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I just saw these in the grocery store- they are little tiny hershey's kisses with a candy coating like an M&M- they have no warning on them for peanuts or tree nuts- just like Hershey's kisses-

Has anyone called about these? They are really yummy- I want to check them more before giving to dd.

I think that Hershey's uses excellent labeling-

Anyone know?

On Dec 1, 2005

where are u. that would be great. are u in US? what state? i havent seen

On Dec 1, 2005

I am in California- I just noticed these at my local Market this morning!

I am going to call right now...

OK here is what they said at Hershey's:

Good- they say they are fine- I think people here tend to trust Hershey's labeling!

WOW- DD is going to be so thrilled to but these at our local store instead of having to order online!

On Dec 1, 2005

Please tell me where in California. I would love to pick these up. I live in Northern Ca (east bay). I have not seen these yet. Thanks so much for contacting Hershey's.

On Dec 1, 2005

wow. we are always eating skippers but it would be nice to have available. great for school projects to put on safe list. are they around only for xmas or are they a new item? WAY TO GO HERSHEY!!

On Dec 1, 2005

I found them in the candy bar section of the check-out stand at my local Safeway.

It looks like a new item, not for the holidays!

On Dec 1, 2005

[url="http://www.strangenewproducts.com/2005/11/hersheys-kissables.html"]http://www.strangenewproducts.com/2005/11/hersheys-kissables.html[/url]

On Dec 1, 2005

[url="http://www.hersheys.com/products/details/kissables/index.asp"]http://www.hersheys.com/products/details/kissables/index.asp[/url]

On Dec 1, 2005

these look delicious---has anyone seen these in Massachusetts?

On Dec 2, 2005

Oh, yum! I will have to look for these in Virginia! We also like their cany coated Hershey-ettes (sp?), which has only an almond warning if I remember correctly (OK for my child) but they are impossible for us to find except at Hershey Park itself.

I will try our Safeway today. Please post if you see them in other places too... I want that 48 oz bag listed on their web site!

Anne

On Dec 2, 2005

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Originally posted by Gwen 5: [b] OK here is what they said at Hershey's:

Good- they say they are fine- I think people here tend to trust Hershey's labeling![/b]

Did they say if they're made in a nut-free facility, or at least nut-free equipment? (I believe regular kisses are made on shared equipment that goes through an allergy wash, aren't they?)

Thanks!

--Debbie

On Dec 2, 2005

My understanding is that if their is ANY chance of cross-contamination they would have that as a warning! Even if the machine is "Washed" it would still need to have a warning- that is my understanding. Anyone else feel free to call... Again Hershey states that they are very allergy aware and take it very seriously- they seem to have a dept. that is strictly to ensure proper labeling!

On Dec 2, 2005

Found them...tried them...looovve them!!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 2, 2005

Another reason I LOVE this web page. We saw this link today, and happened to run into a small convenient store and there they were on the counter. I bought the rest of the box:-) PA daughter loved them, so I took some to another PA child in town and she loved them to. I have to say they are good. A nice sized piece of chocolate covered in the candy shell. By the way we are in Ohio... Hope you all can find them and enjoy!!! A big thanks to Hershey's!!

On Dec 2, 2005

found 'em in Tucson! I've been looking all wekk since I saw them posted here...no luck. So in Albertson's today after work I did my usual grocery run and could not find them. So, I look down on the counter as I swipe my ATM card to pay, and voila!!! There they are, in single-serving size (like M&Ms) right there! I bought a pack. They are "ok" and taste the same as Skippers to me. But, the candy coating is different and doesn't melt easily in the mouth. What I liked about Skippers is that you could let one melt in your mouth and then crack it open to get the melty chocolate.

But, they are still good :-)

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Dec 2, 2005

looked at walmart, hennings and clemens. havnt seen them yet but im sure they will be here within the next few weeks. we have too much junk in the house anyway!

On Dec 2, 2005

Could someone post the ingredient list, please? I have MFA and am hoping these are safe for me. I haven't had an M&M in SOOOO long!

I haven't seen them yet, but I haven't been out shopping lately.

Tara P

On Dec 3, 2005

We found some at walmart today in the candy rack by the register! We were so excited! DD loved them! I am in No. ca. near the Bay area.

I bought 8 bags and am going back tomorrow to get more. :-)

Shelley

On Dec 3, 2005

There was no tree nut warning on them. We tried them last night. Our family likes them more than skippers, much cheaper also. Hopefully we find the large bag soon [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 3, 2005

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Originally posted by VariegatedRB: [b]Could someone post the ingredient list, please? I have MFA and am hoping these are safe for me. [/b]

"Milk chocolate (sugar; cocoa butter; chocolate; nonfat milk; milk fat; lactose; soy lecithin and PGPR, emulsifiers; and artificial flavor); sugar; contains 2% or less of resinous glaze; gum arabic; corn syrup; artificial color (red 40 lake; blue 2 lake; yellow 5 lake; blue 1 lake) and carnauba wax."

On Dec 3, 2005

got two small packs at walmart tonite!!

On Dec 3, 2005

Tamisly - I'm in the North Bay and I found them at our Albertson's. I haven't been able to find them anywhere else yet.

On Dec 4, 2005

Thanks Drew's Mom!

My dh found some at work today. He works in a grocery store. They must have *just* put them out.

Tara P

On Dec 4, 2005

B'sMom, Thanks, I was able to find them at the Lafayette Safeway. It took 3 days to find them, but after tasting them it was worth the hunt [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 4, 2005

Very exciting. I will have to go look at my supermarket! Are these small enough to use in baking (like m and m's, in cookies?)

On Dec 4, 2005

I went looking for them today and didn't find them. I'll look every time I go into a store, though.

On Dec 4, 2005

Tabby, If you click on the Hershey link I posted there are actually recipes to use the Kiss Ables in. Cookies look really good. Too bad I haven't been able to find them yet [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] .

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Originally posted by Tabby: [b]Very exciting. I will have to go look at my supermarket! Are these small enough to use in baking (like m and m's, in cookies?)[/b]

On Dec 4, 2005

Anyone in the Northeast see these yet? Mass? Becca

On Dec 4, 2005

My dh works in Pittsburgh, PA and they have them at his grocery store. We live in a smaller county outside of Pittsburgh, and they are not in the same chain here yet. So, I am guessing that they are in the big cities for now and will spread soon...

Tara P

On Dec 4, 2005

They are a perfect size for baking. I asked dh to bring a few bags home tomorrow so I can bake some cookies. I'll let you know how they turn out if he follows through!

They are the same diameter as M&M's, but they are shaped like a Kiss, so slightly bigger.

They were delicious BTW- I was SOOO happy. M&M's used to be my favorite!

Tara P

On Dec 4, 2005

They're yummy...

For the SF Bay Area folks, I found some at the Countrywood Safeway in Walnut Creek... they're in some of the check out aisles... 1.5 oz bags only.

On Dec 4, 2005

We found these at Sam's Club today. I told dh I wasn't sure if we should buy a whole case (24 small pks) and he said WHY NOT?? LOL. So we bought it. Funny thing is, all 3 of my kids love it but the younger two don't like skippers or canadian smarties. Go figure.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Dec 5, 2005

They have got to be all over the place before the holidays, right? I mean, that would be the push. Great for baking, gingerbread houses, etc... I am so anxious to find some. I really miss M&Ms. And Smarties are just not the same. I eat them, but do not like the hard shell, compared to M&Ms. This is great news.

There was some posting awhile back about M&Ms trying to get a nut free facility going for the plain M&Ms. I bet this will rock that boat a bit. The news was out of a FAAN conference or some sort of official gathering like that. Wouldn't it be great to have choices?! becca

On Dec 5, 2005

I haven't seen them here yet (NY) but I really hope to soon! They seem to be getting rave reviews from people here, and my 2 PA girls would LOVE them!

Thanks for letting us know about these!

------------------ Liz, mom to:

B: age 14 with asthma, bee sting allergy, mild EA's and eczema

M: age 11 with asthma, peanut & nut, severe EA's and eczema

A: age 6 with asthma, peanut, nut, fish, penicillin, severe EA's and eczema

On Dec 5, 2005

I bought some two weekends ago at WalMart in TX. I am keeping them for stockings! My son LOVES the Canadian candies but these will be easier for us and cheaper too.

On Dec 5, 2005

Thanks for posting! I'm now looking to buy candy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] The girls will be so excited. Rachel

On Dec 5, 2005

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Originally posted by becca: [b]Anyone in the Northeast see these yet? Mass? Becca[/b]

Becca, I found them today at the Brooks Pharmacy in Sudbury on Route 20. I assume that they're available at other Brooks stores in the Northeast, as well.

--Debbie

On Dec 5, 2005

Anyone seen them in the Dallas area ??

On Dec 5, 2005

Woohoo, Debbie! Thanks! I have a Brooks 7 minutes away. It is not the greatest store(an old place) but they often have some of the more obscure candies I cannot find anywhere else(holiday ones). becca

On Dec 5, 2005

[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Sadly, no kissables yet at my local supermarket (Jewel-Osco, in Chicago). I put in a request with the customer service desk today. I'll have to check out Dominicks and Walgreens next!

On Dec 5, 2005

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Originally posted by becca: [b] And Smarties are just not the same. I eat them, but do not like the hard shell, compared to M&Ms. [/b]

Hi Becca,

hehe.. not fond of Smarties? I can tell you're not Canadian. Smarties are #1!! (north of the 49th parallel anyway. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img])

Glad you have the Kiss ables available! Enjoy [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 5, 2005

becca, I don't like Smarties either. I do like Vermont Nut Free's Skippers though. Have you tried them?

On Dec 5, 2005

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Originally posted by momma2boys: [b]becca, I don't like Smarties either.[/b]

How to tell an American from a Canadian. "Do you like Smarties?" hehe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

On Dec 5, 2005

Oh, Erik, good to "see" you! I just knew my comment would bring a counter-comment!

"Not fond" would be too strong a statement! I mean, they are yummy little chocolate candies, but there is a definite difference between M&Ms and Smarties, and I am willing to bet that whichever one we grew up on is *generally* preferred. A nostalgia thing. I do think the actual chocolate in Smarties is better, but the shell is just too thick for me.

I was at Target tonight and scoured the isles for the kissables. None to be found. Might have to try the Brooks by my home this week. becca

[This message has been edited by becca (edited December 05, 2005).]

On Dec 6, 2005

Just posted this in Main but a friend did find these today at Walmart but not in the candy aisle, only in the displays at the registers. I'm wondering if we should all email Hersheys and express our thanks and interest in having them continued after the holidays? Melissa

On Dec 7, 2005

Hi, I found the kissables at Super Walmart in GA. They were over near the food section, not with the other candy. We all have been enjoying them. It is nice to give my daughter something she can share with her baby brother that is safe for him! Also, my friend called Hersheys and they told her that they are not a seasonal item. Soon they are going to be in the big bags too! I hope this happens!

On Dec 7, 2005

I found them yesterday at Brooks. I got lucky. I hadn't seen them, and the register I was in line for had technical difficulties. THey brought me to another register, and there they were! I bought a bunch. We tried them last night. Big thumbs up. DD likes M&Ms better. It's been so long since I've had M&Ms that I really can't compare. Both kids like them better than Smarties (which we have half a case of in the freezer).

On Dec 7, 2005

I found them at a CVS in Maynard, MA. At the checkout, as I was leaving! I had popped in after shopping nearby, since I was walking by, and bought some other slae items, and just as I was paying, there they were!

Now, I would not have purchased the other candy I got had I seen them right away, lol.

I tried a few and dd will find the other bag in the advent calendar box tomorrow, if I can stuff it in there! They are very good. Pretty close to M&Ms. I hope they do well on the market and stay around forever(as long as they stay safe). becca

On Dec 7, 2005

I just requested that my local market order the bigger bags- I think they may not be available yet!

I was just on the phone with Hershey's to let them know how happy I am about this product and to please continue to manufacture them so they stay safe for all with nut allergies!

I think we should all call so they know what a large, happy group we are and continue to produce these so that they are safe for us!

I can't wait for the bigger bags so I can bake with these!

On Dec 8, 2005

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Originally posted by becca: [b]Oh, Erik, good to "see" you! I just knew my comment would bring a counter-comment!

I am willing to bet that whichever one we grew up on is *generally* preferred. [/b]

Hi Becca.. I agree [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Good to see you too! Hope you find the Kissables soon. I haven't seen them in Canada yet so we may not have them here.

On Dec 8, 2005

FINALLY gave these things a try--better than M&M's in my opinon!!

On Dec 9, 2005

Managed to find some at a local convenience store...I'm not really sure if I like them or not. I mean, they're okay, but I prefer my chocolate not to crunch (like long ago when Nestle Crunch bars didn't have a warning, I didn't like those either). But the chocolate part was good, and I'm glad for the addition of another PA safe candy to the world [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 9, 2005

they good. i wouldnt say great. but im still happy about it. i dont want to sound ungrateful!!

On Dec 9, 2005

I found them today at Meijers in Michigan. My PA som loved them.... He said they were his "special" candy.

On Dec 9, 2005

I used the Kissables today to make cookies. I used the Nestle tollhouse recipe and put half morsels and half kissables. The kids love them. They work fine in cookies.

On Dec 10, 2005

We found them last night at Shop-Rite in NJ and bought 6 packages! My dd loves them! I'm going to call Hershey's and thank them. Oh, and thanks to the poster who said they made cookies with them. I was wondering if that would work.

On Dec 10, 2005

What are Skippers? Who makes them? Thanks.

On Dec 11, 2005

Skipper's are made by Vermont Nut Free Chocoaltes- which is an On-line store that you can order from.

They are OK- I really thought the Kiss-ables were good and sure easy to just "pick-up" at the store when you need them- less expensive also!

But, if you were going to place an order with VNT than I would probably throw in some skippers!

On Dec 12, 2005

We saw these at the Market last night. Didn't buy any at this time. Wondered when any of you have called did you ask specifically ask if it was a nut free line or if it was just an allergen wash. We only buy if the line is nut free we have had too many reactions to just the allergens washes.

On Dec 13, 2005

I just called to ask about these and got their regular "policy" from Christina but she did say that they label for any chance of cross-contamination such as made in the same plant, processed on the same line, etc. So the fact that it doesn't have a label would mean that it was not made on the same line. She didn't come out and exactly say that but when pressed, she would say that since it doesn't have a label, you can assume that.

She said they've had lots of calls on these and they're very popular. I told her I had to go to two stores to get them and they only had the small bags. She said they also have a 14 ounce bag and they're only a month old so it may take a little while to get into the mainstream. She said they're so popular that they can't buy them in the employee store - they have to search for them like we do for now!

I plan to let my son try them soon. They'd be great in chocolate chip cookies!

On Dec 13, 2005

North of Boston, I've been to CVS, Target, Walmart, and Shaw's - no luck so far. I did find the People magazine article, tho. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 13, 2005

Cooper, would you like some mailed to you?

On Dec 13, 2005

We love them!!! Cooper---try CVS again. We are South of Boston and our CVS had them opposite the cashiers (small bag only 2/$.99)

On Dec 13, 2005

Our local Krogers here in Michigan had a big display in the center of the holiday section of the store.

My PA son and I called the 1-800 number for Hershey's. My 5 year-old got on the phone himself to thank them for making this new peanut-free candy. He also told them he loves Kissables!

The Hershey's customer rep. stated these would be a regular product (not just a holiday item)! Yeah!

I also asked if she could take a note that so many of us in the PA community are thrilled to have these new treats so please continue to make these on a peanut-free line.

It only takes a few minutes to call - let's tell Hershey's we like this new product and keep it peanut-free!

On Dec 13, 2005

Oh, thank you for asking Momma2boys. Very kind of you indeed. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Let me give another CVS a try. I had looked in the big candy aisle, and at the displays at the front and at the register. I think I'll go to the Hershey website and try to see the packaging. I think someone had luck at Walgreen's too, so there's another option.

I won't give up!!

On Dec 13, 2005

Seriously, I don't mind at all. If you don't find them soon, let me know. At least get you some for stockings!

On Dec 14, 2005

I found some!!! DD loves them. I thought they were a little more sugary tasting than M&Ms, but I'm glad she can eat them.

I found them at a CVS in Watertown. They are at the checkout in a box on top of the counter. I'm sure all CVSs will have them soon as they are advertised in their sale flyer this week.

On Dec 14, 2005

I'm so glad to have another nut-free chocolate for the kids. My kids like the Kissables, although they all preferred Vermont Nut Free's Skippers.

Am I the only one sad for Vermont Nut Free? I mean, we begged them to make an M&M-like product for years, and they explained that it took special machinery to produce, and the machinery was very expensive. They bit the bullet once they moved to their newer facility, came out with the Skippers, which are so much better than M&Ms, and then just a short while later, Hershey's comes out with the Kissables, which are nearly as good (imo). I really feel bad for the Vermont Nut-Free folks, who have done so much to help our kids have safe goodies all these years.

Ah, well. These things happen. But I do feel badly about it.

--Debbie

On Dec 14, 2005

well its impossible to find a safe boxed chocolate so i will keep vermont nut free for that. when i want to treat myself or for valentines day. i still havnt tried their truffles!!

On Dec 14, 2005

Well, the Kissables are great to be able to walk in the store and just buy, but honestly, they aren't M&M's. I think the Skippers taste way better. They are almost exactly the same as M&M's, maybe a little better. So I will still order these. I will also continue to order my Easter candy from them.

On Dec 14, 2005

I saw a big cardboard display case for these at Toys R Us this past weekend, and it was entirely empty.

On Dec 14, 2005

I have to go and see if they have them at my stores around here. I went to the Hershey website and they make kisses with pb in them now.

Has anyone seen the new hershey bars they make? I saw them a few months ago. The Hersheys twosomes? I looked on the back and they didnt have a peanut warning on them at all, even though one of them was a reese pieces chocolate bar. I havent called them on that yet. This year my son was eating kisses and his mouth started burning. I called Hersheys and they were like there is no way. He wont eat kisses anymore. They sent him a shirt and a basketball for his troubles. I think I may have posted about it. The only hersheys I get now are the regular size chocolate bars which I was told run on a dedicated line.

I want to try to call them tomorrow on the twosomes though see what was up with that. I guess I will go do a search and see if u guys discussed those already. Havent been here in awhile

these kissables sound promising though

On Dec 14, 2005

Found Kissables at the Petro-Canada gas station tonight - up at the cash register. (Ottawa)

On Dec 14, 2005

I found Kissables again today in Tucson, at CVS on sale.

Adrienne :-)

[This message has been edited by ajgauthier (edited December 14, 2005).]

On Dec 14, 2005

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Originally posted by lmw: [b]Found Kissables at the Petro-Canada gas station tonight - up at the cash register. (Ottawa)[/b]

oh, so we have them in Canada too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 15, 2005

I tried them and I freaked out a little. I could've sworn I was getting a reaction (but I wasn't). I might as well just stay away from all candy like that. I still enjoy Milk Duds. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 15, 2005

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Originally posted by Tabby: [b] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Sadly, no kissables yet at my local supermarket (Jewel-Osco, in Chicago). I put in a request with the customer service desk today. I'll have to check out Dominicks and Walgreens next![/b]

I found them at Dominicks in the chicago suburbs yesterday.

DS didn't like them.

On Dec 15, 2005

I only feel a little bad for vermont nut free, their prices are outrageous. We paid 17.84 for one 16oz. bag of candy corn, and two 16 oz bags of skippers and the shipping.

Their candy corn is $3.39, 3 times what we would pay if we could buy the other brands. A 16 oz bag of skippers for $4.49. I'm sure the 48 oz bag of kissables will be less than that. So we are basically paying three times as much for skippers also if you do the math on the ounces in the bags.

If VNF didn't take advantage of the situation so much maybe I would be loyal to them. But companies that overcharge when you have no where else to buy an item should get what they deserve.

Just my two cents worth.

Angie

On Dec 15, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by MommyMegan: [b]I tried them and I freaked out a little. I could've sworn I was getting a reaction (but I wasn't). I might as well just stay away from all candy like that. I still enjoy Milk Duds. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]

you know - I thought the same thing the first time I tried them. But then I calmed down and it passed. Another post up above this one also said something about "mouth getting hot". That made me think.

Sometimes with Hershey's chocolate I get that - the "hot mouth" feeling. I think their chocolate is really acidic and really dry (in that it doesn't melt very creamily in your mouth...it gets...ruddy/sticky). I think that is just the property of their chocolate. So, that's what we are feeling, not a reaction.

The combo of the sugar and the Hershey's milk chocolate I think is very sweet and very acidic...and that's what we were feeling.

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Dec 15, 2005

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Originally posted by patsmommy: [b]I have to go and see if they have them at my stores around here. I went to the Hershey website and they make kisses with pb in them now.

Has anyone seen the new hershey bars they make? I saw them a few months ago. The Hersheys twosomes? I looked on the back and they didnt have a peanut warning on them at all, even though one of them was a reese pieces chocolate bar. I havent called them on that yet. This year my son was eating kisses and his mouth started burning. I called Hersheys and they were like there is no way. He wont eat kisses anymore. They sent him a shirt and a basketball for his troubles. I think I may have posted about it. The only hersheys I get now are the regular size chocolate bars which I was told run on a dedicated line.

I want to try to call them tomorrow on the twosomes though see what was up with that. I guess I will go do a search and see if u guys discussed those already. Havent been here in awhile

these kissables sound promising though

[/b]

All of the twosomes (whoppers, reeses, etc) I have read have warnings on them.

On Dec 15, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by ajgauthier: [b] Sometimes with Hershey's chocolate I get that - the "hot mouth" feeling. I think their chocolate is really acidic and really dry (in that it doesn't melt very creamily in your mouth...it gets...ruddy/sticky). I think that is just the property of their chocolate. So, that's what we are feeling, not a reaction.[/b]

Hi Adrienne,

I agree... that's one reason I prefer Nestle Canada and Cadbury Canada chocolate... it is more creamy.

If you compare a Hershey American Rolo and a Nestle Canadian/British Rolo you will notice this difference.

On Dec 15, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by happymomof2amk: [b]I only feel a little bad for vermont nut free, their prices are outrageous. We paid 17.84 for one 16oz. bag of candy corn, and two 16 oz bags of skippers and the shipping.

Their candy corn is $3.39, 3 times what we would pay if we could buy the other brands. A 16 oz bag of skippers for $4.49. I'm sure the 48 oz bag of kissables will be less than that. So we are basically paying three times as much for skippers also if you do the math on the ounces in the bags.

If VNF didn't take advantage of the situation so much maybe I would be loyal to them. But companies that overcharge when you have no where else to buy an item should get what they deserve.[/b]

I'm sorry that you have such hard feelings toward Vermont Nut Free. I don't agree with you at all in your feeling that they're taking advantage of anyone. They have to charge you for shipping because they are shipping your candy to you -- Hershey's doesn't have that expense (not that they don't have transportation costs). Hershey is manufacturing their candy in quantities that are probably millions or tens of millions that of VNF, so they can pay their workers, buy their raw materials, purchase and maintain their equipment and make a profit while only charging a few cents per package more than their costs. VNF simply can't do that. VNF also pays more for their raw materials, both because they have to be certain they're nut-free and also because they're purchasing in much smaller quantities than Hershey's.

Your attitude is like saying you *hate* mom-and-pop stores because they charge you more than Walmart for similar products.

I can definitely understand the need or choice not to buy from VNF or any of the other nut-free companies because of the expense(VNF and Kellie's are pretty much the cheapest of those, btw), but I am mystified by your hostility and assertion that they are "taking advantage" of the people who need their products.

--Debbie

On Dec 15, 2005

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Originally posted by erik: [b] Hi Adrienne,

I agree... that's one reason I prefer Nestle Canada and Cadbury Canada chocolate... it is more creamy.

If you compare a Hershey American Rolo and a Nestle Canadian/British Rolo you will notice this difference.[/b]

yeah, I much prefer Cadbury Milk Chocolate when I can find a safe bar. Better yet, Belgian Milk Chocolate. Hershey's milk chocolate is very "sour" to me if that makes sense??

then again, I prefer dark and bittersweet chocolate over milk

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

On Dec 15, 2005

SO maybe thats what my son felt whenhe ate the hershey kisses. I dont have that problem withthem. Its good to know though. I was scared, when its not you thathas that feeling you really dont know what to think, kwim?

Next time I see those twosomes Iwill check the labels. The ones I saw were awhile back and were being sold in CVS

On Dec 15, 2005

vermont nut free isnt a big, worldwide company like m&m mars and hershey. you cant expect them to have the same prices as companies that sell worldwide and have hundreds of facilities

On Dec 16, 2005

I do think VNF is pricey, but I also think it compares to a more premium chocolate, like Russel Stover or Fanny Farmer, as opposed to Hershey or Nestle. It is a smoother, creamier chocolate than the supermarket vareity, IMO. SO, I am glad to find it for special occasions. I buy it rarely, though, because my PA chiild could care less about the quality of her candy, LOL.

But, she does love the novelty items, like a nice chocolate pop, chocolate coins, etc... So we usually place a Chrstmas order and an Easter order. I was thinking ahead this time and tried to buy all that I needed for both occasions and save some on shipping! Also, If anyone lives near you, you can order together. I do not know when or if the shipping goes up, but I can get alot for the same $5.95 or whatever it is.

It is wayyy more expensive to do things on a small scale. I make jewelry. It costs me more to make things than if I purchased the completed item. But my recipients know I chose a design and colors and quality especially for them. VNF makes a very specific product with a special consumer in mind. Wholesale pricing can get very cheap if one buys enough quantity of anything. Same would go for food manufacturing. becca

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On Dec 16, 2005

thats right. i also make jewelry and unless you buy loads of supplies it can get pricey. i also like vermont nut free for easter and other holidays. forgot to get my son a bunny last year so in 2006 i plan to. we ordered some halloween chocolate and a couple turkey pops for thanksgiving. i dont plan on making an order for xmas. we still have lots of skippers left and some chocolate drops. we dont call them kisses so he knows the difference.

On Dec 16, 2005

I, for one, am thrilled that Vermont Nut Free exists to service a very specific community. I find their chocolate to be of high quality, far more so than a milk chocolate Hershey bar. They (VNF) certainly don't enjoy the economies of scale that a major national manufacturer of chocolate does. It also costs money to ship the chocolate, but I just accept this as the cost of knowing that my child will have safe food to eat.

It is expensive to have food allergies and pay for specialty foods. That's just the way it is, unfortunately, but I don't think that the companies that exist solely to cater to customers with food allergies are trying to take advantage of us with pricing, I think they're just trying to not lose money. Most of the companies that make foods specifically for people with food allergies were in fact started by people who have food allergies or who have children with food allergies, and part of why they're even in business (other than that they saw an unfulfilled market niche) is that they are trying to provide us with something that we might not otherwise have. I'm willing to pay for that peace of mind. Maybe my $10 won't get me as many Skippers as M&Ms, but I'm okay with that.

And since I've realized this might sound like a cranky post, I guess I'd better go eat some dark chocolate (VNF of course!).

On Dec 16, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by Joanne: [b]I, for one, am thrilled that Vermont Nut Free exists to service a very specific community. I find their chocolate to be of high quality, far more so than a milk chocolate Hershey bar. [/b]

Hi Joanne,

A good point. When I've been in the USA, I've eaten a few Hershey bars and it tastes like they are only 10% chocolate and 90% filler.

I am used to higher quality chocolate (ie: Cadbury Canada Dairy Milk) and a Hershey bar is definitely a lower calibre of chocolate.

I'd gladly pay more for higher quality. I do eat a bit of Hersheys (ie: kisses, etc), but only occasionally as I find Nestle Coffee Crisp, Cadbury Canada chocolate, etc to be better quality.

(VNF would be the same I assume.. high quality) [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 16, 2005

Some of us simply can't afford the VNF stuff... gourmet or not. I simply can't justify paying $6 shipping on a bag of candy.

On Dec 16, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by solarflare: [b]Some of us simply can't afford the VNF stuff... gourmet or not. I simply can't justify paying $6 shipping on a bag of candy.[/b]

Yes, that's why I've never bought VNF as I find Cadbury, etc less expensive. I can get a 100g Cadbury Canada bar for $1.49 and it is good quality [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Dec 17, 2005

Personally, I think VNF [b]rocks[/b].

I have this cookie recipe which calls for melted chocolate chips, and whenever I give out this recipe people ask me why theirs don't come out as good as mine. The answer is simple - it's the VNF chips! When I use Hershey or Nestle chips the cookies are still good, but they just aren't the same.

Yes, it's more expensive so I don't use it for everything. Of course it's going to be mroe expensive, for all the reasons listed above. And I love the total, complete peace of mind I have when I use it.

As for the Kissables - I haven't been able to find them here yet, although the only place I've really looked is Target. DS prefers his chocolate pure though - wasn't crazy about Smarties or Skippers. I guess the candy shell interferes with the chocolate bliss.

Amy

On Dec 17, 2005

I can't tell the difference between hershey and canadian chocolate-I must have defective taste buds. lol.

as far as VNF, I can understand why they are so high-they don't get the deals on materials that Hershey (a multi-jillion dollar company) does, obviously. I'm sure Hershey gets killer deals and contracts and such for buying such massive quantities. BUT I can't afford it either so we only buy VNF (and Kellie's) for special occasions like Easter, Halloween, and Valentines day. I'm grateful they are there for those special holidays. Oh and the candy corn-we can't buy safe candy corn anywhere else so I'm especially grateful for it.

Our sam's club kissables are all gone. We haven't been back to CVS or Walgreen's or whatever store we saw them at so we're going through the Kissables DTs now.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Dec 17, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by happymomof2amk: [b] Their candy corn is $3.39, 3 times what we would pay if we could buy the other brands. A 16 oz bag of skippers for $4.49. I'm sure the 48 oz bag of kissables will be less than that. So we are basically paying three times as much for skippers also if you do the math on the ounces in the bags. [/b]

We only paid $2.99 for the bags of candy corn. I thought maybe you were taking shipping into account but that is the price we paid for skippers so I guess not. Did they raise their prices?

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Dec 18, 2005

I love Vermont Nut Free and will continue to buy from them, not only is their chocolate much better but I love the idea of a small company that tries to satisfy our community... they had requests for candy corn and an M&M type candy and they filled it for us.

Yes, its a bit more expensive but I'm very greatful that I have the income right now to pay extra for it. My daughter really wants Kit Kats that are nut free and I feel my best bet for that is VNF (not to mention a bunch of other requests we have!).

My daughter loves their truffles too. Its good chocolate, Hershey's is awful.

JMHO, Susan

On Dec 18, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by gw_mom3: [/B]Our sam's club kissables are all gone. We haven't been back to CVS or Walgreen's or whatever store we saw them at so we're going through the Kissables DTs now. [/B]

I saw Kissables at the Dollar Tree store, but at $1 a small bag I passed on picking some up to try.

On Dec 18, 2005

I bought Kissables for the kids yesterday at Kash & Karry, in Florida. The kids really liked them, even though they're used to Canadian Smarties.

I think they're thrilled that they can now beg me for chocolate treats at the cash register. Sigh.

On Dec 18, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by BaileyB: [b] I saw Kissables at the Dollar Tree store, but at $1 a small bag I passed on picking some up to try.[/b]

Did you ask them about the price? I know everything is a dollar there, but I knew they couldn't be that much for one, so I asked and they were 2 for a dollar.

On Dec 18, 2005

I bought kissables at Dollar Tree last week, and they were 2 for $1... just like the rest of their candy bars.

On Dec 19, 2005

We paid 2.99 for candy corn. I was flipping back and forth between my e-mail and my post. Sorry [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

I don't really have this huge anger inside me towards VNF. It's just hard when it is so expensive and you can't provide it for your child. I have the same problem with the peabutter. I would love to order it but after shipping it's not a feasible option for my family. So if someone comes along with something safe (I have never had a problem with Hershey's) I'm going to be loyal to Hershey's so they continue providing it.

I do understand that they are a small company, so is Valomilk, and they are reasonably priced. I've come across many companies who are small and don't get their supplies as cheap as others and they don't raise their prices so high.

For families who don't have extra money to waste, and who enjoy low quality chocolate [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img], this is a good thing and I hope enough of us support Hershey's that this product doesn't get taken away or manufactured on shared lines.

Angie

On Dec 19, 2005

where do you live. healthfood stores have peabutter

On Dec 19, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by tidina: [b]where do you live. healthfood stores have peabutter[/b]

Not all of them. AFAIK, none of the local HFS carry peabutter.

Since I can get sunbutter locally from more than once source, I've never looked into peabutter. Before I could get sunbutter locally, I was ordering it straight from Sungold.

I have a policy where if I can get a safe substitute locally, I'm not going to pay out the nose to ship something similar across the country.

Jason is 8... he doesn't care whether he's eating cheap chocolate, or gourmet chocolate.

------------------ Cheryl, mom to Jason (8 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg),Joey (6 NKA) and Allison (3 MFA including milk, butternut squash, several fruits and suspected shellfish allergies, avoiding tree nuts, RAST - for peanut)

On Dec 19, 2005

We live in Iowa. We definately don't have a health store close by. There is some about an hour and a half away. The only thing I can find in our town is Soynut butter crunchy no smooth.

We had a sample of peabutter and it was good so hopefully we can find it close by soon.

On Dec 19, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by happymomof2amk: [b]I hope enough of us support Hershey's that this product doesn't get taken away or manufactured on shared lines.

Angie

[/b]

I agree with that! I told dh I'm going to write hershey (via planet feedback) to let them know how grateful I am for the things they make that ARE safe and for letting us know what is not safe also.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Dec 19, 2005

Quote:

Originally posted by schnoob: [b]Anyone seen them in the Dallas area ??[/b]

Schnoob,

I don't live in Dallas anymore, edited.

BTW--I don't know if you ever go to Dream Cafe, but at some point I'll post about it--safetywise. DS adores that place (I do, too), and we went there two weekends ago at the Quadrangle location. We were in Dallas to see Santa at NorthPark like we always, always have. And will for as long as we need to. It only takes me 3 hours to get to downtown Dallas with no stops, so it's not so bad. :-)

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On Dec 20, 2005

I know I am in the minority, but I am uncomfortable with Hershey's. I know they have good labeling, but I just don't want to take the risk that a manufacturing line will change, cross contamination will occur, etc. While I am very careful, I feel like I take enough risks with food we eat every day (cereal, crackers, etc)! I use VNF and Kellie's- most of the time VNF. We are on a very tight budget. However, my kids rarely get candy, so the three-time per year order I do is fine with me.It's a big one, but it lasts. The cocoa is much darker and lasts a VERY long time! We just tried skippers and are all very impressed. I always give baked items as gifts for Christmas but did not do it this year- VNF is too pricey to use as gifts when Hershey's would do.Since I don't want to use Hershey's, it's pumpkin bread instead of chocolate this year, with chocolate chip cookies in the freezer for DD to enjoy (if I left them all out I'd eat them!)

Paula

On Dec 20, 2005

I found them to a Walmart here in Plano, TX.

On Jan 2, 2006

BIG BAGS!!

2/$5 at Kmart this week. Last thing we need is candy, but I grabbed a bag to hide a way. Just in case they don't last as a new product! becca

On Jan 2, 2006

Thanks Becca- I will now have to hunt for the big bags!

On Jan 2, 2006

I found these at the Sam's in Lafayette. They are delicious! I am having trouble keeping DH out of them though! They are $8.88 for a case of 24 single packs at Sam's. Our DS was so happy to have them.

On Jan 3, 2006

Quote:

Originally posted by Tabby: [b] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Sadly, no kissables yet at my local supermarket (Jewel-Osco, in Chicago). I put in a request with the customer service desk today. I'll have to check out Dominicks and Walgreens next![/b]

Hi Tabby,

I found them yesterday at a Walgreens in central illinois. I only saw one large bag and a end cap display of snack size bags. I asked about them and the lady said it is a new product that doesn't have a "spot" on the shelves yet with the other candies. Hopefully they will soon....because they are fun to eat! I am saving them for my DD's valentine party at school, she will flip for them! I hope you see them at your walgreens soon! Take care,

Jill

On Jan 3, 2006

I live in the Chicagoland suburbs and I spotted them before Christmas at the CVS near my home. On sale even. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Individual Mileage May Vary.

On Jan 5, 2006

We have these in Toronto Canada now. I picked up a bag from Loblaws Queens Quay tonight. Not bad... Similar to Canadian Nestle Smarties (but slightly different taste). [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 6, 2006

I found the big bags at Walmart tonight. I also found some giant kisses that had small kisses inside and there were no warnings on the box. They say "made in brazil" and "made in mexico" which I thought was weird for some reason. I didn't buy any but one of the smaller kiss flavors was the white chocolate w/ cookie bits like the cookies and creme stuff.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Jan 6, 2006

What better Valentine's candy could there be than Kissables? I'm really hoping they make them in the little treat size Valentine packs to hand out!

On Jan 6, 2006

I've also seen really big bags at BJ's Wholesale Club.

On Jan 6, 2006

valentines colors would be pretty too!!

On Jan 6, 2006

Hello. I just saw a large bag of the Kissables in the Walmart flyer this week! This is specific to Montreal, Quebec. Will go get some later today. Yay, can't wait to try them.

On Jan 8, 2006

And for locals to NH, there were huge bags of these at the Costco in Nashua! We didn't need anymore candy, but they were there. My kids were very impressed by such a huge bag of safe candy, LOL.

Not sure if they are at all Costco. This is out of my usual area. becca

On Jan 16, 2006

Just to let you all know, we found the large bags this weekend at BJ's Wholesale Club in Framingham, MA.

On Jan 16, 2006

I got my local Safeway to order the big bags and they did!

They were very happy to order them too!

I encourgage all of us to call Hersheys and let them know how happy we are to find a safe candy selection at the market [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Jan 16, 2006

For anyone in the Dallas area, I just found them at Walmart at Spring Valley and Central. Ripped them open right away and gave some to my daughter - she thought they were great !

On Jan 16, 2006

Santa left two small bags for DS in his stocking, and DS loved them (still has one bag). Then last week DH and DS went to a CVS asked for them and got 3 big bags before they were put on the shelves!! They went home right away and made cookies with them, and they were delish!

I emailed DS' teachers and the roommom for his class to let them know about Kissables--that they're a great substitute for M&Ms.

I'd still like to order VNF's product, but this is a nice option. I do trust the roommom of DS' class to bake for the class (and for DS to eat what she bakes). I figured out that she had dealt with a food allergy, and indeed, she has one to kiwi. She's very careful. This gives her an option.

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On Jan 16, 2006

We found giant 48 oz bags of kissables at Sam's for around $6.xx. Much cheaper than the box of small bags and the 10oz bags at walmart.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Jan 16, 2006

I just made my first batch of Kissable Cookies - Yum!

PS - found the large (14oz) bags at Wal-Mart in Idaho.

------------------ Sherlyn Mom to 6 year old twins Ben & Mike - one PA & the other not. Stay Informed And Peanut Free!

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On Jan 17, 2006

I was excited to let the school know too, but then remembered that a boy in her class has severe soy allergy in addition to PA. So we are ejoying them at home.

Dd got to do a tatse test after her piano practice this am. Skippers vs Kissables. She likes both the same, she says. I really like the colors in the Kissables. Very festive "confetti" colors.

I just hope they stick around forever! I have really missed M&Ms myself. It is fun to have a safe nibble of chocolate around like these. becca

On Jan 17, 2006

I was at Walgreens (Iowa) a week or two ago. They have a display of them on the register and I saw at least 20 boxes and they had about 24 in packages in the boxes and I was so curious as to how much a BOX would be..probably about $14 after tax (2 for a $1). I don't like them too well otherwise I would've bought them [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

On Jan 17, 2006

I saw the tail end of a tv commercial for kissables a couple of nights ago.

------------------ ============== [b]~Gale~[/b]

On Jan 17, 2006

This is just so exciting!!! I'm giddy about these little Kissables! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ Jill DD, 5, TNA DS, 18 mo. EA, MA

On Jan 17, 2006

ok so when you bake them in cookies, are you just using the safe premade cookie dough like Pillsbury or are you making the dough from scratch ? I have a box of Cherrybrook sugar cookie dough and was wondering how it would work if I thre some of them in with the mix ?? Any thoughts from some more experienced bakers would be greatly appreciated.

On Jan 18, 2006

I finally found these over the weekend, and I am SO hooked on them! I've really missed M&Ms, and these taste more like them than Smarties do. And I love the colors, too. I'm rationing them for the kids, but I'm afraid I'm going to gorge on them myself. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img] So much for losing weight...

On Jan 18, 2006

These are fantastic...They were great for stockings! We have had them in RI since before Christmas...Love em

On Jan 19, 2006

saw the large pack at walmart today

On Jan 19, 2006

love them love them love them. My PA daughter who generally dislikes chocolate LOVES them too. I hope they stay around for a long time and continue to be manufactured in a safe manner for us! You never know if they'll add peanut varieties in the future...hope not!

On Jan 20, 2006

Found them for the first time today in CVS i bought 6 smallpack, i htinki may go back and buy more. they are so good!

save some for the easter bunny to bring

On Jan 20, 2006

They seem to be all over in the Lehigh Valley and Poconos in Pennsylvania.

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On Jan 20, 2006

Ryans mom, thats good to know my parents have ahouse in poconos. Are you from there? we go there often. any resturants I should be aware of? They live off of 940 in Lake Naomi.

On Jan 20, 2006

I saw big packages of Kissables at Costco today.

On Jan 20, 2006

Schnoob,

I don't cook---try not to, anyway, and I'm not very successful when I do try. But DH does and is FAB at it.

Last week when he and DS made Kissable Cookies, they did it from scratch. DH is a from scratch kind of guy--would never consider a mix or the slice and bake option. and they worked wonderfully. I'm sure they owuld do fine with a mix, too.

On Jan 21, 2006

pat's mommy,

A good person to ask is koalamomma. I think she taken her kids out to a restaurant or two around here. We don't go to any sit-down restaurants with Ryan. It just isn't worth the hassle to us at this point. We do, however, have successful visits to our local Burger King and the pizza place in our area we frequently visit.

I lived in the Poconos for over 25 years.

On Jan 21, 2006

Hello, What a wonderful idea to put them in cookies...I can't wait to try them..I make cookies at least once a week..I made 14 cookie trays this year at Christmas for friends and family and no one could tell they were egg or peanut free..Next year we will add these..I hope they continue them. They are wonderful.

On Jan 23, 2006

We have a newly build Walmart in our neighbouring town and I saw these at the cash - didn't buy because I wanted to see what this website had to say first!

So, they are appearing in the "burbs" now too - in Ontario.

When my DD saw them, she said they had them in the school cafeteria, but she wasn't sure she could have them, so she didn't. I'll let her know they're OK.

It's actually a good place to try them - her school is 5 minutes from the hospital!

She'll be happy -I don't know why, but she loves Hershey's Kisses - I think they smell like dog poo personally, so I don't eat them!

On Jan 23, 2006

aww... I have checked Walmart, Safeway, and Costco by our house in Phoenix and none of them had them. Safeway was out and Walmart and Costco just didn't carry them yet. I am out to check CVS and another Walmart late tonight as it will be my son's 100th day of school and they need to bring in 100 of something to make a trail mix. This is not my PA son, but all the same - it will be nice to have something safe in the house that is yummy too! Andrea

On Mar 9, 2006

now walmart has the big bags. i think clemens does too.

On Mar 9, 2006

They are everywhere here in Toronto. You can even find cases of them at Costco now.

Although I prefer the Cadbury mini-eggs [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

On Mar 9, 2006

Quote:

Originally posted by erik: [b]They are everywhere here in Toronto. You can even find cases of them at Costco now.

Although I prefer the Cadbury mini-eggs [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img][/b]

me too :-) Matter of fact, I'm sucking the sugar off one right now (hmmm...melty chocolate...)

Adrienne

------------------ 30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

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