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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Jennie's coconut macaroons

Jennie's macaroons

It took my friend Booth being diagnosed with celiac for me to discover these.

After Booth had given up gluten, I met Nina at one of our favorite grocery stores in Seattle to roam the aisles and find him food he would like. I pointed out all the little bags of flours, the foods that might have hidden gluten, the brands of foods with few ingredients that I genuinely like to eat.

She waved her hand toward a can of Jennie's coconut macaroons and said, "Of course, you know about these macaroons. Booth can't get enough of them."

Actually, I had never seen them before. I love this learning.

These macaroons are the talk of the internet, apparently. People love them because they are made without grains or sugar. Some folks are feeding them to their babies. Fans promote them because they are full of proteins and fiber, seemingly without any bad stuff.

Seemingly is probably the operative word. I'm still more likely to make food from scratch than grab a can. The zero-carb version of these cookies (which I've never seen, and am unlikely to buy) contain maltitol, which makes some people uncomfortable. I wouldn't claim these as a health food. They are cookies, after all.

I just like them because they taste good. And no matter how much you love food in its whole form, sometimes you like gluten-free food you can buy off the shelf.

Now, I have to admit, they might be just a touch too sweet for me. I'm not the proper judge right now, because I seem to have lost my sweet tooth during this pregnancy. But they taste moist and wholesome, with a real flavor all their own.

And since I can't eat the whole can in two days, I like to put them in the freezer. Each bite feels like a little treat this way, and the sweetness isn't quite as pronounced.

I never thought I would like cookies from a can. But here they are. You will too, I'm sure.



Blogger linuxgrl said...

Oh these are SOOOOO good. I get the big ones that are individually wrapped from my health food store. I cringe at the amount of calories they have but they are totally worth it.

July 9, 2008 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Shirley said...

I think they are very sweet and I always have a sweet tooth. That is not a bad thing if one or two alone satisfies when you just want an on-hand GF treat like you said. And, coconut is very good for the digestive system. :-)

July 10, 2008 at 3:30 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

wow, this is a blast from the past for me. I was diagnosed when I was 10, nearly 17 years ago and boy, was it hard to find anything [good] off the shelves that was gluten-free. (Well, except the multitude of delicious, nourishing, naturally gluten-free foods that abound, of course.) But one thing my mom (oh, she was so alone in learning to feed me gluten-free at the time) soon discovered for me was that very can of Jennie's macaroons. I don't even think the can has changed a bit! Oddly enough, I don't think I've had a single Jennie's macaroon for years. There have been so many more products on the shelves, new cookies or crackers, biscotti even, to take up the shelf space and my dollars. I'm so sorry to have neglected you, Jennie. Next time I find you on the shelf, I will snatch you up and enjoy all of your delicious coconut goodness.

July 10, 2008 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found these the other day and made the mistake of putting up in the front seat next to me as I drove home. A thirty minute drive. At dinnertime. Big, delicious mistake. :)

July 10, 2008 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Patricia said...

So, I remember the can well, but I apparently don't remember it that well. Jennie isn't really a Jennie, he's an Arnold. Still delicious.

July 10, 2008 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger milhan said...

I really like these, but I agree that they are just a little too, maybe two, are more than enough.

July 10, 2008 at 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Carol said...

Yes, they are sweet. That's what makes them so nice ... sweet and full of flavor. I meet up with these while traveling on an international flight and they were served as part of my gluten free meal. The airlines get it right sometimes!

July 10, 2008 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Renee said...

They are sweet and fabulous! The little ones in the can are just right. They also make an "almond-flavored" version (without actual almonds) that I like even better. And they're sweetened with honey, not corn syrup like some of the supermarket kinds.

July 10, 2008 at 7:12 PM  
Anonymous laura said...

These are my favorite...and they are extremely dangerous if you like coconut and have a sweet tooth...I can eat an enormous number of them at one sitting. Honey, egg whites and coconut are the only ingredients...

Tip: They are so moist they can be pressed flat and put into a tart pan for a great crust...just top with custard and good.

July 10, 2008 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

I love this complement to your Gluten Free Girl and I absolutely adore these cookies! I was diagnosed with Celiac only 8 months ago and these were the first "treats" I had after my diagnosis. I agree with those who say they are sweet but I have trouble stopping at only 1 or 2. Unfortunately, I can go through a can in a couple of days - probably sooner if I'd allow myself!

Hearing that Rice Chex is now Gluten Free was probably the most exciting news to me since my diagnosis. This has been my favorite cereal since I was a little tyke!

July 10, 2008 at 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read this blog post yesterday, and bought these last night (almost as an impulse purchase at Whole Foods). While I'm not a major cocunut fan, or a major sweet tooth person, I thought I'd give them a try. And they are awesome. Thanks!

July 11, 2008 at 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Sho said...

I have not seen those Jennie macaroons out here in Virginia. I will keep an eye open for them.


July 13, 2008 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AWESOME! I am always looking for cookies I don't have to bake myself (3 celiac kids, it's not that I don't love to bake).

Lost your sweet tooth, huh. You are SO having a boy.

July 13, 2008 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Renee said...

For Shoshannah & others who can't find these locally, you can order them from Amazon (minimum is 6 cans, but the price is slightly less than I pay locally, and half what I paid for them at Whole Foods the first time I bought them.)

July 15, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sister's MIL bought these for my son and I knowing that we were GF. I can't believe how much I liked them b/c I don't like coconut at all! It is more the texture of coconut I don't like, not the flavor.

I need to find these locally.

August 25, 2008 at 5:28 PM  

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