Thursday, March 24, 2011

Osem's Gluten-Free Biscuit

Recently Osem has introduced a new Gluten-Free Biscuit. This Osem biscuit joins a gluten-free pretzel and gluten–free cracker that Osem already has on the self.

I think it's about time and wonderful that they are slowly adding more gluten-free items for those who must be on a gluten-free diet.The gluten-free biscuit is thicker than Osem's regular tea-biscuit. It is a dry cookie but in a different way than the Osem "Petit-Beurre" tea-biscuit is dry.
Osem's "Petit-Beurre" Tea-Biscuit
Another difference is this cookie is crummier and much sweeter than the "Petit-Beurre". It also has a vanilla flavor that you don't find in the classic Osem tea-biscuit. In a way it sort of tasted like a butter cookie, to me, even though it's made with vegetable oil and not butter. 

I really didn’t like that when eaten alone it somehow gets stuck on and in-between your teeth. I'm guessing that might be because of the cornstarch it's made of.  I did actually enjoy it more with a cup of tea.
A friend who is on a gluten-free diet because of celiac disease tasted them. She said if they were not so expensive she might consider buying them for her morning coffee. But 11 NIS for 200 grams just seems too expensive. Granted it’s a specialty item and all specialty items are too expensive!

Pesach-style nut-macaroons
She said she can find cheaper "cookie-type" treats (like Pesach-style nut-macaroons) in her health-food store and these new Osem cookies were not "amazing enough" for her to spend that much money on them on a regular basis. She did mention she may consider buying them for a special occasion like when she makes a cheesecake for Shavuot.

Bottom line: I think Osem's Gluten-Free Biscuit is an "ok", sweet, buttery- cookie. It's not a BAD cookie but it's not an Osem "Petit-Beurre" tea-biscuit either. I see it as a step in the right direction for Osem to add gluten-free options to the shelf, but until they are reasonably priced I think most people who need gluten-free items have much more basic food items to spend their money on.

200 grams – 11.00 - 12.00 NIS

Kosher: Badatz

Disclaimer: All items were purchased by me. No one is paying me for this review. All opinions are my own.


  1. I will have to get these for hubby after Pesach and see what he says. The pretzles are what appeal. Since I bake lots of gluten free cookies, this will probably not be worth the money. Pretzles, on the other hand, would be a treat.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Hi Sweet and Savory,
    Happy to have "told" you about them:)

    If you do get them I would love to hear what your Hubby thinks of them. I'm sure your baking is way better than anything store bought.

    Has he tried the gluten-free corn flakes from Telma?