Sobey’s Introduces a *New* Gluten Free Product Line

Recently, Sobeys introduced a line of store brand gluten free products under their Compliments brand: things such as brownies, cake mixes, quinoa muffins, cookie mixes and a flour mix that are certified by the Canadian Celiac Association’s certification program.

We had the opportunity to try out the Pancake and Waffle mix as well as the Chocolate cake mix.

Compliments Gluten-Free Pancake MixFirst we tried the pancake and waffle mix. It was saturday evening, we had been out all day, and I needed a quick meal to feed the crowd. What’s a super easy and quick meal idea? Breakfast for dinner! So I whipped up the box of pancake and waffle mix. It’s a basic mix, all you have to do is add some butter, water and an egg, let it sit for a minimum of ten minutes and then cook them as usual on a griddle or in a frying pan. (it’s the same if you’re making waffles accept you add the batter to a waffle iron) I forgot to count how many pancakes I got out of the box but I’m pretty sure it was at least a dozen.

The texture of the prepared mix was very grainy so I was a little afraid of what the pancakes would taste like. My previous experience with a gluten-free mix was not very good so I was very skeptical that this one would taste good. I can tell you I was pleasantly surprised by the taste! They tasted just like I would expect a nice fluffy light pancake to taste. My kids certainly gobbled them up!

The size of the box would not be enough to feed my large family, we would need at least two boxes but if I needed to buy gluten-free pancake mix I would definitely buy this brand again and recommend it to my gluten-free friends.

Compliments Gluten-Free Chocolate CakeNext up was the chocolate cake mix! Now I can tell you I have tried a few gluten-free cake mixes over recent years and thoroughly enjoyed them, so I had some pretty high expectations for this mix. Luckily it didn’t disappoint! The recipe on the back said to use vegetable/canola oil but I didn’t have either of those on hand so I used coconut oil. What a GREAT decision that was! It added a very nice coconut flavour to the cupcakes that I will be repeating in future chocolate cake making adventures.

Back to the mix, so I mixed everything up and prepared my muffin tin. The box says it will make 12 cupcakes or one 9×9 cake. I made 12 cupcakes but definitely could’ve gotten more because I filled my papers almost full. And of course that made for weirdly shaped cupcakes. (I’ve never been very good at making the perfect cupcake, muffins I never mess up, cupcakes get messed up, Every. Single. Time. *sigh*) Anyway, I decided to be all fun mom and mixed up a batch of vanilla icing and put some red and pink sprinkles on for the kids. (Valentine’s Day is coming you know!)

The texture of the cupcakes came out more brownie like, which might’ve been due to the coconut oil but there were no complaints around here. Even my husband, who hasn’t liked many gluten-free items I’ve made because he found them lacking in flavour, LOVED them! He said the were a dangerous thing to have around. I did find them to be a bit sweet, even for me, but that could just be a personal taste thing.

Again another product I would recommend to my gluten-free friends.

If you’re gluten-free will you be trying this product out with your family? If you’re not gluten-free, would you try them?



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  • jessica chan

    interesting. the picture of pancakes on the box looks good =p

  • jessie

    Hi, I just bought this mix and I was wondering, did your softened butter form into small beads of butter when mixed with the cold water and egg? I thought this would happen (and it did) because it calls specifically for cold water, and now I am hesitant to fold in the mix because the liquid is not a uniform mixture! I know this post is from a couple of years ago, but I’m hoping you can help me!

    • Tabitha Pye

      Sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you, I never got notification that there was a new comment 😐
      I honestly don’t remember what my butter did but I don’t think it’s an issue if the butter forms little beads. I would imagine the pancakes would turn out the same.

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