By Sophia Kagan, Beyond Celiac Volunteer, 12 years old
Hi! I’m back and this is my first hot product review. I will be reviewing new products over the coming months and my first is Baked by Melissa Gluten-Free cupcakes! Baked By Melissa’s new gluten-free shop is in New York City. The new gluten-free dedicated cupcake parlor is the perfect place for anyone with celiac disease and who is gluten-free.
Baked By Melissa Gluten-Free launched eight cupcake flavors that are certified to be gluten-free and are sold nationwide online and in the New York store, which is located on 7th avenue between 38th and 39th Street. The new gluten-free Baked by Melissa is located right next to the original Baked By Melissa (which sells gluten-containing versions of the cupcakes). They dare you to compare them to other gluten-free treats on the market. The new gluten-free flavors are all 55 calories or less. Each cupcake is $1 and is the perfect bite-sized portion.
I had the privilege of visiting on the opening weekend in November 2015. Take it from me, after being gluten-free for over 10 years and having tried hundreds of products, I give Baked by Melissa Gluten-Free two thumbs up!
Melissa didn’t want anyone to feel upset or excluded because of their allergies or medical conditions. During her first trimester of her pregnancy, Melissa, herself, developed gluten sensitivity, so she knows and understands what it means to be gluten-free. She opened up the new shop after truly understanding what it is to live a gluten free-life. She did not want anyone to feel punished for eating differently, whether because of celiac disease, allergies or lifestyle choices.
Now the important information: the gluten-free flavors are Tie-Die, Red Velvet, Triple Chocolate Crunch, Caramel, Cinnamon, Chocolate Marshmallow, Classic Yellow, and Peanut Butter Cup. I loved all the flavors, but my favorites were red velvet, chocolate marshmallow and tie-dye. Not only are the flavors great, but the cupcakes are moist and don’t crumble, which can be a problem with gluten-free baked goods.
Baked by Melissa wants and needs the gluten-free store to be perfectly safe, so they even have the employees of the gluten-free bakery store eat their meals in the gluten-containing Baked By Melissa next door. There is NO gluten ever in the Baked by Melissa Gluten-Free bakery so there is no chance of cross-contact. Safe and yummy, I recommend ordering from their website or if in New York City, stopping by!
Until next time with more Hot Products,