Not too long ago Kellogg’s celebrated 100 years since Rice Krispies were created. Rice Krispies is one of the most popular cereals on the market today. It is particularly famous for being one of the few breakfast cereals that is not wheat-based. But, are original Rice Krispies truly gluten-free?
Can Celiacs or merely gluten sensitive people eat them? How do Rice Krispies taste? This is what we are about to find out.
Rice Krispies are not actually gluten-free. They contain malt and, sometimes, barley for a flavor enhancer. Besides this, they are made in a gluten-filled vicinity which makes them officially non-gluten-free.
Therefore, if you have Celiac, you will not be able to safely eat original Rice Krispies. However, if you are merely gluten sensitive, you may be able to eat them without having an allergic reaction. (Eat with caution and see how you feel). Since my daughter was gluten sensitive (and not Celiac), Rice Krispies was one of the few cereals she could eat. She still considers it one of her favorite breakfast cereals.
Fortunately, most stores are now selling gluten-free Rice Krispies; these are specially made for those who are gluten intolerant and Celiac. Instead of having white rice, malt and barley, this kind of Rice Krispies is made simply with brown rice, sugar and water.
The gluten-free Rice Krispies may be healthier than the original kind although there is some debate about a chemical called BHT in them. Original Rice Krispies are known primarily for their snap-crackle-pop sound. In addition, they taste very good, especially in milk. Not to mention, original Rice Krispies are easy to find in the stores. They may be the tastiest breakfast cereal if you are not overly sensitive to gluten.
Gluten-free Rice Krispies, on the other hand, can be difficult to locate in the shops; not all stores will have them. Also, since they lack the barley flavor, gluten-free Rice Krispies taste a little bland. However, gluten-free Rice Krispies still make the signature snap-crackle-pop noise of the original kind and they still make savory Rice Krispie treats.
Personally, I prefer the gluten-free kind for my breakfast cereal because the original Rice Krispies always tasted too sweet for me. I also like brown rice better than white. One thing I do not like, though, is that the gluten-free Rice Krispies do not seem to retain the light, puffy consistency of the original cereal longer then a couple of days.
Still, if you are Rice Krispies lover or just a plain cereal lover, these gluten-free Rice Krispies would really be worth a try. Not to mention, they are a great breakfast solution for you if you are gluten intolerant or have been diagnosed with Celiac. This cereal is a great innovation for those of us who eat gluten-free.