Just recently the Harrisburg gluten free Examiner browsed all the Harrisburg Giant food stores for you to let you know, which ones have a good gluten free selection. These four Giants were evaluated. The one at Kline Village, on Union Deposit Road, Linglestown Road, and Jonestown Road in Harrisburg. It was a pretty happy outcome.
The Giant at Kline Village offered some selection, even though a gluten free isle could not be found. They had the typical selection other regular supermarkets usually have like Yoplait yoghurts. Then they had Hormel Pepperoni, which is gluten free and a good selection for on a pizza. They had all the gluten free varieties of Chex cereal. Those are the chocolate Chex, honey nut Chex, cinnamon Chex and corn and rice Chex. The Post cereal varieties, chocolate and fruity pebbles could be found in the cereal isle as well. They have the Post treats, which are gluten free and relatively new, too. There were even the gluten free Betty Crocker baking mixes in the baking isle. The downside of course is like already mentioned, that they did not have a gluten free isle and our Examiner couldn’t find a freezer section either. However little selection is better than nothing after all.
The next evaluated Giant was the one at Union Deposit Road. It had all the “standard” gluten free items mentioned in the second paragraph about the Kline Village Giant minus the Hormel Pepperoni. In addition to that this one had a little gluten free shelf dedicated to the most important gluten free items, but the shelf was not overwhelmingly huge. The regular items, that our Examiner Stephanie found at the Kline Village Giant, had some additional items. So for example in addition to the regular Post cereal in chocolate and fruity pebble flavor this Giant had the recently brought out yummy cupcake pebbles. It also had the gluten free Gourmantra Indian meals, the Taste of Thai meals, and the Thai kitchen meals. The gluten free shelf, even though not very big, had such rare items as gluten free chocolate covered pretzels, mac & cheese, and even some Kinnikinnick products. Kinnikinnick currently has a Kinnikinnick products giveaway until the end of June.
The third Giant looked at was the Giant on Jonestown Road in Harrisburg. This one had a little bit bigger shelf and a fairly decent gluten free freezer isle section. In addition to the special gluten free sections it had the typical “everywhere-gluten-free” items as mentioned before like the Yoplait yoghurt, the Hormel Pepperoni, all mentioned cereals and gluten free snack bars, Betty Crocker baking mixes, and last but not least all the Asian meals mentioned before. The gluten free freezer section had gluten free pizza, mac & cheese, the Tandoor chef meals, Cedarlane Enchiladas, Glutino and Amy’s meals. It had the well known Nature’s Path waffles, which are also organic. There were muffins, donuts, toast sticks, and breads. They had hamburger buns and English muffins. In short everything that a gluten free heart begs for. They also had Ian’s Chicken Nuggets and Caesar’s Cheese Lasagna, but a real special and never seen before by the Harrisburg gluten free Examiner were the Fish Sticks by Ian’s and the Stuffed Shells and Manicotti by Caesar’s. Stephanie has seen and tried Ian’s Chicken Nuggets and Caesar’s Cheese Lasagna before, but the other treats are brand new and will be excitedly tried and reported about real soon.
Last but not least and a true surprise in the Harrisburg Giant food stores was the Giant on Linglestown Road. Even though, it didn’t have the regular Hormel Pepperoni, it had all the other regular gluten free items throughout the store. The gluten free shelf was so big and long, that it would not fit on one picture. It was overwhelming and a paradise for all gluten free patients. It had more than one brand selection of donuts, breads, hamburger buns, muffins, English muffins, waffles, bagels, pizza crusts, French toast sticks, and ready made pizza. And that is just the freezer isle. The regular gluten free shelf was so big, it had all the other gluten free items mentioned above and more. It was amazing. So if you are newly diagnosed with celiac or gluten intolerance, you will want to check out this Giant first. You will not be disappointed.
In the future there will be more supermarkets evaluated in the Harrisburg and surrounding area. Please, also view Stephanie’s gluten free food stores list in and around Harrisburg.