Hershey \"Sixlets\"

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My peanut allergic son received Hershey Sixlets for Halloween. Sixlets are similar to M&M's except they're round in shape. I personally think they taste more like M&M's than the Canadian "Smarties." There were no peanut products listed in the ingredients. My husband spoke with a representative from Hershey today and was told that they have a team of allergists that check their manufacturing process for cross-contamination. If there is any chance of cross-contamination they will clearly label this on the package. Therefore, the sixlets are safe at this time!

On Aug 28, 2002

Does anyone know if they are tree nut free as well (as far as cross-contamination). I called Hershey's this morning but the phone just rang and rang...

Jaime

On Aug 28, 2002

I think Hershey is very good with labelling both peanuts and tree nuts.

In Canada anyway, some Hershey products have warnings such as "manufactured on the same equipment as almonds". So I believe Hershey Canada labels very well for both nut and peanut cross-contamination.

Maybe someone in the USA will know about their US labelling, although from what I have seen when I visted the USA the Hershey labels were good there too.

On Aug 28, 2002

AJSMAMA, my best friend in Michigan regularly sends us Sixlets and her family eats them as well. Her son is TNA as well as PA. I believe Sixlets are a comfort zone thing because a lot of Americans are uncomfortable with Hershey's period, but we have received many, many boxes here from a couple of friends in America without any problems. And again, her son is TNA as well.

Great searching of the board as well too! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Oh, and they definitely do taste much more like M&M's than our Canadian Smarties do. My DH absolutely loves them and regularly shakes any packages I receive from my friend to see if there are any Sixlets in them for him! LOL!

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

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On Aug 29, 2002

We love the sixlets. They are actually a rediscovered candy from my childhood and give me that warm fuzzy memory of Christmas morning. They would be the penny candy sleeve in my stocking. Anyone else remember penny candy, LOL??? The colors are like M&Ms but taste is malty, IMO. I am really dying to try smarties. I gotta email dh right now about it, so we remember to contact a Canadian co-worker who just moved up to Toronto. I mentioned to dh we should ask him to keep us supplied when he comes for meetings(is still working with him remotely). I am so excited that I thought of this. Cindy, it was your thread that got my wheels turning, then dh mentioned this guy... becca

On Aug 29, 2002

becca, yes, I remember penny candy! I remember going to the store and getting a huge bag full. My Grandmother also owned a variety store in cottage country and she sold penny candy as well, but that would be, well, nearly 40 years ago! LOL! It surprises me to-day when I see the prices for what I used to consider *penny* candy. But the kids still get some once in awhile!

Please let us know in the Smarties thread if you don't get in touch with the Canadian co-worker as I have another Canadian that just signed up that wants to be matched with someone to send Smarties to.

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

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On Aug 29, 2002

Hi,

I've been to Target and the grocery store. Neither had Sixlets.(Actually I've never even heard of them before this [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]) Could someone tell me where the find them? I'm in Los Angeles if that helps.

Thanks, Judy

On Aug 29, 2002

I found them at a candy wholesaler that sells to the public. I bought a whole box for around $4.00. Try looking in the yellow pages and see if there is a wholesaler in your area.

On Aug 29, 2002

Judy:

I found them at Target but I looked and looked and finally had to ask someone. They are in a yellow carton that stands vertically. It sells for around $1.50. They were way up on the top shelf by the gobstoppers, milkduds, etc... If you cannot find them still I could send you some.

My e-mail is [email]ajmoff@aol.com[/email]

Jaime

On Aug 29, 2002

Thanks, Jaime. I'll look again next time I go. At least I'll have a picture in my mind of what I'm looking for. I'll let you know if I find them. Your offer to send them here is very sweet!

Judy

On Aug 29, 2002

JudyH,

Keep looking. We found the $1.50 box at Target on the bottom shelf. In fact, I would have never found it, but Ryan did. It was even below his eye level, but he has eagle eyes. We stocked up on at least 10 boxes last time I was there.

On Aug 30, 2002

Yes, that is where we find them at our Target. They are with other things in those type of boxes(open like a milk carton, but thin, not square), like Hot Tamales, or Mike and Ikes, or something like that. Hope that helps! I have seen single long sleeves at Kmart for 10 cents each, and our 5&10 has littler sleeves in their "penny candy" fot 5 cents. Maybe you might find them in a little place like that, too. becca

On Aug 30, 2002

Ditto to those who have found them at Target. Tall yellow box on a high shelf. Check low, too, of course. I have found the clear "sleeve" small packages at one of our larger Longs drugs stores. The small one (right by my house, of course!) doesn't sell them. As for tasting like M & M's, I'm sorry to say I have to disagree. They seem to have more sugar and other ingredients (perhaps it is "malty") inside the chocolate part than M & M's do. I am a true chocolate lover, and the sixlets don't quite cut it for me. They are great for kids, though, don't get me wrong. I end up eating them and eating them until I feel sick, but I never get that amazing feeling I get from sucking on pure milk chocolate. Smarties do have a thicker shell than M & M's but they have a pure chocolate center. I imagine people are either nodding in agreement or getting grossed out by my discription! Yes, I'm a gluttonous pig [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img], I admit it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]Miriam

On Sep 18, 2002

Update:

Giant Eagle in the U.S. now carries the small sleeves (10 sixlets) in their bulk candies section for $2.99 a pound. Perfect for Halloween and also for my two year old!

Jaime

On Sep 20, 2002

Sixlets are made from carob not chocolate so that is why the chocolate taste is different. Also if your child is allergic to legumes, carob is a legume. I still have not made up my mind if I will give them to dd.

Connielynn

On Oct 7, 2002

So many threads on this so I am reraising a few to post my call from today.

I spoke with Hershey today. I got a very emphatic resonse on how very seriously they take these issues on allergens. She looked up the specific product, sixlets. She cannot give out exact info. regarding if the equipment is shared or not. She said they follow safe manufacturing cleaning procedures, have the allergy task force checking all equipement regularly and stated with the utmost confidence several times that, "if there is no warning on the package, and no nuts/peanuts in the ingredients, of course, that they believe the product has not come into contact with the allergen in question."

I cannot tell you how serious and confident she was as she said this several times. She also was a little personable and not just reading it off a page, though there was that too. They do put warnings on plenty of packages, so I am inclined to trust Hershey labeling. I think it is the best we are going to get in this country short of a nut free plant.

Just figure it is a good time to get updated resonses logged! Becca

On Oct 9, 2002

You all are right about Hershey's labeling practices. They are very straight forward. The only thing about that is, don't get slack in checking their labels. I use to buy the Hershey's almond (it was there large pack bar). Something told me you should check the label. I mean its always been the same, but that day, It had the label. "processed on the same equipment with peanuts", boy what a several mistake I almost made. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] I called Hershey that day about it, and they said that sometimes the way they process a product could change, but they always label their products as such. Now I can only get the Hershey almond bars in the small bar or king size bar, I believe the snack size may be safe also. So please guys and gals don't get overconfident because it was safe in the past. (I should interject I should practice what I preach in this regard since I've been in the ER several times from doing that very same thing), but anyway be careful. BE SAFE [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

On Oct 9, 2002

If you don't have a Target near you (like me) you can order boxes of Sixlets ($4.95/box of 72) from the Oriental Trading Company: [url="http://www.orientaltrading.com"]www.orientaltrading.com[/url] or 1-800-228-2269. There is a very quaint candy store near us which carries Sixlets for 25 cents a package. Oriental Trading has lots of non-candy Halloween treats too.

On Oct 9, 2002

In Cambridge, Ma., for those in Massachusetts, there is the Kendall confectionary company. They are wholesalers but have a little office where they sell to the public. They have tons of varieties of candies, but you need to ask. I remembered the place from my youth and thought to call. Sure enough, they have the sixlet. I got two boxes of the 48 count(the longer sleeves that sell for $.10) for $4.25 per box. They also carry the 72 count and a 24 count box of larger bags. becca

On Oct 16, 2002

I've looked all over for sixlets - walmart, target, dollar tree....and without success! I checked the internet and found this website: [url="http://shop.store.yahoo.com/candywarehouse/index.html"]http://shop.store.yahoo.com/candywarehouse/index.html[/url] You can get a 25 POUND box of sixlets for 60.00.....maybe our canadian friends can shop here..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] stay safe! allison

On Oct 24, 2002

Thanks to those who helped me find the Hershey's sixlets. Where to look and the box description really helped. I found them this week at Target.

Judy

On Apr 17, 2003

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On Sep 6, 2007

are sixlets still safe? I just got some today and realized when I got home there is no number to call for questions. So I searched and found this old post.

Anyone still eating them??

EA, PA,TNA plus others Kara

On Sep 6, 2007

Where did you find them?

On Sep 6, 2007

The last ones I looked at had a may contain warning on them. I believe they changed manufacturers.

Rebekah

Found a discussion about the change in manufacturer and them no longer being safe - here's a link... [url="http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/004874.html"]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/Forum1/HTML/004874.html[/url]

[This message has been edited by rebekahc (edited September 06, 2007).]

On Sep 10, 2007

I called today. Thanks for the link to the other thread. At the end though it did say it was safe again. Anyway, I called. The Quality Control manager said they do not have peanuts or treenuts in the facility where sixlets are made. I guess I'm happy!!

Kara

On Sep 10, 2007

Was it the Oak Leaf Connections place?

On Sep 11, 2007

yes.

On Sep 11, 2007

yes i read them today. no warning. made in canada, the oak leaf place. are they safe?

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