Aleia’s Almond Horn Cookie

October 25, 2009

Whenever I go out of town, I stop in the local grocery store to see what they have in the gluten free and/or natural food aisles. Most people take for granted how so much of the food we see in the grocery store is influenced by geography. But the reality is many products on the allergy free market are only locally or regionally distributed.

I was in Maryland this past weekend for my high school reunion (Go Wootton Patriots!) and stopped at the local Giant to pick up some “in case of emergency” snacks for the weekend. Perusing the gluten free section I discovered a product line I hadn’t seen in Chicago—Aleia’s (read about them at There were a few varieties of their cookies on the shelves but the one that caught my eye was the almond horn.

I am very fortunate to NOT have nut allergies and as a result they’ve become a staple of my allergy free diet. The almond horn cookies looked good through the window on the bag but I almost always find the better something looks the more likely it has butter or milk on the ingredients list.

Not this time though. I was thrilled to find the ingredient list limited to only 4 things—-almond paste, sugar, almonds, and egg whites. The cookies taste just as good as they look. The texture may be the most authentic cookie texture I’ve tasted in the wheat free market.

Next step—seeing if I can get my local Whole Foods to put them on the shelves here in Chicago.

How can you not carry a product with the tag line “life is sweet without wheat”.


2 Responses to “Aleia’s Almond Horn Cookie”

  1. Liz Says:

    I discovered these in Maine and fell in love. I took a bag and a half back with me (to CA) but have not been able to get a response from Aleia’s about future distribution plans OR if I could order directly from them. Did you have any luck?

    • Liz Says:

      I haven’t seen them in Chicago but I had good luck chatting with them over twitter. I’ll see if I can find some contact info for you.

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