Mariposa began in 2004 when founder Patti Furey Crane was craving high-quality sweets while pregnant with her first child. Gluten-intolerant and finding few options at the time, Patti decided to bake them herself!
We're always searching for ways to include the highest-quality ingredients in our baked goods, and we do our best to use as many organic ingredients as possible while still creating products that are affordable to our customers. Not every ingredient is organic, but many are!
It’s short! First, because we don’t use preservatives. Second, because gluten-free baked goods lack the protein found in their gluten-based counterparts, so gluten-free products in general have a relatively short shelf-life. Unless it’s a dry item, like biscotti, we suggest storing our baked goods in airtight containers in the refrigerator or freezer.
No, our products do not contain preservatives or additives. They are also free of hydrogenated oils. Many of our products have been accepted by the Feingold Association, an organization of families and professionals dedicated to helping children and adults apply proven dietary techniques for better behavior, learning and health. Mariposa's products have been featured in the Feingold Association "Food List & Shopping Guide" publication which lists products found to be free of synthetic colors and flavors, as well as preservatives such as BHA, BHT and TBHQ.
Occasionally, we offer sugar-free options or items sweetened with coconut sugar. Alternative items like this are generally classified as our paleo-friendly items. We do not bake with stevia or other alternative sweeteners. We make classic tasting baked goods with the best texture we can achieve and we do that by using the gluten-free flours we use along with organic unrefined cane sugar, much of the time.
Our pizza is sold as a 2pk of par-baked crusts, rather than raw dough. This makes cooking our pizza easier – Just take crusts from the freezer, top with your favorite ingredients and put right into the oven!
Although we bake pies for the holiday season, we do not sell pie crusts by themselves. For gluten-free pie crusts, we recommend Christine’s Upper Crust Pies. They’re located in San Rafael, CA and they sell their crusts to retail stores around the Bay Area - www.christinespies.com.
Nutritional information for all of our products can be found on our website. (Visit pickup.mariposabaking.com for information on our fresh pastries.) If a page does not contain nutritional information, it means it has not yet been calculated. We are actively working on updating this information for all our products - stay tuned!
No! Although we are not a certified gluten-free bakery, (mainly due to the high cost of annual certification), we take every precaution to prevent cross-contamination. We have a 100% dedicated gluten-free facility. We choose our ingredient suppliers carefully. We make sure employees never bring gluten into our bakery or wear their uniforms outside of work where they may come into contact with gluten. We do everything possible to create a safe environment for making 100% gluten-free baked goods.
Further, we periodically test our products for gluten and consistently get results of less than 10ppm, by the University of Nebraska’s Food Allergy Research and Resource Program.
A good place to start is by looking at the list of restaurants that we supply with breads and pizza crusts. You can find that right here on our website. There are also a few good resources for looking up gluten-free-friendly restaurants.