For some strange reason, I’ve had a mad craving for frozen waffles. So when I spotted Van’s Frozen Waffles on sale for $2 and I had a $1 off coupon, it was kismet.
Most Van’s Frozen Waffles are dairy-free, but a few do contain milk (Belgian and all Minis). This is likely why they all have a Kosher Dairy certification (see my special diet notes below). Fortunately, the Organic, Power Grains, and 8 Whole Grains varieties are all made without milk. So are the Gluten Free ones, but we’ll trial those another day in an all new review.
This time I was in a very hearty mood, so I picked out the 8 Whole Grains Multigrain. I really loved the ingredients, which eclipsed most other brands. They are truly whole grain, with no white stuff in site, and the ingredients are quite legible and familiar. They’re also surprisingly light, with just 150 calories total in 2 full-size waffles! Yet, this serving packs in 7 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and just 2 grams of sugars.
Though Van’s Frozen Waffles may come in a few fluffy varieties, these are not one of them. The outside becomes a bit crunchy rather than light and crispy when toasted. They’re earthy with a soft, “wheaty” interior. The flavor falls just a little flat on its own, but nut butter or maple syrup brings it to life. I noted some reviews stating that these taste more like whole grain toast than traditional waffles. I wouldn’t go that far, but admittedly, I do like eating frozen waffles out of hand topped with some sweetened nut butter.
Other Product Notes: Van’s Frozen Waffles
The Organic Van’s Frozen Waffles, which I didn’t trial, are made with whole grains (mostly organic wheat flours), but they are “fluffier” by ingredients than the 8 Whole Grains varieties. They contain a little less fiber and protein per serving, but may also offer lighter taste appeal. The Power Grains are very high in protein (10 grams per serving) but have more of a white flour ingredient profile. The picture below is of the Organic waffles, from Van’s website (the one above is mine).
Facts on Van’s Frozen Waffles
Price: $2.99 per 6-pack
Certifications: Van’s Frozen Waffles (wheat-based / dairy-free varieties) are Non-GMO Verified and Certified Kosher Dairy (they are dairy-free by ingredients, but dairy may be present on the lines or in the facility – see our Understanding Kosher guide). Select varieties are Certified Organic
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Van’s Frozen Waffles (wheat-based / dairy-free varieties) are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and vegetarian. The Organic varieties are vegan / plant-based (the others contain honey). 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 Van’s International Foods website at www.vansfoods.com.
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Thus far, I’ve sampled the 8 Whole Grains, which is much heartier than your average frozen waffle. It has a soft, wheat interior with a somewhat crunchy exterior – not the delicate “crisp” Belgian waffle fans adore. That said, I crave fulfilling breakfasts, not fluffy ones, so this truly hit the spot. I also liked that they are dense with nutrition, but not high calorie.