Monday, February 21, 2011

Udi's Versus Rudi's

I was thrilled when I discovered Udi's gluten free bread. It toasted up so well that you couldn't tell it was gluten free. It also made brilliant grilled cheese sandwiches. I am still not a fan of cold sandwiches made on gluten free bread (too dry and crumbly) but eat it eagerly at Whole Food Market in Belmar where I get Udi's bread for the "Green Mountain" sandwich (pesto, sundried tomatoes, portobello mushrooms, and cheese).

I even bought a bunch to give to my sister who lives in rural Wisconsin and has trouble finding gluten free products (note: we are both gluten intolerant, not celiac). She LOVED it. I think she almost cried the first time she made toast and it was so good.

Then along came Rudi's gluten free bread. I first tasted it at a gluten free expo at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in the summer of 2010. They were giving out whole loaves of bread to take home. I got a white loaf and my hubby nabbed a cinnamon raisin.

Uh oh! This bread is good. And I love cinnamon raisin bread. Udi's doesn't have cinnamon raisin bread. Then I noticed that the slices seem slightly larger - closer to a regular sandwich size. And I wasn't bothered with those pesky holes that kept showing up in Udi's bread.

Now I feel torn between the two companies. I will buy whatever product I have a coupon for, or is on sale, but what should I do when I can't get a discount? I am still very grateful to Udi's because they have bagels and pizza crust and cinnamon rolls and muffins and now COOKIES! So why do I feel guilty when I buy a loaf of Rudi's bread instead?