Smarties?

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I saw something back earlier this year about Smarties so I have shyed away from giving them to my child. I did a search and could never find that topic I once saw and when I research, don't see a clear cut answer. Question: Are the smarties that I buy in American grocery stores that say they are made in Canada safe for pa?

Sorry if this subject is redundant. Halloween is almost here and I need candy for my child who is allergic to MANY FOODS! Thanks!

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On Oct 29, 2006

I'm not 100% sure on this, but the ones I let my DD have always have the "Safe to Share" and "Peanut-free" logo. But then again, we only have bought the small snack sized - so I haven't checked the regular sizes to see if it's on them or not. I was under the impression that some are safe and some aren't.

On Oct 29, 2006

Does this help? (From their website). ----------------------------------- Nestl

On Oct 29, 2006

Yes, the majority of Smarties made in Canada are safe.. they are made in a peanut-free, nut-free facility. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

The only exceptions:

- peanut Smarties - peanut butter Smarties - Smarties chocolate bars - Smarties holiday products (ie: snowballs, eggs, xmas tree ornaments)

The above products will list peanuts on the ingredient label or will contain a 'may contain peanuts' allergy alert on the packaging. They are manufactured in a [b]different[/b] facility.

The normal boxes of Smarties (ie: regular size and snack size) that have no allergy alert on the packaging are safe and are made in a peanut-free/nut-free plant here in Toronto Canada. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Enjoy! They are very popular here in Canada, especially on Halloween.

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On Oct 29, 2006

I saw Nestle Aeros today in [b]Houston, Texas[/b] area Kroger store. I'm allowing time for jaws to drop.

It was in the imported foods section, and it seemed to have been made in the UK (there was a UK web address on the package, but a NYC address). The ingredients [i]looked[/i] safe. There was no peanut warning, but no peanut-free statement either.

I wanted to buy it for DS, but I didn't.

I was looking for a Dare product, and I'll post about that separately.

On Oct 29, 2006

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Originally posted by McCobbre: [b]I saw Nestle Aeros today in [b]Houston, Texas[/b] area Kroger store. I'm allowing time for jaws to drop.

It was in the imported foods section, and it seemed to have been made in the UK (there was a UK web address on the package, but a NYC address). The ingredients [i]looked[/i] safe. There was no peanut warning, but no peanut-free statement either.[/b]

Those are safe. Nestle UK [b]always[/b] uses allergy alerts on the packaging.

I think all Aeros in the UK are safe. I ate many when I visited London, England last year. They are very tasty! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

(Nestle UK does not use 'peanut-free' labelling. Only Nestle Canada uses it)

Hope you find the Dare cookies soon too!

p.s. you should buy an Aero.. they are so good!! bubbles in milk chocolate hehe

On Oct 29, 2006

Are you talking about the sweetart smarties (peanut free right on the package) or smarties canadian?

On Oct 29, 2006

Smarties in the United States are like little sweet tarts -- they come in a plastic wrapper roll.

Smarties from Canada/UK are like m&ms, except the colorful shell is thicker. We eat UK Smarties that we get when we travel. I believe the US Smarties are safe, but they are a different type of candy.

------------------ mom to Ari(6) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (9), mild excema

On Oct 31, 2006

Thanks everyone. It is the hard candy smarties that come in a clear cellophane roll that I was wondering about. They're like little colored tablets and not the chocolate ones, I've never even seen those. Unfortunately my child doesn't get chocolate candy because it all has soy lecithin in it which they reacts to. With all of my child's allergies, I've contacted a lot of companies lately, including Just Born, who make Hot Tamales, Mike and Ike and they are peanut free/peanut free facility as well as no soy or wheat/gluten in product. Yeah! It's hard being a kid and we go to the grocery store and my child sees all of the wonderful candy and asks "is this ok" and most often I have to say "no". They have been limited to dum dum's or sweettarts, now they can have a few more. Also I contacted Tootsie Roll Co. their Charms Blow Pops, Dots and Double Bubble are all made in peanut free facility and there's no soy, or wheat/gluten in the product. Hope this helps and thanks to all who responded. Unfortunately my Smarties bag did not say anywhere on it "peanut free", so again thanks to all of you.

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On Oct 31, 2006

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Originally posted by McCobbre: [b]I saw Nestle Aeros today in [b]Houston, Texas[/b] area Kroger store. I'm allowing time for jaws to drop.

It was in the imported foods section, and it seemed to have been made in the UK (there was a UK web address on the package, but a NYC address). The ingredients [i]looked[/i] safe. There was no peanut warning, but no peanut-free statement either.

I wanted to buy it for DS, but I didn't.

I was looking for a Dare product, and I'll post about that separately.[/b]

I recently noticed several UK candies in the imported food section of my Stop & Shop. I was thinking SAnta may put those in a stocking, maybe with a note from Santa saying he gives those to the kids in the UK. I was very excited, and would have stocked up on the spot if the house weren't already filled with Halloween candy.

On Oct 31, 2006

I have a big bag of Dubble Bubble to hand out for halloween. It says it is made of shared equipment with soy and milk. It also states may contain soy or milk. I think you said that dubble bubble said they were safe, but my bag says differently!

On Oct 31, 2006

I'm glad you asked, the lady at the company said you may see the Double Bubble labeled with "may contain" , she said the product doesn't contain soy (I don't know about the milk, I was only interested in soy, gluten/wheat, peanuts) but they put that warning on the gum since those allergens are in the facility. Hope it helps!

On Oct 31, 2006

McCobbre, I found some Aero bars here in the Midwest lately, too, made in the UK, but I wasn't comfortable enough to buy them until I'd come back here for more information. So I went back to the store today and they were sold out! So much for my fun new thing to feed DD for Halloween. I bought a Yorkie bar instead, which has no warnings. I must have read that label half a dozen times now. And I've gone to Nestle UK's website and searched old posts here. I think I'm going to let her eat it. It apparently is just a substantial chocolate bar.

On Oct 31, 2006

We use the smarties hard candy that says :this product does not contain the following allergens: peanuts, tree-nuts etc. You have to be careful if it has been repackaged such as by Shaeri brand or other- it may then have a peanut warning. It must be directly from the Ce de Candy company and not repackaged

On Nov 1, 2006

Thanks, my Smarties are from that Ce De Candy Company, there are just no alerts that it is peanut free on my bag. I keep looking. I guess one thing that confused me from the company's web-site is that there's a statement that says something they don't have any of the 8 known allergens in their plant, yet if you click on the ingredients for the necklace/watch it says it may contain wheat. Conflicting so I wanted to double check.

On Nov 1, 2006

Smarties in Canada is our version of I think M&M's , different that sweet tarts,plently of Nestle smarties products are completely unsafe for PA, it warns on the box of halloween treats I bought to always check their labels, however many of their items are clearly safe.

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