Hi everyone. I am a mom of a toddler who was recently

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Hi everyone. I am a mom of a toddler who was recently diagnosed with a peanut allergy. I also have an 11 and 13 year old who both love to go out for ice cream. How do you handle ice cream shops with a peanut allergy? I have heard some people say that they ask for the scooper to be washed with soap and water first. I am concerned that a scooper that is in peanut butter ice cream and then in a peanut free ice cream is contaminating the "safe" flavor. My son had a moderate to severe reaction the first time he was exposed so I don't think it will take much to set him off and I don't want to take any chances. Am I being overly cautious or do I have valid concerns? I think the decision we make now will set the precedent for years to come so I want to get it right. Thanks!

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As an ice-cream lover with a peanut (& nut) allergy, I always ask if there's any way I can get some that is definitely nut-free with no cross-contamination risk. Occasionally, they say there's no chance they can 100% guarantee and I just have a sealed drink (if the ice cream isn't nut-free then I doubt milkshakes are safe).
However, a lot of the time they will point out the nut-free flavours, wash a scoop in the sink and take it from the fresh tubs in the back, so there's no chance it's been scooped with something before. I have suggested it the odd time when they haven't offered and they usually oblige.
Failing that, find your toddler's favourite ice cream and get cones and nut-free sprinkles to play ice-cream shop at home!

Posted on: Fri, 07/11/2014 - 8:20pm
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Chapman's makes nut free ice creams (sold through grocery stores) up here in Canada and they are clearly labelled on the packaging.
I have heard good things about McDonald's. Steer clear of DQ (they even post an allergy statement that allergens are present).
We went to a local soft serve ice cream shop and the supervisor showed me the ingredients for the ice cream cone and told me what ingredients are used in the soft serve. Upon ordering, she alerted the staff preparing the food of a food allergy. Immediately, the staff member proceeded to wash her hands for a good few minutes. It seemed like they took us quite seriously on the matter.

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