Wednesday, September 3, 2008

General Mills' Rice Chex

Growing up we had basically three kinds of cereal in the house: Cheerios, Kix, and Raisin Bran. All the rest - the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity Pebbles, etc. - were all "candy," according to my mom. As I grew older, I expanded my taste in cereals, though I never strayed far from my upbringing. I added Rice Chex, Corn Chex, and Crispix to my list of regulars. All pretty tame selections, and fairly healthy too, as cereals go.

When I went gluten-free, those cereals all became off limits. As corn- and rice-based cereals, you'd think they'd be gluten-free, but most cereal companies use barley malt extract in their recipes, thus adding gluten to a cereal that otherwise would be okay to eat. I heard that General Mills had recently modified their recipe to make their Rice Chex gluten-free. On a whim, last night Kelli and I strolled down the regular cereal aisle of our grocery store - something we only do these days if she has a craving for frosted mini wheats or another treat - to see if the new and improved Rice Chex had hit the shelves.

Sure enough, there it was - Rice Chex, with "gluten-free" labeled prominently on the front of the package. I read the ingredients to double-check, and sure enough, barley malt extract was conspicuously absent from the list. Hooray for General Mills! I immediately threw a box into our shopping cart, and gobbled down a bowl of Rice Chex as part of my breakfast this morning. Keep in mind, the remainder of the Chex line of cereals, including Corn Chex, are NOT gluten-free. They still contain barley malt extract. But you can now enjoy Rice Chex to your heart's content, and the company has even added a list of gluten-free recipes to its website.

- Pete


Sortin'ItAllOut said...

Hi, I stumbled over here on my search for a pie crust recipe. I was so excited when I saw the Gluten Free Rice Chex on my grocery store shelf!

We buy it all the time now, and this week we tried the muddy buddies for the first time (with our gf,sf, df choc chips and gf, sf, df peanut butter and gf, sf, df powdered sugar of course) and we are hooked.

I am so glad that Chex is aware of gluten and it's affect on a large portion of the population!

peterbronski said...

Welcome to NGNP, Sortin'ItAllOut! Glad you found us. Yeah, the GF Rice Chex are great, and a welcome addition to the relatively limited list of cereals that are GF.

Cheers, Pete