Q: Are all your ingredients vegan?
A: Absolutely. We have spent a great deal of time searching out the best possible 100% vegan ingredients. Although it is very easy to find non-vegan (and less-expensive) versions of most of our ingredients, we weren't satisfied until we found truly vegan versions of these ingredients. We then fully "vetted" each and every one, to be sure they were all from certified vegan (and Kosher) sources and processed using no animal products or by-products whatsoever.
Q: Are all your ingredients non-GMO?
Q: Are your products certified Kosher? If so, by which agency (OU, OK, etc.)?
A: Yes. Our products will be certified under the supervision of KOF-K.
Q: Is it normal to find lumps in the MimicCreme as I pour it?
A: Yes, that is perfectly normal. All MimicCreme products are processed aseptically, which assures their extended shelf-life at room temperatures. During those periods of extended storage, the ingredients can tend to agglomerate (or join together) naturally. (They just can't resist each other any longer!! Sorry.) So, shake well before opening and the lumps will cook-out or blend-out as your recipe proceeds.
Q: Will MimicCreme separate ("feather") in dark-roast coffee?
A: No. MimicCreme has been formulated with an additive called di potassium phosphate that prevents it from "feathering" in acidic liquids. (Feathering, which is akin to milk curdling and gives an undesirable appearance to the coffee, may occur when the coffee brew is acidic and/or when the coffee brew is made with hard water containing a high proportion of calcium and/or magnesium ions. Feathering does not impart any taste-changes.)
Q: Can I freeze MimicCreme once it is opened?
A: Yes. We just remind you that it will need to be placed back in the refrigerator (not on the countertop!) to thaw for a full day. (You don't want any ice crystals to be present in the product.) Then simply shake well to thoroughly re-incorporate the cream's ingredients.
Q: What is maltodextrin?
A: Maltodextrin is a polysaccharide that is used as a food additive. It is produced from starch and is usually found as a creamy-white hygroscopic powder. Maltodextrin is easily digestible, being absorbed as rapidly as glucose. Maltodextrin can be derived from any starch. In the US, this starch is usually rice, corn or potato. Elsewhere, such as in Europe, it is commonly wheat. This is important for celiacs, since the wheat-derived maltodextrin can contain traces of gluten. There have been recent reports of celiac reaction to maltodextrin in the United States. This might be a consequence of the shift of corn to ethanol production and its replacement with wheat in the formulation.
Q: Is the maltodextrin in MimicCreme corn-based?
A: Yes. So, consequently, the maltodextrin in MimicCreme is gluten-free.
Q: What is di potassium phosphate?
A: Di potassium phosphate is a highly water-soluble salt, which is often used as a food additive and buffering agent. It is a common source of phosphorus and potassium. As a food additive, di potassium phosphate is on the FDA's "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) list of substances. It is sometimes sold as a food additive to help with headaches.
Q: Is your sugar processed using animal "bone char?"
A: No. The sugar refining industry often uses bone char (calcinated animal bones) for de-colorizing. This may concern some Vegans and vegetarians. About a quarter of the sugar in the US gets processed using bone char as a filter. The remaining gets processed with activated carbon. Rest assured, MimicCreme uses only uses sugar processed using the activated carbon method.
Q: What is erythritol?
A: Erythritol is a natural sugar alcohol (a type of sugar substitute) which has been approved for use in the United States and throughout much of the world. It occurs naturally in fruits and fermented foods. Typically, at the industrial level, it is produced from glucose by fermentation with a yeast, Moniliella pollinis. This yeast is usually sourced from bee-pollen. HOWEVER, we searched extensively for an Erythritol fermented on 100% VEGAN-sourced yeasts. No bee by-products were involved in its manufacture. This Erythritol is 60-70% as sweet as table sugar, yet it is virtually non-caloric, will not affect blood sugar, does not promote tooth decay, and is absorbed by the body. It therefore is unlikely to cause gastric side effects, which is not the case with other sugar alcohols.
Q: Can you explain why I have noticed inconsistencies in the color of MimicCreme?
A: MimicCreme's primary ingredients, almonds and cashews, (Real live foods) are subject to the whims of "MOTHER NATURE." These nuts vary in taste and color from region to region and within those regions from harvest process to harvest process. Cashew plantations are located in the tropical areas of Africa, Asia, South America and Southeast Asia, while Almond orchards are predominantly in the western USA with Spain, Italy, Greece, Iran, Tunisia, Morocco, Portugal and Australia contributing to the world production of that nut. There's a lot of potential for variation then. Yet, we do not mess with Mother Nature. Instead, we use what "she" provides—with pleasure! Other companies might add a typical food whitener (such as Titanium Dioxide) to their products to assure color consistency throughout all their production runs, BUT we feel that the addition of those color whiteners is unnecessary and ultimately subtracts from the nutritional goodness inherent in the Nuts themselves.
Q: Does MimicCreme whip?
A: Although our present MimicCreme versions will not whip, we are planning on a future release of a new product that does. Watch for it!
MimicCreme Gets Rave Reviews
“Just want to tell you that you have a great product. I made cream of wild mushroom soup this weekend and it was delicious. Thank you for coming up with a wonderful tasting cream substitute.” -L. Major, Winter Park, FL
“Can’t wait to try it on more things. Having just had all things with dairy and gluten removed from my diet…plus coming from Wisconsin where I grew up skimming the cream off the top of the milk cooler….I can’t tell you how happy your product has made me today after making a fantastic seafood chowder using Mimiccreme. Thank you so much!” -S. Meyer, Maple Valley, WA
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Everything [else] has soy in it, which myself and my daughters are allergic to. So keep up the good work.” -E. Bergdoll, Burnham, ME
“THANK YOU!!! I have been looking for a vegetarian substitute for cream and have not been able to find anything. So now I can make the recipes I love and my children love.” -S. Underwood, Austell, GA
“My son was diagnosed 3 years ago with an anaphylactic dairy allergy. Mint chocolate chip ice cream has been the one thing he misses most. Well he misses it no longer. I have a very very happy 7 yr old with a green mouth. THANK YOU!!!!!” -E. Welsh, Hopkinton, NH
“I LOVE MimicCreme! I am definitely spreading the word about your fabulous product.” -B. Guthrie, Hartford, CT