Dairy Queen???

Posted on: Mon, 05/13/2002 - 1:44pm
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pI have lately been letting my kids eat very plain desserts at DQ. The most elaborate we get is a chocolate dipped cone - a little risky I admit. Has anyone had reactions there - I noticed they have started putting their peanut warnings on their signs. We never eat blizzards or shakes there because I am too concerned about cross contamination. We don't eat at regular ice cream places because of the cross contamination of the utensils and also in the ice cream tubs themselves. My kids just like to go out like regular kids and eat ice cream once in a while. Am I crazy letting them do this???/p

Posted on: Tue, 05/14/2002 - 2:28am
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Hi
If you do a search on dairy queen there is some good info worth reading - There have been a few bad reactions at dairy queen.
Hope this helps.
Sue in Sunny Arizona

Posted on: Tue, 05/14/2002 - 3:29am
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We don't trust Dairy Queen in this area - the peanut warnings are up, the counter help is rude and uninformed and the place where they dish the ice cream is all sloppy with peanuts and other peanut type candy topping. I also skip Baskin and Robbins due to cross contimination.
We do go to Ben and Jerrys. I know they don't have shops everywhere, but they are great - very allergy aware with helpful staff. Or maybe if your ice cram stores sell packaged products (ice ice cream sandwiches, bars, popsicles) you could check out if they were safe.
I agree that sometimes skipping ice cream is hard as it is such a social thing and a nice memory that many of us have from our childhoods. My FIL is forever suggesting it after family events and then going "Oh yeah I forgot"

Posted on: Tue, 05/14/2002 - 4:10am
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The peanut warnings are up at our local Dairy Queen as well. What we do is stop by McDonalds first for a frozen yogurt cone (McDonalds has peanuts on the premises but they are in prepackaged bags, none of which are opened behind the counter in the food prep area). While Cayley is enjoying her cone, we all head to Dairy Queen - Cayley eats her safe cone, we order what we want and so far, so good. Cayley's never had a problem just being in Dairy Queen eating her own food, but I wouldn't order food there for her, just in case (the staff also recommends I don't order her food there).
Carolyn

Posted on: Wed, 05/15/2002 - 3:43am
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Dairy Queen does sell pre-packaged popsicle type things called Starkiss. When I contacted DQ headquarters directly I got an email back saying that they are made in a pn free facility. I also have ordered just a plain ice cream in a dish for my pa son, always asking to make sure there is no chance of c.c. However, I think now I'll try to stick with the Starkiss bars.

Posted on: Sun, 08/04/2002 - 2:59pm
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We ate at DQ for a while and then I realized that the floors and tables could have bits of peanuts on them, so no more. Cracker Barrel is totally safe and they have really good ice cream and sundaes. Just be sure and tell them you don't want the walnuts or almonds or whatever in your sundae. We love TCBY frozen yogurt. The golden vanilla is always in the same machine. The special flavors are completly seperate so we are comfortable eating the vanilla. However we don't do toppings because peanuts is one of them and they tend to get scattered around into the other toppings. We usually get the packages that they make up in advance and freeze. We bring it home and use our own toppings if we want.
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Posted on: Mon, 08/05/2002 - 1:11am
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I never let my son have DQ just because I think all the ones around here are messy and dangerous (peanuts everywhere). We eat McDonalds cones, shakes, and sundaes alot. He loves them. We have one of the old 50's type McDonalds near us with the outside eating area. It really is just as nice as going to Dairy Queen.
Jaime

Posted on: Mon, 08/05/2002 - 10:59am
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Hello all,
We do eat at DQ on occasion. I have met the staff and when we do go, they go out of their way to be as safe as they can. We have given them notes from this site and this particular staff has been extremely kind in recognizing how vigilant we are. They do not carry those Starkiss bars. Maybe its a regional thing. Sure wish they did though. I plan to look for a Ben and Jerry's. TCBY sounds good too. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Posted on: Mon, 08/05/2002 - 1:15pm
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triciaga, Dairy Queen is a caution for me now. I absolutely LOVE Dairy Queen, always have. The last town I lived in, it was the only place that you could actually get an ice cream cone for the kids (seriously [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img] ) We only got either plain or chocolate dipped cones or a chocolate sundae with whipped cream.
Then, Jesse had two anaphylactic reactions (not from Dairy Queen food) and I tightened up a BIT. I joined PA.com a couple of months later and after reading different things here, I realized that going there was probably putting him at risk.
Last year, in the old town, we went once at the beginning of the summer and I have to say I was bloody nervous the whole time.
This year, in our new town, Dairy Queen is also the closest place to get a cone for the kids. We went a couple of months ago and ALL of us left feeling SO freaked out because there are just so many peanut products in there that we decided that that's the end of Dairy Queen for our family. But please remember, that's MY comfort zone. I just get too nervous and anxious and end up not enjoying it at all. And with our recent experience and Jesse's age (6-1/2), he was also extremely nervous.
Now, I did have my non-PA daughter out one day, just her and I, and we did go and enjoy (although I felt quite guilty about this because I know it's not something I can do with Jesse [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] ).
No, they're off my list and unfortunately, McDonald's is too far away for us to get to - great idea though, Cayley's Mom. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 05/07/2006 - 1:14am
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I talked to the owner of the DQ at the mall and he said that the soft serve is peanut free. They put up the warning for the other stuff. He said no chance of cross contamination for the soft serve. He said he has owned DQ's for 18 years and never a problem with the soft serve. He showed me the packages. He has a cousin with PA and he eats the soft serve. Do you think the soft serve is ok?

Posted on: Sun, 05/07/2006 - 2:42am
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I actually called the Dairy Queen corporate office this week. Long story short, pre-school is going there on a field trip, I said we weren't going, they called the owner who said the Starkiss were safe.
So as soon as the lady at corporate heard DD was PA, she extremely nicely told me not to take her there. I asked her about the Starkiss things, and she said they are made in a facility with nuts/peanuts everywhere. She apologized and said she wished she could tell me something different.
So it was just a "told you so" to tell the teachers, because I knew from the start this was way way out of our comfort zone.
So after the walk to the park, DD and I will be heading to McDonalds for big fat sundae's, and she is totally happy with that!!

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