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Just found out the hard way that my 11 month old has a PA. He is a twin, his sister does not have a PA nor does his older brother and sister, and there first birthday is coming up! I planned a "crayon" theme with a candy buffet as favors for all the kids coming any ideas where to get PEANUT FREE candy in bulk :-( Invites are already made and favor bags and buckets are already purchased! How about bakeries? Any peanut free bakeries in the Bensalem/Philadelphia area? Any help? input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks, Missy

By Michaels Mom on Sep 14, 2009

My friend from college lives in Hellertown (near Allentown). She just went commercial with her baking...she speacializes in gluten, dairy, and sugar free cakes. After inquiring, she looked into it for me and realized she is also peanut free. She lives gluten free, so is is very much aware of cross contamination, none of her ingredients have "may contains", and she uses no nuts or nut extracts. Her cakes are absolutley beautiful! You can find her at sweettreebakeries.com . As for the candy, Hershey states they do label "may contains"...I have found safe kisses and some multi packs of bars. Peanut free planet sells bags of peanut free chocolate, but it adds up fast! Hope this helps!

By TRexFamily on Sep 15, 2009

Smarties, Nerds, Spangler Circus Peanuts, Skittles, Laffy Taffy, Sweet Tarts, Lifesavers, Gummie Lifesavers, Dums Dums, Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Roll Lollipops are safe.

Hershey's standard size milk chocolate bars are safe, as are York Peppermint Patties, Rolos, Junior Mints, Hershey's Kissables, some varieties (but not all) of Hershey's Kisses.

Anne

By Brandon1580 on Sep 15, 2009

http://www.divvies.com/ Divvies has great cupcakes the candies my list is the same as above we eat all of those that TRex listed.

By Michaels Mom on Sep 15, 2009

Be careful with full size Hershey bars...in my area I've only found multi packs are safe...the ind. ones all have may contains on them...

By TRexFamily on Sep 15, 2009

Hershey's has been an acknowledged leader in clear labelling for as long as I have been dealing with food allergies (6 years and counting). They have used the terms may contain/manufactured on for many years and have been upfront with the food allergic community.

Have you ever contacted Hershey's directly to question their labelling?

By zippydesign on Sep 15, 2009

I'd be careful with anything from Hershey's. For all you know the packaging was printed prior to them deciding they were going to include the "may contain" statement on their products. Most companies have adopted using this warning within the last year. I'd call to verify.

Also, you may want to avoid natural flavors..."Natural flavoring can be derived from just about anything made from a natural source! Major allergens like peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, soy, wheat, fish and seafood can hide in natural flavorings as can countless other food-derived flavorings derived from other "natural" sources."

You can read the full article here...http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=9

By Michaels Mom on Sep 15, 2009

I have...they told me if I ever wanted clarification to call with the UCP and they would be happy to verify for me, but they label with "May contain' if appropriate. I've not had a problem and comparing bags, sizes, varities, they do seem to label clearly.

By DefeatPA on Sep 16, 2009

I've e-mailed Hershey's, Mars and Ghiradelli asking if any of their chocolate bars are peanut safe. It appears that the only safe chocolate from these three companies is Hershey's chocolate chips for baking since that was the only brand and variety that came back as peanut safe. Needless to say this is what we use when we need chocolate like for making S'Mores. And I do not give my PA son any chocolate unless they can guarantee peanut free.

I have given my son chocolate bars from the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory (www.ohcf.us). I've visited their facility and there is not a nut on site. But it is very expensive.

By BestAllergySites on Sep 16, 2009

Missy-feel free to take a look at my site for a directory of many food allergy friendly companies.

Others-feel free to email me to add those that you don't see. The site is always a work in progress.

www.bestallergysites.com

That being said-as others have mentioned-we have found skittles to be safe. Starbursts and starburst also makes a jelly bean. Vermont nut free makes an m&m type candy.

I think jolly ranchers-but I'd ck the package or call b/c I can't remember 100%.

Let us know what you end up with!

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