Popsicle Alert

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Now that the sunny weather is hear, I thought it was worth this little reminder I had the other day. After work, I took my three children into the convenience store for a popsicle. It turned out there was not one of the brands my son could have...including your regular old popsicle. Every label, I think I read about 15 had the "May contains peanut and/or other nuts" on it. I was glad my 5 year old son reminded me to "read the label"

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On May 19, 1999

Thanks for the reminder!

I buy the Good Humor brand Original Popsicles in the "rainbow" ice bars and the box does not have a warning on it and so far, my son hasn't had any problems with them.

On May 19, 1999

We also use the Good Humor popsicles and haven't seen the "may contain peanuts" label on the ones in our area. We also buy "flavor ice"---the ones that are liquid and you freeze yourself.

On May 19, 1999

Isn't it frustrating that something so innocent as a popsicle has to be suspect?!?! One thing that works for us and is fun, too, is to make our own popsicles. We can make them out of anything from fruit juice to puddings and then we don't have to worry so much about the "what if's". Plus it's much healthier than regular popsicles!

On May 24, 1999

We use Popsicle brand the twister and Tropicana. Neither one of them list peanuts. Just a note on companies, I was at the CT Food Allergy Network conference last weekend and a General Mills Representative came and spoke. He said all of their products have the top allergies (Peanuts,Nuts, Milk,Egg,Wheat) listed in bold after the ingredient listing. I feel confident buying their products after he spoke about how they handle their products and labeling them. He also said if you buy a product and forget to read the label and you get home and realize your child cant eat it. They will send you a reinbursment check in the mail for the product if you call them. They also refer all their allergy calls to The Food Allergy Network. Anyone not involved with them I srtongly recommend it, they have lots of resources. 1-800-929-4040

On May 30, 1999

I called Welch's (800-340-6870) and their popsicles (fruit bars) are peanut/nut free with no risk of cross contaimination.

On Aug 14, 2001

I called Tropicana regarding their ogange popsicles and they told me that there was a chance of cross contamination because peanuts were also in their facility (who would have thunk). They told me that if my child has a severe allergy to not take a chance. Make note of this and please go on the bandwagon to Tropicana. Does this mean that their oj is not safe as well?

On Aug 14, 2001

I called Welches and they told me their popsicles are not safe but all their other stuff is.

On Aug 14, 2001

I suppose I'm grimly amused by the contradictory information from Welches, and will call them myself. Meanwhile, I'd like to try making my own popsicles. Does anyone know a source for molds? When I was growing up, Tupperware made them, but I haven't seen one in eons...

On Aug 14, 2001

Liamsmom- I recently found popsicle molds in the misc/seasonal aisle of our local (Copp's) supermarket. It was amongst the sunscreen and sandbox pails and toy boats for swimming pools etc....easy and cheap and safe and my daughter thinks they're the biggest treat!

On Aug 14, 2001

We have both the expensive, complicated, multi-part Tupperware molds and the cheapo $5 supermarket molds. The cheaper molds are much easier, and there are fewer parts to lose.

For some reason, Tupperware makes all their lids very hard to close. It takes quite a bit of talent to snap an overly-tight lid onto a tiny, rounded popsicle cup without covering your pants in spilled juice.

[This message has been edited by Wilton (edited August 14, 2001).]

On Aug 15, 2001

I just bought some freezer pop molds from [url="http://www.cooking.com"]www.cooking.com[/url] yesterday because I saw some delicious popsicle recipes in a magazine at the doctor's office. It's about $13 for a 10-pop mold (at that price they better be good for a bunch plastic). They sell the sticks too, but I think I can get those at our local dollar store

On Aug 15, 2001

I just bought a popsicle mold at Target. It only makes 4 popsicles at a time but on the handle part is a drip tray with a small spout to drink the "juice" out of. It cost 3 bucks. Kim

On Aug 15, 2001

I sell Tupperware and yes, they still make ice-pop molds. Tupperware makes tight seals to keep things fresh, but if you ever have a seal that won't work because it is too tight, simply stretch the seal by running very hot water over it until it is soft and pliable, then immediately put the seal on the bowl (or pop holder). Leave it like that for a few minutes and you shouldn't have another problem. And if you do, remember Tupperware has a lifetime guarantee. Call your rep (or me, if you don't know of one)and they should be able to help you replace your items at no cost.

Tupperware pop molds are worth the cost because you can always replace just a single part, and because of the guarantee, it should last a lifetime.

On Aug 18, 2001

Hello, did you ever try using an Ice cube tray. Place your son's favorite flavor what ever it may be in the ice cube tray, then cover it with saran wrap and then place toothpicks or old (washed) popcicle sticks in the saran wrap. Stick in freezer until frozen. I do this with my children and they love them. Renee

On Aug 19, 2001

Avon was selling the popsicle makers for $3.99 recently, I bought them and they're great!!! Even have those little 'sippers' for the melted liquid!

On Aug 19, 2001

In Canada (I dont know about other areas) we have Chapman's that makes safe Ice Cream and a line of Popsicles. Sometimes they go on sale for 99 cents a box. McDonalds was giving away little popsicle makers for their "treat of the week" last week. My kids love them.

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On Aug 19, 2001

The one store bought popsicle my kids had all summer was Chapman's Super Lolly! What a fabulous treat.

However, like most everyone else, I make my own popsicles and the kids, even other neighbourhood kids seem to think this is great (I'm not clear why [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] )

Otherwise, I have not found a "safe" store brand popsicle other than the lines that Chapman's indicates are. I did post about Chapman's ice cream under Manufacturers and the list does include popsicles, as to what is safe and not safe.

Speaking of which, I *should* be out in the kitchen making up a batch of peach drink ones right now before I go to bed!

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Aug 20, 2001

I was wondering if I got some of those tupperware popsicle mold and put chocolate pudding in them could I make my own fudgsicles? Would that work?

On Aug 20, 2001

That should definetly work. I've even froze yogurt in them!

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