Dippin Dots

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 2:16am
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My 5 yr old son recently had a bad peanut reaction. We are not certain of the trigger food. We believe it was from "Dippin Dots" ice cream. Has anyone else had trouble with Dippin Dots. They are served at events and amusement parks, etc... My son did not actually ingest any of the ice cream. He only tasted and immediately spit it out. He has done this in past when a food was tainted with peanuts. He says, it stings his tongue.

Very interest in your feedback.

Thanks.

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 5:17am
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I was at the mall and we looked into Dip n Dots. They did have a sign up that said that all of their products are made in a facility that processes peanuts. It was small print, but it was there!

Posted on: Mon, 05/17/2004 - 10:16am
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One thought for the original poster:
Did your son have any other symptoms besides the awful feeling on his tongue? Because although Dippin Dots does have at least one peanut/peanut butter flavor, I'm wondering if your son's complaint wasn't an allergic reaction, but a reaction to the sensation of the dots on his tongue. I've tried Dippin Dots once, and they're really icey, not creamy like ice cream. So kind of like how a really cold popsicle can give you a "burning" feeling on your tongue, I bet Dippin Dots can do the same.
I still won't let my PA son eat them, regardless of whether or not your son had an allergic reaction, so thanks for the heads-up!
--Debbie

Posted on: Tue, 05/18/2004 - 5:24am
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Quote:Originally posted by andersp2:
[b]My 5 yr old son recently had a bad peanut reaction. We are not certain of the trigger food. We believe it was from "Dippin Dots" ice cream. Has anyone else had trouble with Dippin Dots. They are served at events and amusement parks, etc... My son did not actually ingest any of the ice cream. He only tasted and immediately spit it out. He has done this in past when a food was tainted with peanuts. He says, it stings his tongue.
Very interest in your feedback.
Thanks.[/b]
I did not realize that they made a pb flavored version. I wrote to Dippin Dots, and here is their response. (FYI...her "testimonial" does not make me feel as if the product is safe. I will not allow our son to eat these in the future)
"We say in our nutritional information that it may contain traces of peanut because it is manufactured in a facility that produces products that do contain peanut. However we NEVER produce another flavor on the same line as Peanut Butter Chip. My husband is also allergic to peanuts and he eats Dippin' Dots all the time. Hope that helps!"

Posted on: Wed, 05/19/2004 - 4:15am
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Just got off the phone with "Glen" from Dippin Dots (270-443-8994). He said that they do, indeed, use shared equipment for all their flavors. They run PB 1-2 times per month, at the end of the day, and then clean, BUT they DO NOT have separate lines. I asked if they might consider eliminating that flavor in light of recent research on increase of PA, etc. He said that the flavor HAS declined in sales in the past couple years, but it's "been an institution for 15 years, so we're unlikely to get rid of it anytime soon." They also DO NOT label for shared equipment (I gave him my speil on that, too). Maybe if more of us call, they'll be more inclined to consider changes.

Posted on: Wed, 05/19/2004 - 4:44am
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Well, at the same time I was on the phone getting the story from "Glen" this email arrived, with the same info another poster received -- and which contradicts the info above.
"We state on our nutritional information that our product may contain traces of peanut. This is because we produce Peanut Butter Chip, which does contain peanut. However, we never produce another flavor on the same line after producing Peanut Butter Chip. My husband is also very allergic to peanut and he eats Dippin' Dots all the time.
Hope that helps. Thanks for asking!"

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