Anyone know anything about these candies?

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 7:39am
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I got a note home from the teacher asking me if it was okay to give out a certain candy, and she had clipped the ingredients list and stuck it in DS's agenda. The ingredients are harmless (in terms of peanuts, but not to dentists, lol!) but there was a website on it, so I decided to go look:

[url="http://www.bonbons2000.com"]www.bonbons2000.com[/url]

I noticed that they make a peanut-filled candy, so even without a peanut-warning, I put the kibosh on the candies for DS's teacher. I did email them and asked for more info, but haven't heard back. Anyone know anything??

Posted on: Sun, 11/23/2003 - 1:22pm
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teacher, no, I've never even seen these candies before (I checked the website so I could see the packaging/labeling).
I think you erred on the side of caution until you get an answer from them.
Jesse's teacher was handing out candy, jelly beans last Wednesday in his class, and Jesse read the ingredient label and it appeared okay to him but he wanted me to check when I came in for the teacher meeting that afternoon before he had any. I checked the ingredient label and it looked okay and I did say okay but I'm not comfortable with what I did. I still have to check them out - they were Mike's & Ike's whatever the he** that is.
What really bothered me though is that the teacher should have called me before she brought the candy into the classroom period, or at least that's the way a "peanut free" classroom is *supposed* to work in my eyes. All of the other kids ate the candy while Jesse was left out and I just really don't think that's fair.
The labeling did look really good, but like you, I don't really know anything about the company, not even if they produce anything with peanuts, and that's why I'm ticked off that I okayed both kids eating two of the jelly beans that day.
And what is this with candy incentive for children in Grade 3? What about pencils or stickers or something? I remember getting gold stars on my report card when I was a kid but apparently I'm so aged these things don't count anymore. I didn't get a jelly bean because I did *good* work that day.
Sorry, went off on a rant. Hope you post when you get an answer, but as I say, I've never seen them here anywhere.
You really need The Candy Guru, who seems to have been absent this week-end (perhaps married in Vegas? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] ) to help you out. And I didn't want this getting lowered in Main Discussion because it is important.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 1:43pm
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Just fyi, I believe Mike&Ike's are made in a peanut free plant.

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 2:02pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Alternative to Mainstream:
[b]Jesse's teacher was handing out candy, jelly beans last Wednesday in his class, and Jesse read the ingredient label and it appeared okay to him but he wanted me to check when I came in for the teacher meeting that afternoon before he had any. I checked the ingredient label and it looked okay and I did say okay but I'm not comfortable with what I did. I still have to check them out - they were Mike's & Ike's whatever the he** that is.[/b]
Hi Cindy,
I have also read here at PA.COM in postings that Mike and Ike's are safe... they also make some other candies as well. I have never eaten them before however as they are not that common.

Posted on: Mon, 11/24/2003 - 2:06pm
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Hi Cindy,
I looked up the company that makes Mike & Ikes, Hot Tamales, etc (Just Born candies) and here is what they say on the web site:
[url="http://www.justborn.com/about/faqs.html"]http://www.justborn.com/about/faqs.html[/url]
Are your products peanut and nut-free?
We do not use peanuts or nuts in the manufacture of any of our candies.
They do sell a product called "Peanut Chews" but this is manufactured in a separate facility from the candies (they bought the "Peanut Chew" company & its manufacturing facility).
So the Mike & Ikes are safe. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
FYI:
Just Born produces more than 1 billion individual Marshmallow Peeps

Posted on: Tue, 11/25/2003 - 12:38am
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tgab and erik, thank-you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I'm not sure where Jesse's teacher got the Mike & Ike's jelly beans from but they're in a container that looks very much like the containers that you buy candy in in the bulk food section of the grocery store. That's why I wasn't pleased with myself with my decision that day, even though, as I say, the labeling looked really good. I do feel better though having a definitive answer.
I know I've seen the Hot Tamales somewhere, not sure where, but I really haven't seen Mike & Ike's products, just as I haven't seen the product that teacher is trying to find out about here either.
I had told Jesse's teacher at the beginning of the school year when she mentioned this candy as incentive thing that she could get large bags of Dare candy that was reasonably priced and "safe" for a peanut free classroom.
Until we finally found the Dare products this past year Jesse had not tried a jelly bean or ju jube because I had never been able to find a safe one. I'm really pleased that we have now because those *old* penny candies are more my style than the newer candies. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 11/25/2003 - 4:29am
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Posted on: Tue, 11/25/2003 - 8:44am
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Those "bonbons" are made in Quebec from what I can see.
The main address is almost local to me, and I've seen them in basically all stores around here. I've never offered them to my kids because of the dentist issue, not the PA issue.
That said, companies here *tend* to be trustworthy, and don't use peanut butter or peanut oil, unless it's actually part of the flavor.
I would tend to trust them more than distrust.

Posted on: Tue, 11/25/2003 - 8:46am
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We've offered these to my kids
[url="http://www.bonbons2000.com/pho_summ/104_mini.jpg"]http://www.bonbons2000.com/pho_summ/104_mini.jpg[/url]
without a glitch.

Posted on: Fri, 11/28/2003 - 6:48am
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I just got confirmation that the products from this company (Bonbons) are to be considered as containing allergens.
Their "excuse" is that the processes they use are "semi-traditinal" and does not allow for an allergen-free cleaning. Whatever.
Here's the email, in French
Quote:
je dois malheureusement vous informer que nos produits de confiserie peuvent
contenir des traces d'arachides et d'autres noix. Afin d'offrir

Posted on: Fri, 11/28/2003 - 8:31am
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I just received my reply today, too. Here it is in English!
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I am sorry to tell you that our products are not peanut-free. We are now changing our labels to warning customers. To keep the old-fashioned taste of our products, we use a semi-automated process. So, we are not able to be sure that products are peanut-free, even if they are not produced on the same line.
If you have any others questions, you can write me as this address:
Julie C

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