CERTIFIED COCOA AND COFFEE
We make our own chocolate at our ice cream factory. The cocoa that we use in our chocolate has been certified by the NGO Rainforest Alliance. The Paulig coffee used in our Iced Coffee ice cream sticks and Light & Dark Coffee ice cream tubs is also Rainforest Alliance certified. The Rainforest Alliance gets paid for every kilo used, and in turn the NGO supports the farmers who are part of the system. The organisation’s aim is to make sustainable business operations the new normal. The Rainforest Alliance is a certification system for tea, coffee, cocoa and hazelnuts, and, among other things, its focal points include forests, climate change and human rights.
REAL MADAGASCAN VANILLA
The vanilla that we use comes from Betavilona in Madagascar. We buy it straight from the family Ranja’s organic farms, which have an Organic EcoCert certificate.
WHAT IS CAROB BEAN GUM USED FOR?
Carob bean gum is extracted from the seeds of the carob tree. This fully natural ingredient helps ice cream stay cold for longer. Carob trees grow in Mediterranean countries, such as Greece and Croatia.
DOES THE ICE CREAM CONTAIN GLUCOSE SYRUP?
Yes, it does. We use glucose syrup, because sugar is one of the main ingredients of ice cream, and it affects the consistency as well as the taste. When used in a suitable ratio to normal sugar, glucose syrup creates a silky smooth consistency and stops the ice cream from melting too quickly. Glucose syrup is as sweet as normal sugar, but 50% more expensive. In other words, we do not use it for the price but for the consistency it gives. Our glucose syrup comes from Suomen Sokeri, and it is made from wheat and maize through a process that is very similar to how normal sugar is made from sugar beet. Glucose syrup is also produced organically and, for example, one third of honey is naturally made up of glucose. However, many consumers confuse glucose syrup with glucose-fructose syrup, which is made artificially by converting glucose into fructose. This is not something that we use in our ice creams.
DOES THE ICE CREAM CONTAIN SOY?
The chocolate and white chocolate that we use in our ice creams contain a small amount of soy lecithin. All of our other ice cream flavours that do not contain chocolate are soy-free.
OUR ICE CREAM DOES NOT CONTAIN PALM OIL, CARRAGEENINS OR ANY GMO INGREDIENTS
These are not for us.
CAN THE ICE CREAM CONTAIN TRACES OF ALLERGENS?
Our ice cream may contain allergen traces, as we only have a single production line. Our ice cream factory is small, and all the products are made at the same facility in Helsinki’s Kivikko. According to legislation on foodstuffs, product labels must mention any traces of common allergens (in our products, these include milk, nuts and peanut). Our vegan ice creams are made on a different day than our dairy ones, and all the machines, containers and equipment are washed between the batches very carefully. Any remaining traces do not make a product non-vegan, and instead the label markings are particularly for those with severe allergies. If any changes are made to the product information, the sales packaging will always contain an updated version.
WHERE DOES THE COCONUT CREAM COME FROM?
The coconut cream that we use in our vegan ice creams is from Indonesia, and it has a certification which ensures that no rain forest or tropical forests have been cut down to expand the land used to grow coconuts and that the land area has remained the same since 1988. In addition to that, the certificate proves that no leashed monkeys have been used to pick the coconuts.