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