Hershey Choc. Bars

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Hi I am confussed about these products. I have heard that some like the labling & others that says no choc bars are safe...

Can someone please tell me what if any are safe.

I have also heard that kisses are safe?... But I have had them with nuts in them!!!

Please help me understand this.

Thanks (ps I am in the USA, but I also go to Canada)

On Dec 3, 2003

I am under the impression that Hershey's labels very well. I spoke to them regarding their unsweetened baking chocolate but I believe their policies for labeling are the same for all their products. Due to soy allergies also we can only use the one chocolate, but as for PA I am under the impression that if there is no warning on the package it is safe. I live in the US.

On Dec 4, 2003

Hershey's regular size chocolate bars and Hershey's kisses are the only chocolate I let my PA son eat. He's been eating them for probably 3 years with no problems at all. But...FYI, King sized Hershey's bars DO have a "may contain peanuts" on their label. I questionned them and for some reason, they make their king sized on machinery that also processes peanuts but not their regular sized.

------------------ Mommy to: Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

On Dec 4, 2003

I also trust their labelling.

We regularly use their semisweet baking chips, and occasionally the plain bars, and plain kisses. We really do not buy and eat chocolate that regularly overall.

They are pretty specific about their labelling, if you look at several packages next time you shop. I have even seen what looks to be a safe mini Santa for a stocking, plain, only. They make a marshmallow bell that clearly has a warning. So it seems they really lable each item specifically for the exposure to PN/TN, and even if it is only one or the other. becca

On Dec 4, 2003

Are the Kisses (plain) made on the same equipment line as the almond ones? Has anything in recent years changed in the manufacturing process of the plain kisses?

On Dec 4, 2003

Mb, though they will not say exactly if certain things are made on dedicated lines, the labels are very clear when they say, "Manufactured on equipmnet that processes almond" or it might say peanuts, or both, if you check several diferring products. The plain kisses have no warning of any kind, yet many other products do.

When I have called, on three seperate occasions, they say they do lable for such shared equipment and if they feel that there is any chance for cross contamination it wil bear the "manufactured in..." type label.

Guess it is up to yu from there to decide if you want to use the products. becca

On Dec 4, 2003

Thanks

Does anyone know if the Canadian Hershey bars are safe???

or is it just the us. It is really hard keeping these all straight.

On Dec 4, 2003

The last time I checked, here in Canada, the regular size of Hershey bar had a peanut warning on it, but the snack size mini Hershey bar was safe. So the regular size Hershey bar in Canada is [b]not[/b] safe.

This may be due to the fact that the regular size Hershey bar we have is manufactured in Canada in a faciltiy that uses peanuts, while the snack size mini Hershey bar is manufactured in a different facility (imported from the USA)

On Dec 5, 2003

Did I misread something in the string? If the snack size Hershey bars are not safe in the US and the snack size Hershey bars in Canada are imported from the US, how can these bars be safe in Canada?

T.

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On Dec 5, 2003

The *snack size* are safe in the US. No warning. We used them for Halloween. I don't see that size much outside of Halloween. Note I am not saying miniature, which is the mixture that contains Mr. Goodbars in it. becca

On Dec 5, 2003

Hi Becca,

Yes... I think you probably have the same "snack size" Hershey bars that we do which are safe (no peanut warnings). I also see them at Halloween. I have also seen the mini Hershey chocolate assortment during the year (Mr Goodbar, Krackel, etc) and as you mentioned, these are not safe and have peanut warnings on them.

On Dec 5, 2003

Thanks Becca and Erik, Clearly I am not a big chocolate eater. I didn't know there was a difference between snack size and miniature!

T.

On Dec 5, 2003

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Originally posted by tando: [b]Clearly I am not a big chocolate eater. I didn't know there was a difference between snack size and miniature! [/b]

Hi Tando,

In general, snack size and miniature could be the same thing.

However, Hersheys tends to use the "Miniatures" description for their unsafe mini bars that come in that clear plastic bag (Krackel, Mr Goodbar, etc). The Halloween products are often called snack size.

However, it is confusing as I have switched the terms quite often, as you will see in my posts (ie: mini Kit Kat bar... snack size Kit Kat bar.. -> same thing)

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 11, 2004

raised for Sebastian ...

On Apr 6, 2004

Any background on the Hershey mint bar (mint chips) or Hershey cookie bar(chocolate cookie chips I recently noticed on shelves? (U.S.)

On Apr 6, 2004

Never seen the mint bar, but we get the Hersheys Cookies and Creme bar in Canada (imported from the USA) and there are no nut warnings on it so I consider it safe. I have also seen other PA.COM members posting how they allow their children to eat it as well.

On Apr 6, 2004

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Originally posted by erik: [b]Never seen the mint bar, but we get the Hersheys Cookies and Creme bar in Canada (imported from the USA)[/b]

[i]Here[/i] (where I shop) I have seen a

[list][*][b]Cookies 'n' Creme[/b][/*:m][*][b]Cookies 'n' Chocolate (limited edition)[/b][/*:m][*][b]Cookies 'n' Mint (limited edition)[/b][/*:m][/list:u]

just looking for background. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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On Apr 6, 2004

The only one I've seen here in Canada is Cookies and Creme (made in the USA and imported by Hershey Canada). It has no warnings.

Since the other two are special editions, they may not be available in Canada.

On Apr 6, 2004

I just had both the mint and the chocolate limited edition bars over the weekend. They are shaped like the plain old hershey bars (flat, not rounded like the almond bar) so I'm assuming they're *not* made on the same lines as the almond bar, and they don't have any warnings on them. The mint cookie one used to be a regular product and they discontinued it, I'm so happy it's back, even if it's a limited edition! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Apr 6, 2004

I have seen these too. They are special edition bars. I could send you some Erik, if you like. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

They have no warnings, and according to Hershey, no warning means safe(no cross contamination). I would trust the label, personally. becca

On Apr 6, 2004

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Originally posted by becca: [b]I have seen these too. They are special edition bars. I could send you some Erik, if you like. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] [/b]

I trust Hershey labelling too. Thanks Becca, but I think I have enough chocolate up here without having it also sent to me from the USA! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Plus when I was in NYC, I stopped at the Hersheys store in Times Square and picked up some stuff.. I bought dark chocolate Hersheys kisses for myself, and the carton filled with Whoppers for Nancy.

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On Apr 10, 2004

Hershey told me that their regular size hershey bars are run on dedicated lines. I have not seen any of the "new" flavors but I do trust hersehy's labeling.

------------------ [b]Florence[/b]

[i]Patrick[/i]-PA/TA [i]Edward[/i]-Penicllin pa/ta unknown [i]Jessica[/i]-yellow dye pa/ta unknown

On Apr 17, 2004

I called Hershey Choc. (U.S.) right before Easter. They told me that the U.S. gov. now requires that food be labeled if it contains common high risk allergens and if there is even a remote chance of cross-contamination. So for the first time ever..I bought Whopper robin eggs and Hershey solid choc. bunnies. Does anyone know more about this law and when/if it actually was passed?

I am confused because when I e-mailed Krispy Kreme dougnuts the other day (after talking a tour of a local shop) the response I got was they feel their product may contain allergens but it is up to the consumer to decide if it was a safe product to eat..which obviously didn't answer my question..which was if any of their products were peanut/tree-nut free. How can we decide if it is safe when we don't know what is in it? She has safely eaten the glazed but we would like to try the creme filled. Anyway I'm left feeling that even if this law exists that not all corporations are adhering to it.

On Apr 18, 2004

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On Apr 18, 2004

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth: [b]I am confused because when I e-mailed Krispy Kreme dougnuts the other day (after talking a tour of a local shop) the response I got was they feel their product may contain allergens but it is up to the consumer to decide if it was a safe product to eat..which obviously didn't answer my question..which was if any of their products were peanut/tree-nut free. [/b]

Hi FromtheSouth,

I have eaten Krispy Kreme. They told me that they do not use and nuts and they do not use any peanuts in their products so they are safe.

However, the do not guarantee that their products are peanut-free/nut-free. Why? The raw ingredients that they purchase (sugar, flour, etc) are from other manufacturers out of their control so there is no way they can absolutely guarantee they are nut-free/peanut-free.

I consider their products safe (in my opinion). Very few manufacturers give a nut-free/peanut-free guarantee.

On Apr 18, 2004

Erik I believe you are right & they also used eggs etc so yes there is alergens just not Nut.

On Apr 18, 2004

I dont let my PA son have chocolate candy bars from anywhere. I am not confident in any of the manufacturing plants and their workers cleaning habits to risk Max's life. Its only chocolate. Maybe someday if they get better with designated manufacturing lines but I dont want to confuse my son by saying yes you can have the snack size of this bar but not the king size because it may be unsafe. Thats too much to ask a 4 year old to understand. Maybe by the time he is older the manufacturers will get their acts together and realize that there is a need for dedicated lines for chocolate that is not exposed to any type of allergen.. until then, we can live without the risk. There are plenty of other sweets out there to indulge him with. Have a good night.

On Apr 18, 2004

Hi NutlessinNj,

There is some safe chocolate out there in the USA:

1- Vermont nut-free

2- Canadian nut-free chocolate can be ordered at [url="http://www.canadiansweets.com"]http://www.canadiansweets.com[/url]

3- some Hershey products

I have found Hershey labelling to be great. I was looking at Skor Bites the other day, and there was a warning "manufactured on the same equipment as products containing wheat"! Their products use labelling such as "manufactured on the same equipment as almonds", "manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts", etc...

So in my opinion, Hershey provides safe chocolate products [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Apr 19, 2004

Nutless, I did the same thing for my oldest when she was little..no choc. because it is in the high risk group. I think it is a smart thing to do. Kids can live without choc..in fact it is better for them not to eat it...just like they can live without peanut products. Now that she is older (almost 12), I do buy choc. chips (Baker's Secret) and make the occas. cookie but she doesn't have a sweet tooth. Has the healtiest eating habits of all my dc. Hershey seems to now have good labeling practices so it will be her decision if she wants to eat their choc.

Erik, I personally think Krispy Kreme can do a better job of letting people know what is in their doughnuts. It is possible for companies to screen their raw materials for the major allergens. The gov. is starting to require it. Since Krispy Kreme doughnuts are sold on the shelves of grocery stores, they shouldn't only be classified as a restaurant...but as a manufacturer of baked goods. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are made from the same basic doughnut dough. The creme filled is made by a dry powder mix they mix with water and inject using a machine. These powders are likely comprised of chemicals and artificial flavorings/colorings. It wouldn't be rocket science to screen them. At the Krispy Kreme I went into, I was told they don't use obvious nut products. A friend told me she has seen peanut sprinkled ones..even peanut butter flavored doughnuts in a local KK.but there are a couple KK's in the town we live.

On Apr 19, 2004

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth: [b]A friend told me she has seen peanut sprinkled ones..even peanut butter flavored doughnuts in a local KK.but there are a couple KK's in the town we live.[/b]

Hi,

Krispy Kreme does not use nuts or peanut products in any of their baking. I think your friend may have thought it was a peanut sprinkled donut when it was actually something else. This has happened before on this website as people have posted they thought they saw a peanut sprinkled donut but it was actually something else that was nut-free.

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth:[b]Erik, I personally think Krispy Kreme can do a better job of letting people know what is in their doughnuts

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I think they do provide us with good information. Thisis from the [url="http://www.krispykreme.com"]www.krispykreme.com[/url] web site:

[i]The only animal byproducts used in our doughnut are eggs (whites and yolks) and dairy products (including milk, butter, yogurt, whey, nonfat milk and nonfat whey). Our doughnuts are cooked in 100% vegetable oil shortening (partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil). All monoglycerides, diglycerides and enzymes are vegetable based. The lecithin we use is soy based. We also use wheat in our doughnuts, including bran, germ, gluten, starch and flour. Our products may contain allergens. To get further information about our products call us at 1800 4KRISPY. [/i]

And I think they do provide us with enough details. If you go to [url="http://www.krispykreme.com/nutri.pdf"]http://www.krispykreme.com/nutri.pdf[/url] it provides a detailed ingredient listing for each variety of donut - every single ingredient is listed.

And I can not seen how they can screen every single ingredient they use for every allergen - for example, there are so many tree nuts - I don't even know if there are allergen tests for all of them.

I think Krispy Kreme is much better than most companies, as the majority of companies do not even tell you if peanuts/nuts are used in the facility or not. I do not know of any company that screens all of their raw materials ... personally, I think Krispy Keme donuts are safe to eat. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Apr 19, 2004

Erik, Thanks for posting. Below is an excerpt from the e-mail I received from Krispy Kreme prior to posting here: ---------------------- Often we receive questions from consumers like you about the likelihood of peanuts in our products. For clarification, Krispy Kreme does not knowingly add any peanuts or other nut derivatives to our doughnuts; however, we cannot guarantee that our products are free of nuts or nut derivatives.---*** (My response: Why not! If they don't use nut ingredients, not made on shared equipment..it is a nut-free product. There are tests for "all" the major food allergens.)***--- The final decision to consume Krispy Kreme doughnuts will always rest with the consumer.

Kraft, Nabisco, Breyer's Ice Cream, Hershey, etc., all have quality control labs, knowingly work with nut derivatives..and manage to keep it out of their many products. Food ingredients can be tested. I wish KK would test their fillings so consumers can make a more educated, confident choice they they are not playing Russian roulette when eating a KK doughnut. --------------- Are you peanut/tree-nut allergic? Which of their doughnuts have you safely eaten?

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On Apr 19, 2004

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth: [b]Kraft, Nabisco, Breyer's Ice Cream, Hershey, etc., all have quality control labs, knowingly work with nut derivatives..and manage to keep it out of their many products. Food ingredients can be tested. ........... Are you peanut/tree-nut allergic? Which of their doughnuts have you safely eaten? [/b]

Hi FromtheSouth,

Are you saying that you contacted Kraft, Nabisco, Breyer's Ice Cream, Hershey, etc and they told you that they test all of their products for peanut and tree nut residues? They have never told me that when I contacted them.. I am very surprised to hear this. Maybe you can post more details.. I know there are many people at PA.COM who won't eat anything from these companies as they can't get an answer from the manufacturer regarding manufacturing details.

Krispy Kreme has nut-free/peanut-free facilities. However, they can not guarantee their raw supplies. As an example, let's say an employee working for their sugar vendor ate a Skor bar (contains almonds) and didn't wash his hands, and peanut residue ended up in the sugar.. how can Krispy Kreme guarantee it is nut-free as they have no control over situations like this.

I am only PA.. I am not TNA. I have eaten the famous glazed donut, as well as chocolate, choclate creme filled, raspberry filled, and lemon filled.

Plesse note I only buy them from the Krispy Kreme shops. They also sell them in gas stations, grocery stores, etc but I would not trust these without double checking with the gas station, etc as they are out of Krispy Kreme's control.

On Apr 20, 2004

Yes, the companies I listed above do have quality control labs that know what is in their food...because they are responsible for the ingredients they use...and helps ensure the quality of their product. Nabisco and Kraft have always impressed me. Plus they have good food allergy handling practices (i.e., Breyers Ice Cream makes their all natural vanilla in the morning..then any nut versions later...then clean their equipment for hours (overnight, if I remember correctly in a bleach solution). Yes, practices can vary from company to company that is why I call about products/manufacturer's policies (like KK) before I buy. It is great to see legislation enacted that is going to require companies be more aware of the ingredients they use. Doughnuts are in the high risk category, in my opinion. As far as an employee eating while working on the line (like you mentioned), I find it hard to believe any industry allows that..It is distracting to the employee, therefore more likely to cause him injury, and when handling/manufacturing food...unsanitary...even more reason why I find it unlikely it is permitted. Could it? Yes, we don't live in a perfect world. When we order from a fast food place, there is always a rare chance the employee ate a nut product while on break and forget to wash their hands. But we don't assume that is the norm.

I'm glad you aren't tree-nut allergic but since I still can't get confirmation KK doughnuts are all nut-free my dd will still only be allowed the plain old glazed.

On Apr 20, 2004

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth: [b]Yes, the companies I listed above do have quality control labs that know what is in their food...because they are responsible for the ingredients they use...and helps ensure the quality of their product. Nabisco and Kraft have always impressed me.[/b]

That is good to know. Personally, I do trust Kraft, Nabisco, etc, and I do eat their products frequently, but there are many people at PA.COM who will not trust these companies so this information should help to re-assure them that these products are safe. It would be helpful if these companies would publicize the fact that they test their food products for traces of nut allergens as this would re-assure those people who are nervous about eating them that they are safe...maybe put "nut-free" on the label?

I have found the Krispy Kreme ingredient lists very detailed as well ( [url="http://www.krispykreme.com/nutri.pdf"]http://www.krispykreme.com/nutri.pdf[/url] ), as they even list the types of food colouring in their products (ie: red 40, etc) so I feel confident about their products.

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth: [b]Doughnuts are in the high risk category, in my opinion. [/b]

I agree that donuts are one of the risky products. In fact, I do not eat donuts from anywhere except for Krispy Kreme. All of the other donut shops (Tim Horton's, Coffee Time, Country Style, etc) have peanut butter cookies and/or peanut sprinkled donuts, etc which make them too risky for me.

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth: [b]As far as an employee eating while working on the line (like you mentioned), I find it hard to believe any industry allows that..[/b]

I agree that it is unlikely that employees would be permitted to eat while working on a production line. But they are likely to eat during breaks and lunch and as has been demonstrated in many studies, a lot of people don't wash their hands. I think this is the reason that they can't give a guarantee as they have no control over external firms.

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Originally posted by FromTheSouth: [b]I still can't get confirmation KK doughnuts are all nut-free my dd will still only be allowed the plain old glazed.[/b]

There are lots of other treats available so donuts aren't the only choice. She'll be healthier that way anyway. They are filled with trans fat and saturated fat so they are definitely something that are not healthy to eat too much of. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Feb 21, 2005

Having just returned from the USA, i noticed the hershey reg. size choc. bars had no warning on them. Having just read quickly thru the above posts, seems hersheys does label well (we use their chips here in canada). Just my observations. At least there is one safe readily available chocolate you Americans have out there...good to know for future ref. PS lots of hershey threads, i just picked one of the more recent ones and didnt want to start a new one!

On Apr 19, 2005

I haven't been to the site in ages, but needed to check a food alert and came across the Hershey post and just had to read it. It really gave me reason to think and wonder. Hershey is a company I have a vested interest in my students love the candy bars for learning fractions and my mom lived there once before I was born. Hershey not only has dedicated facilities for making their products they have a section devoted to it on their website. They make their own ingredients on their own land so they know exactly what goes into each product. It is the safest chocolate you can eat. As for Krispy Kreme Donuts they have an excellent website that will give you a complete ingredient list of all of the donuts and am severely PA and I cannot eat most donuts because of cross contamination but I can eat Krispy Kremes. As for calling manufacturers about their products and facilities dear sweet parents you are at their mercy they can tell you whatever they think you want to hear and by the time all is said and done most products will be labeled with the warning manufactured in a facility that also processes peanut containing products because that way they will be covering their behinds from a lawsuit if anything should happen. The other person that posted was completely correct most of them do not know what is in the ingredients that are brought into their factories because they do not take the time to read those labels and since they buy in bulk from the lowest bidder each time those ingredients are always subject to change. Unless of course you have a company like Hershey. I was one of the first people to complain to Mars about the plain M&Ms well over 35 years when I was just 6 and had a reaction then again when I was 12 that is when they finally changed the label to include peanuts only to remove it years later and then include it again but only as a warning as may contain peanuts, when they know the shells are actually made from peanuts. You have to learn by trial and error and keep your medication nearby, too much protection is just as unsafe as not protecting a PA child at all.

On Apr 20, 2005

hiya bear,

I remember as a kid saying "no" to M&Ms and people would say, "but they are plain" and I would say, "but they have peanuts in them" and they'd say, "no, they are plain" and I'd say, "but the shell is made from peanuts" to which I would get a "no way!" response and they wouldn't believe me until I made them read the ingredients! I have never had the pleasure of a plain M&M, the closest I get is Cadbury Mini-eggs each Easter season!

As to the Hershey issue, and chocolate in general...matter of fact *anything* I put in my mouth, I read ingredients each and every time at the grocery store...every box, every item.

AJ

On Apr 20, 2005

The only chocolate I eat is Hershey's regular sized 'Milk Chocolate' bar and the 'Special Dark' chocolate bar. I called Hershey's about these products and they are safe. HOWEVER, as someone mentioned earlier in the post, the same chocolate bars in the larger size are NOT safe. I had a minor reaction to one bite of the large 'Special Dark'.

On Apr 20, 2005

In addition to the regular size Hershey bar, Hershey USA also makes some other safe products:

regular size bars: Rolo, Krackel, Creamy Caramel and the bags of Kit Kat bites and bags of regular and caramel Hersheys kisses

[b]***always check labels as manufacturing conditions can change at any time***[/b]

On Apr 20, 2005

hmmmmmm - thanks for this info Erik. I think I've eaten all the Hershey's Special Dark chocolate bars at the nearest little market. After reading about all this chocolate, I may have to take a little drive and see if they've got something else on your list! Cheers.

On Apr 20, 2005

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Originally posted by Adele: [b]hmmmmmm - thanks for this info Erik. [/b]

You're welcome Adele. Be sure to look for the regular size bars. For example, the regular size Krackel is safe, but the mini Krackel is 'may contain peanuts'. As well, the bag of Kit Kat Bites is safe, but the KIt Kat bars (all sizes) are unsafe.

So be sure to read the labels carefully, as manufacturing conditions can change at any time.

When I was in the USA, I ate both Rolo and Krackel (regular size).

On Apr 25, 2005

i eat the king size hershey w/almonds but not the normal size because the lable says that the bar was processed along side peanuts. and the extra large bar also says that. so i just eat the king size. but if your alergic to almonds and peanuts well dont ever go here.

On Apr 25, 2005

Hi Joel, Hmmmm - I'd be careful eating Hershey's with almonds. I'm new to this - but my allergist told me to avoid all tree nuts. Tree nuts and peanuts are all processed on the same equipment prior to them being made into candy bars. I wonder if Erik and AJ would eat Hershey's/almonds? They've been living with PA a long time, like you.

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On Apr 25, 2005

you are right a lot of tree nuts are processed with peanuts and many of them get coated with peanut oil for some strange reason. i once read the ingredients on the ben and jerry's rain forest crunch out of curiosity and the brazil nuts were coated with peanut oil. As for the hershey

On May 20, 2005

Finally had a chance to come back. Nice to hear that someone else had to battle the M&M's peanut shell controversy like me, my mom punished me when I was 6 for eating a peanut one when I should have known better! She thought I wanted to be like the other kids yeh right. As for the Hershey bars I often worry that they will join the rank and file of everyone else but I really don't think so. If you look at their ingredients they even tell you what their artificial flavoring is. It is vanillin in case anyone is curious. However, and I know I am opening a whole new can of worms, remember soy and vanilla beans are both related to peanuts and both are in Hershey bars and most other foods so there is always that possibly of a reaction. But on a bright note I am 41 with a severe PA and have been eating plain Hershey bars, kisses and tons of Hershey products for most of my life without any reactions and I have a soy allergy to boot. So I say if must have chocolate Hershey is the way to go. As for cross contamination call me brave, stupid or both but I couldn't give up my Kit Kats so I still occassionally eat them too.

On May 20, 2005

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Originally posted by btbear1: [b]So I say if must have chocolate Hershey is the way to go. As for cross contamination call me brave, stupid or both but I couldn't give up my Kit Kats so I still occassionally eat them too.[/b]

Hershey Kit Kat Bites are safe.. you can try those if you have a Kit Kat craving.

*USA specific*

(In Canada , most Kit Kats are safe as they are made by Nestle)

On May 29, 2005

love the kit kat bites. are the special dark bars safe. i have to check. dark chocolate is my favorite.

On Jun 1, 2005

Does anyone know where in Minnesota you can buy Krackel bars? I can't find them anywhere. I've checked Cub Foods, Target, Wal-Mart, Thrifty White Drug, Coborn's, SuperAmerica, other convenience stores. I'm sure I just have to look at each individual store I go to, but if anyone has a good idea, let me know.

On Jun 1, 2005

Tidina, As far as I know the Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate bars are safe, as long as you buy the regular size, not the king size. I called Hersheys about them a few months ago and was told they are ok. But check the label anyway. Herhey's Milk Chocolate bars are safe too (in the regular size also). Cheers, Adele

On Jun 2, 2005

Would someone please clarify this for me? I thought that M&M's were in a candy sugar shell. I can't find anything on the ingredients panel that says otherwise. I know that the 'may contains' is because they do make peanut M&M's and such, but I am confused about the shells being made with peanuts.

Thank you. Jeannie Mom to 2 year old twin girls, one with diagnosed Peanut Allergy, one we are avoiding all nuts till older.

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Originally posted by ajgauthier: [b]hiya bear,

I remember as a kid saying "no" to M&Ms and people would say, "but they are plain" and I would say, "but they have peanuts in them" and they'd say, "no, they are plain" and I'd say, "but the shell is made from peanuts" to which I would get a "no way!" response and they wouldn't believe me until I made them read the ingredients! I have never had the pleasure of a plain M&M, the closest I get is Cadbury Mini-eggs each Easter season!

As to the Hershey issue, and chocolate in general...matter of fact *anything* I put in my mouth, I read ingredients each and every time at the grocery store...every box, every item.

AJ[/b]

On Jun 2, 2005

The M&Ms are labelled with a peanut warning as they may get cross-contaminated with peanut traces. The shell is not made with peanuts.

On Jun 2, 2005

i saw all the flavored kisses at clemens last nite. strawberry, orange. i read through them quickly but i dont remember seeing a may contain. regarding the m&ms, they are run on same line with peanut m&ms, thats why they have the warning.

On Jun 3, 2005

Thanks, I was pretty certain that that is all it was-the may contains. I was just really confused that the other poster said that the shells were made from peanuts.

Thanks again, Jeannie

On Jun 3, 2005

I think the M&Ms stories about them being made from peanuts(the shell) is either old news(reallly old) or legend. I have never seen it as an actual ingredient in the plain candy. Only a "may contain traces" type warning. Still off limits, though... becca

On Jun 3, 2005

Hi Everyone!

About the m&m 's each of their items say may contain peanuts. As far as the legend I also heard that the left overs from the peanut m&m's was used to make the coating on the outside of the plain m&m's.

As far as Krispy Creme goes that is one thing we trust for our dd to have as a special treat. She has tried all kinds and has never had a problem. She is PA/TA. We only buy from the Main Store- not grocery stores or gas stations.

I am just thankful that we do have options for chocolates that are made in nut free facilities.

Have a great day!

toomanynuts

On Jun 4, 2005

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Originally posted by becca: [b]I think the M&Ms stories about them being made from peanuts(the shell) is either old news(reallly old) or legend. I have never seen it as an actual ingredient in the plain candy. Only a "may contain traces" type warning. Still off limits, though... becca[/b]

Heard straight from the horse's mouth today at the FAAN conference (an exec from M&M MARS): Back in the 1980's they removed peanut from the actual ingredients of plain M&M's, because as far back as then they noticed an increase in peanut allergy. They have been working since then to separate the production lines between peanut and plain M&M's, and are almost there. (Yes, I can hear you all wondering what on earth has taken so long; Canada is [b]so[/b] far ahead of us in so many ways!!!)

So there you have it - sometime in the not so distant future (in a galaxy far, far away) our children may be able to eat plain M&M's.

Amy

On Jun 6, 2005

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Originally posted by Going Nuts: [b] So there you have it - sometime in the not so distant future (in a galaxy far, far away) our children may be able to eat plain M&M's. Amy[/b]

This would be fantastic!

On Jun 6, 2005

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Originally posted by AJSMAMA: [b] This would be fantastic!

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YES IT WOULD!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Thanks Amy!

On Jun 6, 2005

Oh, wow! That is great news. Funny how such a little candy can amke so many people happy! becca

On Jun 9, 2005

I was the one that stated that plain M&Ms shells had peanuts in them and sorry guys I will not back down from that statement. But I will give my reply a smiley if Mars is finely working on a way to be consumer friendly. When I wrote them many eons ago when I was in 7th grade about my allergic reaction I was told that the candy shell contained finely ground peanuts to give it texture and hold it together, the saying it melts in your mouth not in your hands. When they changed the ingredient list some 20 odd years later I regretted ever throwing that letter away, but trust me I picked up the phone immediately to find out why they removed peanuts from the list. I was told they were changing the ingredients or some such nonsense but they wouldn't recommend that I eat them. It was about a year later that they came out with the may contain version and the story that some of the shells were contaminated on the lines. I didn't bother to call again I just decided to never trust the company again and leave it at that. I do know however that most of my friends who really pay attention to eating plain M&Ms and eat just one will tell me they can actually taste the peanuts in them and I have no reason to doubt them since I have to trust them to be my tasters a lot of times if we are out.

On Jun 9, 2005

I forgot something I wanted to add. It was mentioned that Mars Co noticed in the 80s and made the change, that may be what they are publicly announcing but it isn't true. I watched the ingredient list on the bag constantly that is how I caught the change when I did. I was always worried about someone possibly another child having a reaction like I did, so I kept an eye on it. The change didn't occur until the mid 1990s. They didn't even put the shell warning on until almost 1977. Please don't let these big companies fool you. I can't remember who posted that she couldn't eat them because the shells had peanuts, but how could she have known if it wasn't in the ingredients at one time? I know you probably think I am crazy but it really was there guys and for a long time and trust me I am sure it killed them to do it. And all this coming from the preacher of please let your PA children be children and not don't over protect them so if I am that vigilant you know there has to some truth to it. Sincerely btbear1

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