Betty Crocker Chicken Helper - Chicken Fried Rice

Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 6:34am
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Okay, since I'm the person who posted the non-hamburger helpered hamburger casserole under Snacks, Recipes and haven't used Hamburger Helper since it came out (as a *new* invention, welcomed in all 1960's, 1970's homes for some reason [img][/img] ), I was totally taken aback when reading the label on the Betty Crocker Chicken Helper, specifically the Chicken Fried Rice to-day.

It has stir-in ideas and topping ideas on one side of the box, which are not included in the box. One of the stire in ideas was chopped nuts. Fine, no big deal, you just know you're not adding that to yours.

So, you have this box of "stuff" and you add 1 lb. of chicken and two eggs and voila!

Except the warning under the ingredient label:

Contains soy and wheat ingredients. May contain traces of peanuts and/or other nuts, egg and milk ingredients.

It's imported by General Mills Canada.

Here's what I'm really wondering in posting this information though - are the other two varieties of Chicken Helper also "off limits" and what about Hamburger Helper itself? Does it have warning labels? As I said, I've never bought it.

Darned if it didn't look good as well, but the thing is, the same as the non-hamburger helpered hamburger casserole, I'd just as soon make mine from scratch than consume chemicals, but still.

Anyone know about the rest of the Helper line?

Best wishes! [img][/img]


Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 6:38am
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Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Cindy,
I am able to eat plain Hamburger Helper the last time I checked, as there were no nut warnings on it. I think the only warnings were soy, wheat and dairy, but I am not sure. I know there was no nut warning as recently as last year.
However, there have been some varieties of Hamburger Helper in the past that did say "may contain traces of peanuts". I remember a few years ago when we were grocery shopping we noticed one of the varieties of Hamburger Helper was "may contain peanuts", while the other variety was safe.
So I always read the labels carefully. But as recently as late 2003, the regular Hamburger Helper had no nut warnings on it.

Posted on: Fri, 01/16/2004 - 1:26pm
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erik, I get the sense that you're kinda like me in some ways. If it's not on the label, you trust the label and I do believe that's a Canadian thing more than an American one. I also think it's okay, for me (or Jesse) right now. Our large companies label so well that we trust them.
But here's the big question - why some Hamburger Helper not "safe" and others that are? Are they run in different facilities or are they actually "made in" and we don't know it?
The same as the Cinnamon Frosted Flakes I posted about. They're "safe" for PA, whereas regular Frosted Flakes aren't and yet both are made in London, Ontario. Are there two plants or what?
I trust the labeling and very very rarely call the manufacturer to ask very specific questions. So far, I've been really fortunate, and from what I've read in your posts, you have been as well.
Has anyone ever called to ask why Hamburger Helper (or in this thread case specifically Chicken Helper) is sometimes "safe" and sometimes not?
Best wishes! [img][/img]

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