Chocolate from Canada

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I know there are alot of great chocolates for PA/TNA folks that are found in canada.. smarties, aeros, etc..

it never occured to me that these were british chocolates - there was an interesting article in the NY Times on how good British chocolate is (see [url="http://tinyurl.com/ywqdqo)"]http://tinyurl.com/ywqdqo)[/url]

Turns out there is a store, not far from me, called London Food.. that sells Smarties!!!

they should be the same as the ones in Canada, no? how much effort should i go to get some??

On Jul 15, 2007

Hi

On Jul 15, 2007

.. I have learned over the past few months that eventhough the bars have the same labeling some are made in peanut free facility and some are not made in peanut free facilities. We ran into this problem when we were in Canada, we just assumed all the coffee crisps were made in a peanut free facility like the ones that we ordered on line. Eventhough they had the same packaging one was peanut free and one wasn't. I don't know about the British labeling laws, but the aero I bought at the store in the U.S. was not marked as peanut free and I wasn't able to find out if they would have to list peanuts as a possible ingredient, or, they could just list the intentional ingredients. I couldn't take a chance so I just order online where I know the candy is absolutely produced in a nut free environment.

On Jul 16, 2007

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Originally posted by Junebug'smom: [b] some are made in peanut free facility and some are not made in peanut free facilities. We ran into this problem when we were in Canada, we just assumed all the coffee crisps were made in a peanut free facility like the ones that we ordered on line. Eventhough they had the same packaging one was peanut free and one wasn't. [/b]

Hi - Only the snack size bars have the actual "peanut free" logo on them (in Canada). I have always understood that the regular sized bars are also peanut free, but don't have the peanut free logo on the front (they do not have a warning). Nestle also makes different varieties of coffee crisp/kitkat/smarties/aero that actually contain peanut butter/traces of peanut. These are clearly marked "contains peanuts" on the front.

I'm not sure about the British stuff though - I think I have read posts here about some of their chocolate being safe as well, but can't remember exactly what brands.

On Jul 16, 2007

Nestle Canada now only guarantees that the mini-sized chocolates (Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat) are "safe to share". These small bars are made in a peanut-free factory.

The larger sized bars/boxes ones are not safe. And there are now peanut butter Smarties! Ick!

Denine ds, 9, peanuts & eggs ds, 7, no food allergies ds, 4, tree nuts & milk

On Jul 16, 2007

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Originally posted by Pez: [b]Nestle Canada now only guarantees that the mini-sized chocolates (Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat) are "safe to share". These small bars are made in a peanut-free factory.

The larger sized bars/boxes ones are not safe. And there are now peanut butter Smarties! Ick!

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Oh God don't tell me this. I just bought 2 dozen regular size boxes of smarties from peanutfreeplanet for our upcoming vacation to replace the kissables we no longer buy. I thought Nestle Ca (and Nestle USA) would always label for shared facilities??

Oh Erik!!! Can you confirm this with Nestle??

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On Jul 16, 2007

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Originally posted by Pez: [b]Nestle Canada now only guarantees that the mini-sized chocolates (Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat) are "safe to share". These small bars are made in a peanut-free factory.[/b]

I'm just curious where you came by this information. Would you be able to post what exactly Nestle told you?

For as long as I've been dealing with PA with my son (4 yrs now), I've considered all sizes of the KitsKats/Aero/Smarties/Coffee Crisp safe, and have never seen any sort of warning on the chocolate bars themselves.

I do trust Nestle's labelling as they seem to go out of their way to identify those products that DO contain peanuts.

I have only ever seen the "peanut free" logo on the snack sized bars, and Nestle always promotes the snack sized ones as "safe to share".

I have, however, never contacted them directly (at least about their chocolate bars), and always trusted their labelling.

Gale there is a place you can contact them on their website [url="http://www.nestle.ca/en/index."]http://www.nestle.ca/en/index.[/url] There's some other info on there, but I'm having trouble navigating the site - for some reason it doesn't want to work with my browser very well, but I'm going try try and send off an email to them anyway.

On Jul 17, 2007

Unfortunately it's impossible to contact them unless you have a Canada address. The contact form asks for the address and it asks for province and also the postal code (which is a totally diffent format than the US zip codes). I tried to contact them by email and by phone about the coffee crisp and shea oil and was never able to. When I called the number on the back of a Canadian candy bar, it automatically rerouted my call to Nestle US.

I found this number on the Panhandle Premium site tonight. I don't know if it's current but it's supposed to be the number to call from the US. (416) 512-9000

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On Jul 17, 2007

[b]And there are now peanut butter Smarties! Ick![/b]

The smarties with pb and the smarties with peanuts (they have them too) are a complete different shape -- clearly labeled that they have peanuts or pb in them, different colour packaging. The different shape is so that no pa child would accidentally eat it thinking it is a safe smartie just like they've eaten in the past. (I personally thought that was a great idea.)

Those two smarties are made in a completely different facility than the regular smarties -- which continue to be safe for pa people.

On Jul 17, 2007

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Originally posted by Luc's Mom: [b]Turns out there is a store, not far from me, called London Food.. that sells Smarties!!!

they should be the same as the ones in Canada, no? how much effort should i go to get some?? [/b]

Not necessarily. Some of the Nestle products available in Canada are imported from the UK -- some from Australia -- most made here. The the same thing made here safe, may be made in the UK with a *may contain*. You can google Nestle UK . They do not put the nut free list on the website and the page has a (UK) phone number to get a copy of it. But, a few years ago, I sent an e-mail and they mailed me a copy of it. But read the label.

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Does this London Food sell Cadbury UK? On their web-site you can search by product or select both peanut free and nut free (hold the shift button when clicking on the second one).

But again, always read the label.

On Jul 17, 2007

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Originally posted by gw_mom3: [b]Unfortunately it's impossible to contact them unless you have a Canada address.[/b]

Sorry Gale- I noticed that when I went back to the site and tried to send an email - hopefully it went through (I'm having major problems with any clickable buttons/pull down menus on that site). I'll post a reply from Nestle when/if I get one.

On Jul 17, 2007

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[b]Originally posted by AnnaMarie: Those two smarties are made in a completely different facility than the regular smarties -- which continue to be safe for pa people.[/b]

Thanks for posting that! Like Gale, I'm expecting a bunch of Smarties from Canada (my friend is there on vacation this week, she always brings back a supply for us). Glad to know they are still safe, I was worried what I was going to do with two dozen boxes of unsafe Smarties! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by mcmom (edited July 17, 2007).]

On Jul 17, 2007

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Originally posted by Pez: [b]Nestle Canada now only guarantees that the mini-sized chocolates (Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat) are "safe to share". These small bars are made in a peanut-free factory.

The larger sized bars/boxes ones are not safe. [/b]

Only the bag of mini bars are labelled with the crossed out peanut, but....the large bars are still safe as well. I haven't seen a change in the labelling to indicate otherwise, and I trust Nestle labelling.

Oh, I am in Ontario.

Ali

On Jul 17, 2007

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Originally posted by gw_mom3: [b] Oh God don't tell me this. I just bought 2 dozen regular size boxes of smarties from peanutfreeplanet for our upcoming vacation to replace the kissables we no longer buy. I thought Nestle Ca (and Nestle USA) would always label for shared facilities??

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Originally posted by Pez: [b]Nestle Canada now only guarantees that the mini-sized chocolates (Smarties, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat) are "safe to share". These small bars are made in a peanut-free factory.

The larger sized bars/boxes ones are not safe. And there are now peanut butter Smarties! Ick!

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Oh Erik!!! Can you confirm this with Nestle??

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Hi Gale,

The large bars are safe too, with only a few exceptions.

A few types of large bars (ie: Kit Kat Chunky Caramel) are imported from other countries (Australia) but they clearly are labelled "may contain peanuts"

The regular Aero, Kit Kat, Smarties, Coffee Crisp, Mirage and Rolo are all safe.(*) Nestle Canada always labels "may contain peanuts" if there is any chance of peanut cross contamination.

I just ate a regular size Aero today =)

(*) of coutse, if you buy a large size bar called "Peanut Smarties" or "Peanut Kit Kat", of course it is not safe.. thought I should mention this too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by erik (edited July 18, 2007).]

On Jul 17, 2007

Whew what a relief!! Thanks everyone. I was really beginning to panic there.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

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