Kinnikinnick English Muffins

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Version:
Original
Price:
$5.60 per 4-count

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Rating:
5
On May 5, 2007
Last modified:April 10, 2016

Summary:

This is one gluten-free bread product that I can actually give an emphatic 5 stars to. Even as someone who eats wheat, I found these soft, pillowy buns to be delicious and insanely addictive. They're really nothing like a traditional English muffin, but have a special taste and texture that make them this company's top selling product. To note, the flavor of these buns is a touch sweet, but they have an overall profile that seems to fit both sweet (jam, honey, etc.) and savory (nut butter, sandwiches, etc) applications very well.

How to describe Kinnikinnick English Muffins? Incredible, fluffy, doughy goodness.  I bet you have never heard those words uttered about a gluten-free bread before.

Kinnikinnick English Muffins - One of the best gluten-free, dairy-free breads available.

Truthfully, I’ve always preferred dense, hearty, whole grain bread. Even as a young child I turned down the Wonder bread, opting for whole wheat instead. Every healthy parent’s dream I imagine. Yet, when I bit into a puffy, snow white Kinnikinnick English Muffin, my nutrient-rich cravings were trumped and a gluten-free baked good officially made it on to my made my addiction list.

Now, before I go on about the many great qualities of Kinnikinnick English muffins, I should note that they are somewhat of a distant cousin to traditional English muffins. Light, soft, and quite tall in nature, these “muffins” are more akin to an indulgent bun than a crusty British tea accompaniment. We did enjoy them open faced, toasted, and slathered with peanut butter, honey, jam, butter alternative, and whatever other tasty spread I could find. However, on the bun side, Kinnikinnick’s English muffins make fantastic sandwiches.

Kinnikinnick English Muffins - One of the best gluten-free, dairy-free breads available. (shown as a tuna sandwich)

Unlike many gluten-free breads, these did not require heavy toasting. In fact, they are so substantial, that the outsides can burn if you toast them for too long, unless you have a super-wide slot toaster or a toaster oven.  The texture needed little crisping to aid it, and was nearly impossible to identify as gluten-free. They even passed the ultimate test: my husband.

Typically, I can get Tony to try a new food without any complaints, but the truth comes out when I ask him the next day if he would like the same thing. 80% of the time, the answer is, “that doesn’t really sound good right now.” Translation: I didn’t like it all that much. The gluten-free products almost always fall into the eighty-percent category. But, Kinnikinnick English muffins had repeated requests three days in a row! There probably would have been a fourth day, but by that time we had polished off both packages.

The taste of the English muffins was mellow, with a hint of sweetness. Yet, they seemed to hold their own with both sweet and savory applications.  They are big and billowy, but squish down substantially when bit into, almost as if they are deflating. This seemed to only add to the whole taste experience.

Kinnikinnick English Muffins - One of the best gluten-free, dairy-free breads available.

There was one lone thing I could find wrong with this wonderful bread.  I wanted more, a whole freezer full in fact … but … they are a bit out of my everyday food budget. For now, we’ll reserve them as a special treat.

Certifications: Kinnikinnick English Muffins are Certified Kosher Parve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Kinnikinnick English Muffins are dairy-free / non-dairy, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Kinnikinnick website at www.kinnikinnick.com.

About Author

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.