Chuck E Cheese goes gluten-free

Chuck E Cheese goes gluten-free

 Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

I remember going to Chuck E Cheese for the first time as a teenager. Everyone was amazed with the animated characters as seen below. Wow, saying this makes me feel very old.  Now, the kids barely pay attention to the animated band at Chuck E Cheese. They are more obsessed with the electronic games.384Sam was over the moon when I told him Chuck E Cheese now has gluten free pizza. It has long been one of his favorite places to go. I read in an article that they are doing a thorough job with their gluten-free offerings so I decided to give it a try. I was very impressed. They offer a GF cheese pizza and a GF cupcake. The manager came out and explained their gluten free procedures. He was very knowledgeable about the entire process and the importance of avoiding cross contamination. Check out my past blog post on The Importance of Getting It Right

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

Some of the fun things to do at Chuck E Cheese

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

Check out the menu…Chuck E Cheese now offers gluten-free pizza

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

And, they even have a dessert option

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

The pizza before baking. It is sealed to prevent gluten contamination

The manager brought the pizza out to me before baking. Apparently they leave the pizza in the packaging (without opening) during baking to avoid any cross contamination.

373The pizza was delivered to me as you see above. I was a little horrified when the pizza arrived. They are not allowed to remove the pizza from the baked packaging to avoid any contact with flour in the kitchen. Once I removed the pizza from the burnt packaging, I felt a little better. As you can see below, it doesn’t look so bad. The pizza comes with a sealed plastic pizza cutter so you can cut the pizza on your own. This again avoids any cross contamination from a pizza cutter they used on a gluten pizza.374Sam enjoyed the pizza. I splurged here and allowed him to have the cheese. Since the pizza is already assembled, there is no easy way to remove the cheese. Please note, he did suffer digestive stress from eating the cheese. Next time, I will probably try to scrap a good bit of it off, if I can.

376I opted to have the salad bar at Chuck E Cheese. I asked about gluten-free salad dressing and the manager did not seem educated about the dressings so I just used the olive oil. The vegetables were fresh and crisp but the one thing that concerned me at the “toppings section” of the salad bar was the messiness. I was very excited about the sunflower seeds but then looked down and found a crunchy thing that looked a wheat and corn-based tortilla chip (see below).

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Check out the tortilla strip in the sunflower seeds. Tortilla chips sometimes can contain flour. This one looks like it was made with flour and corn.

Chuck E Cheese also offers a gluten-free cupcake in a sealed package. The brand is Fabe’s. Sprout’s sells this brand. The taste and texture were okay. It was a little dry and does contain dairy. My opinion is that the kids don’t care about the texture. They are more excited about the environment and to have any option at all offered to them.

Fabe's gluten free cupcake

The sealed gluten-free cupcake offered at Chuck E Cheese

Fabe's gluten free cupcake

The ingredients of the GF cupcake. Please note it does contain dairy.

Overall, our experience with Chuck E Cheese was positive. I think they are truly attempting to offer a safe gluten-free option for GF kids. Kudos to them. This review gets a “thumbs up” from me and a “Sam’s Pick” from Sammy (despite the fact that they don’t offer a dairy-free GF pizza option). If Sam has it his way, we’ll be back soon.

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The things that Sam loves about Chuck E Cheese….

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The fun games.

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

The birthday decor that helps your child feel like a birthday star

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

The tokens…is there ever enough?

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

The cheap toys he picks out after cashing in his game tickets

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

The new GF pizza

 

What I (mom) love about Chuck E Cheese…

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

The old fashion bowling game

Chuck E Cheese Gluten Free

The numbers stamped on our arms to make sure no else leaves with my child…brilliant! This idea gets a Coach Kim’s Pick

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Kim Rice

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