good whole grain bread (that didn’t have to be toasted!!)
    I miss going out to eat with my family and choosing what I want to eat, not what I “can” eat.
    What I miss most is my father’s food. He is a really good cook, who puts a lot of love into his meals. Although he prepares special meals for me when we come to visit, and I greatly appreciate how he adapts his meals for me, I really just long to taste the foods I grew up with. True comfort food from my Daddy’s kithen. (Yes, at 36yrs. I still call him Daddy!)

  35. 35
    Lorraine says:

    I would love to have a piece of good pizza dough, as well as, a croissant and anything with phylo pastry. Other things I have managed to duplicate but not the above 3. Just to have a bite.

  36. 36
    Carrie says:

    There are so many things I miss even after 7 years since my diagnosis. Here are a few of the ones I can think of at this moment:
    Chicago Pizza Pie; Croissants (filled, plain, it doesn’t matter); Manicotti, Cannaloni, canoli, ravioli, anything with phylo dough, pita bread from my favorite Middle Eastern cafe, custard pie, strawberry rhubarb pie, any pizza that I can just call and have delivered, real chinese food, good crusty bread or rolls…ok I have to stop before I get depressed.

    I definately have found many good things that I like so I just need to keep focusing on all the good stuff!

  37. 37
    Lauren says:

    A cold wheat beer (like a heffewiezen) in a frosty glass on a hot summer day.

    A pint of Guinness from the tap.

    I’ve tried to get into wine instead, but I was always a beer girl! I really appreciate the GF beers, and they do the trick sometimes, but it’s still not the same.

  38. 38
    Lori says:

    The things I miss most are my Grandmothers parkerhouse rolls, we had them every Sunday dinner. And her carrot cake, which I have tried making gluten and sugar free, but its just not the same. The other tradition is my moms special Christmas bread called poticia.

  39. 39
    chelle webb says:

    Payton, my 10 year old says she misses cake and granola bars the most. They usually put some sort of gluten or casein in them and she can’t eat them.

  40. 40
    mary janssen says:

    I haven’t eaten a good gluten free baked cookie in 18 months. Cookies used to be my weakness. I baked homemade cookies every two weeks. Sure wish I could have one now.

  41. 41
    Kelli MV says:

    I miss really good italian bread, croisants, cinnamon rolls, and traditional snickerdoodles like my grandmother used to make. I really miss homemade bread my grandmother made me as a child as well. I am diabetic as well and it has been really hard to figure out how to be gluten free and less sugar as well. I also miss being able to go to the bakery and buying a cupcake lol. No gluten free bakeries anywhere near me in Texas!

  42. 42
    Candace M. Rickson says:

    I really miss bread of all kinds,especially from Zingerman’s Bakehouse, anything made with phyllo dough and fluffy donuts. I miss fruitcake, steamed puddings and my mother’s Christmas Krusties. Basically, if there’s gluten in it, I miss it.

  43. 43
    Robin says:

    I am new at this because my son was just diagnosed. We are all going on the gluten free diet together and are quite freaked out by everything to this point.
    I am going to miss randomly popping in for a quick hamburger or pizza. My son is going to miss soft white bread with peanut butter and jelly.

  44. 44
    Sue says:

    I miss Philly rolls, crispy on the outside, doughy on the inside, cradling the famous cheesesteak or an Italian hoagie.

    Tied for first, I also miss a gooey cinnamon bun with cream cheese icing. My mouth waters just thinking about it. I love cinnamon like some women love chocolate–passionately!

  45. 45
    mary janssen says:

    I like the carrot cake, spicy and delicious

  46. 46
    Kristin says:

    I have been gluten free for several years now and so I have learned to not miss some foods. I also seem not able to tolerate oatmeal. The lactose effect has caused me to not be able to eat milk products. Hey, I am making it! But I miss having a good oatmeal cookie, overdosing on a Krispy Kreme chocolate covered vanilla filled donut, a lovely slice of pecan pie at Thanksgiving, and good ole’ Southern biscuits. I would be so happy if someone could come up with a good substitute for Southern white wheat biscuits hot from the oven dripping with butter. Yum yum….

  47. 47
    Karen says:

    Toast! Non-gluten breads don’t get that glorious golden not-quite-burnt butter catching perfection.

  48. 48
    Jenny's mommy says:

    Jenny misses cake. Mmmmm so delicious and tasty. She loves strawberry, lemon, chocolate, yellow and white. Now she just settles for whatever gluten-free is on the shelf when we go shopping.
    Jenny is also a big fan of cinnamon rolls. doesn’t like cinnamon an anything but her rolls. Now I nuy the premade ones, they are ok but not like before.

  49. 49
    Holly Ellerton says:

    I miss my sour cream coffee cake, and bakewell tarts from England.

  50. 50
    Bev says:

    I miss my mother’s gigantic, cinnamon rich, doughy, gooey homemade cinnamon rolls with buttery vanilla icing and crushed pecans. Not only can I no longer eat her delights as she died of stomach cancer in 1979, but I was unable to perfect making them myself, even with her guidance. So….these amazing bakery creations of hers will forever remain a strong memory of her love and culinary artistic abilities. When I think gluten deprivation, I immediately see those wonderful buns in my mind, smell the cinnamon and taste the yeast! Honestly, everything else gluten I don’t miss that much. I’ve been gluten-free for over 5 years now and it really does get easier as time passes.

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