Hershey Kisses

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2000 - 8:18am
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Anonymous (not verified)

I just found out my daughter is tree nut allergic as well as peanut allergic. I have given her kisses in the past with no problem. She has never reacted to cross contamination that I know of.

I would like to know if the people who feel kisses are o.k. are tree nut allergic as well as peanut allergic? Why do you feel they are safe/unsafe?

I know that Hershey makes the almond kisses. Therefore, I will probably only buy from Vermont Chocolates now.

I am curious about the kisses because even though my daughter has never had a tree nut, she reacted to all the nuts tested. Her almond scratch test was huge. Could this be due to the kisses?

The allergist was not much help. She just warned me to be extra careful during the holidays. She said nothing about cross contamination. I tried to ask as many questions as I could, but she seemed in a hurry.

I get more information on this site than at the doctor's office. Thanks for all the help.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2000 - 9:08am
mom2two's picture
Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

I haven't had my daughter tested for tree nuts, just peanuts, we just assume, for all practical purposes, that she is allergic to all.
That being said, she eats kisses all the time and has never had a reaction.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2000 - 9:32am
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Joined: 10/28/2000 - 09:00

Is there anything on the label of the Hershey Kisses bag regarding "may contain traces or made in facility producing nut products"? I have a PA son, and just assumed the kisses would be off limits as most candy is. Never bothered to actually read the label. Will have to do that when I go to the store tomorrow.

Posted on: Fri, 11/17/2000 - 12:07pm
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Jodi, there is not a warning label on the Plain Hershey Kisses package. My son eats them all the time...in fact it is the only chocolate we keep in the house. He has never had a problem with them. Since we don't buy the other kinds of "Kisses" i.e., the Hugs or the Almond ones, I don't know what is on their package.
Stay Safe.

Posted on: Sat, 11/18/2000 - 12:34am
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This info's dated to just before Xmas last year I checked with Hershey's then and decided no to the small kisses but yes to the huge plain kiss. My son is very hihly allergic to Tree nuts, peanuts and some other foods but it was due to possible nut cross contamination. He was fine with cutting pieces off huge choc kiss.

Posted on: Sat, 11/18/2000 - 3:38pm
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Joined: 11/11/1999 - 09:00

My daughter is TN/PN allergic. She eats a Hershey kiss in her lunch at school everyday. This is her "kiss" from Mommy when I can't eat with her.
I spoke with Hershey's and feel comfortable buying the kisses and the 1.55oz. plain chocolate bar.

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2000 - 2:48am
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My son is PA and we just found out that he is also allergic to walnuts. However, since finding out that he was PA, we have avoided all tree nuts and sunflower seeds due to cross-contamination questions regardless. Now, unless a product says specifically "may contain trace peanuts" or "may contain trace whatever tree nuts", I do allow him to eat them. I know that he has eaten Hershey's Kisses safely. I haven't looked at all of them, I do know that some came out to be not "safe", but I'm not clear what ones. Until he has a reaction from a product due to cross-contamination, as long as it does not have the allergy warning label on it, I feel comfortable buying it and allowing him to eat it. It is only within the past month or so that I have become concerned about this practice and it's mostly to do with what I see other PA parents doing/not doing on this site. But, for me, right now, Hershey's Kisses are okay, with him both PA and one tree nut allergic, unless there is a specific allergy warning on them. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2000 - 11:34am
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Joined: 09/26/2000 - 09:00

My son tested negative to tree nuts. His only allergy is peanuts. We give him hershey kisses as well as bake with hershey chocolate chips. We have never had a problem.

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2000 - 12:32pm
Kathy Spencer's picture
Joined: 08/17/2000 - 09:00

My son has always eaten Hershey kisses and homemade chocolate chip cookies with Hershey chips with no problem.

Posted on: Sun, 11/19/2000 - 1:44pm
redtruck's picture
Joined: 01/23/2000 - 09:00

My daughter is peanut and tree nut allergic.
Here in Canada, i have noticed that Hersheys labels their almond kisses with the May contain or may have come in contact with peanuts. Generally, when i see this warning on some of their products, i feel reasonably safe in assuming they are nut allergy aware enough to take the proper precautions. In fact, when i dont see any warnings on some products, thats when i become a little more suspicious.
I believe they also sponsored the No Nuts for Me book, so i know theyre aware. We also use the Chipits for choc. chip cookies all the time.

Posted on: Mon, 11/20/2000 - 5:32am
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Joined: 09/02/2000 - 09:00

hello all, it's been a while since I have chimed in, but, I spoke to Hershey's probably about 2 months ago, and they are very allergy aware. I was so happy to hear it! A company in the U.S. that actually has it together. She told me that the plain Hershey chocolate bars are made on a dedicated line, and on the rest of their products, it there aren't any warnings or "may contains" it is safe. She said they clean the lines and have them inspected before making different products. My son eats the kisses, and bars with no difficulty. I also switched to hershey chocolate chips for cookie making. In the US they also make Whoppers, Rolos, and of course the kisses. All of these products have no warnings. Hurray for Hershey! Hope this helps. I was very happy when she told me all this. It is so unusual to speak to a company that is so aware of peanut allergy.


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