Hershey\'s Baking Cocoa

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Does anyone have info on Hershey's Cocoa for baking. I am unsure if it is made on the same line as other Hershey products with peanuts or even in the same plant. I called Hershey and they were closed at the time so I thought I'd give you all a try. I have used the cocoa in the past for my son, but somehow started having doubts and want to be extra careful. Thanks, Kelly

On Jun 30, 1999

I have seen FAN peanut/tree nut free recipes that call for Hershey's cocoa, so I feel safe using it.

On Jun 30, 1999

The last time that we checked with Hershey(early 1998), they told us that they didn't recommend any of their products to those who are peanut allergic.

Mark

On Jul 1, 1999

Well, I just got ahold of Hershey's. They said the cocoa is made in the same plant as peanuts. They're in a different area, but that's not good enough for me. Too much of a chance for cross-contamination. Anybody know of another baking cocoa? I haven't seemed to have found one. I know that Bakers is nut free in their plant, but I haven't found a cocoa to use. I usually melt the baking bars and use less oil in my recipes, but what a pain calculating 3 tablespoons equals 1 tablespoon of oil and one square of baking chocolate. Thanks for any input. I also have a recipe for blackbottom cupcakes that are to die for if anyone is interested. Kelly

On Jul 1, 1999

Kelly, I live in Canada so I dont know if you can get this product in CA. I have checked with Fry's Coco..it is in a yellow/gold container). I believe it comes from England. Canada imports it and it is o.k. to use. Hope this helps.

On Jul 1, 1999

Hi everyone

Just some info - I have been on a tour of the Hershey's plant here in Canada in Smith's Falls (not with my PA daughter, mind you). Anyway, the Cocoa and chocolate syrup are made in one room with doorways (ie. not closed doors) that lead into the other areas of the plant. The chocolate comes straight there from the large storage vats at the beginning of the plant. So far as I could tell contamination wasn't too bad - but you can't really see the entire line so i probably still wouldn't risk it. Another note - most of hershey's chocolate bars with nuts they pour the chocolate into the molds then drop the nuts on top of the bars (rather than mixing them in with the actual chocolate). So the big issue for me would be airborne contamination from the bins storing the nuts and the lines using them - I couldn't tell what lines are shared. The peanut butter cups and cheery blossoms were in a separate room, but otherwise nut/nut-free didn't seem to be separated.

Anyway, just some trivia!

[This message has been edited by DebO (edited July 02, 1999).]

On Jul 8, 1999

I spoke with Hershey's on 7/6. They said their policy is as follows:

1. If there is any PN then it is labeled. 2. If a product is made on a shared line, then it is labeled with "may contain"

The overall impression I got is that they are well aware of food allergies and cross contamination.

As far as cocoa, Hershey's said that it is made in the same plant as peanuts. However, they're produced in a different area of the plant. Personally, that passes my risk tolerance test. Hershey's chocolate syrup is also made in a seperate area.

Here is a web site which gives you a virtual tour. [url="http://www.hersheys.com/totally/tour/movie/index.html"]www.hersheys.com/totally/tour/movie/index.html[/url]

[This message has been edited by SteveW (edited July 08, 1999).]

On Mar 28, 2002

I am looking for the Hershey's unsweetened baking chocolate that is suggested for the Hershey's milk free special dark bark recipe on FAAN's website under "recipe". I can't find it anywhere in the stores here, but then i called hershey and they told me that although some products are on dedicated lines (didn't say which ones) there are nuts in all of their plants and they cannot guarantee that nut dust won't get in any of their products. we use hershey's cocoa for baking and hershey's chocolate syrup for chocolate milk. still looking for a baking chocolate......

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