safe chocolate chips

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/2004 - 2:33am
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Was wondering what safe chocolate chips people are using- just the ones from Vermont Nut Free?

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/2004 - 3:47am
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Enjoy life foods has allergy free products including mini chocolate chips. I think they are pretty good.
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Posted on: Thu, 11/18/2004 - 7:46am
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I have felt that Hershey's were safe and have used them for a couple of years without any trouble whatsoever. I talked to Hershey not too long ago and came away very comfortable about their labelling practices. They are specific and seem very careful. Hope this helps!

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/2004 - 8:59am
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I called nestle last week and they said that their semi-sweet chips are fine---no danger of xcontam or anything. I now have 4 bags int the cupboard just waiting for me to have time to make something!

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/2004 - 9:02am
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I usually use VNF, but have used Hershey or Nestle in a pinch, since they have been consistent in their responses to Xcontam issues.
However, my family always comments that the "cookies aren't as good as usual" when I use anything other than VNF!
Amy

Posted on: Sat, 11/20/2004 - 12:11pm
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oooo. a white morsel I was using before, recently appeared with a "warning" label re: nuts and peanuts. dangit.

Posted on: Sat, 11/20/2004 - 1:24pm
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I just made chocolate chip cookies today, and used Ghiradelli's. They were great, all ingredients are fine!

Posted on: Sat, 11/20/2004 - 10:50pm
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I've always used Nestle's Semi-sweet w/ success.

Posted on: Sun, 11/21/2004 - 5:34am
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Used to use Guittard but now I cannot find it anymore. So we use Hershey and it has been fine.

Posted on: Sun, 11/21/2004 - 10:58pm
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Quote:Originally posted by HarleysMom:
[b]I just made chocolate chip cookies today, and used Ghiradelli's. They were great, all ingredients are fine![/b]
Hmmm, all the Ghirardelli's around here are labelled "May Contain".
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 11/22/2004 - 2:00am
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Miss roben sells the Barry Callebaut semisweet chips - out of this world!
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Posted on: Mon, 11/22/2004 - 9:48am
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Quote:Originally posted by Going Nuts:
[b]
Hmmm, all the Ghirardelli's around here are labelled "May Contain".
Amy[/b]
Yes Ghirardelli's is labelled as "may contain" here as well.
It's been about a year since I have checked but Nestle had the same "may contain" warning, too.
I only buy Hershey's.

Posted on: Tue, 11/23/2004 - 9:39pm
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AJSMAMA, I found the "Guittard" white choc. morsels at a local Dollar General the other day. What do you know about the brand?? Thought about getting some, but wanted to check with someone who used them first.

Posted on: Wed, 11/24/2004 - 7:07am
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I've used Nestle semi-sweet chips for the last five years, and they have never had a may contain warning.
Some of their other chips do have a "processed on equip with peanuts" warning (I think the *milk* chocolate chips do, and the choc chunk morsels.)

Posted on: Sun, 11/28/2004 - 1:50pm
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Tina, as far as I know, Guittard is safe. I called a while ago, though(might be 2 years), and they said it was a nut free line for all their chips. I order them each year for flavors I cannot otherwise find, such as white chips, mint chips and butterscotch chips. They did say something about an alomnod something on their packaging lines but it does not com in contact with anything else. You can search manufacturers for Guittard and find my response from them. becca

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 12:26am
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Thanks Becca for researching Guittard! I found your post on the manufacturer thread. I think I'll go out and get those white choc. morsels, if the DG still has them.

Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 12:33am
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I use Hershey - but I do check the lable every time, as not all of their baking chips are safe.
Does anyone know of any (Canadian) brands that have flavours other then chocolate that are safe?
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Posted on: Thu, 12/02/2004 - 9:52am
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Guittard are so yummy- especiall the milk chocolate- they are safe in CA and they have no warning!
They are truly the best!

Posted on: Sat, 12/04/2004 - 8:44am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]Does anyone know of any (Canadian) brands that have flavours other then chocolate that are safe?
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I'll keep my eyes open [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 12/04/2004 - 11:59am
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Does anyone know of a safe chocolate chip that is nut free, dairy free and egg free without cross contamination risk?
THANKS!!

Posted on: Sat, 12/04/2004 - 1:47pm
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]Does anyone know of any (Canadian) brands that have flavours other then chocolate that are safe?[/b]
I've been using Baker's. They have butterscotch chips with no may contain warning (in addition to the milk choc., semi-sweet and white choc.).

Posted on: Sun, 12/05/2004 - 2:22am
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happycat, do you mean that Baker's has four safe baking chips? including both white and butterscotch?

Posted on: Sun, 12/05/2004 - 4:33am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]happycat, do you mean that Baker's has four safe baking chips? including both white and butterscotch?[/b]
I have used all four with no problems (none are labelled as may contains), but have only called Kraft RE the semi-sweet baking squares. At that time (and every other time I've called Kraft) I've been told "if the product has any chance of cross-contamination or if peanut is present in the ingredients they will be clearly labelled" so I've just gone ahead and used them without checking specifically.

Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2004 - 12:55am
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I was at the store this morning - Baker's has white chocolate squares with no warning - and this store had the white chips with no warning.
There was another kind of chips (skor I think) which DID have a peanut warning. So, I agree - Kraft with no warning I trust. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Thanks happycat. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2004 - 8:46am
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I use Guittard or the semi-sweet chips from Trader Joes.

Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2004 - 10:44am
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Anyone in MA ever find Baker's butterscotch chips??? Oatmeal scotchies are a longtime favorite cookie for dh's entire family and I had a tradition of always bringing them. becca

Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2004 - 12:29pm
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Shaw's brand (Massachusetts) semi-sweet chips are PN/TN, not sure about the other allergens...

Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2004 - 12:33pm
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The only dairy nut and egg free chocolate I know of is the EnjoyLife chocolate chips. They are soy free as well.

Posted on: Mon, 12/06/2004 - 4:25pm
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Bakers Real Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks are milk and egg free. There is no warning about peanuts or tree nuts. I use these frequently with no problems.
Here's the list of ingredients (from the back of the bag):
Semi sweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin (emulsifier), vanilla extract, salt)
HTH!
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Posted on: Thu, 12/09/2004 - 9:32am
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I looked at the miss roben site for white chocolate chips, but am wondering why there are ? and * in front of the peanut and tree nut in the statement about what it is free of. Does anyone know about these?

Posted on: Sat, 12/11/2004 - 8:39am
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Quote:Originally posted by JaneeseB:
[b]I looked at the miss roben site for white chocolate chips, but am wondering why there are ? and * in front of the peanut and tree nut in the statement about what it is free of. Does anyone know about these? [/b]
From their home page click on "Allergen Codes Defined" or try [url="http://www.allergygrocer.com/id1256.html"]http://www.allergygrocer.com/id1256.html[/url]
? Information for more specifics was unknown at time of print. If a question mark precedes a food item marked with an asterisk, it infers that potential risk of cross contamination was unknown at time of print. To avoid potential risk, items with this question mark will NOT show up in our online website searches for products requested

Posted on: Sun, 12/16/2007 - 5:09am
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I use Hershey's. I trust their labeling.
I sometimes use Guittard if I can find it. I did the other day at our local Christmas Tree Shop. They had sesisweet, milk and white chips.
If you are near a Price Chopper supermarket they have butterscotch chips (their own store brand) that are safe with good labeling.

Posted on: Sun, 12/16/2007 - 9:36am
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I am using Enjoy Life chocolate chips in many of the confections in my chocolate shop: they only contain cocoa solids, cocoa butter and evaporated cane juice (made on dedicated equipment free of any soy, peanuts or dairy). You can order them online or many organic/whole food grocers carry them. When I didn't have 500 lbs of those lying around, I used Ghirardelli's chocoalte chips, and never had any problem with them. Hope that helps!

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2007 - 4:28am
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I have used both Enjoy Life foods and chips from Gaks snacks. We have MFA at our house and this way we don't have to worry.

Posted on: Thu, 12/20/2007 - 2:10pm
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I called Hershey's recently and they confirmed that my Chipits were peanut/nut free. They also told me that they label all products suspected of cross contamination (shared production line, or whatever) that they will add a "may contain" alert to the packaging.

Posted on: Thu, 12/20/2007 - 3:03pm
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Well I drove 2 hours to a larger city today and could not find Enjoy Life or Guittard anywhere so I guess I'm stuck with Hershey's. I don't know why I'm so apprehensive to use these but I am soooo ready for dd to finally have chocolate chip cookies (my favorite). Keeping my fingers crossed! Thank you everyone for your suggestions!

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2008 - 3:39pm
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Vermont Nut Free Chocolate company has PN and TN free chips! They have Dark, Milk, White and Butterscotch chips all nut free. They are a little expensive because of shipping but well worth the worry free baking!
My PA son won't eat the butterscotch ones because he thinks they look like peanut butter (he's right) but they are for sure nut free and I like them.

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2008 - 11:38pm
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Beware of Ghiradelli's. They are a favorite of mine, too. We have used them almost exclusively for years without problems. However, just this week I noticed that the ingredient list on some bags of their Dark Choc Chips declared a possible peanut/treenut contamination.
Our allergist had warned us that identical products may be produced at separate plants with different exposures to allergens. He came across an example where one blue bag of "chips-a-hoy" cookies was labelled with a warning and the second wasn't. Calls and lots numbers determined that the bags were made at separate plants. One plant was peanut/treenut free, the other wasn't and the labels were appropriate.
His advice: Read every label, every time.

Posted on: Thu, 02/21/2008 - 6:22am
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I get the Hershey's since Nestle are no longer safe. Hershey's Special Dark is really good.

Posted on: Tue, 02/26/2008 - 9:44am
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as a single mom on a limited budget, i am big walmart shopper. i find that the walmart brand, great value, label very well for contains, may contains and processed on, and felt comfortable giving my son his very first chocolate chip cookie over the weekend (the pictures were to die for naturally!)

Posted on: Mon, 05/12/2008 - 4:41am
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Over the christmas holiday, i called ghiradellis consumer product line. the girl i spoke to said that they were getting ready to start making products this year containing peanuts, so they were labeling early on the chips. i called because we had been buying them all along and one day right before i pulled the bag out to use it, i just checked the label quickly and noticed it. it was like ...one week it was safe and the next week it wasn't. so, of course, they are off our list..along with nestle's ....who did the same thing years ago. now i buy guittard, which is completely peanut free. the only thing is you have to order them online and if it is in the summer you have to pay for a gel pack(extra money), so they don't melt. Hershey is also my standard now, along with some store brand choc chips. shop rite and wegmans are definitely safe too, and they taste pretty good. so, like we all say....read the label everytime!

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2008 - 12:42am
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The ghiradelli recently added a peanut product to their line so their products are no longer safe as of like Feb 08. I like the guittard and can find them locally.

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 9:47am
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yes I use the semi sweet ones. I 10000% trust TJ's labeling. I have spoken to many people in their CS site and they are very knowledgeable. I know many people this store is unsafe due to all the "nutty" things they sell, but there are lots of needles in the haystack that are good for my pa family!

Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2008 - 7:10am
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I have used the semi and white chips many times without any problems. They are good too!

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