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Fools & Queens Cheat Sheet

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What is Fools & Queens?

A company that makes individual pots of yummy, sugar-free (if you don’t count the naturally occurring sugars in the fruit and the dairy) pudding!

 

Are they good for me?

They aren’t  going to extend your life or make you super clever or anything, but they certainly aren’t bad for you.  Everything in moderation we say! (Except sugar, don’t eat sugar) They are great for your teeth though.

 

Why do they say guilt-free indulgence on them?

Because to the letter of the law they aren’t ‘sugar-free’ but we really want people to know that they aren’t your typical run of the mill, luxurious, over-indulgent, sugar laden pudding (well they are luxurious and indulgent, but they don’t have any sucrose in them, so by our reckoning they are guilt-free!)

 

Why are they sugar-free?

Well they aren’t technically sugar-free according to trading standards, but they don’t contain any sucrose (which is what most of us know as sugar, we sweeten our puds with xylitol).

 

What is xylitol?

Despite it’s very chemical sounding name, it’s actually totally natural. Ours comes from sustainable Finnish birch trees (by tapping the trees for their sap), ‘xyl’ being the greek word for wood, ‘itol’ implying it’s a part of the sugar alcohol family.  Xylitol is produced naturally in the human body and can be found in small quantities in strawberries, plums and raspberries (we promise you it’s not alien).  It has a GI value of 7 and can be consumed by dieters and diabetics.  

 

Why have you chosen xylitol as your sweetener?

Our bodies can only absorb monosaccharides (glucose, galactose, or fructose), the single units of sugars and starches. These are absorbed through the small intestines and circulated into the bloodstream through the liver as blood glucose.  Polyols (of which xylitol is one) can not be absorbed by the body and therefore pass straight through us, not passing through the liver and not getting stored as fat (excess glucose and all fructose, I’m talking to you here).  

 

Do they all contain xylitol?

No, the Orange and Honey Posset is sweetened with honey, so it is refined sugar-free..

 

Why aren’t they labelled sugar-free?

Although our puds don’t contain sucrose (table sugar) according to trading standards they can’t be sugar-free due to the levels of naturally occurring sugars, in the fruit juices and the dairy base, nudging our levels of sugar per 100g to just above the limit to be called ‘sugar-free’, so if you want let’s call them ‘low-fructose, sucrose-free’!

 

What’s it made of?

You’ll have to read the ingredients list on the back of the individual puddings as they all contain different yummy things! Some are dairy based, one is coconut based, some are jellies. We have a couple of possets. They’re all different!

 

Does it contain nuts?

They are all made in a kitchen which handles nuts, so whilst only the Almond and Cardamom Pudding with Rhubarb Jelly contains nuts (almond extract), we can’t guarantee that they won’t have some trace of nut in them.

 

What allergens are in it?

Again, probably best to read the back of a specific pudding sleeve, it details all of the ingredients and allergen information in bold.

 

I’m gluten-free, can I eat it?

They don’t contain ANY grains (and therefore have no gluten product in them); we haven’t actively sought to make them gluten-free and they most definitely aren’t certified gluten-free (if that’s even a thing). We just feel it’s a nice to have, if you’re that way inclined.  

 

I’m lactose intolerant, can I eat it?

Unless it’s the dairy-free Lemon Jelly with Lime Coconut step away from the pudding. All of the others have a dairy base.  

 

Are they suitable for vegetarians?

The Lemon Posset & the Orange and Honey Posset are.  The others all contain beef gelatine.  (We have tried to find a veggie gelatine that sets the puddings in just the way we like and we haven’t found any that have come close to comparing, but don’t worry, we haven’t given up hope, the search continues).

 

Are they suitable for vegans?

No.  Not even the Lemon Jelly with Lime Coconut (it’s set with beef gelatine).

 

Can my dog lick the pot clean?

NO!!! NO!!! NO!!! Xylitol whilst is amazing for us humans is very poisonous for dogs.  Don’t let Fido anywhere near your pudding pot! Lick it yourself!

 

What’s the shelf life?

The lab says 10-14 days.  

 

How do I store it if I don’t want to eat it now?

Keep it refrigerated <5oC but definitely don’t freeze it, it won’t like that.  

 

What should I do with the packaging when I’m finished?

Our pots come are made from sustainable and ethically sourced materials, which means they’re compostable, so if you have a system in place for that sort of thing knock yourself out! The sleeves are made of cardboard and are recyclable.

 

Are they child-friendly?

I have yet to find a child to who doesn’t like the Strawberries and Cream, some of the flavours might be a bit too grown up for your child, but the ingredients are definitely all child friendly!!

 

Where do you get your ingredients?

We source all of our ingredients as locally as possible.  We 100% believe in keeping it local.  Unless of course we can’t get something e.g. lemons, not many of those grow in the UK, so we then use a local supplier who can source them for us.  

 

What else can I use my new pudding for?

The mind boggles.  If you have any really great suggestions, smutty or not, then please send them through to us – we love a good giggle – info@foolsandqueens.com