Raise your hand, if your child is a big fan of Goldfish crackers. Yes, its the same story here. We feel so guilty but glad we don’t feed them the store bought crackers anymore. Hopefully you will throw away your stash of Goldfish and make your own, after you read this post.
Did you know a couple years ago in 2013, a lawsuit was for filed against the makers of Goldfish, Pepperidge Farm for misleading consumers by using the word ‘Natural’ when the product contains GMOs. The sad part is that not many people were aware of this.
Although the packaging looks different today, the ingredients haven’t changed much. Lets go through some of the red flag ingredients.
- Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour [Flour Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin, Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Citamin B2), Folic Acid] – Agreed the flour is enriched with Vitamins, but the flour is refined which is why is the fiber content is less than 1 gram. Barely anything, isn’t it? Even if you look at the whole grain version of Goldfish, it still contribute to only 2 grams of fiber.
- Vegetable oils (Canola, Sunflower and / or Soybean) – It’s not like the name suggests. These vegetable oils are GMO oils and not healthy. GMO’s are banned in many other countries but seems like the lobbyists are working too hard make sure that doesn’t happen in the USA.
- Salt – A serving of Goldfish is 55 pieces. The sodium content for the little kids is pretty high about 230-250 mg.
- Autolyzed Yeast is a form of MSG. It is used a flavor enhancer. MSG is known to be a silent killer in our kitchens which makes our processed, canned and frozen foods taste better, feel fresher and smell better.
BTW, please, please, please do not buy the rainbow colored Goldfish as they are the worst amongst all, given the fact that they are loaded with artificial colors like Blue 2, Red 40, Red 3, and Blue 1.
So now that you know it’s not real food your kids are eating, it’s time to dump the nasty,processed, store bought Goldfish in your trash cans and make your own.
This recipe is delicious and only has 4 ingredients, and don’t worry you don’t have to buy a goldfish cookie cutter. You can make your own at home :D I made mine with an aluminum soda can and it took me a few minutes to make 2 of them so easy.
Using an aluminum soda can and tape, I cut a thin strip and formed my fishy, then taped the edges together with clear packing tape. It was so much fun :D
Let your imagination run wild and sprinkle with spices and herbs for extra flavors! .
A perfect homemade snack for your little ones in who love Goldfish. Serve it during playdates, pack them up for your travel. I am sure your kids don’t need a reason to have Goldfish. Super easy and delicious. Once you make these, you won’t buy Goldfish again:D
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats/ ground in the food processor
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 4 tbsp cold butter/cut it up into smaller pieces.
- 4 oz grated cheese / Mexican 4 cheese blend
- Pinch of salt
- 2-4 tbsp water
- goldfish cutter/optional(make small squares )
- Pulse the oats, flour, butter, cheese and salt in a food processor until combined.
- It’ll be a course mixture. Add in the cold water, 1 tbsp at a time until the mixture comes together a bit.
- You’ll be able to press it into a ball with your hands.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 or so minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough out to 3mm (1/8 in) thickness. Cut out shapes with your choice of cookies cutters and transfer to baking tray. I made this cutter by myself at home. I will be posting about it, so stay tuned if you want to make your own Goldfish cutter.
- Gather all the trimmings and re-roll. Repeat until all the dough is used up.
- You can make them any size or shape you want, really but whats a cheese cracker that does not look like goldfish :D
- Bake for approximately 15-17 minutes, until the crackers are crispy and golden around edges. Timing will vary according to size and shape of your crackers.
- Cool for 10 minutes on baking tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.