Soft, tender, moist, rich, sweet, and just plain *wow* – seriously, my taste buds did a happy dance with these macaroon treats.
Alisa Fleming ~ There are a lot of great dairy-free products out there, and even some stellar dairy-free and gluten-free goods. I recommend many of them in the reviews here on Go Dairy Free, but few make it into “Our Top Product Picks.” That’s why I don’t think you should take my recommendation of Jennie’s Gluten-Free Macaroons lightly – these treats are AMAZING.
It’s near impossible to believe how simplistic these gluten-free macaroons are. The All-Natural Original Coconut contains just unsweetened sulfite-free coconut, organic cane sugar, honey, and egg whites*, but the taste and texture is anything but boring. Soft, tender, moist, rich, sweet, and just plain *wow* – seriously, my taste buds did a happy dance.
And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I tasted the Chocolate-Covered gluten-free macaroons. If ever there was a time to use the phrase “died and gone to heaven” it was immediately after sinking my teeth into these coconut-dense gems enrobed in a generous layer of dairy-free semi-sweet chocolate.
But there’s no need to stop with the plain and chocolate-covered, Jennie’s Gluten-Free Macaroons come in a big selection of flavors. Here’s my quick take on all that we sampled:
Jennie’s Original Coconut Gluten-Free Macaroons – Indulgent, dreamy, soft, tender, so fresh-tasting! The sweet, light honey touch shined through. Amazing texture and true dessert vibe. (available in big singles or minis canisters)
Jennie’s Ginger Gluten-Free Macaroons – Wow, like the original, but even better for us ginger lovers. These had the perfect, perfect, perfect(!) blend of ginger and honey. (sold as big singles)
Jennie’s Carob Gluten-Free Macaroons – Such a wonderfully rich carob flavor and a delicious twist from chocolate. I loved it – a pleasant surprise to the palate for this carob lover. (sold as big singles)
Jennie’s Chocolate Gluten-Free Macaroons – I actually prefer chocolate to carob, but these were a hit with Tony, the chocolate-addict of our household. Pure cocoa-nut love for chocoholics. (available in big singles or minis canisters)
Jennie’s Almond-Flavored Gluten-Free Macaroons – Grown-up version of the original with the warmth of pure almond extract. I’m not a true almond fan, so this one wasn’t my favorite, but I know some of you nuts will adore it. (available in big singles or minis canisters)
Jennie’s Omega3 Gluten-Free Macaroons – These are like Jennie’s version of an energy snack! Enriched with flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and nothing else, these are really quite delicious. I loved the minis for a quick hit of energy and a hybrid health-sweet taste. These come in original coconut (for her) and chocolate (for him) … and almond, which we didn’t sample. (sold as minis in canisters)
Jennie’s Chocolate Drizzle Gluten-Free Macaroons – Simple, good, old-school flavor. The dairy-free chocolate drizzle and base offers a nice indulgent touch, and these do look amazing on a serving platter. (sold full-size in bakery-style packaging – but they are shelf-stable)
Jennie’s Chocolate-Covered Gluten-Free Macaroons –The chocolate drizzle was delicious, pleasant, a nice surprise, but the full chocolate-covered was perfect in every way. The balance of chocolate and sweet coconut escalated these to “better than a candy bar” status. The only thing I didn’t like … I wanted a second! Tony agreed that these are seriously dangerous. (sold full-size in bakery-style packaging – but they are shelf-stable)
Dietary Notes: All of Jennie’s Gluten-Free Macaroons are dairy-free, soy-free, and certified kosher parve. Some selections (such as the canisters at our time of review) are made in a dedicated gluten-free, peanut-free, nut-free, dairy-free facility. Check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you.
For More Product Information: Visit Jennie’s website at www.macaroonking.com.
*If you confuse eggs with dairy, don’t worry, you’re not alone! See my post on Are Eggs Dairy?
Sample of the BIG singles packaging
Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.