For those of you who have never experienced Italy on a gluten free diet, I recommend you get there as soon as possible! It will definitely be worth it! However, if that is not an option you can still enjoy one of Italy's best gluten free products right here at home.
The company is called, Schar and was started way back in 1922 between Dr. Schar and an entrepreneur named Untertrifaller. It was in 1982 when they added a gluten free product line. This included breads, pastas, flours, snacks, biscuits, and sweets. The Schar Company is located in Burgstall / South Tyrol, Italy and is now Europe's #1 Gluten Free Brand.
Up until 2007, Schar products were only available in Europe with a few select products being available to US customers through online retailers. However, in 2007 Schar started its North American line with 15 of its products. Last year, they added even more products to this line. And now they are considering opening a North American factory.
While I was in Italy, I was introduced to some of their products. My favorites were the Cioccolini (biscuits with cocoa cream filling), Savoiardi (savoy biscuits), and Salti (salted crackers).
Recently, I found Schar products in a NYC health food store called, The Health Nuts. I was able to purchase 2 delicious gluten free snacks - a Chocolate Hazelnut Bar and Table Crackers.
For more information on Schar products visit their website: Schar
If you are in the NYC area, check out their products at The Health Nuts located at:
835 2nd Avenue
1208 2nd Avenue
*Also, next month I will feature the most exquisite gluten free products and restaurants of Italy. Stay tuned...