Updated: Jan 18
✦ From the Blue Mountains of Australia, Gingerbread Folk bakes traditional, chocolate and gluten-free gingerbread.
The magic ingredient Gingerbread Folk has is simply this - to live responsibly and with kindness.
They are much more than just a business, and it is not about having a production line that manufactures run-of-the-mill gingerbread men for Christmas.
Owners with a vision
In 2000, they left behind a corporate lifestyle - Karen was an architect and Dom a marine biologist. They were attracted by the beauty of the Australian outback and, with the freedom to visualise new directions, they started a small baking business in the Blue Mountains. Gingerbread Folk was founded on the belief that business has a higher purpose. It goes beyond just profit. Gingerbread Folk embraces ethical initiatives.
“We’re proud to be part of the conscious capitalism movement. As we share our values through Gingerbread Folk, our business has a higher purpose aside from just making a profit.”
What makes Gingerbread Folk so special
It begins with choosing to say Gingerbread Folk instead of gingerbread man (or woman!). There is something so friendly and homey with their choice of ´folk´ that you want to order not just one box but a whole family of gingerbread cookies to share with everyone!
The cookies are gluten-free, nut-free, palm-oil free and vegan with absolutely no colours, flavours or preservatives added. This is one Christmas where you can indulge in gingerbread guilt-free.
Even the icing for their gingerbread houses is special. Karen did her research to try to create an icing recipe that was egg-free. She succeeded, and is delighted that Gingerbread Folk's icing does not need to rely on the battery hen industry. Gingerbread Folk’s royal icing is proudly egg-free, premium quality, strong and fast drying making assembling their gingerbread houses a breeze!
Sustainability is key and Gingerbread Folk cookies are thoughtfully packed in compostable wrappers.
Gingerbread Folk uses Green Power and rooftop solar panels to generate their own clean, green electricity to power their business.
With so much kindness, responsibility and thought put into what they do, it generates a warm fuzzy feeling that makes it feel like it is Christmas every day when you bite into one of their happy Gingerbread Folk.
Keeping spirits up through the pandemic
The last year and half brought some huge hurdles. Karen and Dom learnt to innovate and create new offerings to adapt to the challenges brought about by the pandemic.