Candy Canes

Posted on: Fri, 12/07/2001 - 10:38pm
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Has anyone called manufacturers of candy canes yet this year to see which are safe?

Posted on: Fri, 12/07/2001 - 10:51pm
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I don't purchase candy canes, but check out [url="http://www.spanglercandy.com"]www.spanglercandy.com[/url]
(800) 628-2639
They are the company that produces "Dum-Dum" lollipops, and other candies that are nut free, so you should ask them if their candy canes are safe.
Please post any info that you receive from them, thanks!
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Posted on: Sat, 12/08/2001 - 1:14am
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Try Trebor Allan in Canada.
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Posted on: Sat, 12/08/2001 - 1:50am
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Spangler Candy told me that the candy canes are made in a peanut/nut free environment and my son has eaten them with no problems. If you cannot find them in a store you can order them directly from Spangler, but only in large quantities.

Posted on: Sat, 12/08/2001 - 2:02am
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Yes, in Canada Trebor Allen is your best choice. They are available at grocery stores (ie: Dominion) and drug stores, etc.
And for chocolate Santas, try Cadbury Dairy Milk Santas in various sizes
(check the labels to be sure, as some Dairy Milk products such as the chocolate bar and Christmas bells "may contain peanuts")

Posted on: Sat, 12/08/2001 - 12:19pm
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{Here is an email reply I got back from Bob's Candies about candy canes on 12/03/01. There is also a website.}
You asked about the use of tree and peanut products in Bobs Candies. NO,
we do not use, at present any of these allergens.Nor do we manufacture
in a plant that does. We list any colors that may cause allergic
reactions such as Yellow # 5 on the ingredients panel.
Thanks for asking.
Joe Wells
Quality Manager - Bobs Candies
{Here is a reply I got back from Spangler on 11/29/01. We bought their candy canes last year and always buy Dum-Dum lollipops. I saw a lot of Bob's candy canes this year, so I emailed them out of curiosity.}
Our candy canes, cane classics, astro pops, dum dums, saf-t-pops, picture pops, atomic fireball lollipops, lemonhead lollipops, and ice cream dum dums are still peanut and tree nut free. We do manufacture a product that contains peanuts but it is made in a separate part of the plant and on dedicated lines so that there is no cross contamination from the peanut dust. The Jelly Belly candy canes are also free of peanuts and tree nuts but there is a small packet of jelly belly jelly beans in the box and on the packet it states that these are manufactured in a plant that processes peanuts.
Happy Holidays to you and your family as well.
Sincerely,
Spangler Candy Company
DaWanda Van Buskirk
Laboratory Supervisor
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Posted on: Mon, 12/02/2002 - 6:23am
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I found the Dum Dum candy canes, so I emailed Spangler to make sure these were also safe. Here is their response:
"All of our candy canes are free of peanuts and tree nuts. They are
manufactured on exclusive lines. We do make a chocolate cluster that
contains peanuts in this facility. We have enclosed the peanut area to
contain the peanut dust. Anyone who works in this area has to wear special
clothing, special head covering, and shoe covering. When they leave this
area they take the clothing off. No other employees are allowed in this area
unless they are working on this line. All utensils used in this area are
marked and cannot be used anywhere else in the factory. We monitor the area
outside of this room for peanut dust. We do this by taking swabs of
different areas and testing them for peanut protein. This assures us that no
peanut dust is escaping the area and contaminating our other products. The
other products that we manufacture are never made in the peanut area or on
the peanut product equipment."

Posted on: Mon, 12/02/2002 - 10:38am
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And this was their email response to us:
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Our candy canes are free of dairy, eggs, and nuts. We do make a chocolate
>cluster that contains peanuts and milk in this facility. We have enclosed
>the peanut area to contain the peanut dust. Anyone who works in this area
>has to wear special clothing, special head covering, and shoe covering.
>When
>they leave this area they take the clothing off. No other employees are
>allowed in this area unless they are working on this line. All utensils
>used
>in this area are marked and cannot be used anywhere else in the factory. We
>monitor the area outside of this room for peanut dust. We do this by taking
>swabs of different areas and testing them for peanut protein. This assures
>us that no peanut dust is escaping the area and contaminating our other
>products. The other products that we manufacture are never made in this
>area
>or on the chocolate product equipment. We do not use any eggs in any of our
>products.
>If you have any other questions please let me know.
>DaWanda

Posted on: Tue, 12/10/2002 - 3:24am
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I asked Asher if their cnady canes shared any equipment with any peanut or tree nut products. Not sure if the facility itself is entirely nut free, but this is the response.
<>]www.sherwoodbrands.com!>>[/url]

Posted on: Tue, 12/10/2002 - 9:14am
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I am going to e-mail Bob's Candies to find out about the soft candy cane chews. (Serious weakness of mine...) Anyway will let you know what I find out.
Here is their allergen policy:
Allergen Policy
Bobs Candies uses currently acceptable practices in using any ingredient, which could be considered an Allergen. This includes any of the major groups of allergens, including peanuts. Cross-contamination in manufacturing will be prevented by adherence to standard operating procedures. Sanitation practices will be validated by Quality Control checks to assure effectiveness of cleaning. Products are screened carefully for proper labeling prior to production and all known allergens will be listed in the ingredients. Bobs will continue to monitor allergens as they apply to the candy industry. As FDA policies change, Bobs Candies will review its allergen policy to comply with the latest guidelines.
Jaime
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Posted on: Thu, 12/12/2002 - 3:55pm
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I recently called Bob's because I saw peanut butter candies at walmart that were made by them. They told me they made the pb candy as a test kind of thing last april and haven't made any since. They were VERY careful at the time and only ran the pb candy on one weekend, then spent a full day cleaning equipment thoroughly. Since then they have not made anything w/ peanut and don't plan to. The man I spoke with seemed very disappointed with Bob's that they decided to do the pb candy in the first place despite the protests of the manufacturing staff. Anyway, he said they don't use any peanuts or tree nuts at all. My dd just got a box of bob's strawberry candy canes and has eaten a couple with no problems.
Gale

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