Schär Gluten-Free Products – Will Americans Like Them?

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Gluten-Free Penne Pasta Dish

Gluten-Free Penne Pasta Dish

The short answer is: YES!

What the heck is Schär, you might ask? Well, it is actually a company that has been around since 1922. They started out making baby food, and in 1982, switched to making gluten-free products. They have spent the last, almost 30 years, perfecting their products based on consumer research and testing. And, they are the #1 gluten-free product… in Europe.

Yep! That’s right. In Europe.

I don’t even remember hearing of them before I attended the Celiac Disease Foundation Conference in May. Although, I must say, I do like the umlaut in their name. I have a special affinity for umlauts, you know.

What’s funny is that after I talked with Anne Lee (one of the speakers at the conference, Registered Dietitian, and Director of Nutritional Services for Schär USA), I took a look at my local Raley’s, and there were their products in the gluten-free section. Guess I just hadn’t noticed since I hadn’t seen a bunch of advertising for them.

They have actually been in the states since 2007. At least, that’s when the plant opened in New Jersey to manufacture their products here.

While I have gotten more into making my own healthier, homemade foods, I have to say, I admire Schär gluten-free products. If you read the ingredients list on their foods, you can actually read it without having to go to the dictionary or website on chemical additives. And a lot of the lists only consist of 4 or 5 items. I like that.

If you look on the Schär website, you can look at the ingredient list for any product. They also list allergen information on the side and on each product. Several products are lactose free, and from my observation, almost all, if not all, are preservative free. What an odd concept in the United States. The breads come vacuum sealed for freshness.

All of this is leading up to the disclaimer. I received a box of products from Schär to review. I am not affiliated with the company in any other way. I am not paid to endorse them. I just really liked their food.

It was actually a nice surprise. A couple of days after my birthday, a huge box showed up on our doorstep. I opened it up, and there were quite a few products for us to try. So, this will actually have to be done in a couple of posts. We are still working on eating everything. Here is what we have tried so far:

  • Breadsticks
  • Hazelnut Wafers
  • Hazelnut Bars
  • Chocolate Dipped Cookies
  • Chocolate O’s
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Penne Pasta

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Schär Gluten-Free Breadsticks

These are the real crunchy type Italian breadsticks. Not the fluffy Olive Garden type. We liked them.  I used to be a fan of the fluffy ones, but I think I’ve out-grown them. These feel like an appetizer before dinner. The fluffy ones feel like dinner. And, these taste great. You really wouldn’t know they were gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Hazelnut Wafers | glugleglutenfree.com

Schär Gluten-Free Hazelnut Wafers

These wafers taste exactly like regular gluten-full wafers. I love wafers, so I was really happy with these. Plus, the Europeans seem to favor the hazelnut (Nutella, anyone?) And, I’m from Oregon, so I also have an affinity for hazelnuts. Although, I am used to calling them filberts.

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Schär Gluten-Free Hazelnut Bars

A large version of the hazelnut wafer, covered in chocolate. Oh, yeah! Can’t get much better, as far as I’m concerned. I could go nuts on these. Pun intended.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Cookies | glugleglutenfree.com

Schär Gluten-Free Chocolate Dipped Cookies

These are very light and crispy. These reminded me of, dare I say it… Pepperidge Farm Milanos. I haven’t had those in so long. The Mint Milanos used to be my favorite.

Gluten-Free Chocolate O's | glugleglutenfree.com

Schär Gluten-Free Chocolate O’s

I believe these cookies are their Oreo-type cookies. I’m not the biggest fan of Oreos. Too heavy. And the filling always leaves a coating on the roof of my mouth, like butter. Yuck! These don’t. Chocolate O’s are a bit lighter and the filling is less lard-y. (Not really a word, but it describes it best.)

Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies | glugleglutenfree.com

Schär Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies

These cookies taste like a regular shortbread cookie. Not too much I can say. They are very good. Especially if you are a shortbread cookie fan.

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Schär Gluten-Free Penne Pasta

This penne pasta was great. It held up well. Not mushy at all. Tasted and felt like regular penne pasta. Even my two year-old loved it. He couldn’t get enough of it. We kept having to give him some off our plates because he would go through it so fast.

Well, there you have it. What we have tried so far. We have more things to try, so I will be writing another review in the future.

Take a look at your local store for Schär products. They are very tasty, and they really know what they are doing. I like the fact that they have been making gluten-free products for a while. They aren’t jumping on a band wagon. They are very particular, too. They test their ingredients and their final products. And, they seek out information from their customers. They want to make sure they are making what the customer wants and that their customers are happy.

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

Director of Nutritional Services

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16 Responses to “Schär Gluten-Free Products – Will Americans Like Them?”

  1. Their pasta is good. It was the second one I tried after Tinkyada although I have a new favourite. I used their table crackers for Almond Cracker Bark as well in place of graham crackers for my nanaimo bars. The chocolate wafer cookies are good. The ciabatta rolls are fantastic for beef on a bun or cheesesteaks. The store I go to is always sold out of them. Last time I ordered some since I have to cross the border for a lot of my shopping.

    • Hi Kathleen,

      I like the pasta, but we normally don’t eat pasta too often. I haven’t tried the crackers or rolls, yet. The hamburger buns went bad b/c I didn’t know I was supposed to freeze them. The other bread said I could wait until opened. :(

      That seems so illicit to have to cross the border for groceries. I’m sorry. Usually, I make a lot of what we eat, or we try to eat naturally gluten-free. In fact, after eating these products to review and our son’s birthday yesterday, my husband has complained that we’ve been eating too many carbs, and he’s gained a couple of pounds. Of course, he’ll lose it in about 5 days of cutting back. :)

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  2. I think I’ve tried a few of their products, but it’s been a while. I’ll look for them the next time I’m at a health food store. Thanks for the review. I always find personal reviews like this helpful.

    • Hi Linda,

      I found them at my regular grocery store, but my Raley’s has a lot of stuff. They actually have a gluten-free section. And have for a while.

      I like personal reviews, too. It feels more helpful.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  3. We have been pleased with the 2 items that we have tried: The penne noodles and the chocolate hazelnut bars.

    • Hi Alea,

      It seems everyone has tried the penne and hazelnut bars. Funny. As I told Sophie, I think the hazelnut bars are the devil. They are just too good. Must not over indulge. :)

      Tia :P

  4. I so much love Schär’s pGF products!! I also love the penne pasta . I can but mine with dried herbs in them. Their lasagna sheets are also excellent!

    I also love their chocolate hazelnut bars!

    MMMMMMM,..but we can’t eat to much of them or we will be getting fat!

    • Hi Sophie,

      I know. Their products are good. I’ll have to try the lasagna sheets. I haven’t had my mom’s lasagna since going gluten-free. :(

      The hazelnut bars are the devil. I could eat those for ever. I have to be good. :)

      Tia :P

  5. I loved their vanilla wafers as well! I’ll have to give some of those other products a try. Thanks for the review!

    • Your welcome. Vanilla wafers, huh? I have to look for those. But, I really do like the hazelnut. But, I have been a hazelnut fan since I was a kid.

      Tia :P

  6. Celiacs In The House

    My teens love their ciabatta, sub rolls, and classic white rolls.The baguettes are good, too. I see you made it on the Foodie Blogroll random 5 today.
    Wendy

    • Hi Wendy,

      I haven’t tried the ciabatta, yet. It’s in the cupboard. The classic white rolls went bad. :( Didn’t know I was supposed to freeze them. Oops.

      Random 5, huh? Cool!

      I appreciate the comments, as always, but shouldn’t you be out and about being social right now? If I can’t be there to have fun, everyone else better be having enough fun for me. :)

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

  7. Celiacs In The House

    Trapped in chocolate factory with very little food and lots of wine. Planning a gf group mutiny/escape where there will be protein and fun.
    Wendy

    • It sounds like it should be fun, but I can see how after a while with no food, escape would be nice. :)

      Good luck on the protein and fun!

      xoxo,
      Tia :P

    • Hi Nancy,

      Pizza crusts?! I didn’t know they had pizza crusts. (Is it ethical to be upset about not getting something for free?)

      I have the ciabatta rolls and crackers in my cupboard, still. Since I haven’t had either one since going gluten-free (that tastes good), I am nervous about trying them. I feel like I need a momentous occasion. :)

      I will have to bust them out.

      xoxo,
      Tia :P