It's been a long time since I was first in touch with Paul, the co-owner of Tia's Bakery. We had originally planned to meet up back in May so I could check out some of the Tia's products. Due to a miscommunication (and my exam schedule) we weren't able to connect. Luckily we finally connected this weekend... and it was just in time. I did a 14 mile run this past Saturday and was definitely hungry for some gluten free treats, so Paul's timing couldn't have been better.
I first indulged in the Grandma's Chocolate Cake and was blown away. Wow. This cake is amazing! I was hesitant about Tia's Bakery's products when I found out that most of them were refrigerated. I normally stay away from refrigerated or frozen products, preferring fresh products -- that's why I usually head to local bakeries that carry gluten free products. But wow, this product may have changed my mind. It had the texture of a gluten filled pastry. I may toss that compliment around lightly, but I truly mean it this time: Tia's Bakery's products taste like they had gluten in them. Better yet, they are all gluten and soy free. Some of the products are even vegan!
When Paul dropped off the products, he told me a little bit about the company. His wife, Marilyn, started the company in January 2009. Marilyn had always been a bakery but had been diagnosed with gluten intolerance (not Celiac, but a gluten intolerance nonetheless). When she was diagnosed with the intolerance she gave up on baking and people in her family nearly revolted. What were they going to do without Marilyn's products? She answered their pleas by starting over from scratch using all natural ingredients to create the best gluten free products she could. There is no refined sugar in any of the products.
After Grandma's Chocolate Cake I moved on to the German Chocolate Cake, which had a bit of a cinnamon kick to it. I preferred the Grandma's Cake to the German Cake, but that was just a personal preference. The Peanut Butter Cookies were gooey and thick; they tasted similar to flourless chocolate cake except... flourless peanut butter cookies. They were amazing! The oatmeal raisin cookies were just as good. It's been so long that I've had oatmeal raisin cookies and Tia's were truly a revelation.
I could go on and on about Tia's Bakery's products, but I strongly suggest you run to the nearest Whole Foods and check them out for yourself. I suggest beginning with a package of Peanut Butter Cookies and Grandma's Chocolate Cake. Grandma's Chocolate Cake is spongey, not frozen, and has the perfect texture.
Tia's Bakery is definitely one of my favorite brands now. Oh, and I apologize for the lack of pictures -- I basically devoured each of the treats and wasn't able to resist in time to take pictures.
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