New Smarties Bar Canada

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 4:48am
browell's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

I went to purchase the new Smarties Bar in Canada thinking it would be nut free as the Smarties are fine to eat here. However, the Bar has a warning label. Nestle also makes a safe Kit Kat bar. However, there is also a new Kit Kat flavour that does contain a label. I just emailed [url="http://www.nestle.ca"]www.nestle.ca[/url] to ask why and if they were still going to continue the safe products. These are the only chocolate bars a peanut allergy individual can eat in Canada. Nestle has been so good in the past!

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 5:10am
erik's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Browell,
Nestle Canada is continuing to make the safe products in their nut-free/peanut-free facility.
However, they only have one nut-free chocolate facility in Canada, so the bars they make in other facilities are not safe. Regular Smarties are always safe (although you should always check the label to be certain) as they are manufactured in the nut-free facility. However, when they mix regular Smarties and chocolate together (as they do with the Christmas tree ornaments or the Smarties Easter eggs or the Smarties Valentines hearts), it is unsafe as it is manufactured in the unsafe facility. The new Smarties bar is another example of this. As you can see from the example below, a large warning message appears on these products, including a circle with an image of a peanut inside, along with another warning in the ingredient list.
[img]http://www.canadiansweets.com/cs_product/graphics/nestle/nes-0031.gif[/img]
As for the Kit Kat Chunky Caramel, this product is not made in Canada. It is imported to Canada from overseas (Australia?) and is manufactured in a facility that uses nuts, so it is not safe.
However, Nestle Canada is continuing to introduce new varieties of chocolate bars that are made in the nut-free facility (Aero Caramel, Kit Kat dark, etc) so there is still a large variety of safe chocolate bars for us to purchase.
Always check labels to be safe, but as of Feb 17, 2004, these are the Nestle bars manufactured in the nut-free/peanut-free facility in Toronto that are safe (or imported to Canada from the nut-free/peanut-free facility in York, UK):
Aero (regular, snack-size, orange, dark, mint, caramel, chunky, king size)
Kit Kat (regular, snack-size, orange, dark, Chunky, Chunky MAX, Chunky white, king size)
Coffee Crisp (regular, snack-size, french vanilla, triple mocha, king size)
Smarties (regular, sundae, orange, king size)
Mirage (regular)
Rolo (regular)
After Eight mint box (only the wafer thin mints - the After Eight chocolate bar [b]may contain peanuts[/b])
The UNSAFE bars are:
Smaties milk chocolate bar (may contain nuts/peanuts)
Smarties white chocolate bar (may contain nuts/peanuts)
Kit Kat Chunky Caramel (may contain nuts/peanuts)
Smarties holiday products (shakers, ornamants, eggs, etc) (may contain nuts/peanuts)
...etc...
So no need to worry.. the nut-free/peanut-free facility is staying safe ... but since they only have one facility like this, there will always be some Nestle Canada bars that are not safe to eat. Always check labels to be safe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:18am
browell's picture
Offline
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Thanks so much. It is good to hear that they will still be making some of the chocolate bars without warning labels. Thanks again!

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Quote:Originally posted by browell:
[b] These are the only chocolate bars a peanut allergy individual can eat in Canada. [/b]
Actually, there are safe Cadbury and Hershey bars as well. Both these companies (as well as Nestle) put allergy alerts, so read the fine print, but there are safe chocolate bars.

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:35am
erik's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b] Actually, there are safe Cadbury and Hershey bars as well. Both these companies (as well as Nestle) put allergy alerts, so read the fine print, but there are safe chocolate bars.[/b]
Hi Anna Marie,
That's true. I eat the Bounty bar and the Dove caramilk bar (both from M&M/Mars) and I also eat various Cadbury (ie: Caramilk, Easter Creme Eggs, Flake, etc) and Hershey (ie: kisses, etc) products.
There are a lot of safe products out there.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:52am
Heather2's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/25/2001 - 09:00

The Smarties Bar made by Nestle UK contains a warning, too. Bummer.

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 7:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

I honestly don't mind missing this one. candy covered chocolate inside chocolate just doesn't sound that thrilling.
However, baking cookies with smarties - yum. Any recipe for chocolate chips can be substituted with smarties and they're delicious. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 7:51am
erik's picture
Offline
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]However, baking cookies with smarties - yum. Any recipe for chocolate chips can be substituted with smarties and they're delicious. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/b]
Thanks for the tip.. never tried this before! I've only baked cookies with Hershey's chocolate chips .. I'll try Smarties next time [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
(of course, I am lazy so I only bake cookies about once a year! haha)

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 12:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

Well, if you're only going to do it once a year do it at Christmas time. There are Christmas Smarties - red and green - with little pictures on them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:56pm
Comments: 0
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:52pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:19pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Tue, 10/08/2019 - 12:18pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:19pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:16pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:13pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by penelope Mon, 10/07/2019 - 7:10pm
Comments: 9
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Comments: 19
Latest Post by TeddyCan Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:32pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by DTurner Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:31pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by B.M.18 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:30pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by nutfreenyc Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:19pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by AllergicTeen2 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:18pm
Comments: 2

More Articles

You might have wondered if small amounts of an ingredient can be added to a food product without being declared on the food’s label. The FDA...

Is it possible to eat your way to a food allergy cure? Scientists think it’s...

There are many reasons why you may want to substitute almond flour for wheat flour in recipes. Of course, if you have a...

Not all oils are created equal. Some oils are high in saturated fats or in trans-fatty acids – not good for general health. Some are partially...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

More Articles

More Articles

What is a peanut allergy? It is a reaction that occurs in the body after eating peanuts or peanut...

For those with severe food allergies, flying can be a stressful process. Here are...

Approximately one out of 13 children under age 18 are allergic to at least one food, though many of them will outgrow their allergy by the age of...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

The reason why some people are affected by allergies while others are not begins in their genes. Allergies are passed down from generation to...

Here’s a tip that might someday save your life, or that of a loved one: two to four times a year, review the proper way to use your epinephrine...

Lactose intolerance is the inability to process lactose, a sugar found in milk, caused by the lack of a needed enzyme. Those with lactose...

Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA)

An important part of peanut allergy awareness was enacted on January 1, 2006...

Tomato allergies are very rare. They are a "type 1 allergy," which means a contact allergy. When a person with this type of allergy touches a...

Milk allergies are becoming more common, especially in babies and small children. There is some confusion about what is an allergic reaction and...

Recognizing food allergy in babies or toddlers is not always easy, but there are specific risk factors and signs that parents and other caregivers...

Burlap bags are often used to store and ship coffee beans, potatoes, rice, seeds, nuts, and peanuts. They can be one of the disguised...

People with pollen allergies need to stay away from some foods. If you have allergic rhinitis in the spring or fall, you may not realize that you...

Of course, everyone knows that if you have a peanut allergy that you should avoid peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cookies and foods that...

Eating at a nut-free lunch table in school is a safety precaution that causes some students to feel isolated from their peers. Unfortunately,...