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Hello to everyone, I am a new member, and I was wandering if anyone knew of any chocolate candy that is peanut free that is available in stores. I would like to be able to just go to a store and buy some without ordering it! Thanks in advance!

On Sep 3, 2000

Amy,

For some reason, I just can't bring myself to trust any chocolate candies. Most of them are made in plants that make other candies containing peanuts. I give my son Oreos instead. However, I do know that many PA people enjoy candy bars and are able to eat them safely. Look on the back of the bar. Most of them have an 800 number you can call and the company will usually be glad to tell you how the candy is manufactured and you can decide for yourself if it seems safe. Be sure to check ingredient labels every time because ingredients or the manufacturing process can change, and what was OK last week is no longer safe. Definitely stick with the big name brands and just forget about those imported gourmet chocolates. Good luck!

On Sep 5, 2000

On the manufacturer board there is a pretty extensive discussion of Hershey's chocolate bars. I believe the bottom line was that the regular size (1.5 oz?) is ok, but the miniature ones are suspect. As always, you should probably call them yourself to make sure you are comfortable with their answer.

On Sep 6, 2000

My son has had York Peppermint Patties a few times and didn't seem to have any problems. As usual, you should call the manufacturer yourself if you are unsure.

On Sep 6, 2000

My son loves tootsie rolls. He also eats plain chocolate Hershey bars, Charleston Chews, York Peppermint Patties, and Junior Mints.

On Sep 11, 2000

Ditto to DMB above.. and add on Hersheys chocolate Kisses, plain only.

On Sep 12, 2000

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CANDY TIPS! I CALLED HERSHEY AND WAS HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THEY TAKE PEANUT ALLERGY VERY SERIOUSLY WITH THEIR COMPANY. SHE SAID THE PLAIN HERSHEY BARS ARE SAFE, AND THEY ARE MADE ON A DEDICATED LINE. AND THAT, IF THERE IS NOT ANY LISTING AROUND THE INGREDIENTS OF PEANUTS OR A WARNING, THAT IT IS SAFE. SHE TOLD ME THAT THE PRODUCTS THEY MAKE ON THE LINES WITH OTHER PEANUT CONTAINING PRODUCTS, BETWEEN EACH PRODUCT THEY BREAK DOWN THE LINE AND THOROUGHLY CLEAN IT AND INSPECT IT BEFORE STARTING A NEW PRODUCT. IT WAS VERY REASSURING TO ME TO HEAR HOW SERIOUS THEY TAKE THIS ALLERGY. HOPE THIS HELPS TOO.

On Sep 14, 2000

I have found KIT KATT safe for my son that is PA. Always read label.

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Originally posted by amy2: [b]Hello to everyone, I am a new member, and I was wandering if anyone knew of any chocolate candy that is peanut free that is available in stores. I would like to be able to just go to a store and buy some without ordering it! Thanks in advance![/b]

On Sep 22, 2000

Hi Amy2

Where are you from? Nestle in Canada makes numerous chocolate bars in a completely peanut free plant, but many of these same bars may not be safe in the US. You can find info on Canadian chocolate on the Calgary Allergy Association website or just post again and I will add a link to some info.

take care

deb

On Sep 22, 2000

Yeh for Hershey and yeh for us! We're new to PA, and I just started looking for candy for this Halloween for my son. It was really discouraging after reading labels. How do you guys handle trick or treating with your kids? Can wrapped candy bars become contaminated if in the same bags as wrapped peanut or nut ones? I would not think so, but I've discovered a lot of things that have surprised me.

On Sep 22, 2000

Thanks guys, to DebO I am from Indiana. And Hershey's plain chocolate bars is about all I can find. And to Jonathon's Mom, Halloween just isn't too fun for my PA child! I would not mix the peanut candies even if they are wrapped with the candies he can eat. My PA child is 3, and each year we just go to family for Halloween. He gets tootsie rolls, peppermint patties, and now hershey bars and plain kisses. But my family also gives him other treats he likes. Oreos, and some homemade goodies. You do have to be creative at Halloween. But your son will adapt. My son was 10 months old when he was diagnosed, so he doesn't even know what a "candy bar" is. It is so sad to hear him ask me "what is that?" when he sees M & M's or other candies. But he is just as happy with oreos and other treats. But it is too difficult and dangerous to just go trick or treating like other kids. Hope this helps. Easter is interesting too! Another good treat is the plain rice crispy treats. And Russel makes chocolate marshmallow pumpkins, santas, etc., and there is no warnings in the ingredients. My son has not had any problem with them. But, I have not called the company, so please do if you try them. Bye for now [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Sep 22, 2000

Thanks Amy2! My son is only 20 mos. old. Unfortunately, he knows what M&M's and cookies are. He even went looking for the M&M's at grandma's house last weekend (she had them hidden.) We've seriously contiplated this Halloween "thing." Our zoo hosts a Halloween type of party, and I think we are goin gto limit ourselves to a day of looking at animals dressed up in Halloween costumes. I think he'll have a blast, and think it will be easy to keep him away from any forbidden foods. I'm going to call the zoo and make sure. I'm sure other zoos have similar events and I know that theme parks are doing similarthings as well.

On Sep 22, 2000

We are in the U.S., but the last KitKatt bars we bought two weeks ago had a notice that they were produced in a plant that has peanut processing.

No credit for me as my wife always checks everything. No matter if it has been safe before.

On Sep 23, 2000

Jonathon's Mom, The Zoo sounds like a great idea. I guess you could say we were "lucky" that my son was diagnosed at 10 months, because he had not been introduced to candy bars yet! I wish you luck with your son, and have a great time at the zoo! And as far as Kit Kats go, I am staying away from them too, because they do show a warning on the label. Amy

On Sep 26, 2000

I'm glad to hear that there are some safe candies..but recently i was at a store that sold a bag of tootsie rolls and they had a warning of peanut traces on it...I was surprised I thought they were safe too. Maybe it was company that packaged them in this bag..is that possible?

On Sep 27, 2000

sueRN I thought tootsie rolls were safe as well. I just read a thread the other day, not sure who from, they had called tootsie company, and they make the candies in a nutfree facility. Jr mints, tootsie rolls, tootsie pops, smarties. It might be on this thread, but I for some reason think it was under a Halloween candy list header. Let me know, and I will do the same. Thanks, Amy

On Sep 27, 2000

It was I that called, last week I think it was, and yes, they told me their candy was safe. I didn't get the lady's name, though. The reason I called them in the first place was because someone else posted last year that the candy was safe, I figured I'd just confirm the info. Maybe someone else can call and see what info. they get.

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On Sep 27, 2000

Sue, were the tootsie rolls in a bag with an assortment of candies? the way your posts reads makes me think that it was not just a bag of tootsie rolls.

On Sep 27, 2000

Tootsie Rolls may not be safe after all. Last May, we took my PA son to the ER because he started breaking out in hives. (His previous ananphylactic episode started with hives.)

He had eaten nothing unusual that day. He had eaten a Tootsie Roll (with no warning on the label) a couple of hours before the hives appeared, however. They resolved with Benadryl that night. His doctor did not think it was the Tootsie Roll because he had eaten them many times with no trouble; also, he had had a virus, which was deemed the likely culprit. Now, I'm not sure at all. Needless to say, I haven't let him have any more Tootsie Rolls.

On Sep 30, 2002

Are Junior Mints and Tootsie rolls still safe as far as you all know?

Jaime

On Sep 30, 2002

We give our son (PA/Nuts/Lentils/Chickpeas) Hershey's "Cookies and Creme" candy bar. (Not mini size) and there has never been a problem yet.

MommaBear

On Sep 30, 2002

Our son loves Tootsie rolls and every week when we pick up DH's drycleaning, the owner behind the counter (we have been going there for years) hands my son an orange flavored Tootsie Pop. (He keeps a huge box of them behind the counter but has my son's *orange* one for him the minute we walk in) :-)

I have never seen a warning for Tootsie rolls/pops and my son has never had a problem with them.

------------------ Stay Safe!

Connie

[This message has been edited by Jazz It Up (edited September 30, 2002).]

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