Saw Smarties and Safe Kit Kat Bars at Stop n\' Shop

Posted on: Mon, 03/10/2003 - 1:12am
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I was walking through international foods aisle this weekend at Stop n' Shop in Massachusetts and spotted small tubes of chocolate smarties made in the Uk and Kit Kat Bars made in the UK. I didn't buy any since I just made a big order through Panhandle. They are more expensive at S&S but great if you need some chocolate in a pinch!!

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 1:49am
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robinlp
I'm from Mass as well and I have been eyeing those Smarties and Kit Kats for over 2 years now. Are these absolutely safe? I wasn't sure if these are what everyone is talking about. I even bought some that have been sitting in a high cabinet for over 6 months.
I don't allow any chocolate for my daughter yet. But it is so wonderful to know the option is out there, regardless of the cost.
Thanks for the information.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 2:06am
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I was under the impression that those from the UK were not safe, but I could be wrong. I'm in Canada, so I have easy access to the safe ones, and don't pay that much attention to the UK ones.
Anyone can confirm or infirm?

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 2:07am
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OH goodness..I am sorry, I thought that Canada or UK were both safe. However, my son is only 2 so I've never given him chocolate but have recently ordered some from Panhandle.

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 2:10am
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Hi Robin,
The Smarties and the Kit Kats from Nestle UK [b]are safe[/b]
The ones that are not safe are the ones from mainland Europe (ie: Nestle Germany, etc).
So Nestle UK Aero, Smarties, Rolo and Kit Kat are all safe.
(always check the label for warnings in case manufacturing conditions change in the future)

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 2:12am
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Great...Erik thanks for confirming this!!
It is such a relief to know if we have a special event I can actually take chocolate for my son and daughter!!
:-), Robin

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 2:41am
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Well, I'm happy to hear/read that.
Better safe than sorry, I say. Since I had a doubt, I had to make it known. Thanks Erik, for confirming they're safe.
Do you know if Cadbury UK is also safe?

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 2:43am
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Yes, Cadbury UK is also safe. They always label if there is any chance of cross contamination.
That is why I can't eat most of the Cadbury UK bars as they say "may contain nut traces" (ie: Dairy Milk) but there are a few Cadbury UK bars that are safe. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 4:28am
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erik,
I think am a little slow, on the smarties it says consumer services [url="http://www.nestles.co.uk"]www.nestles.co.uk[/url]
but then below it it says something then switzerland, are these safe. No warning and I emailed and got no response. I really I am greatful for the help...

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 4:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by esmom:
[b]erik,
I think am a little slow, on the smarties it says consumer services [url="http://www.nestles.co.uk"]www.nestles.co.uk[/url]
but then below it it says something then switzerland[/b]
If it says Comsumers Services with the Nestle UK web site, it seems to me as if this product is from Nestle UK (products from Nestle Germany would most likely have the Nestle Germany web site on them rather than the Nestle UK web site). And Nestle UK always labels properly with their candy/chocolate products.
The reference to Switzerland would most likely be because Nestle is a Swiss company and its headquarters are in Switzerland. In fact, if you look at the Nestle Canada safe products, you will see it also says "Nestle SA, Vevey Switzerland, Trademark Owners" on them as well.
If they were from Nestle Germany (unsafe), they should say "Nestle Chocoladen GMBH, 60523 Frankfurt, Germany" on the label (that's what it says on my tube on Nestle Germany Smarties that I have here but I didn't eat them).
I did check out the Nestle UK web site that was listed on the Smarties you have, and it says on there that 570,000 tubes of Smarties are made each day at the factory in the city of York. So since this is the web site on the product, I would think that this is the factory where the Smarties are made (and it is a nut-free factory that also makes Kit Kats)

Posted on: Thu, 03/13/2003 - 5:51am
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Thank you Erik for always being so helpful.
Especially for posting the Panhandle Premium information. I'm looking forward to ordering from them

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