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By on Fri, 11-17-00, 23:18

I just found out my daughter is tree nut allergic as well as peanut allergic. I have given her kisses in the past with no problem. She has never reacted to cross contamination that I know of.

I would like to know if the people who feel kisses are o.k. are tree nut allergic as well as peanut allergic? Why do you feel they are safe/unsafe?

I know that Hershey makes the almond kisses. Therefore, I will probably only buy from Vermont Chocolates now.

I am curious about the kisses because even though my daughter has never had a tree nut, she reacted to all the nuts tested. Her almond scratch test was huge. Could this be due to the kisses?

The allergist was not much help. She just warned me to be extra careful during the holidays. She said nothing about cross contamination. I tried to ask as many questions as I could, but she seemed in a hurry.

I get more information on this site than at the doctor's office. Thanks for all the help.

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By mom2two on Sat, 11-18-00, 00:08

I haven't had my daughter tested for tree nuts, just peanuts, we just assume, for all practical purposes, that she is allergic to all.
That being said, she eats kisses all the time and has never had a reaction.

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By Jodi on Sat, 11-18-00, 00:32

Is there anything on the label of the Hershey Kisses bag regarding "may contain traces or made in facility producing nut products"? I have a PA son, and just assumed the kisses would be off limits as most candy is. Never bothered to actually read the label. Will have to do that when I go to the store tomorrow.

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By on Sat, 11-18-00, 03:07

Jodi, there is not a warning label on the Plain Hershey Kisses package. My son eats them all the time...in fact it is the only chocolate we keep in the house. He has never had a problem with them. Since we don't buy the other kinds of "Kisses" i.e., the Hugs or the Almond ones, I don't know what is on their package.

Stay Safe.

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By on Sat, 11-18-00, 15:34

This info's dated to just before Xmas last year I checked with Hershey's then and decided no to the small kisses but yes to the huge plain kiss. My son is very hihly allergic to Tree nuts, peanuts and some other foods but it was due to possible nut cross contamination. He was fine with cutting pieces off huge choc kiss.

JanBP

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By rilira on Sun, 11-19-00, 06:38

My daughter is TN/PN allergic. She eats a Hershey kiss in her lunch at school everyday. This is her "kiss" from Mommy when I can't eat with her.

I spoke with Hershey's and feel comfortable buying the kisses and the 1.55oz. plain chocolate bar.

Linda

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By on Sun, 11-19-00, 17:48

My son is PA and we just found out that he is also allergic to walnuts. However, since finding out that he was PA, we have avoided all tree nuts and sunflower seeds due to cross-contamination questions regardless. Now, unless a product says specifically "may contain trace peanuts" or "may contain trace whatever tree nuts", I do allow him to eat them. I know that he has eaten Hershey's Kisses safely. I haven't looked at all of them, I do know that some came out to be not "safe", but I'm not clear what ones. Until he has a reaction from a product due to cross-contamination, as long as it does not have the allergy warning label on it, I feel comfortable buying it and allowing him to eat it. It is only within the past month or so that I have become concerned about this practice and it's mostly to do with what I see other PA parents doing/not doing on this site. But, for me, right now, Hershey's Kisses are okay, with him both PA and one tree nut allergic, unless there is a specific allergy warning on them. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By AmyR on Mon, 11-20-00, 02:34

My son tested negative to tree nuts. His only allergy is peanuts. We give him hershey kisses as well as bake with hershey chocolate chips. We have never had a problem.

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By Kathy Spencer on Mon, 11-20-00, 03:32

My son has always eaten Hershey kisses and homemade chocolate chip cookies with Hershey chips with no problem.

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By redtruck on Mon, 11-20-00, 04:44

My daughter is peanut and tree nut allergic.
Here in Canada, i have noticed that Hersheys labels their almond kisses with the May contain or may have come in contact with peanuts. Generally, when i see this warning on some of their products, i feel reasonably safe in assuming they are nut allergy aware enough to take the proper precautions. In fact, when i dont see any warnings on some products, thats when i become a little more suspicious.
I believe they also sponsored the No Nuts for Me book, so i know theyre aware. We also use the Chipits for choc. chip cookies all the time.

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By amy2 on Mon, 11-20-00, 20:32

hello all, it's been a while since I have chimed in, but, I spoke to Hershey's probably about 2 months ago, and they are very allergy aware. I was so happy to hear it! A company in the U.S. that actually has it together. She told me that the plain Hershey chocolate bars are made on a dedicated line, and on the rest of their products, it there aren't any warnings or "may contains" it is safe. She said they clean the lines and have them inspected before making different products. My son eats the kisses, and bars with no difficulty. I also switched to hershey chocolate chips for cookie making. In the US they also make Whoppers, Rolos, and of course the kisses. All of these products have no warnings. Hurray for Hershey! Hope this helps. I was very happy when she told me all this. It is so unusual to speak to a company that is so aware of peanut allergy.

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By rilira on Tue, 11-21-00, 06:40

My daughter also can eat the Whoppers and Rolos. She just doesn't like them so much. She says the whoppers are too crunchy and the rolos too gooey. I happen to love both so I feel comfortable eating them around her.

Linda

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By kathyc on Thu, 11-23-00, 00:28

Another great Hershey's product are "Sixlets" which are small, round candy covered chocolates, similar to M&M's - both my kids are PA and have never had regular M&Ms, so these are a real treat - again, no cross contamination.

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By amy2 on Sat, 11-25-00, 15:39

kathy c I got my son sixlets at Halloween, and now I can't find them anywhere! Where are you from? I got them at Target, but now they don't have them. He loved them, and they are great, and I was hoping to send some to Cayley's Mom, since she has sent my son 2 care packages of smarties, but I can't find them! Any ideas? Thanks, amy2

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By kathyc on Sat, 11-25-00, 15:43

I could find them everywhere at Halloween too! I can find them individually at a little variety store here in Alexandria, and have seen them at Safeway. They are really tough to find, so I try to stock up when I can. Maybe Hersheys would have some info on where to find them.

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By gw_mom3 on Mon, 11-27-00, 05:57

This was a loooong time ago, but I used to find sixlets at convenience stores-like seven-eleven or circle K.

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By yarnwoman on Mon, 11-27-00, 16:31

I don't know where you are but I am in Southern California and my local Albertson's grocery store has them on the candy aisle.

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By on Mon, 11-27-00, 17:46

I have never heard of Sixlets before! Are they good?

Yarnwoman, we live in Florida but we also have Albertsons Grocery Stores here. I will look and see if ours carries this candy.

Stay Safe.

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By jawar on Mon, 11-27-00, 17:54

We have sixlets in Oklahoma. I used to get them at dollar stores (Bill's Dollar STore or Dollar Generals). We haven't bought any in about 3 months. I will check next time I'm by one of them.

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By on Tue, 11-28-00, 00:42

I talked with Hershey- the kisses can be run on commen lines with hugs(TREE NUT) when production demands are ther- like during certain holidays.

JanBP.

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By California Mom on Tue, 11-28-00, 22:38

I got so excited about trying to find "sixlets" after reading this thread. I found them today at Target, and all I can tell you is: I feel sick!!! I have been gorging on them. It's funny, my daughter didn't seem to get too excited when I showed her the box - but I sure was! One thing I can say is that IMHO they are not as good as either M & Ms or Canadian Smarties. Even so, it's always good to find a safe candy.

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By AmyR on Thu, 11-30-00, 03:21

I actually stumbled upon Sixlets today. I had never heard of them before reading this post. I was in a local party goods store and my eye caught me at the check out counter. I bought two packs. One for me to sample to see what they were like and one to put away for my son some day. I really enjoyed them but California Mom is right. They were yummy at first but then they start to make you sick after awhile (kind of like candy corn). They must be loaded with sugar. I do, however, think they are much better than Smarties. There's something about them that I think are horrible...

Unfortunately, the woman at the register told me that they don't usually have Sixlets. For some reason, they have them now. Maybe I'll stock up.

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By rilira on Thu, 11-30-00, 06:10

Who makes sixlets? How do you know they are safe?

Linda

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By PAGirl on Thu, 11-30-00, 13:48

We called Hershey's about a week ago, and they said that the mini candies/chocolate (like you get at Halloween) are not safe. There is a warning on the PACKAGE. Otherwise, though, they said just stick with the labels on everything else. I still have to talk to Nestle and M&M/Mars, but at least we know that Hershey's is safe.

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By Linda-Jo on Thu, 11-30-00, 15:16

Years ago, I remember Hersheys made a candy that looked like M&Ms and they were called "Hersheyettes". I just noticed they are available in a "Grinch candy package" at my CVS. They are red and green. I wonder if they still sell them other than on promotion and if they are safe. I'll check with Hershey's and let y'all know.

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By Jodi on Tue, 12-05-00, 00:55

After reading this thread I got brave and gave my 3 year old PA son a couple plain Hershey kisses. He loved them! Being the nervous wreck I am he only got to have 2 as I just kept watching for the reaction that never came! It is so nice to finally know there is a chocolate candy out there (and a good chocolat it is - not a cheap yucky, fake, chocolate) that he can have. I will have to tell friends and family so they will know what they can give him next Halloween!

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By Linda-Jo on Thu, 12-07-00, 05:23

Well, I didn't call Hershey's but I checked the label for those "Hersheyettes" candies. They have that "may contain traces of peanuts or nuts" on them. I'm disappointed, as I thought Hershey's would have made them 'free' along with their Kisses. So, I guess they are out of the question in our household, just like the M&Ms.

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By kathyc on Thu, 12-07-00, 11:57

Yesterday I found Sixlets at Target - they are in a skinny yellow carton-like box, right in the candy aisle. They are made by Hersheys.

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By Sandra Y on Tue, 01-09-01, 04:18

Just reporting on another Sixlets sighting. These Sixlets candies are like the stealth candies that the company doesn't want us to find!

I saw big bags of them at one of those cheap grungy dollar/discount stores. They looked like they were about as old as me though, so I didn't get them.

Then today I saw them at my regular grocery store (Jewel in Chicago). But they weren't in a box--they were in a bright yellow bag with all those little hanging bag candies like Brach's gumdrops, jellybeans etc., hanging up on racks. I bought some.

Don't ask me why I bought them, b/c I'm so terrified of chocolate I'll probably never give them to my son. I have this theory that if he never has chocolate he won't develop a taste for it and won't want to eat it when he's older. That's what happened to my husband. He grew up in the Middle East and NEVER had chocolate and he hates it! I know this theory is brainless, but I can dream, right?

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By kathyc on Tue, 01-09-01, 12:47

I also had another Sixlet sighting! In a catalog called "Oriental Trading Company" they had little individual Valentine bags of Sixlets. You can find them at oriental.com

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By Andrew'sMom on Fri, 01-19-01, 20:29

Hi. This is a naive question, but I keep seeing references in these posts to "Smarties" and "Canadian Smarties", but I've never seen them in stores. I'm from the Maryland area and have never seen "Smarties". Are these just available in Canada? What manufacturer makes them? Are they peanut and nut free?

THanks. Stay safe.

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By PattyR on Fri, 01-19-01, 20:36

Andrew's Mom,
The Smarties that are referred to here are only available in Canada. I believe that they are similar to M&M's. There is a product here in the US called Sixlets that can be found. I believe someone posted here that they can be found at oriental.com

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By Andrew'sMom on Fri, 01-19-01, 20:40

Thanks for your reply! I appreciate it.

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By shannon on Fri, 01-19-01, 23:33

Andrew'sMom,

American Smarties are small wafer like candies that resemble sweet tarts (only much smaller) and come in a roll that is about 2 inches long. They do not contain peanuts or treenuts, thus they are safe, but they contain no chocolate and in no way resemble M&Ms as canadian smarties do.

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By JenniferMN on Sat, 01-27-01, 16:49

Earlier in this thread, JanBP told us that Hershey said plain Kisses can be run on common lines when there is a higher demand for them--like on holidays. Well, I think they may be making them on common lines now.

I bought a bag of Kisses a week ago (in a Valentine's Day package), and ate two of them. It took less than three minutes before my mouth, tongue and throat started to tingle (I am PA and TNA-especially Almonds). I ran to take my Benadryl, and thankfully, I didn't have to resort to my Epi Pen. I'm glad that I only ate 2 of them, or it may have been worse.

The very next day, I ordered some chocolate from Vermont Nut Free. I don't know that I will want to try plain Kisses again, but I still need my "chocolate fix".

I am 26, and my allergies are just now getting worse. Its hard to give up all chocolate after one develops a taste for it. I guess I will content myself with Oreos and Vermont Nut Free.

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By ajdoz6 on Thu, 02-01-01, 01:34

This question has to do with the last reply someone mentioned she sticks to oreo's and vermont nut free. This doesn't have anything to do with Hershey Kisses but with the Oreo's. I haven't called myself I know I should. But wanted to ask are these made on a dedicated line?

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By ajdoz6 on Thu, 02-01-01, 01:35

This question has to do with the last reply someone mentioned she sticks to oreo's and vermont nut free. This doesn't have anything to do with Hershey Kisses but with the Oreo's. I haven't called myself I know I should. But wanted to ask are these made on a dedicated line?

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By care on Tue, 02-13-01, 21:49

I have just called Hersheys here in Canada.
I was told that basically if it doesn't have a warning label on it then it is safe. Every time you buy the product you should check the labelling as if it does have a chance of cross-contamination then they will put that on the label.
THe person that I spoke to said that if a line is used for a nut-product then beforew it is used for a nut- free product (With no warning of may contain) then the lines/machines have to be cleaned using a 'wet method' and a 'dry method' and the after that they are inspected. They then stand by their packaging--if it is not labelled 'may contain ' then it is safe.
I also just called General Mills and the same applies for them.
I spoke with a supervisor at a Cadbury plant (here in Canada)at a party on the weekend. He said that their labelling is very strict and that things that are totally nut free are made completely seperate and that there is no cross-contamination as there are strict rules about hand washing and taste testing (dismissal if caught). In other words you can trust the labelling--this person also has a son who is PA so is definately allergy aware.
Hope this helps and I welcome comments about these products or others. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by care (edited February 13, 2001).]

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By KarenT on Sat, 05-19-01, 23:17

I did a search for Hershey chipits and this is the thread I brought up. All this talk about chocolate makes me hungry. My mom just made a cake for my daughters birthday. She was so proud of these chipits she had put in the cake. They are Hershey White chocolate Chipits. I told her I would have to check if they were safe. I think I hurt her feelings, but I am not willing to take the chance without knowing more about the company. I live in Canada but the package said imported by Hershey Canada with a Canadian address. Does this mean they are made in Canada? Do Hershey always label there May Contain? Since it is the long weekend in Canada I don't think I can get an answer before tomorrow. Any body out there already spoke to Hershey about this?
Thanks for your help.

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By Julied on Thu, 05-24-01, 17:40

This is in reply to the person who ate a couple of "valentine packaged" hershey kisses. I have found and was told by Hershey's that the guidlines for manufacturing holiday kisses were different because they are mass producing very quickly. She said that they are labeled with warnings whereas the others are not.

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By Sue on Thu, 01-23-03, 21:56

With Valentines around the corner I thought some of us might want to review some ideas that might be safe for the classroom. SOOOOO that is why I raised this thread.

Sue in Sunny Arizona

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By cathlina on Fri, 01-24-03, 00:34

Sue,

Do you have to rub in the "sunny" in Arizona?

It was 6 below zero this morning with 20-30 below wind chills.

Send some sun our way...please!

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By cathlina on Fri, 01-24-03, 00:35

Sue,

Do you have to rub in the "sunny" in Arizona?

It was 6 below zero this morning with 20-30 below wind chills.

Send some sun our way...please!

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By Sue on Fri, 01-24-03, 02:37

cathlina,

Sorry about the "sunny" part. I lived in the South Dakota/Minnesota are for close to thirty years and really love the sun and warmth of Arizona. Yes, we do have snow and freezing weather in some parts of Arizona but I avoid them in the winter.

I have lived in Arizona now for almost twenty years, sooooo I have almost thawed out.

I would be so happy to send you some warm air, if it were possible. How about coming for a warm visit [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Sue in Arizona Sunny -- hee hee :;

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By Connielynn on Fri, 01-24-03, 18:12

Sixlets are made with carob not chocolate. If you are trying to avoid legumes carob is a lugume. As are peanuts.

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By cathlina on Fri, 01-24-03, 18:28

Sue,

I live in Iowa. So after living in MN/SD, I can see why you are so excited about Arizona.

I heard on the radio news that Yuma has 322 days of sun every year.

That is somewhat disgusting in Iowa on a cold, cloudy day like today.

Cathlina...Cold-Cloudy in Iowa

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By twinsmom on Fri, 01-24-03, 20:48

We have given the twins plain hersheys kisses and 1.55 plain chocolate bars with no problems at all!

We did contact the company and the assured us that the plain kisses not the holiday ones in different colored wrappers are made on a designated peanut free line as well as the chocolate bars.

Enjoy!
Debbra

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By becca on Thu, 02-06-03, 22:23

raising for the poster below. Not sure if your info was in here, but it is a lengthy discussion and I knew where to find it!

BTW, we decided to use them, and dd has been working on a bag and is fine, FWIW. becca

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By erik on Thu, 02-06-03, 22:43

Here in Canada, Hersheys always adds warnings to their products such as:

- manufactured on the same equipment as products that contain peanuts

- manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts

I have not seen any warnings on the Hersheys kisses here in Canada, so I would consider them totally safe.

I did see a warning "processed on the same equipment as products containing almonds" on either Hershey's nuggets or Hersheys hugs.

Anyway, Hersheys labelling is great, so if your package of Hersheys kisses has no warnings on it, I would consider them safe in my opinion.

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By gw_mom3 on Fri, 02-07-03, 09:36

Thanks, becca-this is the thread I was talking about and don't know how I missed it in my search.

Quote:We did contact the company and the assured us that the plain kisses not the holiday ones in different colored wrappers are made on a designated peanut free line as well as the chocolate bars.
Debbra-are you in the US? I called Hershey's yesterday and the lady couldn't tell me if the plain kisses are made on dedicated lines. Only the usual form letter on their allergy policy.

Gale

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By Zach's Mom on Tue, 02-11-03, 01:00

I have called Hersheys twice regarding Hershey Kisses and both times I was told that if they had any chance of cross contamination it would be labeled. My son eats them on occasion and has not had any problem.

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