I first learned about Celiac Disease a few years ago, when a client who suffers from the disease came to a South 'n France party. Prior to his arrival, I checked all of our bon bon flavors and their ingredients to determine which ones he could enjoy during the evening. Our gluten-free bon bon flavors are: Café au Lait, Coconut, Pistachio, and Peanut Buttah.
While our client was enjoying those 4 of our 7 bon bon flavors, he taught me a few things: 3 million Americans suffer from Celiac Disease, forcing them to follow a diet that’s free from wheat gluten so that they can feel better physically. For those with a sensitivity to gluten, finding delicious foods to eat can be a challenge. Imagine a life without cakes, cookies, bread, pasta, pizza, batter-fried foods, cereal, waffles, pancakes, ice cream cones, biscuits and croissants--you'd be craving bon bons too!
"I'm always looking for special food treats that are gluten-free", our client told me. "Advertise that you have gluten-free bon bons and you'll make a million dollars!"
We've yet to make that million dollars, but we are pleased to announce that we have built a group of appreciative clients who order assortments of our gluten-free bon bon flavors. We're also proud that thanks to following our clients' input, we were ahead of the trend in the food industry to promote gluten-free awareness.
According to The Today Show, 5% of Americans have a gluten intolerance, and one in 33 Americans has Celiac Disease -- that’s not to mention the fact that 95% of Celiacs go undiagnosed. As a result, the gluten-free market is exploding. Restaurants are offering gluten-free menus; food manufacturers are developing gluten-free products; gluten-free bakeries are popping up around the country; celebrities are converting to a gluten-free diet. First Daughter Chelsea Clinton even served gluten-free cake at her recent wedding! Now that all of the wedding planning is over, we'd like to suggest that Chelsea take a break. She can sit around eating our gluten-free bon bons: Café au Lait, Coconut, Pistachio, and Peanut Buttah. I bet her dad would willing scarf up our other three flavors: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Cookies 'n Creme, and Fudge Brownie!