FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN GMOs?
Our products are NON-GMO certified by the NonGMO Project, a non-profit organization, committed not only to verifying and labeling products, but also to supporting and coordinating efforts between seed breeders, farmers, processors and manufacturers. Their efforts protect and expand the availability of NON-GMO seeds, ingredients and products.
DO YOU USE FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS?
Yes. We source Fair-Trade dark cocoa powder and vegan dark chocolate chips which are both Fair-Trade certified by Flocert who independently certifies Fairtrade products worldwide.
Flocert’s mission is to assure fairness and to help producers, traders and brands spread fair practices across supply chains.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS GLUTEN-FREE?
We are proud that our products are Certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. GFCO provides consumers and manufacturers confidence in knowing that products labeled with the GFCO certification mark meet the strictest standards in the industry for gluten-free.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS CERTIFIED VEGAN?
Yes, we are certified vegan by Vegan Action and free of animal or animal by-products including flesh, bones, dairy, eggs, honey, fur, leather, wool, down feathers, and cosmetics or chemical products tested on animals.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS CERTIFIED KOSHER?
Yes our award winning snacks & desserts are Certified Kosher by Star K. This is a thorough process, but we felt it was a high priority for all of our kosher customers. We display this certification with great pride!
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS PALEO-FRIENDLY?
Paleo enthusiasts eat a diet strictly void of all dairy, grains and processed foods. They are also very big on organic virgin coconut oil and raw nuts which Hail Merry uses predominately in our recipes. They do not eat any refined sugars and if they do splurge on something sweet, they prefer maple syrup for its high vitamin and mineral payload. Many hard-core Paleo's do not eat any sugar unless it is from fruit which they also limit. That is why our products are considered PALEO FRIENDLY. Many athletes love to eat our products as a pre-workout energizing snack. Coconut Oil's medium chain fat is a preferred fuel by many athletes prior to an epic work out. We are proud of the THREE national awards that Paleo Magazine has bestowed upon us for Best Guilt-Free Dessert 2017, Best Dessert 2014 and Best Packaged Snack 2013.
WHY DO YOU USE COCONUT OIL?
We use organic virgin coconut oil for the luxurious taste and mouth feel it gives our Tarts, Cups & Bites. Coconut oil also melts at 76 degrees so when our products begin to reach room temperature, they literally melt-in-your-mouth. We think that melt-in-your-mouth experience is why our products taste so amazing. Coconut oil is also known for its beneficial medium chain fats and is used frequently by athletes and Paleo enthusiasts as an energizing fuel for the body. Coconut oil is also known to be anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.
WHAT ARE MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES?
Coconut oil is a Medium Chain Triglyceride (fat) that is rapidly absorbed by the body and is quickly metabolized (burned) as fuel unlike long chain fats. The result of this accelerated metabolic conversion is that instead of being stored as fat, the calories contained in MCFs are very efficiently converted into fuel for immediate use by organs and muscles.
WHY DO WE NEED TO EAT FATS?
We need fats to be healthy and strong. Plant based fats like those found in nuts, seeds and coconut oil, contain fatty acids that make up our cell membranes, help with brain function, are necessary for the absorption of fat soluble vitamins (including A, C , E, D & K) and for the production of energy and hormones.
DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN CORN OR SOY?
No, all of the products are free of corn, soy, and starches.
DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN WHEAT, OR ANY OTHER GRAINS?
No, all of our products are grain-free and enjoyed by many who follow a Paleo diet.
DO YOUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN DAIRY?
No, all of our products are dairy free.
HOW DO YOU SWEETEN YOUR PRODUCTS?
We use organic maple syrup, organic coconut sugar, and organic blue agave. Maple syrup is superior in flavor and complexity much like fine wine. Maple Syrup is also appreciated for its vitamin and mineral payload unlike highly refined white sugar. The Meyer Lemon and Persian Lime Tarts & Cups contain organic blue agave. We selected agave for these recipes because citrus pairs well with agave nectar. All other Tarts, Cups & Bites are sweetened with organic maple syrup. The Fair Trade Chocolate Chips in the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites contain organic non-gmo cane sugar. The coconut sugar we use is some of our recipes is from a sustainable farm in Bali where no animals were abused in its collection from the coconut trees.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS LOW-GLYCEMIC?
We do not like to technically refer to our products as being low glycemic since most do contain sugar. What we do like to note is that when sugar is combined with equal or near equal amounts of fat the absorption of sugar is much slower into the blood stream. Many if not most of our products contain a near equal ratio of fat:sugar which helps with this slower absorption rate. Our products also contain almond flour which contains fiber and also helps slow sugars absorption rate. For those who are trying to keep sugar grams per serving to a minimum we suggest our Bites which contain 7g of sugar per serving (2 Bites), or our Cups which contain 3g - 6g of sugar per cup.
IS THE COCONUT SUGAR YOU SOURCE GROWN USING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURAL METHODS?
We source organic coconut sugar from Bali where 12,000 independent farmers have formed a cooperative to harvest the coconut trees on their land. They bring it to a central location to further process. This business and the demand for organic coconut sugar is changing lives in Bali. Sustainability is more than just organic, which our product is, it is about the people, the planet, our health and the economy. Big Tree Farms where we source our coconut sugar even made the production facility out of bamboo, which they call the bamboo Cathedral (we love that!).
HOW MUCH CAFFEINE IS IN YOUR DARK CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO CUPS?
A serving of our Dark Chocolate Espresso Cups (2 Cups per serving) contains 33mgs of caffeine. A typical cup of coffee contains 99mgs of caffeine. So basically, a serving of Dark Chocolate Espresso Cups (2) contains approximately caffeine mgs equivalent to 1/3 a cup of coffee. “Start me up!”
WHAT DOES LOW-TEMP DEHYDRATION MEAN?
We low-temperature dehydrate our Bites slowly to protect the beneficial dietary plant-based oils. We believe that plant-based dietary oils from raw nuts and virgin coconut oil taste better when they are not exposed to temperatures over 212 degrees. Our nuts flours and nuts have been steam pasteurized to eliminate any harmful pathogens, which is a critical step to insure public food safety. However, because the steam pasteurization process does not exceed 212 degrees and is for a short period of time, the dietary oils have not been fully oxidized and still remain as we like to call them "raw". We believe that "raw" nuts and nut flours taste fresh and are uniquely much more sweet and flavorful. A good example of this is the difference in sweetness and freshness between a roasted nut compared to a non-roasted nut. To help maintain the freshness of our Bites we like for them to be stored in the refrigerator. It is not totally necessary but it is preferred for maximum flavor and freshness protection. Our Bites will maintain maximum freshness for 30 days unrefrigerated.
Lastly, coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, so when our Bites begin to reach this temperature it makes them literally melt-in-your-mouth. So, bottom line is, it is best to store our Bites in the cooler and enjoy them at room temperature. We believe it is also worth noting that we spent a great deal of time explaining above why we like to take such good care of our ingredients, it is because we love our food and want our fans to fully understand exactly why our products are so special and taste so delicious.
ARE ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS NUT-FREE?
HAIL YES! Our Dark Chocolate Bites are made without any nuts. The rest of our products are peanut-free, though they do contain almond, cashew and coconut.