Soft serve ice cream

Posted on: Fri, 07/05/2002 - 10:43pm
Laura C's picture
Joined: 03/03/2001 - 09:00

pDoes anyone allow their pa/tna child to eat the soft ice cream from the machines? I am aware that there are certain stores which make many flavored yogurts including peanuts.I am referring to places that just make chocolate and vanilla.Thanks./p

Posted on: Fri, 07/05/2002 - 11:13pm
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

We have a few times from McDonalds, the vanilla cone.
I think they have come out with a whole bunch of new sundae's, so I would have to find out first what they are doing there before I ever get one again.

Posted on: Sat, 07/06/2002 - 12:45am
mae's picture
Joined: 07/12/2002 - 09:00

Good question! We struggled with this one for awhile ( and we have 2 ice cream shops nearby, so the issue is close at hand - especially in the summer!) After talking with the owners and asking tons of questions, we let our 7 year old pa/tna have the soft cones. But we inform them of the allergy each time - just in case. Both owners are very aware and helpful.
These particular places serve only hard and soft ice cream and not yogurt, so we feel okay with this. The hard ice cream is out of bounds - and we've never had him react to the soft cones.
We've been looking at ice-cream makers for the home so we don't have to risk it as often.

Posted on: Sat, 07/06/2002 - 1:32am
mamagaona's picture
Joined: 12/29/2000 - 09:00

I think this might be another 'comfort-level' issue. We let dd have soft-serve, but try to convince her to have vanilla most times. On the occasions she has had the chocolate sometimes she may develop slight symptoms, i.e. stomach ache or headache. I am not sure why, she is not chocolate allergic but allergic to other things.

Posted on: Sat, 07/06/2002 - 2:38am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

I hope this isn't a double, as my last reply "disappeared".
We let Kevin have soft serve from our local Carvel, as they only have vanilla and chocolate in their machines. However, the Carvel near my mom serves other flavors, including Pistachio [img][/img]. I don't think I have ever seen another Carvel serve multiple soft serve flavors, but it bears checking.

Posted on: Sat, 07/06/2002 - 5:11am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

I let my son eat the vanilla cones at McDonalds. The ones around us (in Ohio) have the nuts pre-packaged and the McD web-site says that the ice-cream and the sundae flavors (choc/strawberry) are pn/tn safe. He has been eating them all summer (even a hot fudge sundae once) with no problems.

Posted on: Sat, 07/06/2002 - 12:35pm
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

We do allow our daughter to have soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt. If there is a peanut/nut flavor I make sure she gets it from a different machine. Not fool proof of course, but this has been working for us for at least four years without incident. (Ever since she outgrew her dairy allergy!)

Posted on: Sun, 07/07/2002 - 12:30am
Laura C's picture
Joined: 03/03/2001 - 09:00

Thank You everyone for your replies and thoughts. I think that we are going to follow the guidelines here and let Ryan try the soft ice cream after finding a place we are comfortable with.

Posted on: Sun, 07/07/2002 - 7:23am
WoozerMom's picture
Joined: 12/28/2000 - 09:00

My husband and I owned a variety of restaurants over a 16 year period. Among the restaurants we owned was a hamburger and soft ice cream store.
We were required to take the soft serve ice cream machine apart each night and wash all parts thoroughly. Then we had to rinse the parts and the machine in a disinfectant solution. The state health department came by regularly to take test samples of our product to make sure we were cleaning and maintaining the machines properly.
Newer machines do not always have to do this as they can keep the liquid mixture in the machines overnight, but it might be a good idea for you to talk to the manager or owner of the ice cream store to find out what they do when they change flavors. Believe me, after the cleaning we had to give our machines, you would not have had to worry about any peanut or other nut residue remaining.
I think that we are probably safer with soft serve ice cream as it is dispensed directly through the machine. Hard ice cream is often dipped out with a scoop that has been in other flavors. I request that the scoop be washed before I get a cone or dish of ice cream. Usually, though, they just rinse the dipper off with tap water, so it is not very safe.
When we had a restaurant with hard ice cream, we were required only to keep the dipper in a special apparatus which had an inflow of cool water and constantly drained out. I didn't think it was very hygenic. Later, at another place we had, we were only required to keep the dipper in a container of water which was changed regularly. Again, not too safe.
When we made sundaes, etc. from soft serve ice cream, nuts were added away from the machine, which is also a benefit.
If the maker of your sundae accidentally adds nuts, insist on a completely fresh one. They need to learn to follow directions.

Posted on: Mon, 07/08/2002 - 5:57am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We occasionally get a frozen yogurt soft serve at the farmstand where I know it is Stonyfield and they only have raspberry and vanilla. If I see them switch any flavors, I will ask more questions(they are a well run place). We have also gotten soft serve at two other place where I frequent enough that I know they only have vanilla and chocolate, or the same flavors all the time. I scope it out and then eventually get it. I have to say, I do not trust the help I have see at the latter two places, so I just use my judgement and a leap of faith(my dd ate there long before we knew of the allergies and was always fine). They tell me what they think I want to hear and are young and seem unconcerned. becca

Posted on: Tue, 07/09/2002 - 4:36am
LaurieI's picture
Joined: 04/04/2002 - 09:00

We only allow soft serve when we go out for ice cream. Places we have been to usually only serve vanilla or chocolate. No hand dipped for us.


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