peanut free foods list?

Posted on: Wed, 05/09/2007 - 8:14am
RuthieD's picture
Joined: 05/09/2007 - 09:00

hi all. I'm new here.
I have the task of preparing snacks for 450 children (w/ other volunteers) at our vacation bible school this summer.

The number one allergy is peanuts, so we are going totally nut free.

Is there a list of store-bought foods that are nut free?

Are there any "healthy" crackers, ie no hydrogenated fat? I checked at Trader Joe's and nothing said "peanut free facility."

Thanks so much. I really appreciate it!

Posted on: Wed, 05/09/2007 - 8:28am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

First, kudos to your organization for being so proactive!!
Secondly, a "list" probably won't be very helpful as manufacturing practices may vary from region to region and even batch to batch with some companies.
Some recommendations:
1. Stick with well-known manufacterers. (Keebler, General Mills, Dare, Frito-Lay and Sunshine all label very well.)
2. Read ingredient labels to determine whether or not the product will meet your needs. If peanut [i]is[/i] an ingredient, it will be listed in plain language. If the product could be cross-contaminated, the above manufacturers will have an advisory label on the package.
The only US cracker manufacturer that I know of that will make the "peanut free" claim is Dare, the Canadian company. Unfortunately, the last time I checked, even the whole grain varieties were loaded with hydrogenated fats.
Again-- thank you for making your summer VBS a more inclusive experience for our kids. [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2007 - 3:56am
alliedhealth's picture
Joined: 06/10/2006 - 09:00

I am the snack coordinator at VBS this year- here is what I will be doing:
Krispy Kreme donughts (football) they are from the franchise and local branch will bring them back
Moonpies- vanilla decorated with Betty Crocker frosting in the pressurized can (black) to look like soccer balls
(Original moonpie factory)
"Trail mix"- Rold gold tiny twists, pepp farms goldfish colors, raisins (Sunmaid- from approved size) hopefully in the baseball caps
Cupcakes (I will personally do the ones for those with PA- rest will copy a nut free recipe)- White buttercream frosting, red threads to make baseballs on top
and one more to go- perhaps wise popcorn or charms cotton candy in the bag
This is for game day Central by Lifeway
Please check manufacturers yourself and don't just take my word for it- hope this helps

Posted on: Thu, 05/10/2007 - 4:54am
PeanutFreeInMD's picture
Joined: 04/23/2007 - 09:00

I just got a "Mom's" (My Organic Market) in my area and they sell the "Enjoy Life" brand that is advertised on this sites homepage. Their products are allergen free. I bought their cookies and my kids (one with PA, and one we aren't sure yet) love them. They are made with non-hydrogenated oils, natural sweetners, and low in cholestorel & saturated fat. I'm not sure if they make crackers though, but this might be a good alternative. You can go to the web site and find a store that carries them in your area. (I swear I don't work for the company, I was just so excited to find a product that was made in a nut free facility that my kids loved!!!)

Posted on: Fri, 05/11/2007 - 1:01am
Lori Jo's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

Thank you for being so proactive. Many of the parents here would love to be working with you!
As was mentioned, there is never a set "safe" list as manufacturing processes and ingredients change all the time and without warning, and are different in various regions of the country.
With that said, there are ALOT of safe, store bought foods. In regards to PA, store bought, pre-packaged food from a reliable manufacturer and good labeling is much safer than anything homemade in a non PN free home.
Some snacks we use often (check your ingredients since different areas of the country use different factories) are:
goldfish (except the graham ones)
Hostess items
Entemen's items
many varieties of pretzels
Welch's fruit snacks
Special K bars
Nutrigrain bars
potatoe chips
Wheat Thins
OK, I know, not the most healthy, but there you go.
If you are looking for specifically "peanut free" labeling, it will be much harder. Canada has ALOT more choices than we do in the States. I don't think I even have anything in our local grocery store labeled as such. We order peanut free granola bars from Canada for special treats for the kids.
Good luck!
Lori Jo,
Rose, 7-31-02, PA
Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

Posted on: Fri, 05/11/2007 - 12:50pm
alliedhealth's picture
Joined: 06/10/2006 - 09:00

The Welch's fruit snacks (dried fruits) here in NC had a peanut/ tree nut warning at the bottom of the bag
[This message has been edited by alliedhealth (edited May 11, 2007).]

Posted on: Fri, 05/11/2007 - 1:00pm
gw_mom3's picture
Joined: 02/14/2000 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by Corvallis Mom:
The only US cracker manufacturer that I know of that will make the "peanut free" claim is Dare, the Canadian company. Unfortunately, the last time I checked, even the whole grain varieties were loaded with hydrogenated fats.
There is a new Dare cracker that has no hydrogenated oils. I can't remember the name of it right now (I threw out the box) but it has several different grains. It does have sesame in it.
eta: here's the link. The ones I bought were the autumn harvest.
[This message has been edited by gw_mom3 (edited May 11, 2007).]

Posted on: Sat, 05/12/2007 - 11:35am
Lori Jo's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

That's funny. I just saw those dried fruits at the store today for the first time. I was talking about the gummy fruit sort of snacks. Welch's is one of the few that has real juice.
Lori Jo,
Rose, 7-31-02, PA
Noah, 7-29-05
Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

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