Hershey\'s unsweetened cocoa powder


Hi, We just learned that our grandson has a peanut allergy. Haven't found out yet if other nuts or soy may be a problem. Right now with Christmas coming I am trying to make recipes that have chocolate, yet avoid peanuts, etc. My question is since a lot of chocolate can be cross-contaminated, is it safe to use Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder in recipes? Thanks

On Dec 19, 2006

Hi grandma, Hershey labels very well. So if there is no peanut warning on it, you should be able to use it. Same goes for chocolate chips.

Beware of cross contamination in your own kitchen. Since this is your first year dealing with this, look at what nuts you may have used. And how they may have contaminated other things (ex. butter, jelly jar, cookie sheets that may have one little spot of cookie left on them, baking stones that were used for nuts, etc). And this in way states that you are not a clean person, it is just something to think about....all it takes is a tiny little dot of PB protein.

Good Luck!!

Go the the snack and recipe board. You should be able to find some new neat recipes. Alot of times people put the brand name in. You still should double check, but it may be helpful!

Merry Christmas!

On Dec 19, 2006

Thanks so much for your reply. We have been trying to check things around the kitchen, but I will doublecheck for things I might have missed. Our problem is our family has loved to eat and use nuts in just about everything. I have tried getting rid of those problem things since my grandson will be here Christmas, but I don't want to miss something that could be potentially harmful. Thanks again.

On Dec 19, 2006

Welcome to PA.com. It is great that you came here to check things out for your grandson.

Right now I actually have, and have been using, Hershey's unsweetened cocoa powder in my cupboard (one of my sons is Peanut & Tree Nut allergic). The most important thing to do though, even if it is a product you have used safely before, is to read the label. Things can change with manufactures and the processes they use, so checking the label for warnings each time you buy something, is a good policy to get into the routine of doing.

Also I'm going to second the warning about cross contamination in your own kitchen. Since it sounds like you have previously use nuts a lot, it might be a good idea to go over your kitchen, the cooking implements you plan to use for anything your grandson might eat, preparation surfaces like cutting boards, food processors - things you chopped nuts with, etc., as though you were cleaning up e-coli (that is the easiest way I can think of relating how thorough one needs to be). And if you are baking, you might think of using parchment paper on your baking sheets, if you haven't purchased new ones -- especially if you have baked a lot of peanut butter cookies or other similar types of cookies with nuts.

Most of all, know that even your coming here to find information is a great gesture of support, which your grandson and his parents will need as they go forward learning how to incorporate dealing with the allergy in their lives now. That you are a willing spirit in helping make their son safe is a wonderful thing. Many of us here wish we had people in our lives that were so thoughtful.

Happy Holidays & Happy Baking!

On Dec 19, 2006

Hello and Welcome!

I have used Hershey's cocoa for the last 3 years without problems.

How great for your grandson that you will take the time and make the effort for him. He is a lucky little boy!

Happy baking and Happy Holidays!

------------------ Keep Smiling DD - allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, and egg

On Aug 16, 2007

You may want to order some soy free choc. chips. They are nut and soy free. Nuts and Soy may be related allergies. I am allergic to both. Cannot have any soy at all even oil and lecithin. They taste just like real choc.