ice cream confusion

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 2:35pm
skocsis's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

I am new to PA and have spent the last week reading every single post on this site. (dumb idea because I'm truly overwhelmed). Anyway, My 2 1/2 year old loves ice-cream. I was giving it to him util reading these posts, but I've come to realize this is a mistake. Can someone help me answer a few questions?

1. Is there a brand besides Chapmans (Im in U.S.) and Phillyswirl that is safe? I read somewhere that Breyers is, but I'm not sure if I read that correctly.

2. If McDonald's is considered safe,is their ice cream? I know their nuts are individually packaged and the peanut butter cup flurry topping is being phased out.

3. What is your thought on Wendy's frosty?

4. Is there anything my ds can have from Dairy Queen other than a starkiss bar (or whatever that thing is called)?

5. Are store bought toppings safe (ex: Hershey's choc. syrup or caramel topping)?

Sorry to be a pain, but it breaks my heart to tell him no to such a good treat!

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 2:49pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I will be perfectly honest: my nine year old daughter who is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts has never had any reaction to any kind of ice cream.
We are not particularly careful about which brands we buy; we read the labels and make sure they do not contain peanuts/nuts or have any warning.
We also do allow her to eat ice cream out at ice cream parlors, which I know is a huge "no no" for many who post here.
As for toppings: I'm not too keen on those unless they are in individual, covered dispensers. We pretty much avoid them altogether.
My daughter does eat ice cream at McDonalds and has cones from Dairy Queen. We have never had a problem with store bought toppings.
I do read labels and we always have the epi-pen.
With our broad comfort zone (and no reactions) I sometimes wonder if she has actually outgrown her allergies. Her RAST tests come out as a Class 6, though, so I don't think that's very likely.
Good luck! Be careful but try not to stress out too much.
[img][/img] Miriam

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 6:44pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

We have been using breyer's vanilla only after reading posts on this board. We don't use anything else. I will give them phillyswirl when I can find it but it isn't sold around here so we don't get it much.
We don't go to mcdonalds at all. Last time I was there, a few years ago, they had the pb cup flurries as well as butterfinger and I believe m&m and snickers toppings.
We've never had trouble with Wendy's frosty. We buy them a lot when we go to wendys (there isn't a wendy's near us so that isn't often anymore).
I won't even step foot in a dairy queen, much less let my kids eat anything from one.
We use hershey's chocolate and strawberry for toppings. You can make caramel topping by slowly heating a can of eagle brand condensed milk (take it out of the can first) until it's caramel-looking. It's really yummy.

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 8:10pm
Sandra Y's picture
Joined: 08/22/2000 - 09:00

When my son was younger, we only let him have Breyer's vanilla, but we have branched out considerably since then. We don't buy store brand ice cream, but if it's a major national brand, I read the ingredient label and go by that. He doesn't eat anything with "chunks" and he actually prefers vanilla.
Based on what I've read here, it seems Ben&Jerry's and Edy's and Breyer have very good manufacturing procedures and I lean towards those brands (always checking labels).
For ice cream treats sold by the box, I stick with major brands like Good Humor and read labels carefully.
Ice cream at McDonald's is one of our absolute staples--he eats it constantly. Thank goodness we have a McD's about a block away here in Korea and he probably has it a couple times a week. Just the vanilla cones, not the McFlurries (the Oreo McFlurry is for ME!) The Frosty at Wendy's is also safe.

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 10:41pm
skocsis's picture
Joined: 08/28/2004 - 09:00

Thanks everybody!!!! I feel much better now!

Posted on: Sun, 09/05/2004 - 11:11pm
mcmom's picture
Joined: 06/15/2004 - 09:00

Right now we just use Breyer's vanilla and strawberry, but we've also had Edy's vanilla many, many times with no problems. In addition to Hershey's syrup, I buy Betty Crocker sprinkles for ds's sundaes (and cupcakes!) And he has had Wendy's frostys lots of times [img][/img]
Dairy Queen is way out of my comfort zone, though - they have a big sign right in the store warning that everything in there is at risk for cross contamination (their website states this also.)

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 3:37am
pgrubbs's picture
Joined: 10/27/2003 - 09:00

We only make ice cream with a table top ice cream maker, and buy it at McDonald's or Wendy's (frosty). We also "do" Philly Swirl.

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 4:09am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

We use Breyers vanilla. I also think Kroger labels very well on their ice cream sandwiches. A.J. has eaten them many times with no problems. He also eats McDonalds cones, milkshakes, hot fudge sundaes, and strawberry sundaes. Their website has an excellent allergen page. You can check it out at [url=""][/url]
Arby's milkshakes have been safe for us too as well as Wendy's frostys.
Jaime [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 8:08am
mamagaona's picture
Joined: 12/29/2000 - 09:00

Check my posting under restaurants for Coldstone. If there's one in your area you are a lucky one.

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 8:35am
Chicago's picture
Joined: 04/21/2001 - 09:00

Edy's vanilla, Philly Swirl, an kind of non-nut Ben and Jerry's (bars, packed pints or even at the scoop shop with a conversation with the employee)and several other popsicle type things.
I got an ice cream maker, but have only used it once or twice.

Posted on: Mon, 09/06/2004 - 9:58pm
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

We used to give our son ice cream from Ben & Jerry's, Breyer's or Haagen Dazs as long as the labels indicated that they were safe (supermarket packed - never scooped). That was until he had a reaction to a supposedly safe Haagen Dazs ice cream.
Now we stick to Carvel, Friendly's or Mr. Softee soft serve only (as long as the only flavors they run are vanilla and chocolate), Popsicle Brand sticks (they said that any popsicle-type ice cream is safe, but not their sandwiches or cups),Philly Swirl when we can get it, or homemade.
BTW, my son is TNA as well as PA, if that makes a difference. It probably did in the case of the Haagen Dazs reaction, because at that time they had no peanut flavors for supermarket purchse, but they did have pistachio, butter pecan and almond flavors.
[This message has been edited by Going Nuts (edited September 07, 2004).]


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