The folks over at Kinnikinnick sent the Polka Dot Household a box of their new soft bread products to try out. It’s always an exciting day when a box arrives on our doorstep.
I love the larger loaf size! Retail price is $4.99 (same as Udi’s) but the loaf is much larger. Udi’s has been our stand by favorite in our house for some time, a loaf is $4.99 for 12 oz (about 12 slices)… the new Kinnikinnick soft bread is $4.99 for 16 oz (about 16 slices). That’s a nice bonus, since GF breads are already at least twice as much as a high quality whole wheat loaf.
My children were resistant to trying the Kinnikinnick bread because, “Mom, I like Udi’s!!!”. Once they did though, they were happy with it.
For me, taste and texture is par with Udi’s. The larger loaf size is a great bonus and yes, the bread is softer when allowed to defrost on the counter (I didn’t care for it in the microwave as there is a fine balance between just enough and too much which leads to hard spots).
I enjoyed the Kinnikinnick soft bread as my all time favorite; peanut butter & jelly. It was delicious. I did toast the bread, but I’m a toaster girl (I preferred glutened bread toasted as well). I also enjoyed another old standby, a cold cheese sandwich… on defrosted bread. It was soft and reminiscent of my old favorite on Wonder White Bread (disgusting, I know!).
We toted the hamburger and hot buns along with us for a BBQ on St. Patrick’s day. I defrosted the buns in the microwave and we enjoyed them with meat fresh from the Traeger grill and Havarti cheese slices. Honestly, I felt like everyone else enjoying my burger on a soft bun! The SRP for the buns (pack of 4) is $4.59.
The Low Down. . .
Will we buy these soft bread products? YES.
Is the price reasonable? It is comparable to other GF products and the bread loaves are larger (buns are only 4 to a pack). We would love to see more cost effective GF bread products. . . but that may be a pipe dream.
Will the children eat them? Yes, even untoasted.
Texture? Good, soft, not crumbly.
Taste? Great, almost like a glutened white bread (at least in my distant memory).
Freezing required? Yes. Defrost on counter or in microwave. I’m tempted to keep a loaf in the fridge to try out… with four of us eating GF, a loaf can go quickly!
Ease of purchase? I haven’t seen Kinnikinnick’s new soft breads at my local grocers yet… they are avaliable online but I hope to discover them in stores soon! My package survived the shipping process just fine, we froze the breads upon arrival and they were still perfectly shaped and tasty.
Nutrition? Awesome. Lower Sodium, no cholesterol, 5 grams of fiber per serving, and nothing artificial!