Q: What is aquafaba?
A: Aquafaba is a new word, coined from 'The Official Aquafaba Website'. It refers to the cooking broth from freshly cooked beans. High in protein, aquafaba performs like the albumin in an egg white and successfully replaces eggs in many baking applications without imparting any bean-like flavor. We make our aquafaba from scratch using organic chickpeas.
Q: Are meringueshop meringues different than regular meringues?
A: Yes! Our meringues are lower in sugar and calories than regular meringues. Meringuedrops have only 4 calories and the larger kisses have 10! They are also fat-free, gluten free, soy free, peanut and tree nut free, and vegan. We have reduced the sugar in half and infused lots of fruit and spice flavors.
Q: Does the aquafaba give a chickpea taste to the meringues?
A: No, aquafaba has no residual flavor which makes it an ideal replacement for eggs in baking.
Q: Where are your chickpeas grown?
A: Our chickpeas are sourced in the USA, organically grown and non-GMO.
Q: Do you use cane sugar in your meringues?
A: Sugar is a key ingredient in our meringues, but the quality and quantity is what differentiates our meringue. We trace all of our ingredients to seek out clean sources. To create our own signature sugar blends, we combine organic cane and maple sugars. The sugars come from Itaja Sugar, produced in Brazil. These sugars are organic, certified Fair Trade and non-GMO. They use a strict production system that excludes fertilizers, pesticides, and growth regulator products.
Q: Who is your source for maple sugar?
A: We use organic maple sugar from Bascom Maple Farms, located in New Hampshire. The Bascom family has been producing maple syrup since 1853. To showcase the maple sugar, we created an all maple meringue that is free from cane sugar. Our meringuemix is also coated with a delicious maple caramel.
Q: What is arrowroot?
A: Arrowroot is used as a non-GMO starch alternative to cornstarch. It contains no gluten and is high in protein. A small addition of arrowroot gives a chewy mallow to our meringues and pavlova desserts. We also use it in our confectioners sugars to keep the sugars powdery.
Q: What is freeze-dried fruit?
Freeze-drying removes water from the fruit, but unlike dried fruit that has a chewy texture, this process creates a delicious snappy crunch, not unlike a meringue. A quick freeze and then vacuum allows the nutrients to remain in the fruits. Our fruits are all organic and non-GMO.
Q: Is it okay to eat flowers?
A: Yes! But it is very important that they are grown organically, free from fertilizers and pesticides. We partner with a certified organic farm of fruit, herb, and vegetable flowers in Pennsylvania, ‘Cherry Valley Organics and plan to introduce seasonal flowers and herbs throughout the year.
Q: Is your chocolate vegan?
A: Yes, our chocolate hails from Raaka Chocolate in Red Hook, Brooklyn, a locally produced bean-to-bar craft chocolate. We use three types of Raaka chocolate, a milk chocolate made with coconut milk and 60% cacao, a dark chocolate with 71% cacao, and a cane sugar-free chocolate with 79% cacao, sweetened with yacon root. Raaka purchases the beans directly from Öko Caribe and Zorzal Cacao in the Dominican Republic. where they practice agroforestry to support a sustainable ecosystem. Zorzal Cacao is actually part of a bird sanctuary called Reserva Zorzal too. They not only practice agroforestry, but they provide and preserve habitat for migratory and native bird and amphibian species on the island of Hispanola.
Q: How long do the meringues stay fresh and how do you store them?
A: Our meringues are baked fresh daily and stay fresh for four weeks, or longer, if stored properly. Keep meringues and chocolate covered drip drops in the original packaging or air-tight container and in a dry area. Please do not put them in the refrigerator or freezer or the humidity will make them soft. If the meringues get exposed to humidity and lose their crispness, place them on an even layer on a baking sheet and allow to dry in a low oven at 175 degrees for half an hour, allow to cool, and they will be crisp again.
Q: Is the kitchen certified gluten free?
A: We bake in a production kitchen that uses best practices to keep wheat and gluten products segregated. All meringueshop products are free from gluten.
Q: Are your products certified Kosher?
A: Yes, all of our products are kosher-certified through OK Kosher.
Q: Are you a dedicated nut-free facility?
A: Yes, we do not use any tree nuts or peanuts in our facility. Coconut is not botanically a nut, and we do use coconut in some of our products.
Q: How are meringues vegan, don't they usually have eggs?
A: We use aquafaba to make our meringues, which is derived from organic chickpea broth that we make from scratch. There are no eggs in our meringues, that's the magic!
Q: I would like to sell Meringueshop products in my store. Do you take wholesale accounts?
A: Please contact us directly regarding your interest and quantities.
Q: How long will it take to receive my order?
A: We ship by either the United States Postal Service (USPS) or United Parcel Service (UPS) by ground to locations within the contiguous United States. Your order should arrive within seven days of having placed it. You will receive an email that includes a tracking number confirming that we have shipped your order. Please note that UPS does not guarantee next day delivery for perishable goods. Please contact us in the event of a delay in delivery. For any chocolate orders, we recommend next day delivery.
Q: Can you create a custom dessert buffet?
A: We work directly with each client to customize a party. Please contact us to set up an appointment and we will be happy to organize a tasting and discuss ideas.
Q: I am from out of town and I would love to see visit your shop. Is your kitchen open to the public?
A: We welcome visitors to tour our facility. Please give us a call to plan your visit.
Q: Can I take a train to meringueshop from New York City?
A: We are 35-45 minutes by train from New York City. Take Metro North's Hudson Line from Grand Central Station to Scarsdale. Taxis are available at the train station. We are about 1 mile from the station.