I just read someone's posting about her daughter reacting to touch from a jellybean. I got this awful feeling in the pit of my stomach (thinking of all the dangers out there for my own PA son, now only 18 months). I've seen reference to jelly beans not being safe several times on these boards but don't really know why - do they contain peanut ingredients or do they have cross-contamination problems. I performed a search and couldn't find "jelly bean" for some reason so I apologize if I'm asking for info that has already been posted before. Thanks!
On Nov 9, 1999
I don't know about all jelly beans, but we have found "peanut flour" or some such listed on Jelly Bellies. They actually make a peanut butter jelly bean! Hope this helps!
On Nov 10, 1999
I posted about my daughter Emily having a reaction from touching Jelly Beans. I know Jelly Belly jelly beans contain peanut flour. The jelly beans that caused Emily's reaction were not a "name" brand, but listed peanuts as the last ingredient.
The situation was this. I was reading the label while several other children were already digging into their jelly beans. When I said OH NO PEANUTS, Emily was running her fingers through another child's candy. Off to the ER we went!
I've also found peanuts listed as an ingredient in Candy Corn.
On Nov 16, 1999
We have had a reaction to Brach's Jelly beans when my son was 2 years old. Now I read every label- if I cannot read it such as at someones house or if candy corn is on the cupcakes at school, he can not eat it. Peanut flour is also used in spices like Chili seasoning that is used alot in the fall and winter. We had an accidental exposure when my mother used some Lawrys seasoned salt on some vegetables- she never thought to screen the spices.
On Nov 19, 1999
Thanks everyone for the replies - I'm going to watch those labels too. Sue Ellen, your daughter's touch reaction to the jelly beans must be so frightening? Was it a severe reaction? Thanks to the person who gave the tip on the chili powder. I have contacted McCormicks several times and they swear they make no nut or peanut products but I still get nervous. They say even their almond extract is made not with almonds but with the kernel of apricots (? I think), but they did say that apricots were in same family as almond and sometimes that it problem with people with allergy. I know this was off the topic but thought I'd throw out this little tidbit.
On Nov 20, 1999
If I remember, when my son was first diagnosed, licorice was listed as in the same family as peanut and could cause a reaction. With jelly beans that could definitely cause a problem with cross contamination. In terms of jelly belly's they make a PB &J bean too. We avoid them.