safe store bought ice cream?

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2018 - 5:49am
lisak824's picture
Joined: 08/28/2013 - 10:56

I know this is probably a topic up for debate...

Where does everyone fall on the store bought ice cream (like half gallons from the grocery store)......Are there any brands that are run on peanut free lines? I hate that manufacturers aren't required to write that.

I have avoided ice cream altogether for my 3 year old son who is PA only. I know my husband thinks I am being overreactive on it and really wants him to be able to partake in ice cream also.....

Anyone have brands that they feel are safe or better than others? I feel like I have heard good things about Breyers and maybe not good things about haagan daaz, but I am not sure if I am remembering correctly or not.....

What is everyone's experience with this. Do you trust store bought? Good or bad experiences....?

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2014 - 6:42am
wolfie's picture
Joined: 03/15/2014 - 17:40

I live in Canada and Chapmans have a lot of nut free products. Here is the link. Not sure if it is the same in the US

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2014 - 11:24pm
Reblopez1959's picture
Joined: 02/18/2014 - 05:07

I have an 18 year old PA son who was diagnosed at age 7. He has been eating ice cream for a long time. We live in Albuquerque, New Mexico so they are the brands available here. He regularly eats Blue Bunny Natural Vanilla flavor ice cream in the 1/2 gallon size, Haagen Daz ice cream bars in the Milk Chocolate & Vanilla flavor, and Haagen Daz Chocolate ice cream in the pint size container. The Blue Bunny brand is labeled for allergens. Haagen Daz does not separately list allergens but he has eaten those 2 products for a long time.

Posted on: Mon, 06/09/2014 - 1:10pm
momtoemie's picture
Joined: 03/13/2013 - 20:19

I have been leery as well. I have a long list of companies to call. Breyer's was removed from the snack safely list recently. We've had Blue Bunny - plain flavors (no mix-ins)- they have a great allergen statement on their website - they do label for cross contamination. However last year I was about to give my daughter (was 2 at the time) their mini ice cream cone with sprinkles on it and I handed it to her then freaked out because I wondered if they checked the SPRINKLES on the cone for potential allergen risk since many sprinkles are cross contaminated. I traded her for something else and then called them the next day and sure enough, they had made a product change recently and the sprinkles were not safe but it had not made it to the label yet (? if my product had the new sprinkles or the old ones but not worth the risk). So this disappointed me. I did call Country Fresh/Dean's the other day and while they do not label for cross contamination they said they do run the non-allergen flavors first and test for traces of allergens, which I thought was pretty decent. I also bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker to try out ourselves. We have had good luck with the Blue Bunny sherbet cups as well (rainbow).

Posted on: Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:08am
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Joined: 06/10/2014 - 15:04

I live in Canada and the company Chapmans has nut free line of ice creams made in a nut free facility. There is a great selection to choose from.

Posted on: Tue, 06/10/2014 - 12:04pm
momtoemie's picture
Joined: 03/13/2013 - 20:19

Moving to Canada:) What are the label laws like in Canada? Do they have to label for cross contamination? Curious. We live in MI so like to cross over but haven't since daughter's diagnosis... Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:43am
ramona mcdaris's picture
Joined: 06/08/2014 - 08:18

Sorry if a duplicate of this appears, but I seem to have lost the other one just before "Saving" it.
I had said that my perfect solution to the ice cream problem is to make my own. Don't be afraid! I don't do complicated, time-consuming food preparations! This is so simple and it freezes in 20 minutes and tastes exactly like "store-bought!" I bought a Cuisinart 2-quart electric "Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet-Ice cream maker" online for about $50. It is fantastic. Freezes in 25 minutes (NOTE: Always hand-wash parts, and put canister in freezer for 24 hours for first use, and thereafter, wash it and STORE IT FULLTIME IN BACK OF FREEZER so it's ready immediately next time you want to make ice cream. Mix, pour into frozen canister, plug in, walk away, come back in 25 minutes, it's ready, and looks and tastes fantastic. Comes with recipe booklet, and you can add fruit (at end of cycle), or any flavor you like. I used the Simple Chocolate recipe which does not even call for eggs (I don't eat eggs). Just heavy cream, milk, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla (and I always use a few GRAINS, literally grains, ONLY of salt but don't use any if you might add too much). If you don't use heavy cream, the ice cream will be a bit grainy, so at least use half heavy cream with whole milk. Clear instructions for use and recipes. Probably other brands of ice-cream makers are as good as this one, but cannot beat the one I got. You will love this simple process and will be so pleased with the results. (Keep instruction booklet!)

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