Kissables - non-holiday now with shea, too

Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2007 - 1:28am
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I finally saw bags of the "regular' kissables with shea oil listed, in Target yesterday. When I last talked to hershey's, they said they were still manufacturing both recipes and would eventually pick one - too bad they evidently picked the one with shea oil [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Well, at least now I don't feel so foolish for having a freezer full of the original ones. I do plan on calling hershey's and 1- asking if they are planning to label these as containing tree nuts and 2- to express my disappointment. I still can't understand why they would change the recipe of a brand new product so quickly!

Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2007 - 1:32am
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I really wonder too what other candy is being ran down the same lines with the "shea" containing candy- cross contamination issues. Last time I talked to Hershey they didn't consider "shea" to "have allergenic properties"- so I'm sure they are not labeling for other items in the same plant/on the same line.

Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2007 - 2:55am
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What a bummer. And I never thought of cross-contamination since they don't consider it a nut. They did say they refine it highly anyway. Good point; I will call.

Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2007 - 10:21am
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That just stinks! My son's favorite candy and now can't have it. Do these freeze well?

Posted on: Sun, 04/29/2007 - 1:56pm
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I checked the Kissables here in Canada today, and none of them at the store had shea oil..... so maybe Hershey Canada does not use shea oil?

Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2007 - 7:34am
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Looks like they've made it to our area. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] The big size bags (giant bags) had the shea in them. The regular big bags are still the old formula. I bought 6 of them-I can't afford to buy too many at a time. My kids know what's going on and they're prepared. It makes me so mad that they are taking a good thing and ruining it for no good reason.
ACK!! DS (NKA) grabbed a small size bag of kissables before we left the store. We were so rushed I must have forgotten to remind him to read the label and it does have shea in it. He ate them on the way home so apparently it's not a problem for him. At least not this time-I guess if he was allergic it would take a couple of exposures to have a reaction? Now I'm a bit worried. He didn't give any to PA/TNA dd luckily.
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Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2007 - 7:48am
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Hmmm according to [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea"]this page[/url] at wikipedia, shea nuts are in the threatened category under 'vulnerable'. Doesn't that mean companies should quit using them? Obviously I wouldn't care if they were extinct though...
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Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2007 - 10:40am
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I can understand why everyone's upset.
I'm still going to use them though. Jason doesn't react to shea, so I'm not going to mess with a good thing. He's been eating Coffee Crisps for years, and that has Shea in it too.
Something of concern is that many chocolate makers are trying to get the FDA to allow them to label chocolate that uses shea or soybean oil as a substitute for cocoa butter as chocolate rather than "chocolate flavored candy"... if the FDA allows that, it may present a problem for those of us who avoid Shea.
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Cheryl, mom to Jason (9 MFA including peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish and egg)
Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Sat, 05/05/2007 - 12:38pm
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Cheryl, did you get info from Nestle Canada about the shea oil in the coffee crisps? I know there was a thread by Cindy a while back. I hadn't called yet but was planning to soon, especially now. DD has been eating Canadian coffee crisp for years now so if they do always truly have shea (both sizes) then she wouldn't have a problem with it either.
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Posted on: Sun, 05/06/2007 - 4:21am
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Saw the big size bags too the other day. There were a few of the old, which I grabbed, but I have been stocking up since this news first came out, and I have no more room in the freezer for any more!
As an aside - I did buy a little bag once by accident with the shea - I ate them myself, and they did *not* taste the same.

Posted on: Sun, 05/06/2007 - 1:45pm
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As far as I can tell, the Coffee Crisps that are made in Canada for export to the US are labeled for shea. I'll have to double check though.
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Joey (7 NKA)
Allison (4 milk allergic, suspect shellfish, avoiding PN/TN for now)
Ryan (1) nka *knock on wood*

Posted on: Sun, 05/06/2007 - 3:48pm
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The coffee crisps that we bought at the dollar tree didn't have shea on the label.
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Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 3:22am
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Quote:Originally posted by gw_mom3:
[b]The coffee crisps that we bought at the dollar tree didn't have shea on the label.
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You're right... I got confused.
We get 2 types of coffee crisp in my area... the Dollar Tree ones that are packaged for export to the US, and the regular Canadian ones. I know I've seen shea on the labels before, but now I'm thinking it's probably the others.

Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 3:45am
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We've had both. I think I'll call Nestle CA today and see what they say.
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Posted on: Mon, 05/07/2007 - 4:13am
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I tried calling the number on the back of the canadian kit kats but it connected me to Nestle US. I asked them if there was any way to get ahold of Nestle Canada and she didn't know of any. She said she could get the info for me but here is what she told me. First she told me the ingredients that I remember from the US version of Coffee Crisp. I told her that so she said she would check on the Canadian version. She came back and said there's no shea, just safflower, sunflower, etc, the exact same thing it says on the US versions. She said it would have to state the source of the oils and it does not say shea. Again I think she was referring to the US version whether she knew that or not. The fact is, the Canadian coffee crisp bars DO have the blanket statement "vegetable oil" and it does NOT state the source. So I think she was, the entire time, talking about the US version and probably doesn't even *have* any information on the Canadian version. If someone in Canada could call to get further verification on this that would be great. Apparently us southerners are locked out of the Canadian communication system. lol.
eta: I also cannot email them from the website. Their form asks for Canadian address information and won't submit without it. I tried a few weeks ago to submit an email using information that I thought would let it go through but never got a reply so I don't think they even read it once they saw that I'm from the US.
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