What is a vegan?
Someone who abstains from all animal products (meat, fish fowl, dairy, eggs and all animal by-products such as rennet & gelatin).
Why would I choose a vegan baked good over a traditional one?
Vegan baked goods are cholesterol and lactose-free, and they have lower levels of saturated fat. Plus, they can be just as tasty (if not tastier!)
Are all Sweets From The Earth products vegan?
Yes. Sweets From The Earth products are all natural and vegan. All ingredients used in our products are 100% plant based.
Are all Sweets From The Earth products Dairy & Egg Free?
Are all Sweets From The Earth products Cholesterol & Lactose Free?
Yes. As our products do not contain any animal products they are naturally cholesterol & lactose free.
Are all Sweets From The Earth products All Natural?
Yes and many ingredients are organic as well.
Are Sweets From The Earth products Nut Free?
We have two separate bakery facilities, one of which is completely peanut and nut free. In addition, we have audited our suppliers for their nut free status in order to ensure that the ingredients entering the bakery are nut free. All Sweets From The Earth products marked as nut free are produced in this strict environment and are school safe. Please always remember to check the package, as our Gluten Free bakery continues to use tree nuts.
Do you use nuts?
Nuts are only used in our Gluten Free bakery facility. Our Nut Free facility is completely Peanut & Nut Free.
Do you make any gluten-free products?
Our Gluten Free bakery is a completely wheat and gluten free facility. In addition, we have audited our suppliers for their gluten free status in order to ensure that the ingredients entering the bakery are gluten free. All Sweets From The Earth products marked as gluten free are produced in this strict environment. Please always remember to check the package as our Peanut & Nut Free bakery continues to use gluten.
Do you use peanuts?
We do not use peanuts in any of our products although the Cashew Cookies & Chocolate Chewy Nut bars (produced in our Gluten Free facility) do have a peanut warning as the cashew butter used in these products is processed in a facility that uses peanuts. Our Nut Free facility is completely Peanut & Nut Free.
How do you ensure that Sweets From The Earth Products are either Peanut & Nut free or Gluten Free?
In addition to comprehensive supplier research and documentation, we periodically test both incoming raw ingredients and outgoing finished baked goods for allergens through a federally accredited food laboratory.
Are your products kosher?
Yes, all of our products are certified Kosher Pareve, under the supervision of the Kashruth Council of Canada (COR). All baked products containing wheat and/or spelt are also certified Pas Yisroel.
Why eat organic?
Organic refers to methods of growing and processing foods that rely on the earth's natural resources rather than synthetic fertilizers & pesticides. Pests and weeds are managed using earth-friendly means such as beneficial insects and mechanical controls.
Do you use organic ingredients?
Over 50% of our ingredients are organic - all our flours, grains, sugars and produce are organic, but most of the other ingredients we use are still too expensive at this time. Our goal is to eventually become a completely organic bakery.
Do you use any refined sugars?
Our products are sweetened with organic evaporated cane juice, natural brown rice syrup, maple syrup, or fruits such as Organic Medjool dates. We do not use any white or brown refined sugars.
Are Sweets from the Earth products sesame free?
We do not use any sesame seeds in our Nut free bakery.
Do you use wheat flour?
Our Nut Free bakery uses unbleached organic wheat flour in our chocolate cake, carrot cake, muffins, loaves and cupcakes.
What is spelt?
Spelt is an ancient grain that is a relative of wheat. It is more easily digestible by some people who cannot tolerate wheat.
Which products are made with spelt?
Chocolate chip cookies, Oatmeal raisin cookies, Double chocolate cookies, Organic Medjool date squares, Wild organic blueberry cheesecake & Chocolate cheesecake.
What type of fat do you use?
We use sunflower oil, which is a light tasting oil, with no GMOs, no trans-fats, and low levels of saturated fat. Coconut oil & non hydrogenated vegan margarine are also used in some products.
What are trans-fats and do you use them?
Trans-fats result from a chemical process called hydrogenation, which changes a liquid oil, naturally high in unsaturated fatty acids, to a more solid and more saturated form. The greater the degree of hydrogenation, the more saturated the fat becomes. All of our products are 100% non-hydrogenated and have 0 trans-fats.
What are GMOs (genetically modified organisms)?
GMOs are created by combining genes from organisms such as bacteria, viruses or animals with other, often unrelated, species. This creates new organisms that would never occur in nature, creating new and unpredictable risks to people's health and the environment. In Canada, up to 70 percent of the processed foods found in grocery stores contain GMOs. The government requires no long term testing of GMOs, so it's impossible to determine what effects they are having. The most common GMOs are found in products containing corn, soy, and canola. We do not use canola, and the corn or soy products we use are organic and do not contain -GMOs. Sweets From The Earth products do not contain any GMO's.
Can organic ingredients be genetically modified?
What is your cream cheese icing and cheesecake made of and does it contain casein?
We use a soy-based cream cheese, which does not contain casein.
Why do you use Organic Palm Oil? Where does it come from?
While we do use palm oil in a few of our products, the oil we use in the majority of our products is sunflower oil. We’ve chosen to use palm oil specifically in a few products, as it gives a particular texture that we cannot get from sunflower oil, or any other vegan, non-hydrogenated source. We are continually searching for alternatives, and experimenting in the kitchen to come up with our own alternatives, and hope to replace the palm oil as soon as we have an acceptable solution. The only organic palm oil we source is single origin & grown in South America (on an existing plantation – not clear cut lands). The farm is Rainforest Alliance certified and holds a Sustainable Farm Certification as well.
Do you use any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives?
Is Sweets from the Earth HACCP certified:
Our Nut free location has received Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification from a global certifying body.
Where are you located & can I order from you directly?
We work out of a commercial space with no storefront and are not open to the public. We distribute mostly through natural food stores, grocery stores and restaurants throughout most of Canada but we do deal directly with the public for catering and special occasion cakes (including wedding & birthday cakes). Please contact us at 1(888) 886-2004 for details.