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Rice Chex is now gluten-free!

Posted on April 4th, 2008 by Alison Read 7 Comments - Add Your Own »

ricechex.jpgWow – a mainstream cereal company changed their formula for little ol’ me (and you)! General Mills has taken the barley malt out of Rice Chex and replaced it with molasses. I really think this represents a growing awareness about celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Maybe other cereal companies will catch on!

This cereal is delicious — so light and crunchy! I have never seen my child eat a bowl of cereal with such vigor and ask for more… and more. We have eaten “chex” cereal from Health Valley called Rice Crunchems and Corn Crunchems and they are good, but lately I have had a difficult time finding them in stores near me. Plus, the Rice Crunchems contain corn too, whereas the Rice Chex is pure rice which is good news for corn-sensitive people out there. Another thing I like about this cereal is that it is fortified with vitamins and minerals — most gluten-free cereals are not.

Because this cereal is so new, make sure to check that you are buying the right one. I found the gluten-free version at one store, but the old version was still on the shelves in another.

Thanks to General Mills! I look forward to making some Chex mix soon. Check out all these recipes!

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  1. I am SO excited about this. Our local grocery stores are still carrying the old stuff—but I, too, can’t wait to make some Chex mix. My kids have never had it.


  2. AWESOME! Maybe they will do the same with Rice Krispies so my kids can have the childhood delicacy of Rice Krispy treats that are crispy, and gooey!

  3. I hope they don’t! Rice Chex isn’t even worth eating now! Rice Krispies are my other favorite cereal. I recently had some and I thought the box had gone stale! Why can’t they have two varieties? Gluten free and Regular?

  4. Ron,
    huh? Do you really notice a difference between the old Rice Chex and the gluten-free version? And what does your stale box of Rice Krispies have to do with it?

  5. We purchased six boxes of the gluten free Rice Chex. Upon opening the boxes there was a very strong “chemical” smell. The odor was similar to a solvent. Not pleasant and not very appetizing. We dumped all six boxes. Quite a waste, but our health is more important to us than a few bucks. Anybody else notice anything similar?

  6. corn checks are gluten-free too! they are all gluten-free now (except wheat chex)and say it on the front of the box – if not, your store must have some really old merchandise

  7. I’ve loved Rice Chex for over 40 years. Two weeks ago I opened a fresh box and my first taste told me something was terribly wrong. I checked the expiration date, it was ok, then I realized the writing on the box read “Gluten Free, same great taste”. Sorry General Mills but it is not the same great taste. Threw the remaining contents of the box in with the garbage. I will never again purchase Rice Chex. I am sympathetic to the 1 in 300 people who are allergic to gluten and this GM move is wonderful for the .03% of the population, but “can’t we all just get along”. How about both versions side by side on the grocery shelves.

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