As a mother of three school-age children, I know that having access to nut-free desserts is of paramount importance. My children have many friends that are afflicted by nut allergies, and it’s imperative to me as both a mom and a businesswoman that I take the necessary steps to ensure that my business is doing its part to provide the highest quality of cakes and baked goods that can be enjoyed by those who have peanut and tree nut allergies.
At Lizzie’s Bake Shoppe, we take every practical precaution to ensure that peanuts and tree nuts are not used in any of our products and do not cross contaminate any of our products. Our policies for maintaining a nut-free environment include the following:
Callebaut~White, milk, and dark chocolate
Vermont Nut-free chocolate~White and Butterscotch chips
Guittard~White, milk and dark chocolate candy compounds
Jetro Chef’s Quality~mini Chocolate chips, Canola Oil, vanilla
Ghirardelli Foodservice~chocolate chips (we have only determined that the foodservice chips are safe)
Abuelita~Chocolate syrup (NOT the disks, those contain shea nut, which is controversial)
X-Cell Foods~Sprinkles, Sparkles, non-pareils, sugar pearls
Bettty Crocker~sprinkles, non-pareils
Kraft~Marshmallows, Mini Marshmallows
B&G Products~gold and silver glaze, disco dust
Americolor/Ateco~gel colors, meringue powder, piping gel
Chef Master~candy color oil
General Mills~Baking mixes, cereals, pie dough
Sysco~Baking Powder, Cornstarch, canola oil, baking soda, raisins, maraschino cherries
Bakers Joy~Cooking Spray
Vegaline~Vegetable Oil Spray for gluten free cakes
James Farm~cream cheese, eggs, buttery blend
Earths Balance~Soy Free “butter”
Pinnacle Foods~Pie Fillings
GF2~Gluten Free Scoop and Bake Cookie Dough, Gluten Free Flour Mix
Best Foods~Bavarian Cream
Gaucho Ranch~Dulce De Leche
Sunbutter~Sunflower seed butter
Kellogs~rice Krispies, gluten free rice krispies
Nabisco~Oreo’s, Golden Oreo’s, Graham Crackers
**Special Thanks to Sysco Foodservice for doing a tremendous amount of legwork for us!
Despite all of these efforts, certain things are beyond our control. We cannot control whether our products are delivered by companies that also deliver products that contain nuts. We do, however, guard against any cross contamination occurring during delivery by insisting that all of our ingredients are delivered in sealed bags and boxes.
We do NOT use any coconuts in our bakery. While coconuts often are not restricted in the diets of people that have a tree-nut allergy, we note that the FDA began identifying coconut as a tree nut in October 2006. Although we do not use coconut in our products, we want to advise any person that has a coconut allergy that certain of the ingredients that we use in our products are processed in a plant that also processes coconut and cross-contamination may occur. Please inquire upon placing your order.
Other Dietary Restrictions
In addition to all of our products being peanut and tree nut free, we also offer a growing selection of cakes and baked goods for those who have certain food sensitivities or dietary restrictions, including the following:
Sugar-Free. Available for special order upon request.
Gluten-Free. Available for special order upon request. Please note that we do have unbleached flour on the premises, and it is difficult to contain, and, as such, cross contamination could occur.
Egg-Free, Dairy Free and/or Soy-Free. Available for special order upon request. Please note, however, that while we can make egg-free, dairy-free and/or soy-free products upon request, we do have egg, dairy and soy ingredients and products in our shop, and cross-contamination could occur.
Contact Us With Any Concerns
We take pride in our Nut-Free policy. We are transparent in our operations and are always willing to provide a tour of our kitchen and storage areas and to provide copies of certifications, fact sheets and other information provided to us by manufacturers.
Please feel free to contact us at 773-227-3736 with any questions or concerns, or to arrange for a tour of our facility.
We’re excited to be able to provide our customers with nut-free delicious cakes and baked goods. Please help us spread the word!
Growing up in New York City, Liz dined out often and developed a taste for good food at an early age. She earned a graduate culinary degree from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. She then went on to apprentice at Food and Wine Magazine; The Food Network television program; and the Tavern on the Green restaurant in New York City. Liz then moved to Chicago to set up and run the culinary program for the newly opened Sur La Table anchor store in Chicago, where she helped to develop culinary content and a corporate-wide training program for their nationwide chain of stores. Shortly after the birth of her first child, Liz began to recognize the need for more regional child-focused programming and menu development. Liz founded Kiddy Cuisine to teach children self-assurance through cookery and fun, and to teach parents to enjoy cooking with their families. Currently Liz is focusing all her efforts on bringing Lizzie’s Bake Shoppe customers the most delicious cakes in the city. Stop on in, and try one of her delectable creations.