Gluten free foods to try: Caramels, chips from white beans

The gluten-free person in my house (that would be the husband, who thinks beer has no gluten) is a fan of Glutino's gluten-free pretzels. But he's also a fan of chips that scoop up salsa or hummus.

Two brands have gotten our attention recently, and here's what we thought.


The Better Chip makes corn chips that come in flavors such as spinach and kale; onion and cheddar; and jalapeno. The spinach and kale is really good, and actually contains the greens, not just flavoring. Anything jalapeno makes the husband happy.

A 1-ounce bag has 130 calories, and the products are made without genetically modified ingredients. And the ingredient lists are quite short. Corn chips are often gluten free, depending on what's added to corn, salt and oil. If gluten is important to you, check the labels.

Beanitos have been around, but the company recently introduced the White Bean nacho cheese flavor chips. A 1.5-ounce bag has 140 calories, and these chips also have a non-GMO seal, like the Better Chips. Other flavors are made with pinto beans and black beans.

The new Beanitos are made with white navy beans, rice and other ingredients. No corn. They're tasty too.

We certainly agree with the name of this company: Food Should Taste Good. Its line of chips includes corn and sweet potato chips that are gluten-free, with flavors such as kimchee, salt and pepper, olive and kettle corn, with a guacamole flavor due next year. The olive corn chips, with black and green olive bits and garlic, would be good with hummus. An ounce has 140 calories.

Finally, for those with a sweet tooth, there are Lovely Candy Co. caramels. They're gluten-free in original and chocolate flavors. And there are fruit chews in several flavors. Four caramels have 160 calories, and they're made from brown rice syrup, sweetened condensed milk, a couple of kinds sugar, butter and vanilla.

The candies have been in stores since the fall.