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Skor Toffee Bits ... Reaction

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By Codyman on Sat, 01-15-05, 03:31

I made a special dessert for my co-workers today one ingredient was Skor Chocolate bars, made the same thing for my family but used Skor Toffee Bits (Hershey Chipits) rather than chocolate bars.

I had a slight hesitation in giving the dessert to my daughter and knew that the skor chips had almonds in them but since my daughter is only PA I thought it would be okay. She has been tested for Nuts on 3 different occassions, first time the result was positive the next two were negative. She has also had Skor bits almost 2 years ago without a reaction.

She had a small bowl of the dessert and then complained her mouth was hot. Told me she didn't like the caramel (Skor bits) because it made her mouth hot. She also had a few red spots -- not hives -- on her lips. I gave her Claritin (all I had in the house) and LOTS of water to drink. She seems find but I will watch her throughout the night just to be sure.

Guess it's time for retesting but if Almonds/Nuts come up negative again, then it is a cross reaction since they are Manufactured in a Facility that processes Peanuts.

I let my guard down one special dessert and now regret it. When my daughter was last tested (2 years ago??) they told me she would never out grow her Peanut allergy, hope this reaction, if not an almond reaction, doesn't mean that she is even more sensitive to peanuts.

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By on Sat, 01-15-05, 03:55

Oh, Codyman, I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

I don't keep Benadryl in my house and whenever either child has a problem, I administer our regular antihistamine (wanted to get that out of the way first).

Do you know I always thought a Skor bar was a peanut based bar? Don't ask me why. I don't even know if I've ever had one. But in my multitude of label reading and looking at chocolate bars, especially to find more and more safe ones, I've NEVER looked at a Skor bar. Just automatically considered it off limits (perhaps because it looks kinda like a Crispy Crunch? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] ) for Jess (PA only) and never looked at the label.

It's made by Hershey's? Do you have any of the bits left that you could send for testing? That would give you an answer as to whether or not cross-contamination was involved.

Jesse has had a 2 hive only cross-contamination reaction before to something everyone (including the manufacturer, Duncan Hines) said that he shouldn't have reacted to, but I felt okay with that because then I was still dealing with PA and not another allergy.

I guess it's easier for me to say that I'd just as soon continue to deal solely with PA because Jesse has already had three anaphylactic reactions. So, it's not like my child isn't already extremely sensitive. I could see why you wouldn't want your child to get more sensitive, but you know what? I don't know if that's what this means necessarily, even if your daughter did react to cross-contamination. To me, it just falls under the sh** happens clause. KWIM?

What a pita though because now you will want your daughter re-tested to see if she has developed TNA. I know that there are stats here somewhere about how much more likely our PA children are to develop TNA.

And please don't do the guilt thing. Yes, your daughter had a special dessert tonight.
She didn't try anything new (and even that wouldn't be reason for guilt because you would have made sure it was PA safe). You had no way of knowing. No way. Just as if any of our children suddenly develop another allergy, so please, don't beat yourself up about that.

I'll be thinking of you tonight and hope that the reaction does not progress any further.

Big hugs. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Codyman on Sat, 01-15-05, 15:51

Cindy: Thank you for your concern, thoughts and advice.

Forgot to add that last night, my daughter did have hives on ONE arm and wasn't able to resist itching.

This morning, she is fine, told me that all she wanted was what I made in the clear plastic container (which was chocolate cake) and not the "special dessert" (layered chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, skor bits, whipped cream).

Need to find a phone number for Hershey, I still have 1/2 the package left.

She is going to a birthday party today and I plan on giving her Claritin prior to going, for 2 reasons, one they have a cat (yuck) and two I don't want my daughter to have a second reaction. The birthday party is close by (2 kms) and is only for 2 1/2 hours and my daughter will be bringing her own Cupcake in leu of the birthday cake.

I do feel guilty but at the same time and Thankful that I have told everyone that she is PA and TNA, even though the results showed PA only. I figured it was much easier for everyone else to avoid all nuts. I am also glad (??) that it happened with me and her father around and not at school or elsewhere.

Thanks again Cindy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By mommysamuels on Sat, 01-15-05, 17:38

Sorry about your daughter's reaction, glad she's alright now. I have a bag of the skor bits in the cupboard that I got before we found out about ds's PA. I know on my package (canada) it does say processed in a facility that has peanuts and other nuts. If your in the states then I guess yours wouldn't have the label. I can't believe the difference in the two countries.

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By Codyman on Sat, 01-15-05, 20:17

Quote:Originally posted by Codyman:
[b])Guess it's time for retesting but if Almonds/Nuts come up negative again, then it is a cross reaction since they are Manufactured in a Facility that processes Peanuts.

... hope this reaction, if it's not an almond reaction, doesn't mean that she is even more sensitive to peanuts.[/b]

mommysamuels :
I am in Canada and the package does say "Manufactured .....". I don't normally buy any product that says either "May contain ..." or "Manufactured ... " but I thought since she had tested negative the last two times for Tree Nuts and had eaten Skor bits before (once) I thought it would be okay.

Won't make this mistake again.

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By momma2boys on Sat, 01-15-05, 20:33

Codyman, does your package say manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts? or a facility that processes tree nuts? The only reason I am asking is someone mentioned having them test the product to see if it was contaminated. If they label may contain or processed for peanuts I was wondering if they would test it or just say, "we admit it may have peanuts on the labeling."

Even if it wasn't contaminated in the plant, the almonds very likely were contaminated where the nuts were supplied. Don't they say most tree nuts and peanuts are processed together? That is the main reason we avoid right now. My ds has never been tested for tree nuts.

Glad she is ok!

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By mommysamuels on Sat, 01-15-05, 21:11

Sorry for the confussion codyman [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

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By Codyman on Sun, 01-16-05, 01:57

momma2boys: Yes you are right ... no need to test product since it is "manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts".

I am sure it was a cross contamination but will have my daughter retested for Tree Nuts when we go back to the allergist.

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By on Sun, 01-16-05, 23:53

Oh, Codyman, hon, out of the 1 in 12 chance. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Does a Skor bar contain tree nuts for sure?

I'm just wondering if you have to have your daughter tested if they aren't in the product at all or aren't mentioned (i.e., "may contain tree nuts").

I swear, that time Jesse had his two hive only reaction, it was to cross-contamination, to a Duncan Hines cake mix that Duncan Hines maintained could not have caused a problem.

It was only after I posted about it here that I found out a LOT of Canadians didn't trust Duncan Hines for different reasons.

Glad to hear your daughter was feeling better. How did the party go?

No guilt please, the dessert sounds delicious! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By on Mon, 01-17-05, 00:29

Codyman, well, I just happened to have to go to the variety store (grocery store closed - but I can see the Skor bits packaging now in my mind's eye) (something to do with a 7 year old having a temper tantrum for two hours and I thought cold air might do her head well [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ).

I looked at a regular Skor bar. It did contain almonds, so I guess you do have the tree nut question now regardless rather than thinking that it may simply be the 1 in 12 chance of cross contamination.

Interestingly, on the Skor bar itself (regular size), there was no "made in" or "may contain" warnings.

What a bummer. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By on Wed, 01-19-05, 04:46

Codyman, how is your daughter?

I hope all is well. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Codyman on Fri, 01-21-05, 15:17

My daughter is fine now. She won't forget the reaction, although she doesn't want me to talk about it to everyone.

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