Any safe ice-cream out there?

Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 2:17am
ErikaP's picture
Joined: 07/24/2000 - 09:00

We have been feeding our child some icecream with good results. We recently had a bad scare with a Tofutti product manufactured on the same equipment as a peanut-flavored product, and are now realizing that we are playing with fire. Anybody know a 'safe' ice-cream product out there?

Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 3:48am
dettu's picture
Joined: 08/12/1999 - 09:00

We use Breyer's regular vanilla, recommended to me by other PA kids' moms. This is a comfort level thing--the company breaks down and cleans equipment between runs, but does not run any of their ice cream on nut-free lines. However, I have used it for a year (and my friends for longer than that) with no problems, no reactions. Someone else I know actually uses their chocolate, but I haven't been that brave yet.

Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 3:55am
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

I think Bryers runs their nut ice creams on a different day than their vanilla too, right? I also buy Bryers upon the advice of people on this site, but as soon as I get a chance, I'm going to get an ice cream maker and make my own.
[This message has been edited by Heather (edited July 24, 2000).]

Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 4:06am
KarenT's picture
Joined: 10/30/1999 - 09:00

Do a search for Chapmans Ice Cream and you will find a list of their nut free lines.

Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 4:45am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

ErikaP, as Karalot noted above, Chapmans Ice Cream is really good. I'm not clear if it's only available in Canada or not though. If you go to their website [url=""][/url] you will actually be able to see what products are run on a line that has no contact with peanut products whatsoever and what products are run on a line that previously had a peanut product on it but was, of course, cleaned thoroughly before the no peanut one was run. I found their website excellent because they are really into promoting their awareness of PA, through print ad and this site. I'm simply not clear if they're available in The States or not, if you are from there. You could probably e-mail and ask them. I know they are absolutely fantastic. Also, as someone else mentioned above, it depends on your comfort zone whether you want to try a product that has been run on a line that a peanut product was previously run on, but from your experience, you probably don't right now. I know that for myself, I am comfortable with that, but that is me. Anyway, check out the Chapman's website, as it is excellent and they provide really clear information re their products.
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Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 4:58am
BENSMOM's picture
Joined: 05/20/2000 - 09:00

Why would Breyer's vanilla be safer than their chocolate or any other non-nut flavor?

Posted on: Mon, 07/24/2000 - 7:20am
Jess's picture
Joined: 03/07/1999 - 09:00

I've been eating Haagen-Dazs for years and I've never had any problems with it.

Posted on: Tue, 07/25/2000 - 6:40am
Helen's picture
Joined: 05/05/2000 - 09:00

We didn't learn my son had food allergies until he was 9, so making changes in food choices has been quite a social issue (e.g. going out for ice cream) as well as a medical issue.
We've been stressing to him that the allergies are manageable, that he needs to be responsible, etc. but that sometimes when you have food allergies, you get special deals. One special deal was to get an ice cream maker. He and his friends experiment --with supervision -- and think it's great. (They did make rice krispie ice cream which was terrible but also vanilla with Guittard chocolate which was great!).
Our local ice cream supplier, Darigold, suggested I only use their basic flavors (e.g. vanilla and chocolate), but I haven't tried it yet.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 5:25am
Shawn's picture
Joined: 09/07/1999 - 09:00

We, too, have begun allowing our two year old to eat the Breyer's All Natural Vanilla. From what we've been told about their cleaning procedures (and their concern about the "purity" of this "premium" ice cream) I feel comfortable with this flavor, and we've not had any problems. Regarding the question of why this flavor and not others - the All Natural Vanilla contains only milk, sugar, cream and real vanilla - no other flavorings, colorings, preservatives, etc. that might be contaminated or contain peanut or peanut-derived products.

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 9:48am
tkiaml's picture
Joined: 06/18/2000 - 09:00

Hi! Somewhere in the links there is an article on Peanut and Soya allergy by Dr. Ham Pong and it says "Chocolate and mint ice cream are most likely to contain undeclared nuts since leftover ice cream can be added to these without changing the flavor". I had never thought about this before and have given my daughter choc. and mint ice cream...although she doesn't really care for either....maybe a reason, maybe coincidence.
Perhaps this will shed some light on the flavor thing!!!! tkiaml

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2000 - 11:27am
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

Yes Tkiaml, my allergist is Dr. Ham Pong and he told us when Wade was diagnosed to stay away from those icecream flavous among other things...we use Chapmans (the safe ones) I have been told by another PA mom that they allow their son to eat Dairy Queen soft icecream...I always thought it was a HUGE NO as they have open containers of peanuts in the store. Anyone have any input on this???



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