I was keen to try them out myself but wasn’t planning a shop until next week, so I was delighted to inadvertently come across them in one of the Tesco Express stores, which don’t normally have a big selection of gluten free products :).
The store only had Udi’s plain bagels available, however I did notice a ticket for some Udi’s mince pies so I will be keeping an eye out for these!
If you don’t know much about Udi’s here’s a little bit more about the brand, taken from their website:
Udi’s started with a simple desire to change the way people think about eating gluten free. We wanted to make the best tasting gluten free food so consumers could enjoy all the foods they’ve always enjoyed. With this premise and help of our gluten free community, we’ve grown fast in the US, quickly becoming the #1 gluten free brand.
Now we’re launching in the UK with the same simple philosophy, creating great gluten free foods that bring happiness.
Udi’s story so far…
1994: Udi Bar-On sets up a franchise of Udi’s bakery cafes in Colorado.
2008: Udi’s makes the first loaf of gluten free bread at their bakery cafes in Colorado. Creating Udi’s Gluten Free Food.
2008: Denver-area coeliac groups try Udi’s gluten free breads for the first time – it’s love at first bite and they can’t get enough.
2009: Sales expand beyond Udi’s bakery. Udi’s can be found at Whole Foods and King Soopers locally.
2009: Udi’s opens its first 100% dedicated Gluten Free Bakery.
2009: Our community and fans start spreading the word and distribution starts to build.
2011: Udi’s introduces the first line of gluten free burger and hot dog buns – we call them Rolls and Finger Rolls over here.
2011: Udi’s becomes the largest gluten free community with 500,000 likes on Facebook. It’s a great moment for us, as completely unprompted fans share stories, recipes and tips.
2011: We expand distribution in the USA, making products available across the country at more than 16,000 locations.
2011: Exciting times – Udi’s market share increases 1500% as we become the leader in GF bread and bakery category.
2012: Udi’s introduces gluten free options at baseball stadiums in the USA – now coeliacs and people who eat gluten free can tuck into tasty treats at Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Yankees Stadium (NY Yankees), and AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants).
2012: Smart Balance acquires Udi’s to build stronger natural and gluten free category position.
2013: We’ve crossed the pond! Udi’s comes to the UK, and is available in selected supermarkets nationwide.
I myself wasn’t aware of the brand until attending The Allergy & Free From Show in London earlier this year (Udi’s was the Show Bag Partner), so I was keen to try out their products.
I’m not very adventurous when it comes to bagels, having only recently started eating them, so the two that I’ve had so far have been quite boring :(.
Both bagels were toasted and the first was a plain buttered one, with this morning’s being covered in Philadelphia. Both tasted just as good as each other as it was the taste of the bagel that shone through, rather than the toppings!
These bagels are very moist and airy and don’t feel at all heavy or dense, despite looking like they may be.
The airiness is great as it means that the butter just soaks through into the bagel which is just gorgeous!
I really think it would be very difficult for a non coeliac to realise that these bagels are gluten free and they’re also dairy free, which is just astonishing! :).
At 251 calories per bagel I don’t think this is bad for an alternative breakfast option and at their introductory price of £1.80 for 4 bagels, that’s just excellent!
Having just had a quick look on Tesco’s website it appears that there are a lot of other Udi’s products now available, including crisps, granolas and pastries all of which I will be keeping an eye out for when I’m next in a store :).
If you would like more information about Udi’s and their other products, you can check out their website (http://udisglutenfree.co.uk), follow them on Twitter (@Udis_UK) and like them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/UdisGlutenFreeUK).
I’d be interested to hear from you if you’ve tried these bagels? What did you think? What’s your favourite topping? Let me know by leaving a comment below! 🙂