Klondike Bars

Posted on: Wed, 05/09/2001 - 12:59pm
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pI emailed the people who make Klondike ice cream bars. I asked about their manufacturing proceedures and told them of my son's allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. This is the email I received from them today:/p
pWe do not have dedicated lines in our manufacturing plants, all productsbr /
are made on the same lines. We do have excellent cleaning and sanitizingbr /
procedures between each product run. We have never had a reported problembr /
with cross contamination./p
pThank you/p
pI'm glad I contacted them first. I bought a package of Klondike bars (original flavor) I was hoping that they would be safe since there are no peanut flavored bars (that I know of). Unfortunately, I'm not sure which manufacturer they are. Their website is [url="http://www.icecreamusa.com"]http://www.icecreamusa.com[/url] /p
pLooks like Jen gets to eat an entire package by herself!/p

Posted on: Wed, 05/09/2001 - 2:57pm
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As far as I can tell, there are no American companies that have dedicated lines for ice cream. Is that correct?
I definitely respect anyone's decision to avoid these products, but just based on that e-mail I would be inclined to allow my son to have them (the Klondikes). He does eat vanilla ice cream from a couple of big companies, and he has been eating Dean's mini-ice cream sandwiches his whole life with no problems. I noticed Dean's even puts a picture of a peanut right near the ingredient list on their products that have a peanut warning.
With summer upon us, I'm wondering about what types of ice cream other people use. My son just doesn't like popsicles at all, and I'd be interested in knowing if anyone else has found ice cream novelty pops that they're happy with.
Again, just want to reiterate--I totally respect the decision by many to avoid ice cream. Believe me, it took years for me to even buy the Hershey's bar (1.55 oz.) for my son. He's five and he just got his first one, and I had to force myself not to strip-search him for hives afterwards! I do understand (and applaud) different comfort levels.
Best wishes.

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2001 - 12:08am
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Sandra Y, I'm right with you on this one. I also understand and support those parents who do not choose to feed their pa kids ice cream, but I am not among them. My 6 year old PA and TNA daughter has been eating ice cream and ice cream bars for 3 1/2 years without any incident, knock on wood. She outgrew a severe milk allergy about 6 months before we dared try her with peanut butter or nuts; so at that time we did not know of her PA and TNA. We made such a big deal about her being able to eat ice cream. It never even occurred to me to worry about ice cream until finding this site about a year ago. I did not feel comfortable "taking" ice cream "away" from Leah at that point, especially since she had never had a problem with it. I may have made a different decision if I had found out about her pa and tna when she was younger, and if I had known to beware of ice cream at that time. At this point I have to weigh the benefits of Leah feeling like a normal kid and not having any more restricitons than she already absolutely has to; there are so many foods off limits as it is. I always read labels, and if I'm really concerned I call the company. But, like you, if a company makes a point of noting how well they clean their equipment - I consider that adequate for us. Of course, I am always prepared with benadryl and multiple epi-pens. So far, thank goodness, we have never needed the epi-pen, and have only needed benadryl as a result of accidental ingestion of products obviously containing peanuts and tree nuts, (when we were first discovering that Leah is indeed PA and TNA) not because of any cross contamination. I'm sure I'm at risk for getting blasted, now, but I hope I won't. I also know that my comfort zone would tighten up immediately if Leah should ever have a reaction to something I was considering "safe" for her but turned out not to be. I am actually a very cautious parent and do not feel that I ever let my guard down about Leah's allergies for one second. I know my comfort zone is looser than many on this board, but I also know that Leah has never had a reaction due to my comfort zone. I wish everyone the best and I know that we are all doing what we feel is necessary to protect our children from harm. Miriam

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2001 - 4:31am
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Miriam,
Thanks for that response. Many of the points you made ring true for me too, especially the reluctance to "take away" something he's been eating safely for years (and this is one of the things so upsetting to me about the Canada Nestle's situation, where kids are losing a favorite safe treat).
As far as ice cream, I've told my son absolutely no ice cream from the ice cream truck b/c I'm unfamiliar with the brands and can't read the package info before purchasing. He does get disappointed but I remind him we always have it at home. I feel much better buying it in the grocery store where I have plenty of time to read the packages.

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2001 - 4:36am
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we have had occassionally klondike bars, also chipwhich ice cream sandwicheds (not sure what brand they are), hagen daz vanilla.
my pa daughter had a severe milk allergy when she was younger so i don't think she really ever acquired a big taste for icecream like i had as akid. her little sister however ADORES it. (she has no food allergies so far as I can tell at 2).
I am very leery of all good humour products as they use peanut oil i think in some of their products but I am pretty much a lable reader, i don't call manufactureres about shared lines.

Posted on: Thu, 03/25/2004 - 3:42am
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Just about every Klondike bar I looked at in the supermarket had a "may contain peanuts" warning on it - except the Klondike Caramel Crunch. So I just called and the woman told me that the reason there is no warning is that it is made on a peanut free line.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 12:11am
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I may be wrong, but I thought that the plain ones were not labeled with any warnings last summer.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 12:26am
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they were just on sale at Kroger for 1.50 & yes its sate "may contain Peanut"

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 12:11am
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I may be wrong, but I thought that the plain ones were not labeled with any warnings last summer.

Posted on: Mon, 07/10/2006 - 12:26am
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they were just on sale at Kroger for 1.50 & yes its sate "may contain Peanut"

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