Chocolate

Posted on: Sat, 09/29/2001 - 1:27pm
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Hi to all:

What do you guys do for chocolate? I know about [url="http://www.vermontnutfreechocolate.com"]www.vermontnutfreechocolate.com[/url] but also wanted to hear if any of you have had success with a peanut free chocolate.

Thanks!
Judy

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Posted on: Sat, 09/29/2001 - 2:32pm
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Are you in Canada or the USA? I can only speak for Canada.
Safe chocolates in Canada:
Nestle Canada made in a peanut/nut-free factory: Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp, Mirage, and Kit Kat (exception holiday Smarties eggs and xmas ornaments, clearly labelled with peanut image warnings)details: [url="http://www.nestle.ca"]www.nestle.ca[/url]
Cadbury Canada: the factory is not nut-free, but they do run many chocolate bars on nut-free productions lines: Caramilk, Coconut, Flake, Crunchie, etc.. always check labels... even though one size may be safe (ie: 56g Caramilk) other sizes are unsafe (labelled as may contain peanuts). Note that there is NO SAFE mini-bars from Cadbury this Halloween - all are labelled "may contain peanuts" .. details: [url="http://www.cadbury.chocolate.ca/"]http://www.cadbury.chocolate.ca/[/url]
Trebor-Allen: they make many products that are nut-free such as Fuzzy Peach, Swedish berries, Sour Patch Kids, etc.. more details at [url="http://www.cadbury.chocolate.ca/"]http://www.cadbury.chocolate.ca/[/url]
If you are from the USA, sorry I don't have any details. Skittles and Starburst are safe as far as I know, and maybe Hershey bars? Maybe if you do a "search" at this site for "chocolate" and you should get much info. Good Luck!
(p.s. Kit Kat is NOT safe in the USA (made by Reese).. only safe in Canada since it is made here by Nestle Canada)

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 1:22am
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I called Hershey (US) about this, and was told that the large,plain Hershey bars are made in a facility that makes nothing with peanuts. The bars I'm talking about are usually sold in packages of 6 at the grocery store (I think they're 1.66 ounces each), the type you'd break to make s'mores. My son has had no reactions to them.
(You might want to call Hershey yourself to confirm that this information is still accurate.)
Best,
Debbie

Posted on: Sun, 09/30/2001 - 1:53am
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That's great.. so Hershey bars are safe in the USA. Although if you are in Canada, please note regular size Hershey bars are not safe (labeled as may contain peanuts).
So confusing.. Hershey bar is safe in USA, not safe in Canada. Kit Kat bar safe in Canada, but not safe in USA.
At least there is somethign we can eat on both sides of the border [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/01/2001 - 12:58pm
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Here is a reply from Guittard Chocolate:
Dear Judy,
Guittard chocolate products, including retail chocolate chips (dark, milk,
and white) do not contain peanuts nor are any peanuts used in our processing
facility.
Sincerely,
Ed Seguine
Vice President, Research and Development / Quality Assurance
Guittard Chocolate Co.
650-697-4427 ext. 200
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Posted on: Mon, 10/01/2001 - 1:20pm
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Here is another chocolate company that is peanut and tree nut free:
[url="http://www.nutfreecandy.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv"]http://www.nutfreecandy.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv[/url]

Posted on: Wed, 10/03/2001 - 2:04pm
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In addition to the Nestle Canada and Cadbury Canada chocolate bars that were listed in this post as being safe, I decided to call Effem Canada to find out if any Mars/M&M products are safe for those with peanut allergies.
The representative told me that if there is any chance of peanut cross-contaminiation, it will be listed on the label (ie: manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts"). Unfortunately most of the bars are not safe (ie: Mars, 3 Musketeers, Twix, M&Ms, etc).
However, she told me that there are two safe chocolate bars (peanut-free) that are made by Mars:
1) Dove caramel bar
2) Bounty coconut
So that adds two more bars to the safe chocolate list!
(this information applies to Canada... it may also apply to the USA but I am not sure - always check labels)

Posted on: Thu, 10/04/2001 - 12:23am
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Quote:Originally posted by erik:
[b]That's great.. so Hershey bars are safe in the USA. [/b]
Yes, but to the best of my knowledge, this *only* applies to the 6-packs of 1.55 ounce plain Hersheys. (I think I wrote 1.66 ounce earlier, but I just checked my pantry, and they're 1.55 ounce bars.)
Debbie

Posted on: Thu, 10/04/2001 - 7:42am
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I really think this one safe Hershey bar is available only on the East coast of the United States. I do not think there is a nut free Hershey factory on the West coast of U.S.
West Coast-
Ghiradelli chocolate has very accurate labeling. It is not nut free, but some things are peanut free. One variety of ground chocolate.
I have used Guittard as given in one of the prior posts and some Schaffen-Berger products (baking bar).

Posted on: Sun, 10/07/2001 - 10:38am
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So what do you all do for chocolate chips? Are there any brands of chocolate chips that are nut-free??

Posted on: Sun, 10/07/2001 - 11:25am
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Yes - Guittard sells them. I emailed them AND called their 800 number to verify this. They do not manufacture anything with nuts or peanuts. I ordered a 25# box for $45 from Rader Foods in Orlando, FL.
If you call this 800 number they can tell you where your nearest distributor is. Also you can find them in smaller amounts in your grocery store. I bought them in bulk to save money and because those taste better than the retail variety.
1-800-HOT-CHOC ext. 255.
Here is the reply I got by email:
Dear Judy,
Guittard chocolate products, including retail chocolate chips (dark, milk,
and white) do not contain peanuts nor are any peanuts used in our processing
facility.
Sincerely,
Ed Seguine
Vice President, Research and Development / Quality Assurance
Guittard Chocolate Co.
650-697-4427 ext. 200

Posted on: Tue, 10/09/2001 - 10:54am
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Does anyone know if Hershey's Cocoa powdered chocolate that can be used for chocolate milk or baking is safe/nut/contamination free? I haven't had chocolate for years since I read all the information about the baking chocolates. I used to use Baker's and realized it was made by Kraft who I don't trust at all. I even read (in a post here) that some FLOUR isn't safe. That is just ridiculous. There must be someplace where nuts are not used in every product. I am seriously considering starting a business of my own if only I could find "scratch" ingredients that were 100% safe!!
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Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 2:43am
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Could you tell us what chocolate you found and where you bought it? My son is soy allergic as well.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 5:18am
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It's a seasonal product. It would be in the Passover products before and during the holiday which typically falls just before Easter. Read the packages cuz like I said one group of Jews believes soybeans aren't pesadicka (I'm pretending I can spell in Yiddish). But a lot of its safe, and kosher products are held to their own strict standards so the labelling's pretty good. I know I eat the giant Manechevitz bars and Bloomy's made chocolate chips and M&M-like "chocolate lentils" but there were a few others I just can't remember the names.

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 5:22am
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Oops, other part of the question: if you live in a community with a Jewish population, they generally designate part of an aisle to Passover products in the supermarkets. I know it's standard in NY & NJ and I think I remember seeing that when I lived in MA but now that I think of it, there are probably parts of the south and midwest where it'd be much harder to find. But, hey, when my corner of the world stopped carrying the sunscreen that was safe I found a supplier online, so never say never, right?

Posted on: Thu, 09/18/2003 - 12:27pm
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I have tried checking all the passover stuff for the coins that are chocolate. They were all well labeled, but unfortunately for "May contains." But I had a feeling there might be some safe options there. I will have to look harder next time. I order then from VNF now. becca

Posted on: Fri, 09/19/2003 - 1:20am
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Nice try on the Yiddish spelling, Silly Feline! (love your screen name, BTW)
While peanuts and soybeans (legumes) may be banned during Passover, tree nuts are not. Many Passover products still contain tree nuts (or traces), so be careful.
Manischewitz has just about the best website for allergen information I've ever seen. Unfortunately their package labelling has not totally caught up with that yet. If you have a question about a product check their website and don't rely solely on their packaging.
Amy
[This message has been edited by Going Nuts (edited September 19, 2003).]

Posted on: Sun, 06/13/2004 - 11:56am
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I dont have any suggestions about the chocolate but I am glad you mentioned it. My son has had a reaction to peanut and tested positive on the RAST to soybean. I took him off soy just to be sure and his eczema has cleared up. About two weeks ago he put a piece of bean in his mouth (and spit it out) and had a few hives pop up on his face. I never thought about chocolate being a legume but the other night he had chocolate rice milk and was up all night. He really hasnt eaten much chocolate as he is on 17 months old and has a milk allergy as well as peanut, soy and possible egg. I do not know if he was tested on the RAST for other legumes but because of his reactions so far I have been avoiding peas and beans with him.
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Ben 17 months PA,MA,possible EA, and SA

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2004 - 4:01am
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My DS is PA and the only chocolate I keep around the house is Hershey Kisses and Oreo cookies, the origional one's not mini.

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2004 - 5:22am
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I'm assuming you're in the US? We keep plain chocolate kisses, caramel kisses and plain 1.55 oz hershey bars.
for other chocolatey stuff we use hershey choc. syrup, ovaltine (not the malt flavor), and we were able to get some swirlwich which has a chocolate flavor.
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Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2004 - 5:38am
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You can check with vermont nut free chocolates.. not sure if they have soy in them.. we buy hershey kisses and hershey chocolate bars... my kids love em!

Posted on: Mon, 06/14/2004 - 9:38am
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Given her other allergies, I would suggest maybe making some homemade brownies? We have always used Hersheys Cocoa (sp?) w/no problems, and use their equivalent (listed on the container) for bakers chocolate.
Kelly

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