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Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 11:54pm
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I also worked at a Dairy Queen in high school and I would definitely agree that the risk of cross contamination is huge. We also made the peanut buster parfaits just as Chandra described as well as made our own buster bars the same way. The chopped nuts for sundaes, banana splits, etc... were ALWAYS all over the counters, floor, etc...

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2007 - 11:59pm
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Quote:Originally posted by HJK:
[b]I also worked at a Dairy Queen in high school and I would definitely agree that the risk of cross contamination is huge. We also made the peanut buster parfaits just as Chanda described as well as made our own buster bars the same way. The chopped nuts for sundaes, banana splits, etc... were ALWAYS all over the counters, floor, etc... [/b]

Posted on: Fri, 06/01/2007 - 12:01am
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Sorry, I edited below and wasn't able to delete the initial message.

Posted on: Fri, 06/01/2007 - 12:00pm
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I remember back in the early 70's...they didn't have all these peanut treats in their stores.
Ate there all the time.

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 3:55am
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I know that I'm VERY much in the minority, but my family owns DQs (nice, clean DQs, not those old holes in the wall that you sometimes see) and my dds (PA & TN) eat there daily. DQ softserve is safe and Dilly Bars that are made in the factory are (these will be sealed in a clear cellophane package rather than a white paper one). Toppings are very susceptible to x-contam though so we're pretty careful about those.
It's all a comfort zone thing.
Patty

Posted on: Tue, 06/05/2007 - 4:28am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommyMegan:
[b]Never, never, never!!!
The sign on the drive thru window tells me what I need to know "Nothing coming out of this window can be guranteed that it has not come in contact with peanuts" or something really similar.[/b]
The sign at the two near my home (both clean, neat, and a helluva business) say: "Peanuts may come into contact with your food" [i]or something like that[/i]. I don't pay much attention, other than we go nearly every day during the summer, probably around the mid afternoon or pre lunch [i]lull[/i]. If I come at these times, (and be sure I avoid the softball schedule posted on the BB), either establishments are neat as a pin. Otherwise, yes, there are toppings everywhere.
We order the boys cones first. We ask the cashier to wash her hands and explain after she prepares each plain cone to hand it directly to my child(ren). I'm not giving you advice, I'm just telling you how this sets with my family. We've been known to do it all wrong. Individual Mileage May Vary and what's the big deal about a plain cone anyway?
It's probably not worth it, but try and tell my boys that. Besides, do I really think they are going to grow up and eliminate items like *that* from their diet? If so, then I can say they will also be willing to eliminate any other dining out experience logically. [i]And let me tell you, knowing my boys.....that's not going to happen.[/i] So. Now I practice letting my boys order for themselves while I stand patiently and zip my lip unless absolutely necessary. They have endeared themselves to the cashiers and I honestly can say, they take more time washing their hands than let's say than many healthcare professionals. Some even take it upon themselves to get a new cone, although I usually don't ask for one.
Again, not as advice, just how my family does it. And don't expect much sympathy, or technique from a stressed out cashier with two softball teams lined up each asking for Blizzards. When will people ever learn. Weekends and rush hour are for [i]the new guys[/i].
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited June 05, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 06/07/2007 - 12:17am
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Hey....I wanted to add that DQ has an alternative sign now. My guess is that more allergy-friendly store owners are the ones who are changing them. I know our DQs have the new signs. It says something to the effect of.....people with food allergies should alert the manager for advice about what is safe with their allergy.
I thought it was much nicer than the old sign that I interpreted as "We don't want your problem food allergy self in our store. Go away!"
Patty

Posted on: Thu, 06/07/2007 - 4:00am
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Thanks Pitterpat! Our local Dairy Queen is run by a family that I know. Their soft serve does not come in contact with anything but a cone or cup. They are very careful to add/mix all toppings after putting the ice cream in.
We feel comfortable letting DS with PA eat a soft serve from our local Dairy Queen. We always alert them when we come in, and the employee will offer to get his cone/cup from a previously un-opened pack.
Kelly

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