Monday, August 29, 2016

Gluten-Free on Comedy Central's South Park Cartoon Season 18 Episode 2

The Ravages of Gluten : SouthPark Style

For those of you that may still be unfamiliar with the TV Cartoon Series "South Park", I must first issue a warning to readers: South Park is considered an adult animated sitcom, and it runs on the Comedy Central television network.  The adult rating is mainly due to the coarse, raw, nature of the comedy the show delivers, especially due to the substantial amount of profanity that is coupled to nearly any topic that can be depicted in the most non-politically-correct way possible.

I just had the opportunity to view Season 18, Episode 2 which is titled "Gluten-Free Ebola". As you may imagine, the evils of gluten have taken on a more sinister capability than in real life.  If you care to deal with such vulgar comedy, and want to see how gluten can be discussed in a truly absurd manner, then check out the episode... it is hilarious.

In brief, basically the town of South Park Colorado becomes the epicenter of an Ebola-like outbreak of deadly gluten exposure... whereby consuming too much gluten causes horrendous things to happen.  For the males of the population, it causes a certain body part to fly off and explode as well, and that tells you how far the absurdity of the show can go.

The show starts with a scene at the local school where one of the teachers has taken up a gluten-free diet and is sharing his experience of how awesome he feels because of it.  This provokes a predictable reaction from some others in the room: some scorn the gluten-free diet (which the coworker has started not because he suffers from Celiac, but because it is a "fad"), and others want to jump on the gluten-free diet bandwagon.

So, eventually the FDA and USDA get involved in a debate over gluten. At one point, a government scientist is demonstrating how gluten is the protein left over after removing the moisture and starches from wheat... and he condenses a block of absolutely pure gluten protein, on stage, during his demo, and tells the audience how it is harmless.  Of course, the audience challenges him on that statement: if the cube of highly-purified gluten is truly harmless, the scientist should eat it without hesitation...  so he does, albeit nervously...  and, things go horribly wrong...

South Park Season 18, Episode 2 : Gluten destroys the government scientist!
... the above picture, courtesy of South Park / Comedy Central, gives you a hint at the horrors that follow when you eat gluten: in this case, the scientist essentially disintegrates in spectacular fashion, with a certain body part flying off and exploding soon after this image (a fate shared by others during the episode).

As one may expect, things only devolve from here.  There is a gluten-quarantine implemented by the USDA where people exposed to gluten are locked up at a Papa John's Pizza for things like drinking beer, eating soy sauce, and so forth.  And, ultimately, the USDA's food pyramid is redefined to place grains (and thus gluten) in the tiny tip of the pyramid and fats at the bottom (largest area), leaving the several co-protagonists of the cartoon handing out frozen butter-pops (think butter lollipops) at the end of the episode, at a party, instead of the usual crackers, pretzels, pizza and such.

It's a truly hilarious look at a serious topic to those of us which really must avoid gluten to remain healthy and/or alive.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Nestlé Gluten-Free Chocolate Corn Flakes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Corn Flakes?

Now these sure sound oddly interesting!
Nestlé Gluten-Free Chocolate Corn Flakes

My wife just noticed this new Nestlé gluten-free cereal listed for sale on the Continente hypermarket website, currently on sale for €1,53, or about USD $1.70 (at current exchange rates), for a 13¼-ounce box (375 grams).

I have had Nestle's regular / traditional gluten-free corn flakes that preceded this new product, and like them quite a bit. I tend to add a few in with my homemade gluten-free granola which typically also features shredded coconut, cocoa or cocoa-nibs (or bits of dark chocolate), some almonds, raisins, dates, dried figs, and gluten-free oats among other things. The corn flakes add a bit of extra crunch.

So, now that I see there is a gluten-free chocolate corn flake on the market, I feel compelled to try them ASAP.

Are these Nestlé flakes available in the United States? If you have seen them, post a comment mentioning where you found them and the size/price if you could, and whether you like them.  So far, the first and only place I have encountered them for sale is in the Eurozone (specifically in Portugal), and I have a box on order so I can evaluate them first hand, and I plan to update this post with my review of these new chocolate corn flakes once I acquire a box.  Hopefully I will be able to get some within the next week or two.

Sure looks interesting!

I also noticed Nestle now has a gluten-free Gofree coco rice cereal (on the Nestlé UK website) that I am currently tracking down as well... which may be the first mainstream mass-produced brand of gluten-free chocolate crispy rice cereal (until now, most any commercial big-name brands have contained barley malt in the recipe).  More to come on these items...

Continue to read this Gluten-Free Blog for all sorts of gluten-free recipes, product-reviews, and related information. In addition, visit my Gluten-Free Recipes Site where many of the recipes I have featured on this blog are available.