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Happy Holidays from All of Us at Gluten-Free Trading Company

The owners and staff of Gluten-Free Trading Company would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. We appreciate the enthusiastic support we've received from our customers this year and look forward to serving you in 2010.

All the Ingredients for an Old-Fashioned Holiday

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While we all enjoy giving and receiving gifts, it's our relationships with friends and family that truly make the holiday season special. What a great time to rediscover some old-fashioned holiday traditions, like decorating a batch of Christmas cookies with the kids, sharing a loaf of homemade gluten-free holiday bread with a friend, or chatting with guests over a slice of holiday cake baked in your own oven. Ready to get started? Read on for info about seasonal baking mixes, edible decorations, and other ingredients for an old-fashioned holiday.

Sugar Cookie Mixes

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Looking for a holiday time-saver? Making Christmas cookies from a mix let's you spend less time sifting and more time decorating! We offer 5 different sugar cookie mixes. Click on any of the product names for ingredients and other details:
  1. 123 Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Mix. An easy-to-make mix for cut-out cookies. Add frosting or sprinkles for a festive touch. Free of soy, dairy, and corn.
  2. Cause You're Special Roll Out Sugar Cookie Mix. A customer favorite, this easy mix is perfect for making Christmas cookies! Just roll out and top with your favorite sprinkles or frosting.
  3. Cherrybrook Kitchen Sugar Cookie Mix. Just the right blend of sugars is the secret to these satisfying sugar cookies. Top them off with frosting for double the flavor and fun. Great for people with egg allergies since it requires no eggs. Also free of dairy and nuts.
  4. Gluten Free Essentials Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix. Delicious sugar cookies with the delightful taste of real vanilla beans. A family-favorite recipe that's great for decorating or fresh out of the oven.
  5. Tastefully Gluten-Free Sugar Cookie Mix. A versatile mix that can be used to make traditional sugar cookies, fruit pizza, thumbprint or cut-out cookies, and more. Great for making Christmas cookies: just roll out and add your favorite frosting and sprinkles. Just add butter or dairy-free substitute, oil, vanilla and egg.

Gingerbread Mixes

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Gingerbread people, ginger cake. Two wonderful tastes that take us back to 19th Century Europe. We have mixes for both:

Gluten-Free Essentials Holiday Gingerbread Mix. A classic gingerbread mix that is great for cookies and muffins too. Free of dairy, nuts, and soy.

Gluten-Free Pantry Spice Cake & Gingerbread Mix. This ginger cake is delightful when served with whipped cream and vanilla ice cream. It makes a flavorful base for almost any topping. Made with simple ingredients like rice flour, brown sugar and ginger, the mix contains no wheat, gluten, or corn. It can also be used to make cupcakes or carrot cake. This mix is being discontinued by the manufacturer, so please order early to avoid disappointment.

Let's Do Sprinklez

Let's Do is a line of organic decorating sprinkles. So far they are the only sprinkles we have found that are certified by the manufacturer to be gluten-free. They are made with all-natural colors, so some varieties are a little on the pastel side, but still quite festive. Choose from three varieties:

  • Confetti Sprinklez are millimeter size "dots" in shades of green, pink, yellow and white.
  • Carnival Sprinklez are "dashes" in shades of green, pink, yellow and white.
  • Chocolatey Sprinklez are "dashes" that get their flavor and dark brown color from organic cocoa powder.

All varieties are milk/casein free and vegan.

Frosting Mixes

Christmas cookie decorating wouldn't be complete without frosting! We have several choices: mixes or ready-to-spread. Click on one of the links below for more details:

Close-Out on Toro Baking Mixes

Toro is a line of gluten-free baking mixes from Norway. Many of our Milwaukee-area customers had an opportunity to experience their exceptional taste and texture first-hand at our Sampling Day in September. At that event, the mixes were represented by the Bosking family, owners of an Iowa-based company called Tastes Like Real Food that imported the mixes to the US. They developed many excellent recipes around the mixes, such as this one for Sugar Cookies.

Recently, Toro decided to re-formulate the mixes for the European market. Unfortunately, the recipes developed by Tastes Like Real Food do not work with the new formulations. That issue combined with intense price pressure from the weak US dollar have resulted in Tastes Like Real Food deciding to stop importing Toro mixes. We are now able to offer the remainder of the old-formula stock at a deep discount. The mixes originally sold for $6.49, but while supplies last we will be closing them out for just $3.79, a savings of over 40%. These old-formula mixes have a "best before" date of January 2010 (the shelf life can be extended by freezing them). There are four to choose from:

  1. Toro Sponge Cake Mix. A versatile mix that can be used for sponge cake, poppy seed bread, cookies, cupcakes, and more.
  2. Toro Waffle & Pancake Mix. A delicious waffle and pancake mix.
  3. Toro White Bread Mix. A delicious white bread mix for baking bread, buns, and pizza crust.
  4. Toro Whole Meal Bread Mix. A rustic bread with a whole-grain texture. It can also be used for dinner rolls.

Garden Fields Stuffing Cubes

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It's a first! We finally guessed about right about the quantity of stuffing cubes to order for the holiday season. We made it through Thanksgiving without completely running out, and that means we have a limited supply of Garden Fields Stuffing Cubes available for your Christmas hen, turkey, pheasant, duck or goose.

Try these delicious seasoned gluten-free stuffing cubes as part of your holiday meal, and you'll soon discover that their taste is great anytime you serve poultry or pork. Although we stock this as a seasonal item, the product has a shelf life of 9 months or more and we'll continue to offer them as long as our supply holds out.

We also have a small quantity of Garden Fields Unseasoned Bread Cubes. They are made from the same recipe as the Stuffing Cubes, except without the herbs. Great as soup croutons, excellent in this recipe for Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce, or add your own seasonings to make stuffing.

New Breakfast Cereals from CerealVit

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CerealVit is a line of gluten-free cereals from Italy. Although the company is new to the US, they have been in business for almost 30 years. Their focus is on healthy, natural cereals with rich taste, high nutritional value, and attention to quality. All of the CerealVit products are made with limited use of sugars and no added fats, colorings, artificial flavors or chemicals. Three products are now available in the US:
  1. Benevit. Light multi-grain flakes made from organic rice and buckwheat.
  2. Coffee Flakes. Delicious corn flakes coated with real Italian coffee and enriched with flax. Each serving provides 140mg of Omega 3 fatty acids.
  3. Organic Corn Flakes. Not your average corn flake: they are extra-thick to maintain their crunch, with the toasty flavor of rice malt and no added sugar.


Barkat Honey Cake Mark-Down

Barkat Honey Cakes are moist, tasty cakes that make a great afternoon snack. In addition to being gluten-free they are milk/casein free and vegetarian.

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We ordered quite a few to replace the ready-to-eat cakes formerly sold under the Glutano brand name. They are made in the same facility using a similar recipe, but customers have been a little more timid about the new product than we expected. Consequently, some of the Honey Cakes have gone past their "best before" date (11/02/09). They normally sell for $6.19, but we have marked them down to $3.49 while supplies last. As holiday thank-you to our customers, we are offering them FREE with any order over $50.00. To take advantage of the free cake offer when ordering online, use voucher code BARKAT349 during the online checkout process. In the store, look for the Barkat Honey Cake display near the register.

Web Store Shopping Tip

We recently added a Product Search function to our online shopping website. It's a quick and easy way to find what you're looking for among the over 1000 products on our website. You'll find the Search for Products link at the bottom of the Online Shopping home page. Just click that link and then enter the description of the item you want. For example, suppose you're looking for lemon cake mix. Just go to the search page, enter lemon cake in the first box and click the search button at the bottom. In an instant, you'll find all 5 lemon cake products that are currently in our catalog!


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