Are these not the prettiest gluten free chocolate cupcakes you ever saw? OK, so they’re not fancy, cause we’re not fancy, but they surely were a hit! This one is sponsored by Namaste Foods, whose products contain no wheat, gluten, corn, soy, potato, dairy, casein, tree nuts or peanuts.
And, I tried not to be swayed by the fact that they are based in beautiful Couer d’ Alene, ID — grew up right over the border in Spokane!
Namaste Foods sent over gluten free cake mix and frosting mix for review. Their cake mixes give you enough to make two layers, but we made ours into gluten free chocolate cupcakes rather than cake, since we had an impending bake sale. This made 27 good-sized cupcakes, and only some of them went to the bake sale… others went into Mr. 9 and Mr. 5! It’s nice that their mixes are larger — gluten free products can be expensive, and larger bags give you more bang for your buck.
The frosting mix called just for water and margarine or butter. We used Earth Balance coconut spread, in order to keep these dairy and casein free. It turned out super sweet — somewhat too sweet for my grown-up taste buds, but a huge hit with the kids.
The chocolate-y-ness of the cupcakes, though, was right on. My two small taste testers quite approved, and I’d buy this again. Namaste Foods products are made in a dedicated facility — and are also non-GMO and Kosher.
On to the giveaway
One lucky Mashup Mom reader will win a grocery tote of Namaste gluten free products! (Specific products included may vary from those shown above — this photo is of the tote I received.) To enter, pop over to the Namaste Foods website and let me know which product you’d most like to try.
Enter through 11:59 PM Central on 5/12/12. One entry/comment per person, and U.S. residents only, please; no PO Boxes. If you are reading this through email or Facebook, please click on the title of this post (up at the top where it says “Namaste Foods…”) to go back to the blog. Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you will see a box to enter your comment; just comment there to enter.
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The fine print
Namaste Foods provided the information and prizing for this giveaway. I received products for my own review; however, all thoughts and opinions here are my own. The winner will be chosen on or around 5/13/12 through random number generation at random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to email notification; Mashup Mom reserves the right to choose a runner-up if no response is received.
No purchase necessary. The number of eligible entries receives determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited.