It's now possible for a gluten-free child to enjoy safe pizza and cupcakes at any Chuck E. Cheese's location in the U.S. and Canada -- the chain, long a favorite for children's birthday parties, has made its gluten-free options available at all of its restaurants.
Chuck E. Cheese's launched its gluten-free pizza and cupcake in Minnesota back in May, and said it would determine whether to roll them out to additional locations based on demand. The company must have realized that demand for gluten-free options is huge, because it only took Chuck E. Cheese's a few months of testing before electing to roll out gluten-free pizza and cupcakes to all 500-plus locations.
The gluten-free pizza and cupcake come with a well-designed protocol intended to reduce the risk of gluten cross-contamination (always a major problem in a restaurant that serves mainly gluten-based pizza). The individual-sized gluten-free pizza arrives at Chuck E. Cheese's outlets sealed in a bag, and is baked and served to the table in that same bag. The adult in charge then opens the pizza with a dedicated, sealed pizza cutter. The gluten-free cupcake is handled the same way.
Both the pizza and the cupcake are certified gluten-free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (GFCO), which tests to below 10 parts per million, or GF-10, levels. The pizza is made by Conte's Pasta in a gluten-free facility, and the cupcakes are made by Fabe's All-Natural Bakery.
The gluten-free pizza sells for $5.99 in the U.S. and Canada -- the same price as the individual-sized wheat-based pizza. The chocolate fudge cupcake costs $2.99 in the U.S. and $3.49 in Canada.
Kudos to Chuck E. Cheese's for thinking through the process and coming up with a way gluten-free kids can safely enjoy pizza at their restaurants!
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