Yes, the entire line is gluten-free and dairy-free, and the convenience can’t be beat. We gave raves to the cookie dough, and found the pie crust to be a very good gluten-free option.
You know a diet has hit the mainstream when big guys like General Mills are jumping into the market. Gluten-free has unofficially become a household term – yes, a lot due to “fad” but it is a mixed blessing for those who have Celiac. Yes, many misunderstandings develop, but the increased demand allows more companies to emerge with suitable products, like the new line of Pillsbury Gluten Free Dough.
I’m going out on a limb here, but these are some of the questions that I think many of you will have…
Is it certified gluten free? Yes, to the best of my knowledge. The packages that I had did not have the certification label on them, but I confirmed twice with the company that they are certified by the Celiac Disease Foundation.
Are they dairy free? Definitely! Otherwise they wouldn’t be on this website! All three varieties are sans dairy ingredients. That said, they do not appear to be safe for severe milk allergies. They are kosher OU-D, not because they have dairy ingredients, but because dairy is present in the facility or on the lines. Contact the company about the processes where severe milk allergies are a concern. Equipment is typically washed thorough between food production batches, but you just never know!
What about other allergies and special diets? They all contain soy (soybean oil) and the pizza and cookie dough contain eggs. I would contact the company where nut and other severe allergies are a concern, as I don’t know their policies.
Are they certified organic or non-GMO verified? To be clear, these are not healthy items by any means. The ingredients do not tout any type of virtuous ingredients and beyond kosher and gluten-free, I didn’t see any certifications on these babies. They are simply an indulgence to be enjoyed occasionally, if it suits your diet.
How do they taste and perform? Read on…
This dough makes amazing cookies. I’ve never been one to buy premade dough, since most contain dairy, but wow, this was almost too easy. Everyone loved them – the gluten-free husband, dairy-free me, and our niece, who can eat both gluten and dairy. In fact, I think she was the biggest fan, asking again and again if she could have just one more of these tender, chewy cookies. Need to prepare for a party in a hurry and have a gluten-free guest coming? Surprise them with these and hope that the rest of your guests don’t devour them first!
I didn’t expect this dough to exceed the cookies, but it did make a happy camper out of my pie-loving, gluten-free husband. When made straight from the refrigerator, it comes out slightly greasy and crumbly, but we froze some mini pies with this crust and they baked up beautifully! My husband’s favorite gluten-free pie crust still lies with another mix (and I prefer the other one since it doesn’t contain hydrogenated oil), but for ease, this one wins hands down.
We make our own dough at home often, including a gluten-free one that our whole household loves. I liked the idea of a ready made dough that required only rolling (I’m not a fan of the mixes as it only takes a few seconds more to measure the flours out myself!), but alas, this wasn’t the dough for us. It had a very strong, strange smell that was noticeable even after baking. Even when rolled thinner than required, it puffed up a good bit, and the resultant texture wasn’t our favorite.
But hey, two out of three isn’t bad – and I’ve had repeated requests for those chocolate chip cookies.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Pillsbury Gluten Free Dough vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free. 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 So Delicious website at www.pillsbury.com/products/gluten-free.
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. Follow me on Google+.