What ice cream is safe?

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By on Sun, 03-06-05, 17:40

Is there a brand or flavor of ice cream that people feel safe giving their children? I feel terrible that my 3 y/o has never tasted it before, but I am very cautious now that we know she has a PA. My husband thinks I am being too protective... but that's another story.

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By AJSMAMA on Sun, 03-06-05, 19:17

We do Breyer's vanilla.

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By NutsBugMe on Sun, 03-06-05, 20:05

I frequently eat Breyer's creamy vanilla, coffee, mint chocolate chip, and cherry ice cream. So far, I have never had a problem.

However, from what I've read on these boards, Breyer's does not have dedicated lines but do an excellent job of cleaning the machines. They are within my comfort zone since I have never had a reaction. But, everyone's comfort zone is different. So, if you aren't comfortable with Breyer's, then PhillySwirl products would be a good choice - their products are made in a nut free facility.

Hope this helps.

Terri in the USA
Severely allergic to peanuts/walnuts/fish (avoid all nuts - may or may not be allergic)

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By NCMom on Sun, 03-06-05, 20:05

We make our own since I was seeing so many ice cream recalls from FAAN.

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By toomanynuts on Sun, 03-06-05, 20:28

We make our own. We never buy ice cream unless it is Phillyswirl, which is a nut free company. DD had a reaction to soft serve ice cream and I had a reaction to regular ice cream. I don't trust it unless it is a nut free company.

toomanynuts

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By saknjmom on Fri, 03-11-05, 14:42

Philly Swirl is safe. Also, there are a lot of regular ice cream that is safe....I use any that don't have an allergy warning or that the ingredients do not show peanuts or nuts.
We've had Bryers, Dwyers, Some Klondike bars etc.

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By jtolpin on Fri, 03-11-05, 16:38

DW, who is anaph to peanuts, eats a variety of ice creams. She eats any that do not state 'peanuts' in the ingredients.

She has had ONE reaction (to a B&J mixed ice cream that she tasted something odd...)

Jason, who is just answering the Q, and not adding his .02

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By Ree on Fri, 03-11-05, 19:36

Breyers and Perry's vanilla. French vanilla has eggs, so we avoid it.

And, I waited til my ds was 3 and the guilt finally got to me! I was so nervous about it, but was really glad I finally gave it to him...he loves it, of course!

[This message has been edited by Ree (edited March 11, 2005).]

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By ajas_folks on Sun, 03-13-05, 15:36

Quote:Originally posted by NCMom:
[b]We make our own since I was seeing so many ice cream recalls from FAAN.[/b]

This is exactly where we are on ice cream. Having the machines cleaned (no matter how thoroughly) just is too risky for us. In our family our "comfort zone" or [b] safety zone [/b] as we prefer to call it, just doesn't allow us this risk.

Important reminder for all of us -- those new and not-so-new to PA -- just because there is no "shared equipment with nuts/peanuts" warning or "may contain" warning on the carton does NOT mean the item is necessarily peanut or nut free! In the USA, the food label is NOT required to state as to shared equipment or may contains.

I think there are some ice cream recipes in the Snack/recipe topic area for those who may be interested. We love our Cuisinart ice cream maker -- you can still buy extra freezer tubs at Amazon I think.

EB

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By Sandra Y on Sun, 03-13-05, 23:24

Ben & Jerry's vanilla!

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By peanut_mom on Thu, 03-31-05, 04:06

I'm from Canada and Chapman's ice cream is actually labeled as peanut/nut free. Most of their line is safe, just watch for the red label on the box

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By erik on Thu, 03-31-05, 05:07

Quote:Originally posted by peanut_mom:
[b]I'm from Canada and Chapman's ice cream is actually labeled as peanut/nut free. Most of their line is safe, just watch for the red label on the box[/b]

For those who want more information, the Chapmans ice cream website is at [url="http://www.chapmans.ca"]http://www.chapmans.ca[/url]

The logo that is on their packaging is as follows:
[img]http://www.chapmans.ca/media/symbols/peanutflag.gif[/img]

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By McCobbre on Mon, 04-18-05, 13:07

If you live in Texas or an adjacent state, Bluebell's Homemade Vanilla icecream is safe. We've talked with the company,and when we went on a tour of the factory in Brenham, we were told to only eat the Homemade Vanilla, which is my favorite anyway.

Bluebell is far superior in flavor to Breyer or any other ice cream I've eaten. If you've not tried it, you really ought to. :-)

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By Codyman on Mon, 04-18-05, 14:29

CHAPMAN'S is the brand we buy, my children love it.

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By M'smom on Mon, 04-18-05, 15:47

Question for Canadians...

I've checked the Chapman's website, and, while I can find nutrition information, I can't find ingredient info.

M is still avoiding eggs -- RAST score is almost non-existent (so I'm not worried about cross-contamination) -- but I'm hoping we can find a non-egg flavor, as we'll be away from home when we try it.

If anyone has a carton, and would be willing to post the ingredients, I'd be grateful!

Especially if it's the "Eh, Canada" flavor, with the maple leaf in the middle... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Thanks!

Sue

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By ajas_folks on Thu, 04-21-05, 19:21

Quote:Originally posted by McCobbre:
[b]If you live in Texas or an adjacent state, Bluebell's Homemade Vanilla icecream is safe. We've talked with the company,and when we went on a tour of the factory in Brenham, we were told to only eat the Homemade Vanilla, which is my favorite anyway.
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Just curious as to their reason for only Homemade Vanilla -- is it run on a dedicated line? Also, how recent is this info?

Thanks, EB

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By Codyman on Thu, 04-21-05, 19:25

Quote:Originally posted by M'smom:
[b]Question for Canadians...

I've checked the Chapman's website, and, while I can find nutrition information, I can't find ingredient info. [/b]

You could call the company (phone number on web site) and ask them directly for the ingredient list and nutrition information.

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By hannah mom on Thu, 04-21-05, 22:08

Hi Sue

It may be too late for you, but here are the ingredients from the Canadian Vanilla, Eh!

Milk ingredients, modified milk ingredients, sugar, glucose, mono & diglycerides, locust bean gum, cellulose gum, guar gum, carrageenan, natural & artficial flavour, colour

Sarah

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By McCobbre on Sat, 04-23-05, 15:13

About Bluebell,

A manager at the factory where we were visiting told us that the Homemade Vanilla is on a dedicated line. Our ds has never had a reaction after eating it.

The manager did say that with regard to other flavors, they're very good at cleaning after a line is processed but that we shouldn't take chances.

I'd like to see if their ice cream sandwiches are safe. We use their popsicles all the time.

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Originally posted by McCobbre:
If you live in Texas or an adjacent state, Bluebell's Homemade Vanilla icecream is safe. . . . we were told to only eat the Homemade Vanilla, which is my favorite anyway.

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Just curious as to their reason for only Homemade Vanilla -- is it run on a dedicated line? Also, how recent is this info?

Thanks, EB

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By Adele on Sat, 04-23-05, 16:40

I wandered up and down the frozen food section at Safeway yesterday trying to find a pint of 'safe' ice cream. Checked all of Ben & Jerry's and every single one was 'may contains' or 'manufactured on' - can't remember which.

I checked other brands too, with no luck. There were 'safe' gallons, but if I bought a gallon, I'd eat it all in an evening or two...so can't have it in the house. Does anyone know of a safe ice cream that comes in pint containers?

I ended up buying regular yogurt in the 'strawberry cheesecake' flavor. It didn't satisfy the craving.....

Having icecream withdrawals in Arizona....
thanks,
Adele

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By kkeene on Sat, 04-23-05, 19:34

When we are in Canada I always buy Chapmans. My son is both P & E allergic & he eats Chapmans ice cream & sandwiches.
I have read so many of their cartons & I don't think I have ever found ones that he could not have!

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By TinaM on Sat, 04-23-05, 21:02

McCobbre, please post if you find out anything else about the Blue Bell ice cream sandwiches and etc. I'm in MS and Blue Bell is everywhere here. It is great ice cream!

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By ajas_folks on Thu, 04-28-05, 22:29

Spoke yesterday directly with BlueBell in Texas -- Katy (sp?) in their R&D dept, -- she says to her knowledge, they DO NOT have ANY dedicated line for any of their ice creams, vanilla or otherwise.

She was very thorough about explaining their cleaning processes, etc. and said that they do label for any "may contains" but not necessarily for shared facililty or equipment. I asked point blank if they'd ever had a recall for ingredient cross-contamination and her answer was no.

As to their Homemade Vanilla, it is the flavor they sell the most of. She knew of NO PA or TNA reactions to this particular product having been reported to their company.

Just thought I'd pass this info along.

EB

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By DRobbins on Thu, 04-28-05, 23:29

Quote:Originally posted by Adele:
[b]I wandered up and down the frozen food section at Safeway yesterday trying to find a pint of 'safe' ice cream. Checked all of Ben & Jerry's and every single one was 'may contains' or 'manufactured on' - can't remember which.[/b]

I'm very surprised to read this, because it's so different from my experience with Ben & Jerry's. Here (in Massachusetts), just off the top of my head, I can name a good number of flavors without a warning label: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, strawberry cheesecake, Cherry Garcia, Chocolate Therapy, Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Dublin Mudslide...

The varieties that have shaped chocolate pieces, like the new Fossil Fuel which has little chocolate dinosaurs in it, are labeled with a warning that the candy is made on equipment that also processes nuts.

That being said, B&J's does not have dedicated lines, just an extensive cleaning process. They're the only brand we use, and we've never had any reactions, although obviously the level of sensitivity of one person can vary tremendously from that of another person.

--Debbie

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By erik on Thu, 04-28-05, 23:32

Quote:Originally posted by DRobbins:
[b] I'm very surprised to read this, because it's so different from my experience with Ben & Jerry's.[/b]

Here in Toronto, all Ben & Jerry's flavours also have peanut allergy warnings on the packaging. These warnings were added about 2 years ago.

I think the warnings were added since they make peanut flavours of ice cream on the same equipment as non-peanut flavours.

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By B's Mom on Wed, 05-04-05, 19:50

We love Rita's
[url="http://www.ritasice.com/homeFrame.html"]http://www.ritasice.com/homeFrame.html[/url]

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By on Tue, 05-10-05, 15:50

I've been to the Bluebell factory (about 4 months ago). The tour stated they run the homemade vanilla on a dedicated line. We always buy Bluebell Homemade Vanilla. Have never had any reaction in 11 years. We are in Louisiana and many of the other brands listed are not available here.

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By McCobbre on Mon, 01-02-06, 18:27

Actually, I just thought I'd reraise this because there are new folks who will benefit from it.

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