The holiday seaon is upon us. The holidays are a time of gathering with loved ones, dining out and attending colorful and glorious festivities. But for those who have digestive sensitivities, a gluten-free diet is a necessity for many. What does it mean to be gluten-free? It literally means a diet not containing gluten.
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat (durum, emmer, spelt, farina, farro), rye, barley and triticale. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. It can be found in many foods:
- baked goods
- salad dressings
- food coloring
- malt vinegar
- rye bread, such as pumpernickel
- rye beer
This list may look rather long, but it simply points to the compelling difficulty to eat gluten-free.
Dining out is no exception. It is extremely complicated for people with gluten allergies to dine out. The reason for this stems from cross-contamination with gluten containing foods. Many restaurants that claim to offer “gluten-free” items may not necessarily be “gluten-free.” For restaurants to avoid cross contamination (and this applies to family and friends) some strategies must be adhered too, such as, washing hands before preparing or eating food, preparing gluten-free foods in a separate area from gluten containing foods, using separate appliances when making gluten-free foods, using metal or plastic spoons/spatulas (instead of wooden), do not share utencils or plates, store gluten-free foods in sealed separate containers and make sure they are above gluten containing foods in the pantry or refridgerator.
As the holidays creep closer, it’s important to remember those who have digestive sensitivities. With all the desserts, breads, giblets, turkeys, cranberry sauces, and pies that will be passed around, those who must eat gluten-free cringe at their diet restrictions.
Bon Bon’s Bakery in West Seneca, NY is one of only two bakeries in the Buffalo region to offer gluten-free baked goods that taste as good as they look. A mother to a daughter who is gluten-free, the owner has taken great strides to learn how to bake gluten-free items. That in turn blossomed into what is now known as Bon Bon’s Bakery.
While I do not eat gluten-free, I do want to understand what some of my readers are challenged with, and trying to eat items that are not only gluten-free BUT taste just as good is an uphill battle. Bon Bon’s has done a great job of maintaining an environment free of cross-contamination, reasonable prices, and flexibility on custom orders.
Bon Bon’s offers a wide variety of breads, from Italian bread and bagels to dinner rolls. They also have a selection of cookies, pastries, birthday cakes and cookie cakes.
Having tried their gluten-free cupcakes with white cream filling, I was impressed with how moist the cake was; light and airy (not overly dense). It’s offered in both yellow and chocolate.
The gluten-free cannoli’s are made with a gluten-free sugar cone and offer a decadent, rich, and creamy sweet filling. This was a favorite of mine.
What I truly love is that Bon Bon’s offers a wide selection of items and is centrally located for ease of pick-up on orders.
Orders are still being taken for Thanksgiving until Novembe 21st, 2015. So as the centerpiece of celebration begins, think of your loved ones this holiday season and stop by Bon Bon’s for your gluten-free needs!