I don’t understand what all of this fuss is about.
Sorry, but I just don’t get it.
Well, maybe I do, but…
Here’s the thing. There have been great gluten-free pancake mixes available for a while, now. When I had to go gluten-free about four years ago, the first thing we looked for was a gluten-free pancake mix. We just LOVE our Sunday morning pancakes. And we had a few to choose from.
When my step-mother-in-law went wheat-free on the advice of her doctor, she immediately went out a found a wheat-free (gluten-free) pancake mix. They also LOVE their Sunday morning pancakes.
But, here’s the real reason I am ranting a bit. These small-ish companies are what America is all about. Most of the companies that make gluten-free products are started by people who either have celiac disease or take care of someone who has celiac disease. They created these great recipes/concoctions and pursued the American dream of starting their own business to help support other who have to eat gluten-free.
Then, there are the larger companies that see a way to make money in the market, take over, and push the little-guys out. (It doesn’t help that this is encouraged by Never mind. I’m not getting all political here. Not the place.)
Now, I know that this is the only option for some people. And for them to finally have a gluten-free option near them, Great! I am very happy.
But, most of us have other options. So, why are we all so quick to abandon the products we’ve been using for the name – Bisquick.
Now, I have tried quite a few brands, including Bisquick. None of them were horrible. If fact, they were all quite good. (I got to have the Gluten-Free Bisquick pancakes at the Celiac Disease Foundation Conference. So, I have not actually purchased the products.)
Which brings me to my other point. Gluten-Free Bisquick is very, very expensive. I saw it at my local Safeway, and it was $6.59 for a 16 oz. box. Very tiny compared to any of the other Bisquick boxes. And costs twice as much. So, I decided to do a price comparison. With all of the talk about how expensive gluten-free products are, why are people choosing a more expensive one because of the name?
I checked out my local Whole Paycheck Foods for their gluten-free pancake mix options. I found all different sizes of containers. (No two were the same. Weird.) So, I decided to break it down into price per ounce. Here is what I found.
- Arrowhead Mills – $0.214/oz.
- Bob’s Red Mill – $0.199/oz.
- Gluten-Free Pantry – $0.25/oz.
- Namaste Foods – $0.256/oz.
- Pamela’s Products (24 oz.) – $0.25/oz
- Pamela’s Products (64 oz.) – $0.234/oz.
- Gluten-Free Bisquick – $0.412/oz.
So, if you have other options, you might want to check them out. Even if it’s just for you pocketbook’s sake.
There is one thing that I do think is great about General Mills (owns Bisquick) getting on the gluten-free band-wagon. They are showing that it can be profitable for a major brand to have gluten-free products, and it brings awareness to the Celiac Disease/Gluten-Free community. (OK, that’s two points.) So, for that, I thank you. Maybe people will learn more about it. Realize it’s not just a choice for a lot of us. And, maybe even find out more about it and realize that they might have an issue and get checked out.
So, what do you think? Do you love the new gluten-free bisquick? Do you prefer another brand? Do you make your own? Do you skip pancakes altogether?
Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!™
(She types as she is climbing down from her soapbox.)