Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Udi's Cinnamon Rolls

Brand: Udi's
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Product Name: Cinnamon Rolls

Location Purchased: King Soopers

Cost: $5.99 for four frozen rolls

Total from A to Z:
2 Stars

A's Review: * *
Some background is pertinent here: cinnamon rolls are held in very high regard in my family. Maybe a little too high, but that is a discussion for another time. I had high expectations for these since they looked and smelled like real cinnamon rolls. They came from the freezer section, which is apparently not unusual for gluten-free bread products, as they had lots of company just loafing around with them. I thought it was weird that there were no preparation instructions on the packaging, so I went to Udi's website thinking that they must have instructions there. Alas, there was no love from the website. So Z and I were left to our own devices. We could not come up with one single way to make them not rock hard. The taste was excellent, on par with any good cinnamon roll out there. But after being forced to soak the dishes in the sink to remove the concrete-like roll remnants (rollmnants?), I was left feeling doubly unimpressed. They might be better used in construction of a tasty strawbale-esque doll house or something because of how they stand up to the elements.

Z's Review:* *
We found these cinnamon rolls in the gluten-free freezer section of our local grocery store and thought that they would make a nice weekend breakfast treat for me. Instead, we were sort of disappointed with them. For some reason there are no instructions on the package for how to defrost and/or heat the rolls. Left to our own devices we tried multiple methods of defrosting and heating to try to get the rolls soft enough to eat. We tried defrosting and heating one completely in the microwave. We tried defrosting one in the fridge and then microwaving it to heat it. We tried defrosting another and then heating it in the oven. But no matter what we tried, the result always seemed to be a gummy rock. And they got even harder as they cooled down, to the point where it was difficult for me to cut them with a knife (due to my arthritis). I don't know if this was a result of gluten-free flour or if we just didn't know how to heat them properly, but in any event it was pretty disappointing. Other than being hard as a rock they tasted pretty good - the flavor was just like a regular cinnamon roll. The frosting was delicious, though it was already on the roll so we always ended up melting it more than we wanted to. In the end, I don't think I would buy this product again unless I knew there was some way of making it softer!


  1. I could live with the rock hard, I use to sell rolls for a living, and then because gluten intolerant. anyway, unlike you, i think the frosting is weird, but tolerable. I don't care for the new packaging that leaves the roll doughie, and hard. I quit buying them with sadness. but you can not find a better white bread than udi's. bar none, the best.

  2. Guess we'll both have to keep searching for the perfect gluten-free cinnamon roll! I'll update you if I find it!

  3. We tried them today for the first time and went searching for direction, which I could not find but did find your blog:) I left them in the refrigerator to thaw the night before then baked at 300 for about 10 minutes and them came out great :) Perhaps you might try them again preparing them this way!


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