Frequently Asked Questions
What is vegan food?
Vegan food is food made with no animal ingredients or byproducts. That includes no dairy, honey, eggs, gelatin or meat. This is sometimes also called plant-based food.
What is veganism?
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
Are your products gluten free/Do you make gluten free products?
Most of our products do contain gluten and none of our products are suitable for individuals with gluten allergies, as they are made in a kitchen with lots of wheat ingredients and cross-contamination is a risk.
Do you make products that are soy free/dairy free/nut free/corn free/etc.?
All of our products are free of eggs and dairy and are prepared in a kitchen completely free of both of those ingredients, making all of our food safe for dairy and egg allergies.
Some of our products are also soy free (like our decorated sugar cookies), nut free (virtually all of our cakes and icings), and corn free as well. If you have a food allergy or dietary restriction, let us know and we can work with you to pick something off of our menu or create a custom order that fits your diet.
Why do you advertise that your products are made from scratch? Don't all bakeries make their products from scratch?
Surprisingly, not all bakeries and restaurants make their products from scratch. While some do, many purchase components of their products already made (such as icing and fondant). At Pogona, we make virtually all of our products from scratch, even down to our sprinkles. Instead of using ingredients like lemon extract, we use fresh, whole lemons, This not only makes a massive difference in the quality and flavor of our products, but it also gives us more control over the sourcing of our ingredients.
Is your sugar vegan? What kind of sugar/sweeteners do you use?
Yes! Some sugar in the United States is processed with animal bone char. We carefully source our sugar and everything we use is either minimally processed evaporated cane juice or sugar processed with plant charcoal. We also use raw turbinado sugar, coconut sugar, agave, maple syrup and house made pineapple and apple (vegan) honeys as sweeteners in some of our desserts.
We are also careful to pay attention to where our sugar is grown. While local is almost always better, when it comes to Florida sugar, the opposite is true. Sugar grown in Florida is a large cause of many environmental disasters in the state, including the recent fish kills in the Indian River Lagoon, the drying up and destruction of the Everglades (and therefore the near extinction of many animals that live there, including Florida panthers) and water shortages in the southernmost part of the state. Therefore, while we make an effort to source as many of our ingredients as possible locally, our sugar is grown in other parts of the Americas.
Do you use palm oil or coconut oil? I've heard they are unsustainable and not vegan.
Recently palm oil and coconut oil have been getting a lot of attention for their unsustainable growing practices, particularly in Indonesia. Palm oil plantations are a leading cause of habitat destruction for orangutans and other unique and very endangered animals. Coconut oil can also be comparably destructive, and some coconut oil plantations in the region use trained, abused monkeys to harvest the coconuts.
Therefore, while some of our products do contain palm and coconut oils (they play an important role in our buttercreams and cookies), none of the palm or coconut oil we source comes from Indonesia or other regions with a record of these horrible practices. All of our coconut and palm oil was grown in the Americas, where practices are more sustainable.
Do you have a storefront?
Not yet! Right now we sell our products wholesale and through partnerships with local businesses. Stay tuned, though, as a storefront is in our long term plans.
Do you do weddings?
We sure do, and we'd love to make the cake/pies/cupcakes/cookies for yours! Shoot us an email so we can plan.
Pogona? What does that mean?
"Pogona" is the scientific name for bearded dragons. We live with a rescued bearded dragon named Bruce, and the name of the company is a reference to him. The logo is actually his outline, down to his two missing toes that he lost as a baby before we adopted him. If you want to learn more about rescuing captive-bred exotic animals and the challenges they face, let us know!
I'm with a non-profit. Do you guys donate to charities and fundraisers?
We do! We particularly love to work with animal, environmental and labor focused organizations. If you have an event or fundraiser coming up, let us know and we will see what we can work out.