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Posted on: Sat, 10/19/2002 - 1:13am
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dreese and Keithsmom, I emailed you to let you know I'd be happy to shop for you this weekend. Trace'smom, your email (and mine!) are not listed, so we will have to rely on Cindy to put us together and swap email addies. She's done that for me in the past. I hope it's not too much trouble!
Hope to hear from you soon. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
~Tracey!

Posted on: Mon, 10/21/2002 - 5:47am
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Regarding "Regal confections" distributing Cede "rockets", I posted their response in the thread entitled "What candy do you let your kids eat?"

Posted on: Mon, 10/21/2002 - 11:35pm
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Since most everyone probably doesn't read page 1 of this thread (I certainly don't), I thought I would go back and see what I actually posted to get the thread going. Well, darned if it isn't two years to the day that this thread got started. Here's the original post (before I learned how to paragraph thanks to BENSMOM):-
I had mentioned this in another thread re Smarties and it seems as
though Americans are quite anxious to get Canadian Smarties. As we
Canadians know, they are very similar to plain M & M's, but "safe" and
also really a lot better. Anyway, here's what I'd like to propose in this
thread - any American who wants Canadian Smarties, just come in
and say that you want Smarties. You will have to feel comfortable
giving your name and address to whoever you are matched up with on
this side of the border via an e-mail between the American and
Canadian parties. Then, Canadians who are able to send some
Smarties, you will be matched up with one American to do so with.
This means that not one American is receiving all of the Smarties and
not one Canadian is responsible for sending them all.
Does this make sense? I would feel quite comfortable co-ordinating
the exchange. So, for example, American X posts that they want
Smarties, American Y posts that they want Smarties. Then Canadians
A & B post that they can send Smarties. X will receive Smarties from
A and Y will receive Smarties from B. Does this sound absolutely
ridiculous? I think, at the same time, I am going to e-mail Cadbury
(owner of Nestle) and see if they could check this thread out. Please
post and tell me if you think this is totally stupid, but I know a few
Canadians who have already sent Smarties across the border. Does
anyone mind if I co-ordinate it or would someone else like to? I don't
want anyone to get the impression that I am trying to control the
board (or control the number of Smarties leaving our country). I would
feel quite comfortable if someone else wanted to co-ordinate because
it would certainly reduce my # of posts (although by now, what
difference does it make? ). I know this might seem like a really
stupid thing to focus one's attention on, but I also think it's positive
because it's PA people sharing with other PA people and who knows,
maybe some of us will develop friendships this way.
Totally separate from this, but in a similar vein, my son now has an
e-mail computer friend who is also PA. This does wonders for him - to
actually know that there is another child out there (besides the
cartoon Noah from NoNutsForMe) that is PA. Okay, please let me
know what you think, and if you think it's okay, AMERICANS, START
POSTING. As always with on-line communications, do not post your
address etc. in your post, we'll co-ordinate that later with the person
you are matched with only! Yes, at 2:53 a.m. insane thoughts do go
through my head!
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What I really feel the need to add here or make really clear is that this isn't something that I thought of. We had been discussing Smarties in another thread somewhere else on the board and exchanges started to take place that ended up working out well for both parties. So, I thought I'd spin-off from that and start a thread and co-ordinate it. So, it certainly wasn't my idea. I believe the first Canadian to send Smarties across was Kathryn but that's a foggy memory for me.
It was just really fun for me to read that first post to see how this all got started and then to find out that it's 2 years old to-day. Just wonderful! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I am so happy for everyone that has been able to participate in this thread and has enjoyed either sending stuff out or receiving Smarties (or other Nestle products and now Trebor-Allan).
Nope, it wasn't such a dumb idea after all..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 10/21/2002 - 11:44pm
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teacher, as of this morning, I hadn't heard from Trace's Mom yet (I know you know how bad I can be with e-mails). However, I did forward you the e-mail I received from another American member who didn't post in this thread and understand you've done her shopping already for her! Thank-you! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] And the thing with that is, I got her e-mail, forwarded it to you and I haven't even answered her myself yet (to the person who e-mailed me, please forgive me, but at least I got the ball in motion for you, better than getting an e-mail from me first I think, even though slightly a** backwards).
So, as soon as I hear from Trace's Mom, you will hear from me.
teacher, thank-you SO much for all of your efforts re this. I really appreciate it.
Jesse had been asking me to buy a certain Lunchable for quite some time now. Why? Because it had a mini KitKat bar in it. Well. At any rate, thankfully it's Hallowe'en time and mini KitKat bars are easy to find. So, over the week-end I was able to get a bag of 12 (all gone by Monday morning I believe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ). He finally figured out yesterday that I had bought a bag and not a Lunchable to get his mini KitKat.
Then, I had mentioned to him that I had heard that Vermont Nut Free had a Nestle Crunch-like bar that was safe and that I would see about getting him some (when I have money, in my head). Well darned if I wasn't at the school yesterday and the parent whose son is TNA was telling me how Jesse has been telling everyone how excited he is that Mom has found a Nestle Crunch like bar for him and will be ordering it. Talk about Mother Guilt. Talk about the need for a full-time job! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] What a cute kid though.
That's the thing, someone posted above (or on the first page that I just re-read), being a kid is all about candy (when it comes to what goes in their mouths). Jess man is certainly a good example of this despite the horror on his aged Mother's face. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 10/22/2002 - 1:55am
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Cindy, if you have not checked your email, I wanted to send you some Vermont Nut Free crispies! Please let me! becca

Posted on: Tue, 10/22/2002 - 6:38am
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becca, thank-you, I did finally check the ISP e-mail account. I'll definitely get back to you, thank-you [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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Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 8:35am
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It seems people are looking for a "Nestle Crunch" type bar that is safe. I saw one today at a convenience store at Bloor & Yonge, in Toronto.
It is called "Hershey Krackel". It has no peanut warning. It is made by Hershey USA, and imported into Canada by Hershey Canada.
On the label, it says "milk chocolate with rice" and it is the same shape as a Crunch bar.
So this is another option for people in the USA and Canada who like Nestle Crunch but can't eat it due to the peanut warning. Try a Hershey Krackel. If your local convenicne store does not carry it, you could ask them to order a box. I didn't try it yet.
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[This message has been edited by erik (edited October 29, 2002).]

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 11:45am
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erik, I know a lot of Americans who are uncomfortable with Hershey's in the U.S. although I have had friends send Sixlets en masse and we have never had any problems reaction wise (probably because DH actually eats most of them - even shook a package from my best friend in Michigan to see if he should stop to open it on the way out if there were Sixlets in it).
I know that Jesse has eaten the Hershey's Cookies and Cream bar here and you know what?
I didn't even check the label to see if it was imported from the U.S. or not.
I have had difficulties in the past with American companies (well, one, Pillsbury U.S.) importing product into Canada and it not being labeled as "may contain" when, in fact, it was. However, it was labeled, as per Canadian government requirements for bilingualism. This ticked me off enormously and I boycotted Pillsbury until Jazz It Up posted that now, under new ownership by General Mills, they are finally starting to label properly.
What I personally, will probably do are two things - check with my American best friend to see if her son has had this product and if she feels comfortable with Hershey's (yes, she must, she's the one sending Sixlets - duh! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) Then, I'll do a double-check on the Cookies and Cream (I think it's Creme actually) bar to see if it's also imported from the U.S. If that's the case, then I would feel, within my own comfort zone quite comfortable letting Jesse try that. How wonderful! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Thank-you for this information.
Has someone else not already called you the Candy Guru here? Title holds. Thank-you, it is very much appreciated [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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Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 12:50pm
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Hi Cindy...
I think Hershey USA does label fine... I have seen many products made by Hershey USA with peanut warnings on them.
For example, I recently saw "Hershey Mounds" and it said "manufactured by Hershey USA" and it also said "manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts".
It is a good idea to check with your friend in the USA to see what she says, just to be safe.
Personally, I never buy Hershey products. I prefer Nestle and Cadbury chocolate as I think it tastes much better.
Yes.. several people have called me the candy / chocolate guru! haha That's me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
A reminder that Nestle After Eight mints are available in boxes now for the holidays, and are also made in a nut free factory in the UK.
(I agree with you that Canadian companies are much safer than US companies.. for example, Kelloggs, Pillsbury, etc... and I would also trust Hershey Canada 100%, but as for Hershey USA, I am not sure, although they seem to label well from what I have seen so I was confident enought to eat some Hershey products during my trip to the New York this summer.. Rolo and Hershey bar)

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 1:24pm
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Hi guys! This is just my perspective on Hershey, and I *do* use some of their relatively plain products.
They will not state whether or not any particular product actually is done on nut free lines or in a nut free plant(though some say here the plain bar is a nut free line in a facility with nuts in a seperate area of the plant).
They consistently do state(and I have called them 3 times) that they have an allergy task force and take these allergies very seriously, and will put a "may contain" type label on any product they feel is a risk of cross contact. That does not mean nut free lines. It *could* mean a washing procedure. We just do not know. That eats at me.
That said, I do think they make a strong and confident statement, and they are a company I am willing to trust to some degree, but I keep it simple. I generally feel, if nothing else, they are enough of an "American tradition" as a company that the liability keeps them clean if nothing else. I do use sixlets, never a problem. I do use(but only a rare small taste) the plain bar, and I regularly use the semisweet baking chips and cocoa and occasionally prepared chocolate milk boxes.
In my estimation, the Krackel bar and Mr. Goodbar(peanuts and chocolate), are likely made in the same facility. They are packaged together in a miniature assortment, at least. Also, Mounds, is very similar to Almond Joy, and I would guess made in the same facility. But... you cannot get that detailed info for sure from Hershey. That just eats at the back of my mind and keeps me from branching out too far into their products. If they are really guranteed "nut free", why won't they state that on the phone?
Just gotta wonder. Anyway, I hope you do not mind my sharing. It just frustrates me. If they are safe, really safe, why won't they just say so?? Becca

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Hi Becca,
Thanks for your information about Hershey USA. In Canada, I think it is better, as Hershey Canada always labels "manufactured on the same equipemnt that processes peanuts" on most of their products... over half of their products seem to have this warning.
In Canada, we are quite lucky as many chocolate manufacturers tell us about the manufacturing conditions.
For example, Nestle Canada tells us which bars are made in nut-free plants (Aero, Kit Kat, Smarties, Coffee Crisp, Mirage, and After Eight boxed mints). And Cadbury also lists the chocolate bars they make on nut-free lines (ie: Caramilk, etc). And Mars/M&M todl me the Bounty bar and Dove caramel bar are made on nut-free lines (or maybe they said nut-free factories.. can't remember anymore).
Although there is no Nestle Canada or Cadbury in the USA, so I guess Hershey (or Vermont Nut Free) are your main options down there (unless you order from [url="http://www.panhandlepremium.com)."]www.panhandlepremium.com).[/url]
Thanks again Becca for the info.
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Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 1:56pm
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Hey, Erik. Just want to be sure you know I am not challenging your statements, and yes, I definately speak only for Hershey USA. I should have been sure to state that.
I am so jealous of your labeling policies in Canada! I suspect there are many safe things in the US that companies just do not label accordingly, or fear stating a guarantee for litigious reasons.
I am even inclined to trust "sanitizing washes" at some point when my dd can communicate clearly about how she feels. Heck, I use to cook on all my pans and sheets with nuts(baking at home), and simply washed them up and she has never reacted at home except when I actually fed her the actual food she was allergic to. I was just blowing off a bit of steam because it is is frustrating to not quite know. I am well supplied these days, however, by a Canadian buddy! becca
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Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 2:22pm
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Hi Becca...
You don't need to worry.. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I do not think you are challenging my statements. And it would be good for you to do that anyway if you have info - you are in the USA and would have more knowledge than me since I am in Canada. The more people that post, the more we can learn. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Since I am in Canada, I don't really know much about US manufacturers, except for what I read here in postings or what I read on labels.
Thanks for your posts... Have a good night [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 10:20pm
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becca, you explained perfectly why a lot of Americans I know are extremely uncomfortable with Hershey. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I'm going to see if I can find one of the chocolate bars here in the first place and then make my decision after contacting my best friend (see if her son has eaten it).
erik, wonderful to hear that the Dove things are safe. Dove caramel. Sorry. I have always just looked at them longingly, remembering the Dove bar I ate in the U.S. 10 years ago or so. Hey, when you went to New York, did you go to NYC? I LOVE NYC stories..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Anyway, I am off to get one munchkin to school but was really glad to see this discussion going on.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 11:31pm
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Hi Cindy...
Yes.. it is an interesting discussion, as I know a lot about Cadbury and Nestle, but Hershey USA is more of a mystery, even though they seem safe I think.
However, since you are in Canada you have access to the wonderful Nestle & Cadbury lines of chocolate, so you don't really need to eat Hershey Krackel. I am just thinking, what if Jesse did eat it and had a reaction it would be my fault. Has anyone ever had an allergic reaction to a Hershey product? I guess if your friend's child eats Krackel it should be fine.
I did check the Hershey Cookies and Creme bar at the store today, and it says "Imported to Canada by Hershey Canada" so it looks like this bar is also made by Hershey USA. There is no nut warning on it.
Yes, when I called Effem Canada, they told me Mars, Three Musketeers, etc are all made in facilities that process peanuts. But she said "Dove Caramel" and "Bounty" are made in nut-free facilities which is why they are the only two Effem (Mars/M&M) chocolate bars that do not have a nut warning on them (Bounty does have coconut but I heard this is really a fruit, not a nut). So you can try the Dove Caramel, it is quite good.
Anyway, sorry to have overloaded your Smarties thread with this "Hershey" stuff.. althiugh I guess it is good as I am publicizing the Smarties thread (considering I almost killed it when I introduced everyone to Panhandle Premium! haha :P )
I guess Hershey USA depends on your comfort zone... for me it is ok as I did eat Hershey products when I was in NYC with no worries at all, but depends on each person. And living in Toronto, I would say regarding chocolate I eat 75% Nestle, 15% Cadbury, 9% other (ie: Effem/Mars), and less than 1% Hershey (mainly since I think Nestle, Cadbury, and Mars chocolate tastes better than Hershey)
My post is already too long so I'll write about NYC another day [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/31/2002 - 1:50pm
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erik, not to worry, if and when we do have the Krackel bar, should anything happen, it would not be because of what you have said in this thread [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My soul. We have eaten Sixlets sent from two different friends in America without incident and yet there are many Americans posting here who would not let their PA children eat them. I remember when I re-raised my oatmeal chocolate chip muffin recipe to say that I had used Sixlets and some people were shocked (which is okay).
Not to worry, dear Sir. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Now, on a more cautionary note. I have been contacted by a Canadian that offered, on I believe page 11 (I would have to double-check, will probably do so tomorrow) to send Smarties to an American who had posted in this thread.
Apparently, their arrangement had been that the American would send the money and the Canadian would send the Smarties.
Well, the Canadian sent the Smarties and a month later has not received the money from the American (I'm saying Canadian and American so I don't have to use UserNames at this point, just out of courtesy for both parties actually in case there has been a mix-up). The Canadian is extremely concerned and upset and feels that they may have been used by the person. However, they are still willing to be on my *list* of Canadians who will send Nestle products as long as people pay first.
At any rate - here is my caution. I believe I had to do this several pages ago when I explained how this thread worked.
For a lot of people, a Canadian *may* be able to send an American friend some Nestle products without asking for money, a kinda one-off and I believe this is actually how the thread got started.
Then, there are other people that require the money first before they can send the product down (money would be for both Nestle product and postage). In fact, on my *list* of Canadians that I have regularly available to send Smarties to the U.S. this is a requirement of all of them (unless they change it in a personal e-mail to you).
Or, there is the thing that the Canadian could send the American friend Smarties and receive something in kind from the American.
A sort of barter thing.
(I think I explained it more clearly last time.)
At any rate, if you, as a Canadian, do require the money up-front for both candy and postage, please be sure to tell your American friend that straight away when you are "officially paired" by me (or if you pair yourself in this thread). I have yet (and that's not to say it won't happen) had an American friend who has sent money and then been stung by the Canadian by not having candy sent.
I would prefer not to use UserNames in this.
I do know that the Canadian is very upset and would like everyone to know who the American is so that they cannot be paired again and receive free candy again under a different UserName. Obviously, the Canadian has this person's name and address (or a name and address at least).
So, again, if you do require the cash first (I would), please make sure that you say so straight away in your first off-the-board communication with the person you have been paired with and then don't send the Smarties until you have received the cash.
I would like to say that the reason I started this thread was because I saw many people here being able to send Smarties down as a "one-off" to our American friends without asking for payment. I wasn't in a position to do that two years ago and I'm still not now. So, that's why I started to co-ordinate the thread, because in my head, I would like to be able to, just once, send something for nothing.
However, when you have people signed up, for shipment on a regular basis (there is one member here who has shipped more Nestle product into the U.S. this past month than who knows when? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ), it is not unreasonable for them to ask for payment for what they are buying and mailing. They're certainly not asking for payment for their generousity in always being open for e-mails from me, or for their time shopping and actually packaging up everything. And again, if I were to match myself with anyone, I would have to receive the money first for both Smarties and postage. I don't think it's an unreasonable request.
I hope this wasn't too long, but I do know I have a very upset Canadian member right now and I wanted to clarify the situation. If you sign up in this thread, in all likelihood, your Smarties will not be free (I do know of one person recently who signed up and received Smarties free but is returning in kind [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ).
Also, to the Canadian member who contacted me this, I hope you understand why I am not using UserNames of either yourself or the American member. I am truly hoping that there has been some misunderstanding. Truly.
erik, Candy Guru, who do you have go out Trick or Treating for you? Fine from a woman who already scarfed down Trebor-Allan candies, a couple of mini-KitKats and red licorice aside from the three bags of chips (ah, the kids don't like them that much, yeah, right).
erik, again, I appreciate what you had to say, and I guess your caution in there as well, but seriously, if I do try Krackel for Jess it would only be after I check with my best friend (another PA.com member, but American) and it would be the same as when I found out he could try Caramilk for the first time. You try it and then wait to see what happens. That's the case with any new product. But you were very kind to think of this. I appreciate it.
And a post too long to discuss NYC in it? When you're in a thread I started? LOL!
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 11/01/2002 - 7:18am
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Hi Cindy (and everyone else too)...
I thought I would investigate Hershey USA more. At lunch, I stopped at Shopper's Drug Mart and started reading some candy wrappers. The staff at Shopper's must think I am a potential shoplifter since I am often hanging around and picking up candy but then putting it back after I have read the labels. haha Well, they haven't called security on me yet!
Anyway, I think Hershey "Cookies and Creme", "Krackel" etc should all be fine. Even though they are made by Hershey USA. Why do I think this?
I decided to look at some Hershey USA products. I saw the "Skor Bites". It says it is made by Hershey USA and imported into Canada by Hershey Canada. On the label, it says "Manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts". I checked some other Hershey USA products and found the same warning.
So in Canada anyway, it looks like Hersheys labels both "Hershey Canada" made in Canada products and "Hershey USA" made in USA products with the warning "Manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts" if it is a shared line. I also saw the message "Manufactured on the same equipment that processes almonds" on a bag of Hershey USA nuggets made in the USA.
Is this unique to Canada? I am wondering if Hershey Canada ensures that this warning appears on the packages for Hershey USA products? If anyone is in the USA, is there a warning on the "Skor Bites" down there? Dio you ever see the warning "Manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts" on Hershey USA products in the USA, or does this warning only appear on Hershey USA products exported to Canada? An interesting question that I hope someone will know the answer to.
Anyway, for all of you who are still reading this never-ending post (Cindy, maybe Becca, that's probably it! haha) I think both Hershey Canada and Hershey USA products are safe to eat in Canada if there is no warning message, as they seem to label if there is a shared line with nut products.
My Halloween was good.. we went to visit my nephews in Mississauga. They were Jango Fett (from Star Wars) and a skeleton. Most of the neighbours handed out peanut free products (Aero, Kit Kat, Coffee Crisp, Smarties, Trebor Allan, Rockets, Twizzlers) although they did get many more Oh Henrys than I expected, and a few unsafe Cadbury bars (Caramilk, Crispy Crunch, Wunderbar) too. Only 1 Reese peanut butter cup!!! *clap* And where were the Mars/M&M products this year?? No Mars.. no Snickers.. no Skittles.. no M&Ms... (and no Hershey milk chocolate bars either)...
And my brother had lots of Nestle chocolate left over that I helped to eat [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 11/01/2002 - 9:25am
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Hi
Sorry to go off topic Cindy, but I can relate, Erik. When I was making up my safe/unsafe snacks list for school this fall I spent my entire lunch hour in Shoppers looking at every snack food and cracker they had - I got some odd looks from the guys stocking the shelves!!

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Hi DebO,
*haha* That's funny.. I am glad I am not the only one who gets strange looks at Shopper's when I examine all the chocolate bars/candy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 11/03/2002 - 3:39am
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I do it too! I passed quite some time checking all the candy as I waited for some prescritions one time. I definately got looks! I do the same every now and again to check if Keebler is improving their labelling, Nabisco, etc.... Just start grabbing all the varieties they do and compare labels. My dd pretends to do it now(she's 3). becca

Posted on: Sun, 11/03/2002 - 7:21am
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I have to say that most of my label reading is also done in pharmacies, not specifically Shopper's Drug Mart, but certainly they are one of them now (remember I just moved a year ago here from a town that only had ONE drug store/pharmacy).
At any rate, I think it is because you're waiting to have 'scripts filled that you're able to stand and read. I know I don't feel the same sense of leisure when I'm going it while grocery shopping, although not clear why. But definitely, a lot of label reading done in the drug store. That's where I check out not only candy, but also vitamins and toiletries for their labeling. Maybe it's because it has an assortment of the things that we may not necessarily label read all the time (i.e., the vitamins, toiletries) that we think to look there.
But no, I can definitely be added to the list. I do believe that I get *strange* looks from personnel from ALL of the pharmacies though, so Shopper's Drug Mart people, don't be afraid. It would happen at another drug store as well (just think about it - all those costly little items out in the shelves.....)
And on a cautionary note again.
Package containing Smarties mailed from Canada on October 11th (not clear if it was airmail or ground). It did not arrive in the U.S. until October 30th. So, it looks as though it's taking the fine people at Canada Post 19 days to get something across the border and that's not even taking into account Christmas time coming.
I would assume the same waiting period would be for the Canadian now waiting for the American money. Mailed on October 31st, plus 19 days, I guess you *should* have the money by November 18th or so.
Oh, sorry, that was my way of saying that I had cleared up ONE of the problems with the thread and non-payment for Smarties/Nestle products, etc. ONE of the problems, not ALL of them (I was notified the day after I posted that cautionary above that the one Canadian member wasn't the only Canadian member concerned about non-payment). So, one solved, perhaps three to go.....
And perhaps, I guess, good knowledge for people to have in signing up in the thread, just how bloody long it will take for you to get candy. I say if you want Christmas items, sign up now! Seriously. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] By the time you get them, it will be close to Christmas.
Thank-you Canada Post! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 11/08/2002 - 6:19am
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Thank you for starting this thread!!!!!
I am craving chocolate so badly. My PA son is weaning, still, and I am pregnant again, so I'm not taking any chances w/ contaminated candy.
I would LOVE some Smarties, & anything else SAFE from Canada. I am dying for some SAFE CHOCOLATE. It has been months and you know how you begin to crave things like crazy w/ pregnancy!!!!! I'm dying down here!
Anyone who would like to help me, my email is [email]steveandleslea@yahoo.com[/email]
Thanks!!!!!!
Leslea

Posted on: Tue, 11/12/2002 - 11:49am
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One of my regular Canadians has just told me about a way for Americans to pay Canadians that need the money up-front. Paypal. Apparently they have a website (I don't know the address) and it is really easy if you have a credit card (the American party). So, this is something to think about if you would like to make it easier for your Canadian friend and if you're fortunate enough to have a credit card (I just say fortunate because I believe I'm banned for life from having them and at Christmas time especially I would really love to have one [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] )
As far as I can tell now, all Canadians have been paid by all Americans that I posted about earlier.
And to the last person who posted, I immediately sent out your post to two of my regular Canadian *suppliers* and I know you have heard from at least one of them. So, please consider yourself "officially paired".
Who could deny a pregnant woman chocolate? LOL! [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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Thank you, Cindy and thank you, Teacher!
You have saved me!!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 11/25/2002 - 12:24am
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Simply re-raising. Now would be the time to sign up if you'd like some product to arrive
by Christmas. [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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Posted on: Tue, 12/10/2002 - 6:52am
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Hello all. I had been matched with Lynn in Canada for chocolate prior to Halloween, but I've lost her e-mail address [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]! I'm hoping to either find Lynn or be matched with someone else who might be able to send some Canadian chocolate prior to Christmas. We're out of smarties and my kids are begging for them! I'd love to get some for stocking stuffers.
Please feel free to e-mail me at [email]smg0918@aol.com[/email].
Thanks and happy holidays!
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Susan
Andre's Mom

Posted on: Tue, 12/10/2002 - 9:49am
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Susan, I am just plugging Vermont Nut free and Kelly's Candies(I have only tried VNF) in case it is too late to be matched with a Canadian to receive your goods in time for Christmas! I have a Canadian supplier, but did also get those old fashioned gold chocolate coins from VNF for my dd's stocking. It is very good premiium chcolate. It would arrive quickly because they are in the states. Hope that helps! Again, just in case it is too late to get Canadian candy in time for the holidays. It can take awhile back and forth from Canada. becca

Posted on: Tue, 12/10/2002 - 11:44am
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Hi Susan
Believe it or not, I sent you and "Mitch's Mom" a "surprise package" yesterday! Should arrive in about a week.
Lynn
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[This message has been edited by Adam's Mom (edited December 10, 2002).]

Posted on: Wed, 12/11/2002 - 1:31pm
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Andre's Mom, and Adam's Mom, you got this sorted okay? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Good.
becca, excellent to plug other safe chocolate here as well and I'm sure no one minds.
As most of you know, I have led a pretty sheltered life since PA (not because of PA), but the other day in my closest grocery store now I saw a box of 150 treat size Smarties for $8.99 Canadian. I thought that was an excellent price. Never saw them in the previous town I lived in because well, in a tourist town, you're #1, not supposed to be actually living there and #2, you definitely don't get deals if you do! LOL!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 12/30/2002 - 7:29am
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I replied to this post a week or so ago, but I don't see it. My 8 year old PA son would love to find a pen pal. Anyone out there?
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Cynde

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cynde - I saw your post (8 year old boy wanting a pen pal) but I think you posted it in the Pen Pals thread (both this American's who want smarties, and the Pen Pals thread are run thru Cindy Spowart Cook). I just looked and it is still there, with Cindy's lastest listing of who's on the list waiting to be matched. Cheers,

Posted on: Mon, 12/30/2002 - 2:02pm
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cynde, let me check the PA Penpals thread to see what's happening there. I know that I had contacted someone who was supposed to be matched and have not heard from them, so I'm not clear what the list looks like again. I'll re-raise it. Not to worry though, you are in there. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Syd's Mom, thank-you for responding to cynde.
I really appreciate it. [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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Posted on: Thu, 01/16/2003 - 12:20am
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Simply re-raising. I would like to say that regular size boxes of Smarties for Valentine's Day are coloured pink and red only. They're really cute. Just like the Christmas ones of red and green only (now on sale all over the place here right now).
I haven't seen them in treat size in the Valentine's colours but then I don't get out much either. The Candy Guru may be able to tell us if they do come in Valentine's colours in treat sizes.
Thought I'd re-raise in case anyone was interested.....
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 01/16/2003 - 8:40am
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Candy Guru here...
Yes, Shoppers Drug Mart is selling the treat size boxes of Valentine coloured Smarties. The bag is called a "friendship pack" as there is a place to write "To" and "From". I saw them there yesterday (Bloor & Yonge location).
So if you want these cute Smarties in Valentine colours in treat size boxes, check out Shopper's Drug Mart. They may also be available at other drug stores too.
I re-raised the Valentines thread too if you need more ideas.
(there are also heart shaped boxes filled with Smarties, Aeros, and Kit Kats available this year, plus Trebor Allan's chocolate hearts filled with sour cherry blasters, fuzzy peach, etc too)
Enjoy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 01/16/2003 - 9:09am
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Are the heart-shaped boxes actually safe? I thought Nestle said their "specialty" holiday items were not to be considered peanut-free??

Posted on: Thu, 01/16/2003 - 9:19am
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Hi Teacher,
The Nestle Canada Heart shaped boxes of Smarties, Kit Kat, and Aero are safe. On the package, it has the "Safe to Share" logo with the nut-free guarantee. The Valentine coloured Smarties are also safe.
The holiday products you are thinking of that are not safe are the following:
1) Smarties Shakers Xmas tree ornaments (contains peanut warning on the package & graphical images of peanuts on the package)
2) Smarties Snowballs eggs (contains peanut warning on the package & graphical images of peanuts on the package)
Have a great day! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 01/21/2003 - 12:39am
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Simply re-raising due to the good thinking of Andre's Mom (and also 'cus it *should* be re-raised). Can we interest anyone in Valentine coloured Smarties? [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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Posted on: Wed, 01/22/2003 - 2:16pm
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erik, thank-you for posting about the treat size packages of Smarties for Valentine's Day. I just purchased enough for both kids for their classes for Valentine's Day. There is a part on the box where the child writes to who the candy is for and to whom it is from. I think it's an excellent Valentine, especially because I notice a lot of times my kids will come home with a card and candy (from a few kids only). This covers this both and continues my support of Nestle's Safe to Share products which I have really tried to do.
Think about it though - can you imagine how much Nestle has actually made turning the situation around as they did? First, they were going to discontinue the making of the safe products and now they've got a line that Canadians implicitly trust. They've also done absolutely great marketing with the Safe to Share campaign and logo. Good stuff! [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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Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 12:56am
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I just LOVE that "safe to share" logo and the statement on each pkg that it's guaranteed peanut-free. My son also loves seeing that written so clearly on the package and so do I. Lots of foods are safe, but to see it actually stated on the pkg that way is so affirming. We are in the U.S. and my son & I love telling people about Nestle Canada and showing them the logo. People are always amazed and wonder why if they can do it in Canada they can't do it here.

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 1:47am
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My husband went to Canada and forgot to buy the candy!! Boy, is my son disappointed, and we are almost out of the ones we got last time we were there.
If anyone is willing to send us a rather large amount of candy, I can pay ahead of time with Canadian money.
My email isn't in my profile so I don't know how to get this started. Cindy, what should I do? Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 1:59am
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oh, please put me on the list! The twins would be very excited. I have ordered chocolate from vermont nut free which is wonderful! I think a little expensive but very creamy and yummy! My e-mail address is [email]ybarra@gci.net[/email]
Thank you!!

Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 12:12pm
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twinsmom, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Sandra Y., it's okay your e-mail isn't listed as long as you feel comfortable contacting me off-the-board with your e-mail address so that I can get in touch with you or that the Canadian contact I get for you can. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'm at [email]cin42ca@hotmail.com[/email]
twinsmom, you're on the list. I'm off to check my list of Canadians and approach someone else who I think might be a *good* Canadian regular.
I'll be in touch, or, if not me, the actual Canadian that you are matched with. I will, however, post here when you have both been matched with Canadians, even if it is done off-the-board.
So, that's:-
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Sandra Y.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] twinsmom
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 01/23/2003 - 12:25pm
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I had my usual long-winded response, which I know is going to show up sometime because the thread got bumped to the top, but anyway, just wanted Sandra Y. and twinsmom to know that I have reached out (that cop expression from TV [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ) to my regular Canadians to see if I can get a match for you.
Sandra Y., what you do is simply contact me off-the-board at [email]cin42ca@hotmail.com[/email] so that I have your e-mail address to give to the person that you're matched with.
twinsmom, welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I had said a lot more but am hoping the post will show up sometime and this one will actually be redundant.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 01/24/2003 - 8:33am
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Hi Cindy,
You can hook me up with either or both ladies, whatever works.
I noticed that Costco and Walmart are STILL selling the 70-count box of treat-size Nestles stuff. Interesting ... I've only ever seen it around at Halloween before!
I don't know the price exactly, but I'm thinking it's around $7 or $8/box (that's Canadian dollars, so basically about three cents American, huh? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img])
If either of the two ladies in interested in working the Paypal way, I've got that set up to use. Otherwise, we can work out another form of payment, they just need to contact me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
~Tracey~

Posted on: Sat, 01/25/2003 - 7:26am
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For those in Canada, Shopper's Drug Mart is selling their 12/14 count bags of Nestle products this week for 99 cents. There are bags of Favorites, Smarties, Coffee Crisp, and Aero. Haven't seen Kit Kat (yet).
[This message has been edited by Adam's Mom (edited January 25, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 11:48pm
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Sandra Y., could you please contact me off-the-board and let me know if you have contacted teacher re receiving Smarties? Thank-you, teacher, for responding for quickly to the requests for Smarties. I will e-mail twinsmom with your e-mail address.
Adam's Mom, thank-you for the information. I'm sure our American friends would like to see that as well, just in case we can get them interested in some Smarties..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I know that I got the Valentine boxes of Smarties (treat size boxes, safe to share logo, able to write your name and the other child's name on them) for what I considered a *good* price. 13 for $1.50. Also, at a birthday party on the week-end, the woman hosting had safe Trebor Allan pre-packaged loot bags along with the Smarties for prizes.
Very cool (very PA aware - kudos [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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Posted on: Mon, 02/10/2003 - 2:13pm
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Hi Cindy...
Don't worry.. your Smarties thread is not dead. hehe I have brought it back to life!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I have sent Nancy two 12 mini-box Valentine bags of Smarties (I sent them a week ago).
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
p.s. not my gf Nancy.. this is the Nancy in the USA [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by erik (edited February 11, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/13/2003 - 2:41am
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Hi Nancy...
I hope the Valentine's Smarties have arrived..as tomorrow is Valentine's Day. Although with all the terror alerts these days, I am thinking that mailing stuff across the international border may be slower than usual these days.
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/13/2003 - 1:53pm
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erik, yes, that may be a definite concern. I do know that after 9/11, the thread almost died because no one wanted Smarties coming in for Hallowe'en even. It would take a few pages back now to find it, but when they started to get shipped again, they did manage to get to America on a timely basis, but who knows. It's good you posted about the on-line purchasing of them, really.
I wanted to write a thank-you letter to Nestle because I believe it was 2 years ago (mind is going blank, it is late [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) that they were going to discontinue their line of safe products. It may have been 3.
At any rate, they have certainly turned this around for themselves and I have to say for us, as well.
Their marketing on the Safe to Share products is simply outstanding.
I purchased 9 bags of the Nestle Valentine's Smarties (treat sizes) for this household.
Originally, it was 2 bags for each's child's class and then 1 bag for additional children.
So, 5 bags for school. Well, Mom, mostly got into the Smarties one night and had to go out to-day and replace three bags so Jesse could hand out his Valentine's tomorrow. I am shameless and at least with the red and pink Smarties or the red and green ones at Christmas I don't have that OCD thing going on where I have to line up all the colours.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
No, I'm really pleased with Nestle and how they have turned this around for themselves and for us and I was thinking about writing them an e-mail when I was walking home with the extra bags of Valentine's Smarties to-day.
erik, Happy Valentine's Day to you and your gf, I hope you have a good one, and Happy Valentine's Day to everyone else.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Quote:Originally posted by Cindy Spowart Cook:
[b]erik, Happy Valentine's Day to you and your gf, I hope you have a good one, and Happy Valentine's Day to everyone else.
[/b]
Cindy,
Happy Valentines Day to you too, and to everyone else.
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