GHIRARDELLI BROWNIE MIXES ARE FREE OF ANIMAL SOURCE BUT THE ONES WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS CONTAIN ETHYL ALCOHOL
Ghirardelli brownie mixes are probably the best mixes out there and the enzymes used are plant based but! unfortunately, the vanilla in the chocolate chips contain ethyl alcohol. While their mixes mostly contain chocolate chips, there are a few without them; namely the walnut, caramel turtle and chocolate supreme types do not contain either chocolate chips or vanilla extract. However, please make sure to carefully read the list of ingredients as always.
Speaking of vanilla and alcohol; all kinds of products containing vanilla extract seem to fall under the same category. Here is an information about vanilla extracts from Wikipedia;
In the United States, in order for a vanilla extract to be called pure, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires that the solution contain a minimum of 35% alcohol and 13.35 ounces of vanilla bean per gallon.
Below is the answer in response to the question of alcohol or animal based ingredients in their products:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Ghirardelli Brownie Mixes. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your inquiry.
The enzymes are derived from a plant source. The only ingredients that we use in our products, that are derived from an animal source, are eggs and dairy.The vanilla in the chocolate chips does contain ethyl alcohol.
If we can be of further assistance, please contact us at 1 (800) 457-7744, weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PT) or visit www.continentalmills.com and select “Contact Us”.
Consumer Relations Representative