A Family Affair
Gina Klafeta is the angel that every food allergy family needs. As a vegan with a gluten-free niece, Klafeta already understood dietary restrictions, but after discovering her other niece, Caroline, had a nut allergy, this 27-year-old ice cream maker got churning. She suddenly imagined a world where all parties and gatherings served one dessert that everyone could eat. With this inclusive vision in mind, Klafeta used her culinary background to launch her top 9 allergen-free ice cream brand, Nana Creme. She knew she nailed it when even her non-food allergic friends begged for more, achieving her goal of bringing friends and family closer—one allergy-friendly dessert at a time.
How do you manage Nana Creme's top 8 free status?
We make all of our products, including our mix-ins like cookie dough and brownie pieces, in our own dedicated facilities. We unintentionally looked solely for private manufacturing spaces, which became a blessing in disguise!
We also purchase ingredients from single-source suppliers whenever we can—so if we buy sugar, we get it from a company that only makes sugar to avoid any chance of cross contamination. We NEVER purchase ingredients produced on shared lines with any of the top 8 allergens.
What products do you currently sell?
We started out with just four flavors of ice cream: vanilla, chocolate-covered banana, strawberry, and cookie dough. We’ve now worked our way up to ten ice cream flavors (we're really excited about our new ones!), four cookie dough bite flavors, and ice cream sandwiches— and they’re all top 8 allergen-free!
We can’t wait to hear what’s next for Nana Creme. Can you give us a sneak peek?
We're definitely bringing out Klondike® Bars and Drumstick Cones. The Drumstick would only be dipped in chocolate, so it would still be completely free of the top 8 allergens!
Will you always stick with frozen desserts?
I don’t think we’re going to go beyond dessert, but we’ll definitely move past frozen. I want to move into “Take-and-Bake” cookie dough. We have a great recipe!
Okay, now we’re hungry. Where can we get our hands on this stuff?
You can buy all of our products directly from our website: nanacreme.com. We’re also in all of the Whole Foods in the Midwest as well as Jewel, and we’ll be in Shoprite in the Northeast soon! discount code
How much Nana Creme do you eat a day?
I eat at least one ice cream sandwich. Sometimes it’s even a half-a-pint kind of day.
What’s your favorite flavor? What about your niece's?
Raspberry. It’s one of our new ones! Caroline's is strawberry.
Favorite ice cream topping?
Sprinkles. They might be my favorite food.
Cup or cone?
Do you ever feel like you’ve had enough ice cream?
I haven’t gotten there yet.