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By AJSMAMA on Fri, 09-13-02, 00:42

I am sure there is an old thread about this, but for some reason I am having trouble executing a search on my computer. Anyway, I know there are a lot of people coming up on their first Halloween/Harvest as peanut allergic parents/individuals. Just a reminder/warning that candy corn (Brachs for sure) can be manufactured in a plant that also processes peanuts.

Jaime

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By Going Nuts on Thu, 09-19-02, 23:50

Last year I found great safe Candy Corn from a company called Blueberry Hill. I haven't been able to find it this year, however, and just emailed them a little while ago to find out where I can get it. Their phone # is (800) 451-8664, and email is [email]finedbyp@aol.com[/email] .

Amy

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By Jazz It Up on Fri, 09-20-02, 00:24

Great reminder! Farley's Candy Corn *definitely* lists peanuts in the ingredients.

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Stay Safe!

Connie

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By becca on Fri, 09-20-02, 01:25

Maybe we can all write to/call vermont nut free and get them to take on making or supplying a safe candy corn in addition to all their chocolates! I just love it and it would be so great to find a safe one easily available. I wonder if it means a totally new process for them? becca

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By becca on Fri, 09-20-02, 18:22

Just flipping through the Stop and Shop circular for next week(in Eastern Massachusetts). I saw the Blueberry hill candy corn on saler for next week! They also have Brachs on sale, but advertised this one as well. Just thought I would share. I plan to grab some(if my dinky S&S has any at all) and call. It would be fun to have safe candy corn. Dh and I love it and usually get a bag and eat it on the sly, LOL! becca

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By Going Nuts on Fri, 09-20-02, 21:23

Thanks for the heads up Becca - we are due to get a Stop & Shop here in a few months, but now I'm going to go on their website and find out where the closest one is.

Amy

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By becca on Sun, 09-22-02, 21:11

Well, I found the stuff today, a miracle in itself since my S&S is often poorly stocked on odd items and whatever sale items I am looking for, LOL. DUH! They have egg whites and my dd happens to have an egg allergy as well. I was so bummed. They were also the ones with brown instead of yellow, and they had pumpkins. Hope the rest of you are able to indulge! becca

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By wood145 on Mon, 09-23-02, 15:18

I also found the Blueberry Hill products. They were in my local Foodtown (NJ Shore area). Dylan was thrilled because I had just reminded him last week, no candy corn, pumpkins, etc. Now I'll be able to give them to the class Mom for his Halloween Party. Thanks for the info on this product!

Karen

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By gw_mom3 on Fri, 09-27-02, 23:01

I called blueberry hill yesterday and they told me they make the walmart brand of candy corn. I'm going to wally world tonight to check it out. If they have it I'm buying a whole case. lol. I miss candy corn.

Gale

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By Carefulmom on Sat, 09-28-02, 00:31

Wood 145, am I missing something here? What is the problem with pumpkins? My daughter has eaten pumpkin tarts with no problems. Is pa a reason to avoid pumpkin?

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By ACBaay on Sat, 09-28-02, 12:06

Hi Carefulmom,
I think that the references to pumpkin were for the candy corn that is shaped like a pumpkin, not the vegetable. The veg is a squash, and should be fine for PA (we make pumpkin bread all the time.)
Take care,
Andrea

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By Carefulmom on Sat, 09-28-02, 14:28

Thanks for clearing that up.

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By Joanne on Sat, 09-28-02, 19:02

Becca-
My PA son is also egg-allergic. We haven't been able to find any candy corn that is free of both peanuts and eggs, but we'll keep looking. Let me know if you ever find one.

Joanne

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By gw_mom3 on Sat, 09-28-02, 19:37

Well, I went to walmart last night and the walmart branded candy corn (great value, or whatever it's called) has a 'may contain' warning on it for peanuts and a few different tree nuts. So much for that. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

If I can't find the blueberry hill brand anywhere else I might hit up some kind soul here who might be able to get some for me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Gale

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By Going Nuts on Sat, 09-28-02, 21:44

Gale,

Feel free to email me off board. If I can get back to Stop & Shop, I'll be glad to send you some.

Amy

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By gw_mom3 on Sat, 09-28-02, 22:48

Thanks Amy. I'm going to call blueberry hill on monday and find out if any other stores in my area might have it. If they don't, I'll be sending you an email. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Gale

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By allergic@27 on Mon, 09-30-02, 01:12

Hi all I found Blueberry hill in my local all for a dollar store! and was so excited that they had no warning I did buy some and called the Co. when I got home and they said no nuts [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] All for a Dollar is also the same store as the dollar tree I do beleive.

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By becca on Mon, 09-30-02, 04:35

I am obsessed with this candy corn thing, I guess, because my dd cannot even eat it due to the eggs, I realized, and I keep checking back here! I was looking at the KMART add today, and it looks like the advertized candy corn *might* be Blueberry Hill, just by the picture. It did not specify a brand. I will likely be there tomorrow, and will check. Maybe I will still buy some for dh and I to eat after hours, and support the nut free company. That way, when dd outgrows the egg allergy(positive thinking), it will still be a thriving business, LOL. becca

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By Carefulmom on Mon, 09-30-02, 13:55

Becca, my daughter is allergic to eggs also, but I have seen several brands of candy corn without egg. I haven`t been able to buy them because they are on shared equipment with peanuts. So not all candy corn has egg. Maybe since you are in a different part of the country you can find one. If so, let me know!

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By becca on Mon, 09-30-02, 14:14

Carefulmom, if I find some, I will happily send you a care package! Going to KMART today.

Ugh. The food projects at school never stop. Next week is a candy corn count. I have yet to find out what that actually is, but no way can I expect my dd to be restarined enough not to have any if it is all around! I am hoping to make it into a skittle count, but need to return a call to the teacher. They are trying to be PN/nut free, but I bet they do not have safe candy corn for this(there are two other PA students). I hope it is a guess how many game where they can just get some on the way home. becca

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By becca on Mon, 09-30-02, 17:25

Okay, for those of you having trouble finding the Blueberry Hill candy corn, they did have it at KMart. Large bags of it on sale 3/$5. The Brachs does not have eggs, but I dont consider it safe, and I believe nobody here does. Just an FYI! Becca

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By LaurensMom on Mon, 09-30-02, 22:17

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By Lam on Mon, 09-30-02, 23:18

I know there are several other threads on candy corn here, but would someone please refresh our memories about why candy corn (specifically Brach's) is unsafe? I think it would help to add that to this evergrowing thread.

(If I find it, I'll post it, but please - if you already know the answer, jump in anytime!) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Ali'sMom on Tue, 10-01-02, 03:19

Hi, Lam. I think it is because they have a "manufactured in a facility that manufactures nuts and peanuts" on it. I looked at a bag today as a matter of fact and that was on the bag. I don't believe there was any peanut products listed in the ingredients, just the manufactured blurb. Hope it helps!

Diane

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By becca on Tue, 10-01-02, 11:18

I thought they had a warning too, and saw on a bag yesterday that there was no warning. Maybe they have some made elsewhere and not in a shared facility. I was actually going on faith from reading here that all Brachs is unsafe, that they make all kinds of stuff, including nutty chocolate on shared equipment. I will try contacting them, in case I am wrong. Maybe my dd can do the candy corn count with Brachs(egg free)! becca

PS(Andrea, I tried emailing you. I do not want to get as personal as my precise location here, and my email has too much personal info as well. If you want to update your email address, I will email you offboard. Maybe we can make an arrangement to get you some candy corn. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img])

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By becca on Tue, 10-01-02, 11:34

I thought they had a warning too, and saw on a bag yesterday that there was no warning. Maybe they have some made elsewhere and not in a shared facility. I was actually going on faith from reading here that all Brachs is unsafe, that they make all kinds of stuff, including nutty chocolate on shared equipment. I will try contacting them, in case I am wrong. Maybe my dd can do the candy corn count with Brachs(egg free)! becca

PS(Andrea, I tried emailing you. It was bounced back. Here is an address for me [email]imissmandms@hotmail.com[/email])

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By LaurensMom on Tue, 10-01-02, 11:58

Becca, thanks for pointing out my out of date e-mail. Didn't even realize.
I corrected it and will e-mail you from home later.
Andrea

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By Lam on Tue, 10-01-02, 12:10

The packages I checked over the weekend had no warning at all. Again, this is Brachs.

I'm on my way to do a site search.

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By Lam on Tue, 10-01-02, 12:29

Just finished a search on candy corn and as of 1999-2000, Brachs was highly cross-contaminated. The company admitted this in several phone calls, but refused to label properly because they weren't "required" to.

Has anyone called recently?

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By becca on Tue, 10-01-02, 14:34

Since some of us have seen warnings and others not, I just left a message and emailed them. becca

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By Ali'sMom on Tue, 10-01-02, 14:38

When I was in Target yesterday, I read the Brach's candy corn and it definetely had the warning of cross contamination. I wouldn't trust any of their candy now even if it didn't contain a warning! Not worth the risk.

Diane

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By Carefulmom on Tue, 10-01-02, 15:47

Here in Los Angeles, the Brach`s candy corn all has a warning about may contain traces of peanuts (possibly tree nuts too, I can`t remember), but their mellowcremes Halloween candy does not. I called Brach`s about three weeks ago, actually about the mellowcremes, which I almost gave my daughter because when a company puts a may contain on one candy and not another, I would assume that the one without a may contain is on a dedicated line. They told me all their candy may contain traces of peanuts, even the ones that don`t have a may contain. All their candy corn is unsafe.

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By SF on Tue, 10-01-02, 18:45

With all of this talk about Blueberry Hill, I decided to locate them. I have never given my PA children candy corn and it would be nice to find some that are nut free, if not oh well, we can live without it.

Here is their contact info:
[url="http://www.blueberryhillfoods.com"]www.blueberryhillfoods.com[/url]

7-B Zane Grey, El Paso, Texas 79906
Telephone: (800) 451-8664 or (915) 779-8100
Fax: (915) 779-8181

I called them today and spoke with Lisa in customer service. She said their products are nut free and their facility does not use any nuts, however she cannot gaurantee that the raw materials are nut free (like sugar etc that they use). I guess this is going to come down to a comfort level thing.

I asked where to purchase this candy corn product in my area and she told me Walmart under Walmarts private label. I am not usually comfortable with private label items and not sure how I feel about this one. I plan to check the label out when I find this at Walmart.

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By AJSMAMA on Tue, 10-01-02, 21:35

Just clarifying for LAM that the reason I
started this thread was because I was consistently seeing cross contaimination warning labels on Brachs candy corn and related food items. Candy corn might not jump out to some people as unsafe for PA individuals so I wanted to reiterate the warning.

Jaime

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By Lam on Tue, 10-01-02, 22:29

AJSMAMA,

Sorry to have forgotten to double-check your initial post. I was keeping up on this thread, but I guess as it went along it evolved more into a "what is safe" than "why isn't this or that safe" and I just plain forgot the initial post. Nothing wrong with the 'evolution' mind you, I just lost track of it.

Sorry about that.

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By gw_mom3 on Wed, 10-02-02, 07:00

I called blueberry hill yesterday. First the guy told me the same thing as SF but I asked for someone who might know more and a manager called me back. He told me that they make sure their suppliers products are also safe for pa and tna. He also told me that Kroger should have it, and Kmart, as well as a few others that I don't have near me (albertsons, acme). Our walmart gets there branded candy corn from someone else and it does have a 'may contain' warning on it.

I checked kroger and they didn't have it. They did say they will try to get me some of it though. I will check kmart too, but our kmart ad says "eagle caramels or candy corn" so I'm not sure if eagle is only the caramel brand or the candy corn brand as well. If it rains soon I'll be able to go find out (my hubby farms and is busy these days so he gets home late and I don't get to go out much).

I have spoken with brach's in the past and they were very snippy and snooty with me and telling me that they don't 'have' to label so there weren't any plans to. It sounds like now they label part of the time and don't label part of the time. Either way, that is one company that I will forever boycott just because they were rude. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Gale

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By ks65 on Thu, 10-03-02, 00:48

Hi-I live in the Los Angeles area - the Valley- and the Vons here had BOTH Blueberry Hill and Brachs. BOTH (and I do mean BOTH) had NO warnings on them. I have seen the Brachs with a warning on many occasions...so I feel I should steer clear of the Brachs (esp. since everyone complains about them!). But, the Blueberry Hill seems safe. The only problem I have is that if my 3 1/2 yr. old eats the "safe" ones, how will she understand or know that an "unsafe" one exists???

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By becca on Thu, 10-03-02, 01:07

Message on my machine today. Brachs is in the process of changing the labels to reflect the potential for cross contamination. All candy is on shared equipment and packaged on shared equipment. Very clearly stated that the risk is in more than one area of handling, essentially. That is why 2 labels, but all are unsafe. becca

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By Lam on Thu, 10-03-02, 12:12

Thanks for the updated info, becca.

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By Claire on Thu, 10-03-02, 12:50

Well I was at the store and found a huge bag of candy corn that was safe for Christopher. I gave it to him and of course now the bag is long gone. he loved it and the fact that it was for only him. Sometimes i allow him only stuff because of the other two getting special things durning the week that he may not get. Even though my 4 year old has never had PB he has had may contain candy at different places. Such as kit-kat bars and twix bars. only when we are not at home. So anyway now i want to buy the bag of Candy corn for chris and i can not remember the name of the bag.It was a huge bag. He keeps asking me if i got it and of course i can not even remember where i got it because i went to a ton of stores that day with 5 kids so the name is a blur.
I am going out looking today and hope i find it. I know it was no name i had before.
Amazing how many people love candy corn. Kind of like ice cream. take care claire

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By SF on Fri, 10-04-02, 02:35

ks65: I was thinking exactly the same thing!
How will our children know the difference between which candy corn is safe and those that are not?? This is another reason I have never persued giving my son candy corn.

Now that I know Blueberry Hill is nut free, I am still not sure I feel comfortable with the whole idea of candy corn! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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By gw_mom3 on Fri, 10-04-02, 07:58

Isn't that true of a lot of foods? Some breads are safe, some are not. We still give our kids bread. Same with lots of other foods. I let my kids eat ritz crackers and graham crackers from nabisco, but there are lots of generic versions plus keebler that I don't trust. I can't not let them eat everything because there's a version of it that might not be safe.

All that said, I finally found blueberry hill candy corn at kmart tonight and bought 12, yes, that's 12 bags of it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Not sure yet if I want to share-I LOVE candy corn! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I didn't give the kids any of it anyway, since it was close to bedtime when I got home but I will probably let them try it tomorrow.

Gale

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By becca on Fri, 10-04-02, 13:32

We have a regular ped. visit today. We saw the allergist 4 mos ago, and egg RAST was only 1.14. I so want to ask for another test today, LOL, so I could start cooking with eggs and to let dd have the blasted candy corn!! They could have it in her school candy corn count if not for the eggs in the Blueberry Hill one! She was never severely reactive to eggs, only in icings that we ever noticed, and had eaten things with eggs cooked in all along, until tested. A little digression, but sure would be nice to knock one iff the list and we were so close. I bet insurance would not cover such frequent testing. becca

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By mae on Fri, 10-04-02, 15:32

My son was offered candy corn last night and I said no - most likely not safe. Today I ran into a Michael's Craft Store ( Canada) and saw a Haunted House Kit ( like the Xmas Gingerbread House kit) - I looked at the ingredients ( listed separatley forthe cookies pieces and the candy - and there was no warning on the candy corn. I got home and then it twigged - that they may have been imported from the US. Not sure what company made them - will try to get back to check it out. Has anyone else seen these?

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By Joanne on Fri, 10-04-02, 17:40

I talked to Brach's about their candy corn since I had a bag with no may contain statement on it. The Brach's person told me that in fact all of their candy corn may contain peanuts/nuts and that they are in the process of changing their labeling to reflect that. So if you are in the U.S. and you have Brach's candy corn it is NOT safe.

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By becca on Sun, 10-06-02, 02:27

I was looking again through my circualrs for the new week, and saw Blueberry Hill candy corn advertised. Right under it was a product called "Harvest Jelly Beans", which look like black and orange jelly beans, and looked like the same label as the candy corn. I plan to scope it out tomorrow, but does anybody know if this is in fact a Blueberry Hill product? I can only hope if it is, it is egg free, *and* nut free. If it is I think I found a solution to the candy corn count that is a reasonably similar substitute that will make the teacher happy. I swear she is more upset to change the candy corn than any of the kids!! I will let you all know tomorrow, but appreciate any knowledge if you have it.

Back to edit, and I apologize if I am repeating info here. I happened to just go to their website(Bradford foods) and they have tons of products like holiday jellies, spice drops, lollies and others. So I emailed the address given to ask in general about any and all products and their manufacture. I hope I hear what we all want to hear, and do not get our bubble burst! I will be back with my info.

Oops. I see SF already called. I was so excited to see so many products, so hopefully I get the same answer, and we have more fun products over the year to use! becca

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By becca on Sun, 10-06-02, 16:29

Well, they do not appeal to me and they certainly are not candy corn, but they *are* black and orange jelly beans, are egg and nut free, and made by Blueberry Hill. They do have natural flavorings in the ingredients, so I should call, but they sound so nut free overall, I may trust it until I hear back. I guess, for us, they will make a good substitution for the candy vorn count in terms if still being candy and festive halloween colors! becca

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By Lam on Sun, 10-06-02, 17:08

becca,

When you say "natural flavors" does that mean real licorice for the black jelly beans?

Just wondering because licorice is a legume, so there is the possibility of a cross-reaction.

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By becca on Sun, 10-06-02, 18:03

I need to check on the natural flavors, and that crossed my mind. I just hate when they throw that word on a label. I do not think it a problem for us. My dd has eaten other legumes in the past, and thrives on soy butter, has even eaten roasted soybeans(before I knew of cross contamination riskes in manufacturing). So, I do not belive my dd to be allergic to other legumes, but know some other people may be. becca

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By becca on Mon, 10-07-02, 14:56

Well, it was all a bit casual, but I spoke to a rep on the phone. My cell phone was echoing back at me and driving me nuts, but she could hear me fine and I could hear her fine. I asked if she knew about the natural flavors ingredint, and she said, "that one I know. There are no nut ingredients in that. We get lots of calls asking about nut ingredients, and we do not have any nut ingredients in that candy or in our flavors." I secifically asked how she knows, if the "natural flavor" might be purchased outside to flavor the candy. She said when they get calls like this, and they have in the past, they fill oout a form and the person in charge of that fills it out and gives it back. She knows this has gone round several times about "natural flavors". She basically said, unless it were a peanut flavored item, the "natural flavors" would not contain peanut. So, the licorice may in fact be natural, but not peanut. I forgot to get that preices as my phone was really annoying. If you know your child has a sensetivity to the licorice flavor you may want to call, if you are even interrested in these jelly beans. They are egg and nut/peanut free, and black and orange.

I think I will let my dd taste a few, and if she seems fine, will send them in for the candy corn count. Though I almost hesitate to because I like that they may have come up with a non-candy solution! Too much focus on the candy at her school! I think I have exhausted this topic. Sorry guys! becca

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By AJSMAMA on Mon, 10-07-02, 17:29

Blueberry Hill candy corn is also available at Meijers in plastic tubs.

Jaime

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