Gluten Free Goldfish – Too Good to be True?


gfpuffsAs a parent my relationship with Goldfish crackers is a love and hate relationship.  I hate the fact that they have no nutritional value (and not organic), but I love the fact that they are cheap and my kids will eat them pretty much all the time.  But when changing my family over to a Gluten free diet, my hate for Goldfish became even more intense.  Replacing the little cheese fish shaped crackers with a gluten free version is hard.  There are some products out there, but the taste isn’t that great and they cost an arm and a leg.  Did I mention my kids were picky too?

Then I heard about Goldfish Puffs.  Did I see that right?  Are they really gluten free?  A GLUTEN FREE GOLDFISH PRODUCT!  I had to go buy some.  I might have finally found a replacement for the regular Goldfish crackers.  So I ran to Target to buy a package.  Luckily I was smart and only purchased one to try.  I’m sure glad I didn’t decide to stock up.  The puffs come in 3 different flavors: Mega Cheese, Cheddar Bacon and Buffalo Wing.  I opted to try the Mega Cheese because I already knew my kids wouldn’t be too thrilled with the other 2 flavors.

I arrived home and it was time to test these new puffs out.  My kids were initially excited to see that I brought home Goldfish.  They wanted to try them right away.  We popped open the bag and the first thing that struck me was the smell.  Now, I have to be honest, I don’t care for the smell or regular Goldfish crackers, but these were even worse.  It smelled like some kind of artificial cardboard smell!  Yuck.  Anywho, each of my kids grabbed a puff and popped them in their mouth.  I could tell right away that my son didn’t like it and he spit it out.  My daughter at least finished the bite, but said they had a weird tasting spice she didn’t like.   I offered them seconds and needless to say they said no.  I decided to give one a try and I could see why they didn’t want anymore.  They had a very artificial cheese taste.  It reminded me of the nacho cheese dip I use to get at ballpark concession stands when I was little.  Which wasn’t that bad, but as a weird textured puff it doesn’t work at all.

So, are gluten free Goldfish too good to be true?  YES!  Maybe I will just try and bake my own?



Thomas Brogan

Thomas Brogan, a native of Des Moines, was the original founder of Des Moines Parent and is a father to an 8 & 10-year-old. In his free time, he likes to explore nature, try new local restaurants and enjoy life as best as he can. Check out more of Thomas at www.broganlist.com.

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