Frequently Asked Questions

Lily’s Frequently Asked Questions

What is Stevia? 
Stevia is a zero calorie botanical sweetener. It is derived from the plant Stevia Rebaudiana. Stevia has been used to sweeten foods and beverages for centuries.

What does Fair Trade mean? 
Fair Trade International is a non-profit organization that ensures that the farmers and communities that provide Lily’s with our chocolate are fairly compensated. Fair Trade is not a charity. They actively teach and support communities around the world how to become and remain sustainable.

What does Non-GMO mean? 
GMOs or genetically modified organisms, are organisms that have been created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. It is a new science that merges DNA from different species to obtain a desired attribute. The process is not crossbreeding and is not natural. Lily’s chocolates do not contain any GMO ingredients.

Who is Lily? 
Lily is our Co-Founder Chuck Genuardi’s niece. She is in her teenage years, and is a brain cancer survivor. She exhibited a spirit of giving during her toughest time. This inspired Lily’s to donate a portion of profits to grass root non-profits that support kid’s with cancer.  Read Lily’s Story.

Are Lily’s chocolate products gluten free? 
All of Lily’s chocolate bars, as well as our baking chips are certified gluten free.

Are Lily’s chocolate bars vegan or vegetarian? 
Our chocolate bars are vegetarian, however because we use milk fat to make our chocolate creamy, as well as whole milk powder in our 40% Chocolate Bars with Milk, they are not vegan. Our Baking Chips are vegan.

What is erythritol? 
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol which is naturally occurring in some fruits and fermented foods. It is used as an alternative to sugar. It contains virtually no calories, and has a zero glycemic index. It does not affect blood sugar or insulin levels, making it an excellent choice for diabetics. Unlike other sugar alcohols which are widely known to cause digestive problems, erythritol is very well tolerated. The key difference between erythritol and all other sugar alcohols is its small molecular size which allows it to be absorbed quickly in the upper digestive tract. Other sugar alcohols are not absorbed quickly and reach the lower tract where degradation would normally cause gastric distress. Our erythritol is sourced from a company in Europe who has strict Non-GMO policies in place for both its production processes and its raw material suppliers.

Why does Lily’s say “Stevia Sweetened” when Erythritol is listed before Stevia? 
Although the volume of erythritol used in Lily’s is higher than the volume of Stevia, erythritol is only 60% as sweet as sugar, while stevia is 200-300 times as sweet as sugar. Therefore, Stevia contributes to most of Lily’s sweetness, while erythritol and the natural fibers contribute to rounding out Lily’s delicious flavor profile and mouth-feel.

Is the soy lecithin in Lily’s GMO and hexane-free? 
Yes. The soy lecithin in Lily’s is organic, and is non-GMO and hexane-free.

What is Inulin? 
Inulin is a naturally occurring soluble plant fiber found in abundance in foods including asparagus, artichokes, onions, garlic, and bananas. Inulin has a very low glycemic index, and does not raise insulin or triglyceride levels, making it an excellent choice for diabetes.

What is Dextrin? 
The dextrin in Lily’s, also known as resistant starch, is a naturally occurring dietary fiber derived from high amylose corn. Research has shown that dextrin promotes a healthy colon, balances blood sugar levels, and helps people to reach a healthy weight

Is the milk in Lily’s rBGH-free? 
Yes, all dairy products in Lily’s are rBGH-Free.