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Are these ok? My PA DS wanted some when we were shopping but I did not know if these were safe or not. Also, they have new varieties now- strawberry, one's with carmel in them, so are they all safe?

On May 26, 2004

I did a search - hershey kiss - under Manufacturers and about 20+ threads came up. I wasn't sure if you were in the states or Canada, so I didn't raise any of them. But it appears Hershey labelling is good in both countries.

On May 26, 2004

I give hershey kisses to my dd, we have not had a problem with them. I only buy the plain milk chocolate ones though.

Good Luck! Kim

On May 26, 2004

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Originally posted by seanmn: [b]Are these ok? My PA DS wanted some when we were shopping but I did not know if these were safe or not. Also, they have new varieties now- strawberry, one's with carmel in them, so are they all safe?[/b]

We have had the caramel and the plain ones with no problem. I did not see any allergen warning on the bag.

On May 26, 2004

We have had the new carmel Hershey Kisses. No reaction at all for her. It is my understanding that the only safe Hershey Kisses are plain milk chocolate in their regular silver wrapper, and caramel.

Holiday Kisses are not safe any flavor. Dark chocolate are not safe. Hugs are not safe. Hershey's with almonds are not safe.

I have never heard of the strawberry flavor. I wonder what thats like.

Angie & Hunter

On May 26, 2004

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Originally posted by happymomof2amk: [b] It is my understanding that the only safe Hershey Kisses are plain milk chocolate in their regular silver wrapper, and caramel.

Holiday Kisses are not safe any flavor. Dark chocolate are not safe. Hugs are not safe. Hershey's with almonds are not safe. [/b]

Hi Angie and Hunter,

It may depend on what part of the country you are in. I bought Hershey's dark chocolate kisses in NYC and they were safe - no allergy warnings. I have also purchased the colour foil kisses many times at Christmas and they were safe.

I also eat Hershey hugs as there is no peanut warning on them where I live (I think there may sometimes be an almond warning but I am only allergic to peanuts, no almonds).

Hershey's labels very well, so I consider their products safe if there is no allergy warning on the packaging [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by erik (edited May 27, 2004).]

On May 26, 2004

We also eat plain hershey kisses with no problem. I have called Hershey and was told if there is a chance of anything it would be labeled... So we feel ok enough to eat them every now and then.

On May 26, 2004

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Originally posted by erik: [b] Hershey's labels very well, so I consider their products safe if there is no allergy warning on the packaging [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] [/b]

I concur w/Erik. I'm in the U.S. and Hershey's/Cadbury is the only chocolate company that I trust right now for good labeling.

On May 27, 2004

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Originally posted by happymomof2amk: [b]We have had the new carmel Hershey Kisses. No reaction at all for her. It is my understanding that the only safe Hershey Kisses are plain milk chocolate in their regular silver wrapper, and caramel.

Holiday Kisses are not safe any flavor. Dark chocolate are not safe. Hugs are not safe. Hershey's with almonds are not safe.

I have never heard of the strawberry flavor. I wonder what thats like.

Angie & Hunter[/b]

Hugs aren't safe? I thought that they were. I know that we purchased them in the past, and I did not read an allergy warning. Then again are we talking about safe for PA/TNA or just PA. My son is only PA.

On May 27, 2004

Hi Corrine,

I've eaten Hersheys hugs many times. I have never seen them with a peanut warning so I consider them safe.

I think I did see holiday Hershey hugs with a "may contain almonds" warning, but since I am PA only, I can still eat them and consider them safe for me.

On May 27, 2004

My dd has TNA and PA. I thought that all nuts were unsafe for people with just PA too. The reason I thought this is because I've heard that nuts are processed in the same facility so supposedly an almond could be cross contaminated before it would go to Hershey. So I thought people with just PA still had to avoid tree nuts also.

I always forget that some states have different plants that may be safe. Sorry [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

We live in Iowa.

Did anyone figure out where they sell the strawberry flavor?

Angie & Hunter

On May 27, 2004

I live in Minnesota and they had some strawberry kisses at a K-mart store.

On May 27, 2004

I'm in the Chicago area and I've seen dark chocolate, strawberry, and the oh, so yummy caramel ones at Target.

On May 27, 2004

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Originally posted by happymomof2amk: [b]My dd has TNA and PA. I thought that all nuts were unsafe for people with just PA too. The reason I thought this is because I've heard that nuts are processed in the same facility so supposedly an almond could be cross contaminated before it would go to Hershey. So I thought people with just PA still had to avoid tree nuts also.[/b]

Hi Angie and Hunter,

I am PA only, and I usually do avoid tree nuts due to the cross-contamination. But I do eat products that say 'may contain tree nuts' as they shou;ldn't contain tree nuts, and even if they had a trace of tree nuts I am not allergic to them. As for the risk that may contain tree nuts may also contain peanuts, I don't consider it a risk in my case as it would be so unlikely the potential trace tree nut would also have been contamiminated with peanut traces. Just my personal opinion [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I've never had any problem eating 'may contain tree nuts'. However, I do not eat 'may contain peanuts'. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On May 28, 2004

I went to the store today and looked at the ingredients on them again.

The dark chocolate had no may contain statement. I never checked them myself before only read they were unsafe.

The plain Hugs had no may contain statement. I checked these myself three weeks ago at the same store and it said may contain traces of almond. Why do you think it's different? I love white chocolate so we would like to have these. I just find it odd that it said it and now it doesn't.

When she had her scratch test the only treenuts they checked her for were almonds, walnuts, & cashews. The walnuts and cashews were very high. Her almonds came back with no wheal. Her allergist never said we should avoid almonds. It's all so confusing so we just keep her away from almonds too. So I don't know if it would be okay for her to have candy with almonds. ANy suggestions???

Thanks, Angie & Hunter

On May 31, 2004

Hershey's is very good about labeling.. we've eaten dark, chocolate and caramel without incident. Go by the labeling in your area.

On Jun 1, 2004

I bought a bag of the carmel Hershey kisses and when I read the ingredients, I didn't know what one of them was (PGPR emulsifier) so I called the company today and asked. I spoke with a very nice lady named Annie. She told me that PGPR is an emulsifier derived from castor bean oil. The technical name of PGPR (and I hope I copied this down right) is polyglycerol polyricinoleate. I've never heard of it! She also told me that they are very serious about allergens and that if nuts were present, it would be labeled.

I told her that I, and the nut-allergic community, truly appreciate their attention to the allergy issue and that so far, I have not had a reaction from anything by Hershey. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I haven't tried the kisses yet; I'm always nervous when there is a new ingredient of any kind. Guess I'm just a big ole chicken!

Ps. I am in the United States.

Take care everyone.

Terri

On Jun 1, 2004

I called Hershey today to ask why the label had changed in the past two months on the Hugs.

She said they took the traces of almond warning off in January. She said to still check the bag every time in case a store still had the old ones, but other than that the new bags are safe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Angie & Hunter

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