Passover candy

Posted on: Sun, 01/07/2001 - 3:51am
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It's time to order Passover candy, and this will be our first Passover since Ben was diagnosed. Does anyone know if the candy is safe. I have an order form for Barton's candy. I haven't looked for a phone number yet. Thanks for any information.

Posted on: Sun, 01/07/2001 - 4:23am
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As far as I know, Passover candy is generally NOT SAFE. Mnay varieities have nuts in them and most are manufactured on shared equipment. I have talked to the Vermont Nut-Free company several times about how great it would be for them to do some Passover varieties - such as chocolate covered matzah. There are issues about Kashrut - although I said that many of us who are interested may not keep Kosher - and they would need to check out the safety of the matzah as well, and/or find Jewish Passover theme molds for chocolate candies. I know many people who would be interested. In fact my PA son's nut-free preschool does a Passover candy sale as a fundraiser - and they would certainly prefer a nut-free variety.
I would urge any Jewish families out there with PA to contact Vermont Nut Free Chocolates and put in your vote for Passover items!
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Posted on: Sun, 01/07/2001 - 7:27am
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Hi
Sounds good ......my problem is I live in an area that does not have a great need for any passover foods and don't have any kosher stores anywhere nearby .... I don't even have the luxury of checking labels nor do I have choices in brands ....any help you can provide will be very appreciated as I will have to ask my sisters and/or parents to send me what I need this year for the days when I am home.....this is going to be very difficult for me this year *sigh* ......
Gawd I didn't even think that far ahead ...I'm just going day by day
Sharon

Posted on: Sun, 01/07/2001 - 9:41am
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My PA son happens to HATE chocolate (totally bizarre, I know, but in this case a blessing), so I'm no expert on the safety of any chocolate items. From what I remember, the only safe PAssover candy for him is those fruit slices. It seemed like everything else was completely contaminated.
I've never order from Vermont Nut Free because since he doesn't eat chocolate I have had no reason to, but I would really like to support this effort. I will definitely contact them this week. Thanks for the idea.
Amy

Posted on: Sun, 01/07/2001 - 12:01pm
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I, too, vaguely remember from last year that the only thing my son could eat was the fruit slices. I think the chocolate chip cookies were o.k. also. My son is definitely more into chocolate (and sweets) this year so it may be more of an issue.

Posted on: Sun, 01/07/2001 - 12:07pm
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Amy - my PA son also does not like chocolate or many sweets, although he did tase one of the chocolate gelt pieces at Chanukah (from Vermont Nut Free) and seemed to like it. I think that in some ways his dislike of sweets and his pickiness in general with food is self-protective. It's almost like his body knows to be careful.
Anyway, even knowing that he probably won't eat the Passover chocolate, it would be nice to have safe stuff around for everyone else to eat, including my non-PA daughter. We try not to have any unsafe food around - and definitely not things with nuts. Also, it would be nice to be able to have safe Passover stuff to take to relatives or friend's homes.
Thanks in advance to any of you who might put in a word for our holiday needs with Vermont Nut Free! Somehow, I trust them more because of their personal experience with PA - as opposed to trying to get Barton's or another big company to manufacter nut-free chocolate - they just have so much greater chance of cross-contamination.
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Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2001 - 2:50am
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Yonit - I completely agree, and have already contacted them. I'm sure it's too late for this year, but maybe by next Passover we'll have lots of safe candy option. I also agree that Kevin's hatred of chocolate is probably some sort of self-protection mechanicsm. I mean, how else could anyone explain hating the most divine substance on earth? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] All kidding aside, my MIL hates it too, so we think it is some sort of mutated recessive gene - my husband, older son and I would walk over hot coals to get at chocolate!
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2001 - 8:18am
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It's interesting hearing that people remember the fruit slices as being safe. I actually distinctly remember seeing some last year that had the "may contain" warning. I remember being flabbergasted (and of course bitterly disappointed)when I saw that. I don't remember which brand they were. I will contact Vermont Nut Free, as well. By the way, I have a DIVINE recipe from my mother for chocolate covered matzah. I will post it here! Miriam

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2001 - 10:33am
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Please
Those of you who keep passover, do you know if the other products are safe......we only get one kind here and very limited products.....since I will have to send my 84 year old father shopping for me, it would make it easier if I can suggest brands...... almost everything for Passover sold in Canada is from the states ....this is my first year as a PA and shooooot.......
I could not even get Chanukah candles here and when I thought of it, it was way to late to get them mailed from home .......*sigh* .....today is not a very good day :-(
Sharon

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2001 - 12:38pm
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Here is the recipe I mentioned above:
Matzah Roca
2 to 4 whole matzahs
1 cube butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
16 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
Lay matzah flat on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan that has been well
greased. Matzah may be broken to fit the pan.
Melt butter in a saucepan. Add brown sugar and stir to bubbly. Pour
over matzah and spread lightly with a spatula. Bake at 350 degrees for
15 to 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and spread with spatula.
Chill in refrigerator. Cut or break apart.
This is a delicious, light, crispy Passover dessert (cookie, candy).
I hope you will all enjoy this as much as I do. By the way, the recipe actually calls for 1/2 cup chopped walnuts as an optional ingredient on top of the chocolate. Just thought I'd mention it.

Posted on: Mon, 01/08/2001 - 12:40pm
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Sharon, I'm so sorry to hear of the difficulties you are going through. I wish I could help - but I don't have any reliable information for you. I am wondering if you could e-mail the major Passover food companies and ask them for a list of their safe products. Good luck, and maybe someone else will be more helpful.

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