safe Easter candy???? USA

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 12:49pm
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Hersheys and Cadbury labels we can trust. What about chocolate bunnies? I need to buy candy and I haven't even looked yet!

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 1:02pm
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I have heard that some Trebor Allan/ Allan bunnies made in Burlington ON are exported to the USA, so maybe you can find one of these in your local area? (ie: Allan Peter Rabbit).
Since I am in Canada, I am not too familiar with US safe chocolate, but maybe some Americans here at PA.COM can assist you [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 8:58pm
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I was looking the other day at Easter candy & saw some Hershey's Chocolate Bunnies. THey had no warning label & no nuts or peanuts listed in the ingredients. I haven't called Hershey's about them but assume from other Hershey's discussions that they are safe. I will call if I decide to buy them...
My daughter is only 3 (on APril 15th) & I'm not getting her much candy this year...Mainly going with fruit cups & juices, safe pretzels, twizzlers, gold fish & things like that.
Lea (mom to Jamie (almost 3) PA & TNA & "David" due any day now)

Posted on: Sun, 04/06/2003 - 11:42pm
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I also found the Hershey Bunnies at Walmart...and Hershey is really excellent about their labeling. It would be my guess that since the plain chocolate bars ARE made on a dedicated line and contain no nut warnings - the plain old chocolate molded bunnies are made on the same lines.
I've seen other Hershey Easter candy WITH the warnings....so, I feel safe giving these to our daughter.
Kris

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 4:28am
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Personally, I don't trust any of the Easter-or any holiday candy for that matter. I have seen the Hershey bunnies and was tempted, but I wonder if the Easter candy is made at the same plant? Am I being an allergy extermist??? Holiday candy is off-limits for my house...

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 5:42am
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There are easter versions of Starburst,and Rolos that should be safe. Also some Tootsie rolls, Nerds and Peeps are OK.
Changed to correct my jellybean info!
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Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 8:01am
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I have ordered from Vermont Nut free several times and their candy is delicious and obviously nut free.
They have chocolate bunnies and Easter egg chocolates.
Also, Just Born candies (marshmellow peeps, Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales) are all made in a nut free factory.

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 8:14am
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Quote:Originally posted by nonuts4meNY:
[b]Personally, I don't trust any of the Easter-or any holiday candy for that matter. [/b]
I see you live in Buffalo NY. Sometime you should take a trip up to Canada and stock up on some of our nut-free chocolate (Kit Kat, Aero, Smarties, Mirage, Rolo) and our nut-free ice cream (Chapmans).
We have lots of nut-free chocolate up here for Easter, including Les Chocolats Vadeboncoeur from Quebec (manufactured in a nut-free facility and sold at Shopper's Drug Mart).
In Canada you can trust the nut-free chocolate.
[This message has been edited by erik (edited April 07, 2003).]

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 11:31am
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Just saw today that Skittles come in a little plastic easter egg package!

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 1:54pm
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At Christmas Tree Shops in the greater Boston (in the US) area I found eggs filled with Sour Patch Kids, and Gummies or something like that, from Trebor Allen, in Ontario, Ca. They were an off price, but are also available in CVS and likely other major stores. I have a couple with Sweadish Fish as well. CTS aslo had Cow Tails (a good size for a basket filler, but not Easter theme per se) at 5/$1.00, and I have nevr seen them around here at all, but they are safe. Old thread around on them, I called, too. I have seen Cadbury Eggs wuth caramel, chcolate and creme, all made in England for Hershy, so they should be safe based on all reports here. I know the Hershey answer for any phone call, as I have made several in the past year, and they will say it is safe if no warning. becca

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 2:21pm
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Hi Becca,
Yes, the Cadbury Easter Creme eggs that are made by Cadbury in England are made in a nut-free facility. We have them here in Canada too.
Please note this is the regular size of Cadbury Easter Creme Egg that is safe. The [i] mini creme egg[/i] is labelled as [i]may contain peanuts[/i].
It is great you can find Trebor Allan products in Boston! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/07/2003 - 11:54pm
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erik-
actually, that's just what we have done! my son LOVES canada...plus my fiancee really wants me to transfer to u of toronto- he likes to note that when our son starts school, ontario is definitely a safer setting! in the food allergy realm, canada seems to be light years ahead of the us. too bad there's nothing we had here that we could offer to our canadian pals [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 12:00am
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I need to check again, Erik, but the mini pack of creme eggs here did not have the warning. I looked and I thought they were a much better size, but there was a voice in the back of my head(yours, I think, though I have no idea what you sound like, LOL)saying, "The minis are not safe, the minis are not safe." So, I did not buy them, and ahhhh, dh and I seem to have eaten all but one of the creme eggs of the regular size.
I will check again today, but I am pretty sure the minis here do not bear the warning, and it is still the "made in England for Hershey's". Somehow, they do package them differently depending on what country they go to.
I also know for a fact if I call Hershey's, I will get the speech about how if there is any chance of cross contact, they will put a warning.... However, we know these ones from England are not safe. I will get back to you on this, just for the sake of being sure I am accurate. If so, it is a concern about Hershey's(USA) labeling policies, don't you think? becca
[This message has been edited by becca (edited April 08, 2003).]

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 7:49am
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Hi Becca,
Yes, the regular size Cadbury Easter Creme Eggs are made in a nut-free facility in England.
I checked again today at lunch time, and the Cadbury mini Creme Eggs do say "may contain traces of peanuts". They are also made by Cadbury in England.
This raises an interesting question. Why do the mini-creme eggs in Canada have a warning, while the ones in the USA do not have a warning.
It is possible that Cadbury manufactures the mini creme eggs for Hershey in a different factory than the ones they make for themselves? I knwo Cadbury has many factories....
All I can suggest is to contact Hersheys and ask for a supervisor, and ask why do the mini creme eggs made in ENgland by Cadbury and distributed in Canada say "may contain peanuts" while the same eggs made by Cadbury for Hershey USA and distributed in the USA have no warning.
I would be very interested in the answer. Hershey has such good labelling on their other chocolate products.
I am curious as to why this is .. are these mini-eggs manufactured in a differnet factory for Hershey? Did Hershey not put on the warning as Cadbury neglected to tell them about it?
I hope you can find the answer from Hershey or Cadbury. For now, I would stcik woith the regular size eggs to be safe.

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 11:26am
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Wouldn't you know they had no more of the mini ones left! And I knew you would be curious about this one, Erik. The guru must stay informed on two nations, no three even, or even four! Canada, US, England and Australia, at least, I have seen you posting with candy knowledge.
I will be at Target tomorrow and will check some there. I might even buy them so as to be sure to have a package(and dh and I will suffer through eating them after dd's bedtime).
I do want to get a specific response to this and am pretty sure it had no warning. Just wanted to be sure before calling. I will follow up on this. I am on a roll calling manufacturers this month. becca

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2003 - 1:30pm
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Yes Becca.. I am quite curious about these mini creme eggs, and why they have no warning label in the USA, since they [i]appear[/i] to be the same eggs that do have a warning label in Canada.
Hope you can find out the scoop on this [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 12:08am
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Quote:originally posted by MichelleR
[b]Williamsmummy,
I emailed Cadburys (UK) recently asking about safe Easter Eggs and they replied saying all their eggs are safe so if you get an egg of a safe chocolate eg Wispa, Creme Egg, it should be okay.
Here is the link to their nut free page; it lists "Easter Egg shells" as one of the products.
Happy eating !
Take care,
Michelle
[url="http://www.cadbury.co.uk/fr_faq.asp?loc=1"]http://www.cadbury.co.uk/fr_faq.asp?loc=1[/url]
[/b]
Hi Becca,
MichelleR checked with Cadbury and found out that all the creme eggs are safe. The Cadbury web site also states the mini creme eggs are safe.
So my question is....
[i]Why do the bags of mini creme eggs made in England by Cadbury and sold in Toronto say 'may contain peanuts' on the bag???[/i]
So maybe those Hershey mini-creme eggs you found are actually safe?
I have asked Michelle if she can post the email address for Cadbury UK so I can email them to try to determine why the web site says the mini creme eggs are safe, yet the bags of them here in Toronto have a peanut warning.
I hope I can get an answer soon.
[This message has been edited by erik (edited April 09, 2003).]

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 4:45am
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I thought nerds were not safe...are they? Also, are sour patch kids safe...aren't they made by Trebor Allan? thanks

Posted on: Wed, 04/09/2003 - 5:07am
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Hi Karen,
Yes.. Nerds are safe. They are made by Nestle in a nut-free facility.
And sour patch kids are made by Trebor Allan and are safe too.. but always check labels each time as manufacturing conditions can change over time.

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 1:07am
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I will also edit my previous post - but just got back from the store and the Smuckers Jelly Beans do have a nut warning on them (processed in a plant with peanuts, brazil nuts and almonds I think it was). The bag I have at home is old, so it seems something there has changed. Boo hoo.
I did find safe Life Saver brand jelly beans, Albertson Jelly Beans. I also seem to remeber some safe Starburst Jelly Beans, but have not seen them this year.

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 3:04am
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Hi Erik...
Has anyone told you you are awesome!! Someone on this board had a reaction to nerds around valentines day...was that due to mass producing? Any ideas? thanks as always.

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 5:00am
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Hi Karen,
Thanks. I do not know how they could have had a reaction to peanuts in Nerds, as several of us called Nestle and they confirmed that the Nerds (including Valentine's Nerds) are manufactured in the USA in a peanut-free, nut-free facility.
A few of us suggested that maybe the reaction was due to something else in the Nerds, such a food dye/colour? Several people have posted on PA.COM about allergies to various food dyes (one of the children at Cindy's son's school has a food allergy to red food colouring/dye). So that is the best guess that we could think of as to what may have caused the reaction.
I have eaten Nerds many times. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/10/2003 - 5:35am
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Cool...thanks. I know red dye can be a biggy for some as far as allergies go. We lucked out on that one.

Posted on: Fri, 04/18/2003 - 4:22am
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I really have to thank you all for sharing this information... it made my Easter shopping *so* much easier! I went to WalMart here is Virginia last night & bought Cadbury eggs (not the mini size!) & the Hershey's bunny w/ *much* more confidence than normal. (I have bought 'may contains' items -- from large manufacturers whose track record is good -- & we have never had a problem, but I prefer not to if I can help it...)
Anyway, it wasn't until I was at Michael's a few minutes later where I saw a woman buying Wilton chocolate pieces, some sqeeze bottles, & a bunny mold -- she had a PA child, I just knew it instantly (& I was right... he is 4 years old) -- that I realized *how* much easier this site makes my life. I told her all about it... & all about the purchases I had made, confident in the research that others had done. I am not sure if she was an "online" kind of gal, but she listened patiently.
Thanks again for all the great info!
Anne

Posted on: Sat, 04/19/2003 - 4:31am
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Well, I just got back from shopping, trying to find Easter candy and there isn't much left! The Cadbury Caramel eggs have SHEANUT oil in them, so are not safe.
Tamie

Posted on: Sat, 04/19/2003 - 9:47am
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Quote:Originally posted by Tamie:
[b]The Cadbury Caramel eggs have SHEANUT oil in them, so are not safe.
[/b]
My postings are regarding the Cadbury Easter Creme Eggs. I don't think we have "Cadbury Caramel Eggs" here in Canada as I've never seen them.
We do have "Cadbury Caramilk Eggs" but they are not safe as they are labelled 'may contain peanuts'

Posted on: Sun, 04/20/2003 - 11:20am
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Regarding the Cadbury Carmel Eggs and the Shea nut...
I have been told by FAAN that a shea nut is not considered a tree nut or a peanut. A shea "nut" is the actually a pit of a soft fruit (like an avocado or plum pit). They had no reported reactions to shea nut when I spoke to them a few months ago.
DD (Pa and Tna) has eaten those Cadbury Carmel Eggs with no problems.
However, I know that FAAN's answer is not within the comfort level of some folks. Shea nut is becoming quite common in many cosmetics, so it is something to watch for and make an educated decision about if it is safe.
And thanks for the tip on the Trebor Allan "whack" choclate eggs. DD was thrilled.

Posted on: Mon, 04/21/2003 - 8:11am
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That's good to know about shea nuts. I have a lotion that I love, but I won't use it because it has shea butter in it and I am afraid to cross-contaminate my dd.
Also, just wanted to say that the Trebor Allen chocolate bunnies I found at our local Walmart were a may contain product.I realize Easter is over, but something to keep in the back of your minds for next year. And yes, they were manufactured in Canada.
Denise

Posted on: Tue, 04/22/2003 - 2:17am
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Quote:Originally posted by momofjen:
[b]Also, just wanted to say that the Trebor Allen chocolate bunnies I found at our local Walmart were a may contain product.I realize Easter is over, but something to keep in the back of your minds for next year. And yes, they were manufactured in Canada.
Denise[/b]
Hi Denise,
Yes.. not all Trebor Allan products are safe. The ones that are not safe will have the 'may contain peanuts' warning on them. It depends which facility/area they are made in.
This is similar to Nestle Canada, where some products are safe (Aero, Kit Kat, Smarties, Mirage, Coffee Crisp) while others are not safe (ie: Turtles, Big Turk, etc).
So the most important thing is always to read the labels. It's too bad the Trebor ALlan bunnies in your local Wal Mart were not safe.

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I did see Cadbury mini-eggs and Cadbury Easter creme eggs in New York City and they were both safe.

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