What is the shelf life of your products?
Our cookies are wrapped to stay fresh for about 3 months in the cupboard, and even longer frozen, but they will likely be eaten well before then! The cakes will keep in the freezer for about 3 months. They are best stored frozen until ready to eat -- their texture will be best the first day or two after thawing. The cakes slice easily while frozen for easy single serve snacking.

Are your products organic?
Yes. Gak's Snacks cookies are more than 70% organic, and the apple coffee cake is more than 95% organic. The products are certified organic by the NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food. Most of the ingredients we offer are also certified organic. You can learn more about the value of organic food at www.ota.com/organic.html.

Do you use any genetically modified ingredients?

Are your products certified Kosher?
Yes. We are "OK" certified as Kosher Pareve. The pareve means that none of our ingredients, products, or equipment has ever had contact with any dairy product.

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. For every serving of Gak's Snacks cookies you eat, you get more than 1/2 serving of whole grain! (But you'd never know it from the texture.) You can learn more at www.WholeGrainsCouncil.org.

Are your products gluten free?
Our baked products are not gluten free, since we bake with barley flour, which contains gluten, and oat flour, which can contain traces of wheat. For those who avoid barley but eat oats, our oatmeal cookies contain only oats. Also, there are many wonderful gluten-free recipes in our baking cookbook!

Are your products free of wheat?
We do not use wheat in any of our products or in our facility. However, for those for whom traces of wheat could be a concern, please note that our grains are processed in shared facilities with wheat, though not on shared lines. Further, due to agricultural practices in this country, oats often contain traces of wheat.

What flours are in the cookbook recipes?
The recipes call for varied flours. Some recipes use gluten-free flours such as rice and quinoa, some use barley and oats, and some use spelt. Because spelt is in the wheat family and is therefore an allergen for those with true wheat allergies, we do not have it in our facility. However, it can be a wonderful wheat substitute for many of the people who avoid or have sensitivities to wheat. For those who do not have wheat allergies or sensitivities, wheat can be used in the cookbook in place of spelt if desired. If you scroll down in the table of contents, you can see which flours are used in each recipe. 

Are there seeds in your products or cookbook recipes?
Our dedicated facility has no seeds. There are two recipes in the cookbook that call for seeds, but in each case the seeds are optional. The ingredient label of our individually wrapped chocolate chip cookie now reads: organic oleic safflower/sunflower oil. However, we have never used sunflower oil, do not have it in our facility, and do not intend to use it! We put it on the wrap because of past and anticipated shortages of organic safflower oil. If we are ever unable to obtain that oil, we need a way to continue providing our chocolate chip cookies! If that ever happens, we will write it here. Otherwise, the oil will always be safflower.

Are your products free of corn?
There is a small amount of corn starch from our baking powder in all but the oatmeal cookies and possible traces of corn in another minor ingredient.

Is there soy protein in your products?
The only soy ingredient we have in our facility is soy lecithin, which we do use in small quantities in all of our baked products except for our oatmeal cookies. Soy lecithin at times can contain small amounts of soy protein. Most, but not all, people with soy allergies are able to tolerate small amounts of soy lecithin.
Please consult with your physician to determine what makes sense for you.

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.

Do you take any steps beyond not using the major food allergens in your ingredients to minimize risk of cross-contamination?
Yes. As the mother of a child with multiple food allergies, I set up the facility and the entire production process the way I would want done for my child. Please see Our Kitchen for the many careful details.

The ingredients of the coffee cake seem so nutritious, and the cake isn't very sweet. So why are the calories and sugar I see on the nutrition panel so high?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a regulation for what it calls "heavy" cakes - cakes that are more than 35% by weight fruit or vegetables. The Gak's Snacks coffee cake is actually 43% fruit! Because the cake is so nutrient dense, the FDA has its own definitions for the serving size. In this case, they require us to define 1/8 of the cake (rather than the 1/16th of the cake I generally serve) as one serving! Actually, you might find yourself wanting to eat that much. If you do, you can feel good about eating cake that has no cholesterol or trans fat, is made from 100% whole grain, and has iron and calcium too.

Why do these products cost more than what I am used to in the supermarket?
We make our products from wholesome ingredients such as 100% whole grain flours, natural chocolate and cocoa powder, apple sauce, fruit juice, and non-hydrogenated oils. Most of our ingredients are certified organic. And we do allergen testing for peanuts, almonds, eggs, and milk on our ingredients and on random batches of finished product. Finally, we bake in small batches. In fact, we make the cakes totally by hand!

Do you ship outside the United States?
As a young company, we do not yet export to stores. However, we do ship the cookbook to individuals internationally. We can also ship the cookies and ingredients to individuals, but depending on the country, it is possible for there to be challenges at customs. Please e-mail us for shipping rates.

Who, or what, is Gak?
Sorry, can't tell you. Not yet, anyway...