Kissables again

Posted on: Sun, 08/26/2007 - 10:54am
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I know we have talked about Hersheys Kissables so much, but I wanted to just see how many of you out there are still letting your PA kids eat them now that they have Shea in them ?
I was at Walmart today and was looking for the small bags of them - the girl stocking the shelves right near where you check out and usually find the small bags of candy etc said she had put them all "out the back" as they were now discontinued. She went and got a few bags for me, but they were all the kind with shea in them - she said Walmart will be putting them all out on clearance soon at .10 cents per bag and then they will not be selling them. Thats all she knew about it - she was a 15 year old girl stocking shelves, so Im not sure how reliable this info is.

Posted on: Sun, 08/26/2007 - 3:37pm
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Not us. I know there's controversy about it, but no thanks.

Posted on: Sun, 08/26/2007 - 7:54pm
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We don't buy anything with shea. In fact, I asked Dr. Wood several months ago and his comment was, "...there's other candy..." He also told me that currently there's no "test" for shea nut allergies. If my son had a reaction, we might not know it was to shea.
With all that said, I've personally done the "taste test" on the different Kissables. The ones with shea taste like inferior chocolate and are not worth the money IMHO.

Posted on: Sun, 08/26/2007 - 11:15pm
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I've been checking the labels on them out of curiosity. Have they changed the ingredients back? I haven't seen any more with shea. The ones I have been seeing have cocoa butter--no shea.
It's possible they are still old ones, but I doubt it since these are stores that carried the shea ones previously. Has anyone talked to Hershey's to see what their decision was regarding shea?

Posted on: Sun, 08/26/2007 - 11:43pm
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I checked out hershey's site, and there's no nutrition info listed for the kissables. Did there used to be? Could they be in the process of changing the recipe back? One can only hope...

Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 1:11am
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I bought some Kissables recently, and they didn't contain shea butter. I was pleasantly surprised. Are they being discontinued by Hershey's, or is Walmart just not stocking them any more?
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Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 1:17am
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At CVS in the Houston area a couple of weeks ago I saw both the king size and regular size small bags--these are not the large bags (both could fit in a hand). Neither had shea. The king size looked like a new size to me, and I was wondering if they're switching back. I'm pretty well stocked up on these things; I bought lots and lots of the original kind while I could find them.
But if they're switching back to the original formulation, perhaps they are for the Cookies n' Cream bar, too. Let's hope!

Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 2:53am
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We're still using them.
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Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 6:21am
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We still eat them, but I do plan on calling them to change the formula so it doesn't include shea for all the other members of our community who have stopped eating them.

Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 6:54am
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asked our allergist about shea oil. she said its fine. she said shea butter is fine. im not giving to my son. why worry and watch him for a reaction. im not even sure if allergist knows that US is using shea oil in things.

Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 11:47am
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Our allergist told us to avoid. So among allergist there is even controversy as to whether or not shea is safe.
I still buy Kissables. My son has eaten them with no problems, so we are still buying them on occassion.

Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 12:43pm
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my allergist really thought that my son had outgrown or never been allergic to tree nuts and sesame. only brazil nut comes up moderately allergic?? in RAST bloodwork. his skin prick test still came up positive to sesame so im not sure that the negative tree nut results in the RAST are accurate.

Posted on: Mon, 08/27/2007 - 5:13pm
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My son's allergist had never heard of shea a year or so ago. I wonder if she has now. Unless she had some personal shopper, I don't see how she could miss the word shea on labels in the cosmetic world. It's everywhere in the U.S., even Huggies baby wipes. So we have just avoided it. I second that on the Cookies and Cream bars! Maybe we should call on those too!

Posted on: Tue, 08/28/2007 - 1:38pm
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They have always had the king size kissables, that size is just not as widely distributed. I used to buy them in places where they sell "movie size" candy, like Best Buy.
I still find the old ones around (I used to work for CVS, it's not uncommon for boxes to be sitting buried in a warehouse for months while newer stuff goes out on the shelves). I *have* seen the Halloween kissables, and they have shea, which leads me to believe they have not changed back.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 1:49am
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Did Kissables stop using shea? I started my annual Hallowwen prowl through the candy aisle today. (I always look at all the candy I can find, see what is labeled as may contain, check out what the packages of safe/unsafe stuff looks like so I can spot what's what easily on Halloween.) Anyway, the individual Halloween packs of Kissables did not list shea. Then I looked at the regular bags, and they did not list shea either. I haven't called, but was wondering if any of you know anything about it?
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Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 3:25am
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Hmmm...wonder if your store has some "old" stock? I've checked 2 different stores now and both large packs containing fun size packs list shea in ingredients.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 3:27am
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Adding to above post:
I did notice the andes flavored choc squares at Target- someone previously posted they were safe (individually wrapped orange, toffee, and cocoa flavored choc squares)- I haven't called myself though.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 3:50am
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I looked at the target near me and they did list Shea oil. I didn't check the individual ones. I will check the next time I go.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 4:22am
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i have seen the individual ones that are still safe. my son had some. our allergist said we dont have to avoid shea but i am still avoiding. i havent seen the new andes flavors!! i could eat a whole pack of the mint ones!

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 5:08am
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The andes I mentioned above are wrapped in foil- fall colors...and I found them mixed in amongst the Halloween candy at Target.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 5:30am
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FROM TOOTSIE ROLL WEBSITE WHICH MAKES ANDES MINTS:
Do any of your products contain peanuts or nuts?
At this time, all of our confections are completely peanut, tree nut and nut product free. We have no peanut or tree nut products in any of our facilities.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 6:48am
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I don't think this was old stock, since some of it was the stuff packaged for Halloween (and I know it's not left from last year, because I bought their 75% post-Halloween stock last year).
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Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 7:35am
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Quote:Originally posted by Jimmy's mom:
[b]Did Kissables stop using shea? I started my annual Hallowwen prowl through the candy aisle today. (I always look at all the candy I can find, see what is labeled as may contain, check out what the packages of safe/unsafe stuff looks like so I can spot what's what easily on Halloween.) Anyway, the individual Halloween packs of Kissables did not list shea. Then I looked at the regular bags, and they did not list shea either. I haven't called, but was wondering if any of you know anything about it?
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I wonder if it is a regional thing. I checked the package of the individual Halloween packages of Kissables at my local Target and the ingredients listed shea among the possible oils used (sunflower was also listed). I'm in Northern Virginia.

Posted on: Mon, 09/17/2007 - 7:36am
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Last time I checked at walmart the regular kissables still had the shea. Same with the cookies & creme bars. There is a little bit of old stock at one of our grocery stores so I buy a little at a time (it's $3.69 a bag so I can't afford to buy it all). I got some last night but have it hidden for now (maybe for halloween). I haven't looked at the halloween versions yet-I will look next time we are at walmart.
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Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 3:54am
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I looked the store and no mention of shea oil on the new halloween bags

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 5:15am
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Quote:Originally posted by Jimmy's mom:
[b]I don't think this was old stock, since some of it was the stuff packaged for Halloween (and I know it's not left from last year, because I bought their 75% post-Halloween stock last year).
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The store probably sold out of what they had on hand last year, but likely Hershey's has lots of last year's stock left and is still shipping it. I have one Halloween bag left from last year and it has no expiration date on it, they are free to still ship old product. Even individual bags that do have exp dates on them are dated 18 months ahead, so Halloween candy from last season would still be saleable this year. Likely certain regions are getting old stock and others are getting new, depending on what warehouse their local stores get shipments from. Here, I see a lot of old individual packs still around, but every store that has Halloween kissables has "new" ones, with shea.

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 11:06am
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I found some of the old small bags at Albertsons grocery store today...I called Hersheys AGAIN (which I urge all of you to do as they are keeping records of this particular complaint) and they told me that they only started producing the Kissables with shea in April 07...so no doubt there is still alot of old stock floating around.
Im on the prowl tomorrow for some of the old Halloween stock....sigh.

Posted on: Wed, 09/19/2007 - 11:43am
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My daughter eats them with no problem.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2007 - 6:17am
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Our allergist didn't know what to tell us when I asked him about avoiding shea oil in food. He said he'd research it & get back to me, which he did, and he said not to allow him to eat it. We're in DE. I also bought some of the "old stock" at Walmart - big 14 oz. bags - they were mixed in with some of the new bags.
My concern is what other products are running on the same lines as the Kissables? When I talked to Hershey, I told them they should be treating these as a tree nut product, b/c the FDA lists shea nut as a tree nut. But Hershey's not saying what else is produced on the same lines. (or the girl I talked to didn't know).
Hopefully they switched the formula back! Keep calling, I guess!

Posted on: Sat, 09/22/2007 - 9:22am
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I looked at the Halloween little packs, as well as the big bag of Halloween colors today at Target. Both had shea. I *know* for certain the big bag is new stock, because the package has different graphics from last year, and the colors of the candy are black and orange - last year they were yellow and orange. The little packs look exactly the same as last year. The ones I saw with shea had an expiration date of January *09*, so I assume these are new stock for 07, rather than leftover from 06. (I have an old package from last year that actually doesn't even have a date on it, just a manufacturer's code.)
Anyone who has seen kissables without shea in Halloween packaging - what is the expiration date? And if you have seen the large bags, are they orange and black or orange and yellow?

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