Peanut & Treenut-Free Chocolates

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 9:36am
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Greetings,

As a result of my lifelong, severe allergy to tree nuts, I recently started a part-time business to hand-manufacture peanut & tree-nut free artisan chocolates. This started as a hobby and a source of chocolates that I could actually enjoy without fear of allergic reaction. I got so much enjoyment out of eating chocolates like a "normal" person, that I decided to install a commercial kitchen and start a business, Scribner Chocolates, making chocolates that others could enjoy as well. I do have a website: [url="http://www.ScribnerChocolates.com,"]www.ScribnerChocolates.com,[/url] if you are interested in learning more.

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 11:55am
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Correcting link:
[url="http://www.ScribnerChocolates.com"]www.ScribnerChocolates.com[/url]
They look delicious. I don't think I've ever tried a Truffle. I thought they had to have nuts in them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]
Good luck with your company.

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 12:06pm
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...last year I found Vermont Nut Free...and ordered a boatload of truffles and such goodies for my birthday.
Maybe this year I will order some of your truffles and treats! They look scrumptious!
Curious - how many 'somethings' are usually in a 4oz bag? I'm interested in caramels, the marshmallow things, truffles and crispies.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Adrienne
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30-something survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 12:11pm
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Any chance these are kosher certified or you might consider this? They are beautiful!

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 10:14pm
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Adrienne,
I have also tried Vermont Nut Free-in fact, their success was the final factor in my decision to go forward with this venture. My chocolates are usually 0.5 oz or less each, so the 4 oz bags typically have at least 6, and usually 8 or more pieces. Some of the pieces are irregularly shaped (crispies) and it is hard to control the size. I am also ordering some larger bags so that I can fill custom orders for people who want single or mixed orders of more than 4 oz. I will probably sell those for $24/lb or $13 for 8 oz. I do not sell the truffles or buttercreams in bags (only in boxes) because the don't withstand the tumbling around in the package.
Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]...last year I found Vermont Nut Free...and ordered a boatload of truffles and such goodies for my birthday.
Maybe this year I will order some of your truffles and treats! They look scrumptious!
Curious - how many 'somethings' are usually in a 4oz bag? I'm interested in caramels, the marshmallow things, truffles and crispies.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Adrienne
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Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 11:25pm
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Would you consider letting people pay through paypal?

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 2:23am
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Are your chocolates egg-free? Do they contain artificial colors?
Consider posting the ingredients on your website. Many people have more than one food allergy.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 9:41am
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Your suggestion about posting my ingredients is excellent and I will do it. I do use colored cocoa butters that have FD&C colors. The supplier does not provide any more specific information with their product. I do have some bonbons that do not have colored cocoa butter decorations, but I cannot be sure that the chocolate has not been contaminated with trace levels of the colors, since I do recyle my chocolate scraps.
Quote:Originally posted by Momcat:
[b]Are your chocolates egg-free? Do they contain artificial colors?
Consider posting the ingredients on your website. Many people have more than one food allergy.
Cathy
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Debbie

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 9:42am
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I am really just getting started, and at this time I am not set up to accept paypal. I do accept personal checks, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
Quote:Originally posted by AJSMAMA:
[b]Would you consider letting people pay through paypal?[/b]
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Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 9:53am
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Quote:Originally posted by ScribnerChocolates:
[b]Your suggestion about posting my ingredients is excellent and I will do it. I do use colored cocoa butters that have FD&C colors. The supplier does not provide any more specific information with their product. I do have some bonbons that do not have colored cocoa butter decorations, but I cannot be sure that the chocolate has not been contaminated with trace levels of the colors, since I do recyle my chocolate scraps.
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Thanks for the info--do you use egg in your marshmallows and butter cremes?
Cathy

Posted on: Thu, 09/21/2006 - 10:35am
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I do not use eggs in any of my products and do not have them in my commercial kitchen. But I cannot be absolutely be sure that there is no contamination in the ingredients I purchase (although there are no warnings on the labels). My master ingredient list is below.
Ingredients: May contain sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, corn syrup, cream, butter, milk, water, brown sugar, invert sugar, raspberries, strawberries, bananas, grapefruit, lemons, oranges, limes, apricots, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raisins, coffee, cocoa, vinegar, baking soda, gelatin, fruit pectin, ginger root, flavors (vanilla, vanillin, rum, brandy, merlot, champagne), salt, cream of tartar, potassium carbonate, cinnamon, dextrose, silicon dioxide (flow agent), ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), citric acid, soya lecithin, sulfur dioxide, FD&C colorants, titanium dioxide, carmine.
Quote:Originally posted by Momcat:
[b] Thanks for the info--do you use egg in your marshmallows and butter cremes?
Cathy
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