An Interview with Miyoko Schinner

We’ve been patiently waiting for the day we’d get to partner with Miyoko Schinner, founder and CEO of Miyoko's Creamery. This month’s indulgent seasonal flavor, Miyoko’s Butter Toffee & Chocolate, takes you back to the nostalgia of childhood. Covered in a bed of caramel ice cream, the butter toffee bites are dipped in rich dark chocolate and are irresistible. Miyoko’s Creamery is transforming the animal-free future of dairy and shares our vision of reducing our dependence on animals for our food, our traditions, and our daily lives. Read our interview with her below.



What inspired you to start Miyoko’s Creamery?
            I often describe Miyoko’s Creamery as a mission with a company. When I started Miyoko’s, I wanted to create delicious epicurean cheeses and butters made from plant milk, but I also wanted to drive activism and create real change in our food system. Compassion for all living beings is at the heart of everything we do.  
What does tapping into the "positivity of plants" mean to you?
            Plants are the heart of it all! Real, wholesome, from the Earth ingredients! Everything I originally created and that we sell today is crafted from plant milks. Why have the first ingredient on the label be oils and starches when it can be cashew milk or oat milk?

We absolutely love the butter and cheeses you make and find the quality competes if not succeeds their non-vegan counterparts - how do you do it?
            Thank you! Coming from my chef background and years owning a restaurant, when I set out to create a vegan butter, I knew first and foremost, that I wanted this butter to perform! Not only bake or spread but truly brown. It had to taste good on its own and spread on a piece of bread. With this in mind, I studied traditional creamery techniques and learned all about culturing and fermentation practices. Culturing is what makes our butter taste so good.
What kind of ice cream would you like to see from Frankie & Jo’s next?
            Oh! Well, I just got back from a trip to Italy! So, I’d have to say Gelato di Gianduia – chocolate hazelnut!

What is next for Miyoko’s?
            The holidays are coming up! So many of the traditions we all know and love are centered around food. Conviviality is one of the pillars of what we do here at Miyoko’s. So we are really gearing up to go big this holiday with butter! Just in time for all that baking and cooking we do during the season. Be on the lookout for something special coming this November/December. 

What else would you like to share?
            Thank you so much for asking us to partner on this delicious seasonal flavor! I have loved watching our community grow and see more and more like-minded businesses achieve success. Wishing you all my best and keep making that delicious ice cream!

Find our limited edition flavor in our scoop shops and online for nationwide shipping until November 2nd.


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