faq

Are Homefree products free of the 8 most common food allergens?
Yes, Homefree products are all free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish, with the one exception of soy lecithin in the Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies, as explained below. As the mother of a child with multiple food allergies, I set up the dedicated facility and the entire production process the way I would want done for my child. Please see our way for details on all the care we take to make sure that Homefree treats are “Treats You Can Trust.”
Is there soy protein in your products?

The only soy ingredient we have in our facility is soy lecithin, which we use in small quantities and only in the Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies. Most, but not all, people with soy allergies are able to tolerate small amounts of soy lecithin because the protein has been removed, and allergies are reactions to proteins. Please consult with your allergist to determine what makes sense for you.

Are your products free of corn?

There is a small amount of corn starch in the baking powder that we use in our Vanilla Mini Cookies and our Double Chocolate Chip Mini Cookies. Corn starch is fine for some people with corn sensitivities and allergies. Xanthan gum is in all of our products except for the Lemon Burst Mini Cookies. Xanthan gum has a derivation that involves corn, but contains no corn protein. If you have a corn allergy, you likely can enjoy products made with xanthan gum, but please check with your allergist to determine what is best for you.

Are there seeds in Homefree products?

Our dedicated facility has no sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds. We do use sunflower lecithin in several of our products, but the sunflower protein is removed in the process of making lecithin. Buckwheat (in our gluten free vanilla mini cookies) is a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel.

Are your products gluten free?

Yes. All Homefree products are certified gluten free.

Although gluten is not actually an allergen, Homefree is about everyone being able to enjoy treats together. So we responded to numerous requests by making our cookies not only allergy friendly, but certified gluten free as well. We use great care in our ingredient sourcing and in our facility, and also conduct tests on random batches for gluten traces. Additionally, our facility is dedicated gluten free.

For information on celiac disease and gluten intolerance, visit: https://celiac.org

 

 

Are your products organic?

Our Vanilla Mini Cookies are certified 70% organic by the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food. All Homefree treats are non-GMO verified, and also never contain anything artificial. You can learn about the health benefits of organic food at http://www.ota.com/organic-101/health-benefits

Do you use any genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s)?

No. Additionally, in our support of non-GMO efforts, we have taken the step of getting all of our treats Non-GMO Verified by the Non-GMO Verification Organization. You can learn more at non-GMO Project and see our listing here.

Are your products certified Kosher?

Yes. All Homefree products are “OK” certified as Kosher Pareve. The pareve means that we take extra care to ensure no contact with dairy.

What does the Whole Grain Council symbol mean?

Whole Grain Stamps quickly and easily identify real whole grain products. The recommended diet includes three 16 g servings of whole grain each day. All of our products contain at least 8 grams whole grain per serving, and therefore proudly bear the whole grain stamp. Imagine, a cookie being a good source of whole grain! And the kids devour them happily.

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Are your products vegan?

Yes. All Homefree products are certified vegan.

Do you take any precautions with regard to latex allergies?

Yes. We understand that many people with food allergies may also be allergic to latex. We therefore use only non-latex gloves in our Kitchen.

Why do these cookies cost more than some other cookies?

In order to have the highest possible control over the quality and allergy safety of our cookies we do not do the common, significantly less expensive practice of contracting with “co-packers,” where someone else bakes and packages the products in a kitchen shared with other products. Rather, we have our own dedicated facility for our products only. In this way we can design and supervise every aspect of staff, equipment, ingredients, baking and packaging. Then we make our products from high quality, wholesome ingredients including 100% whole grain flours, natural chocolate and cocoa powder, fruit juice, and non-hydrogenated oils. Further, many of our ingredients are certified organic and our oats are specially grown to be gluten free. We source all of our ingredients with great care, always choosing allergen safety over price. Additionally we conduct our own allergen and gluten testing. All this so you can feel home free with “treats you can trust!”

Do you ship outside the United States?

Yes! Homefree mini cookies are now available in Canada and the UK. If you do not see Homefree cookies in your local store, just ask! For questions about other countries, please contact us.

Do you offer your products in bulk, such as for schools and other food service?

Yes. And to support schools’ and other non-profits’ efforts to support our children, we offer discounted bulk rates to keep the cookies as affordable as possible for all of the children. Some Homefree cookies meet school nutritional guidelines of the A List and of the USDA and Alliance for a Healthier Generation “Smart Snacks,” thereby providing a terrific solution for schools. With Homefree, our children can be included when treats are served, the parents love how wholesome the cookies are, and the kids without allergies love the cookies too.

Does Homefree have a commitment to the environment?

Yes. At Homefree, we care a great deal about protecting our environment. Some of our products are certified organic (70%), thereby contributing to the health of our water and of our families. Further, most of our packaging is made from recycled materials, and most of our cookie boxes additionally are made using wind power. We only use the packaging we need: You will find little extra space in our boxes. From reusable cups in our staff room, to efficient appliances in our kitchen, we at Homefree are careful stewards of our environment. We proudly are a certified B Corporation because of our strong commitment to environmental as well as social responsibility.

Do you guarantee your products?

Absolutely! You can enjoy your Homefree treats with confidence. We also welcome all feedback and ideas.

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