Utterly Free Bakery provides tasty, allergy-free food
HALLSVILLE, Texas (KLTV) - If you or someone you know has food allergies, you know how difficult it can be to eat out. And if you want a little something for dessert, well you almost need to bake it yourself. However, there is now a place in Hallsville that endeavors to keep the allergens out of the sweets.
It’s called Utterly Free Bakery, but unfortunately, they’re not talking about the cost. They are a business after all. They shoot for utterly allergen-free baked goods. Owner Miranda Kyles said it started with her lactose-intolerant fiance.
“I was trying to find a birthday cake for him, and I couldn’t find one anywhere. And so I had to make a birthday cake. And then I was like well, there’s got to be other people out there that can’t have dairy,” Kyles said.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 32 million people in the U.S. have food allergies.
So she asked her mom if she’d lend a hand since she felt the idea was not half-baked.
“Other people started saying well you’re not doing dairy, can you not do gluten? Can you do sugar-free? Can you do dye-free? Can you do this? And we were like sure why not?” Kyles said.
And they did, and have trouble keeping things in stock.
“I just want to be a place where kids can come to get their birthday stuff that they’ve never had before. I want to be that bakery that people can come to because they’ve never been able to go to a bakery and get what they need,” Kyles said.
Sure enough, Sue Lewis came in with her granddaughter Kinlee who has a peanut allergy.
It was their first time in, so there were questions.
“We found out that they were here, and they were kind of an allergy-free type environment,” Lewis said. “So we came in to see what they had, and she doesn’t actually cook with peanuts, she sprinkles the top of one product. So we’re able to shop here.”
Kyles says they bake gluten-free first thing and do a lot of cleaning between batches.
“It’s worth it. It’s worth it for those people who are gluten-free, so it’s worth it,” Kyles said.
“So those who are gluten-free, are free!” I exclaimed.
“Yes. They’re utterly free!” Miranda agreed.
Yes, pretty much everyone can have their cake and eat it, too. Although after the eating part they don’t really have it anymore.
Kyles said they try to accommodate as many allergies as they can. She said if anyone has a special request, they should call the day before and place an order.
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