Gluten-free Giveaway and Review: Kinnikinnick Foods

Kinnikinnick asked me to review 6 of their newly repackaged gluten-free mixes. However, before I get to the review there are a couple of things you must note. Kinnikinnick is one of the largest gluten-free manufacturing facilities in the world! In addition, Kinnikinnick won the Every Day with Rachael Ray’s March 2011 gluten-free baking mix taste test in the pancake and waffle mix category! That says a lot!  They make many gluten-free products, besides mixes. One of my friends raves about their products every time she passes by them in the Whole Foods’ refrigerator section!

Gluten-Free Bread & Bun Mix

Kinnikinnick Gluten-free Bread and Bun Mix

I used their all-purpose gluten-free flour for a bread, using their recipe on the box.  It turned out more of brioche. You southerns will absolutely love this bread! It’s very moist, on the sweet side and you never have to worry about it drying out if left out. This mix would make a wonderful all-purpose flour for baking cakes, cup cakes and muffins, as well.

Gluten-free All-Purpose Flour

Their bread and bun mix made wonderful dinner rolls, yellow in color, just like those rolls you buy that are all stuck together, on the sweet side, but a little heavier in weight. The texture on the outside was perfect, just like those gluten filled dinner rolls! If you are having any trouble with a bread recipe that is on the dry side, a little bit of this mix may do the trick!

Kinnikinnick Gluten-free All-Purpose Flour

Mixes are so foreign to me that I found them a breeze to make! I whipped out 2 in no time! However, with a packed schedule I asked Dr. Danielle West-Stellick if she would review the remaining mixes and she so graciously accepted. Thank you Danielle! See her review of the pancake and waffle mix, along with 2 cake mixes below.

Having your cake and eating it too!

A review of Kinnikinnick Cake and Pancake mixes

By Dr. Danielle West-Stellick

What you can you say about Kinnikinnick Foods, Inc.? When it comes to Gluten-Free frozen breads, rolls and donuts (yes, glazed donuts!), they take the cake… Speaking of cake, these wonderful folks now have cake mixes available: Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake, Gluten-Free White Cake and Gluten-Free Angel Food! And they’re what I consider “pet rock easy!” Even the Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake was just that, a piece of cake to make! Let me explain:

For the gluten-free chocolate and white cake mixes, you take 4 eggs, ¾ C vegetable oil, ¾ C water and whisk. No serious measuring of ¼ or ½ teaspoons of this or that, here or there. Then add the cake mix gradually, mix and voila! You have amazing cake. I was also surprised at the on package estimates. Most will be scant, for example, I’ve yet to yield the same number of cookies from a recipe stated, always FAR short. Kinnikinnick stated 18 cupcakes and there were in fact, a yield of each cake mix of 18 cupcakes.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake Mix

Kinnikinnick Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Mix

I tend to get creative and added lime zest to half of the chocolate batter and chopped fresh mint leaves to the other half and they were literally flying off the plate. Moist and delectable beyond what you might have experienced before in a Gluten-Free cake mix.

Gluten-Free White Cake Mix

Kinnikinnick Gluten-free White Cake Mix

Similarly, I decided to modify a standard Boston Cream Pie using the white cake and added citrus zest (orange, lemon and lime) to the white cake batter and used a chocolate custard before the chocolate/lime ganache. But the cake was exceptional! One 6 inch mini-cake and 12 perfect cupcakes!

Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake Mix

Kinnikinnik Gluten-free Angel Food Cake Mix

The Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake mix was stellar! This is one of the easiest cakes I think I have ever made and it overjoyed me as I have been craving an Angel Food Cake with fresh strawberries now that spring has sprung. Beat 12 egg white, add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (yes, here it does get to the teaspoons), beat more (but not much really required to get the egg whites to stiff peaks) and then gently fold in the cake mix! That’s it!!! And it truly comes out of the oven just like a picture.

Gluten-Free Waffle/Pancake Mix

Kinnikinnick Gluten-free Pancake and Waffle Mix

Kinnikinnick also graciously included their new Gluten-Free Waffle/Pancake mix. What piqued my curiosity even further than wanting pancakes was the crepe recipe on the back of the box. Again – very very simple. So, I made dinner and dessert crepes. They were wonderful! Thus the next day, instead of the pancakes my husband was expecting for breakfast we had gluten-free cheese blintzes!!! Can we say a short trip to a gluten-free heaven? What is noteworthy about the Gluten-Free Waffle/Pancake mix is the sweet taste of the batter. The directions to state the option of using club soda which I know is often used in making Belgian Waffles. If you have a Belgian Waffle maker, this mix would make absolutely amazing Gluten-Free Belgian Waffles… I have a feeling that’s going to be one of my next appliance purchases just for that reason. You just can’t get Gluten-Free Belgian Waffles – or so I thought. Now even that’s possible with Kinnikinnick.



One lucky winner will receive the following:

  • One of each of Kinnikinnick’s 6 newly repackaged mixes. This will include: Pancake & Waffle Mix, Angel Food Cake Mix, Chocolate Cake Mix, White Cake Mix, Kinni-Kwik Bread & Bun Mix, and an All Purpose Flour Blend. The prize is valued over $30.00.

How to Enter and Ways of Entering Additional Times

Tell us what extra things you have done below in your comment:

  1. Comment on this post requesting to be entered in the giveaway and tell us why you why to enter. (mandatory)
  2. Like “Gluten Free Carla” on Facebook Page  and tell me you did so by stating so and leave your FB name in a separate comment below. (1 extra entry)
  3. Share this page on Facebook either by using the link above or by clicking “share” on Facebook below; and leave a separate comment below stating what you did. (1 extra entry)
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  5. Retweet this post dated May 11, 2011 from my Twitter page, “GFrecipebox“, by using “RT @GFrecipebox” in your tweet and leave me a separate comment below. (1 extra entry)
  6. Leave a comment on any other post on this site, limit two, and state what you did below, in a separate comment.  Other giveaways do not count. (1 extra entry for each comment)
  7. Share this on any of the 328 social net works by clicking the share button below and leave a separate comment below for each share you did. (1 extra entry for each share).
  8. “Like” Kinnickinnick on Facebook and leave a separate comment below with your Facebook user name. (1 extra entry)
  9. Follow Kinnickinnick on Twitter (@GF_Insider) and leave a separate comment below with your Twitter user name. (1 extra entry)

What you should know

  • Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residence only.
  • Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm PST on May 25, 2011.
  • The winner will have until 11:59pm PST on June 6, 2011 to reply to the winner’s notification email to supply us with their U.S. shipping address, phone number and email.  If they do not respond within that time period of time, a new winner will be chosen.  Therefore, use an email address you check often or check back to this site on April 26, 2011 to view the winner announcement.  The winner’s shipping address, phone number and email address will be kept confidential between us and Kinnikinnick.
  • The name of the winner will be announced on this page, right below this line, on April 26, 2011.

Disclaimer: Kinnikinnick provided us with a free samples of their products to review, and we were under no obligation to review them. Nor were we under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free products.

And the winner is…

Julie R!

Julie has until 11:59pm PST on June 6, 2011 to reply to the winner’s notification email to supply us with her U.S. shipping address, phone number and email.  If she does not respond within that time period of time, a new winner will be chosen.

The winner was chosen at random using

60 Replies to “Gluten-free Giveaway and Review: Kinnikinnick Foods”

  1. I would like to be entered to win the Kinnikinnick Mixes. I have not tried any of their mixes yet and look forward to do so!

  2. I was looking for Gluten Free Food and found your site! Thank you for posting these Gluten free products! I will be looking for them in my grocery store!

  3. I would love to win because I like the Kinnikinnick products I’ve tried so far. These mixes sound great!

  4. I would love to win because I would LOVE to try these products. I love K-Toos and I bet all of their products are great!

  5. I have very happily “like”d GF Carla and Kinnikinnick foods on FB. Just FYI, Valentino’s Pizza in Rochester, MN uses Kinnikinnick frozen pizza crust to offer GF pizza and it is great. This may be a way for others to suggest to their local pizzeria how to offer GF. They do have to have separate pans and utensils + check their ingredients, but it isn’t that hard to do and having a pizzeria pizza is such a nice treat.

  6. I’d like to be entered in the giveaway. I was very impressed with your review of the Kinnikinnick mixes. While I haven’t yet been able to try any of their mixes, Kinnikinnick was the first company available in my area to produce bread products that tasted good. I enjoy toasting their English Muffins and have even used them as hamburger buns. Winning this giveaway would give me the opportunity to try their mixes and expand my options for gf eating. Thanks – Carrie Gort

  7. I have been struggling with multiple health problems, and my husband, who does not have gluten intolerance has had to take over the meals and just about everything else for me and my son. We would love to have some easy treats to simplify our life. I already love Kinnikinnik brand, and often buy their products. I can’t wait to try their new items!

  8. I have celiac and I would like to try your cakes and breads. I’ve tried your chocolate fudge cookies, they were great.

  9. I want to enter this contest because I am gluten intolerant as well as chemically allergic. I have a long list of other allergies as well.

    Angel Food cake sounds really wonderful!

    I have Lyme disease. I had it 17 years before Drs. figured out what was wrong with me and then started treatment.

  10. I commented on your website using facebook. I have clicked “like”. My facebook name is Tori Woerner-Ehlers.

  11. I would like to be entered in the giveaway. I love Kinnikinnick. No other better reason than that : )

  12. I would love to win because I love Kinnikinnick and would love because it’s my birthday next week, so what a great present! :)

  13. I want to enter this give away because I would like to try other items that Kinnikinnick Foods has to offer

  14. I would love to win as I haven’t tried these yet but absolutely love the cookies, hamburger buns and graham crumbs and I’m sure these mixes would add to my “absolutely love list” by Kinnickkinnick!

  15. Have never had the opportunity to get to use Kinnickkinnick but will locate them very soon. They sound like an awesome company and great products. Thanks. Winning would really give me an opportunity to try your products.

    1. I want to win! I’ve been gluten free since July and I want a belgian waffle so badly!!! I love kinnikinnick’s products!

  16. I would love to win. I’ve been gluten free for a while now & finding good mixes isn’t easy. I’d love the chance to try theirs I’ve heard good things about them.

  17. I shared this post on Facebook. I do have a lot of gluten free friends, so I hope they have a chance to enter the giveaway, too!

  18. Please enter me in the drawing. I’ve used Kinnikinnick mixes since being diagnosed with Celiacs and would enjoy getting to try the ones I haven’t tried yet (the pancake mix, the flour blend). I love crepes, too!

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