Suggested brands?

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/1999 - 9:26am
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Hi all!

My son (almost five) is starting to request things he sees on T.V. I hate to be an ogre and deprive him of everything. Here's a list of some of the things he's been asking to try. Does anyone have any suggestions of "safe" brands in the U.S.? (Naturally, I'll double check on my own). Here goes:

1. Marshmellows

2. Hot dogs

3. Bologna

4. Pickles

5. Hot dog relish

6. Pita bread pockets

7. Frozen "fruit ice" or "fruit pops"

8. Frozen waffles (yes, I have a waffle maker, but they always stick, and never come out right)!

9. Salad dressing (Oil and vinegar just don't cut it with him)!

10. Fruit roll-ups

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/1999 - 10:49am
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Junk has to show up sooner or later! We go on and off (off for the most part, but don't point that out to my kiddies!)
Marshmallows that I buy on occasion are Fireside which are produced by Doumak Inc. Elk Grove Village, Il 60007 USA
Pickles and relish we use are Bick's. Do you have this brand?
While in USA Disney provided Del Monte frozen fruit bars for desserts. They are delicious and not that junky...a plus for both of us.
Salad dressing that I use is Kraft (Canada) do check USA.
Fruit Roll-ups I have bought were made by Betty Crocker in Canada. I assume that you have "Betty" as well.

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/1999 - 11:34am
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Hi Laura,
Double check on the following:
Hebrew National Hot Dogs
Aunt Jemima Frozen waffles and pancakes
I have misplaced the notebook that I use to list manufacturers numbers-I will locate tomorrow and post some numbers.
Thanks,
Carrie in New York

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/1999 - 3:31am
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Laura, You have helped so many of us on this site. I am happy to give you some info for a change! I always stick to major manufacturers. After calling MANY companies re: natural flavorings listings I won't use Quaker or Rice a roni. Haagen Daz and Healthy Choice are brands I heard about through this site or another that I also do not use.
I buy These for my Pn allergic son:
Hot dogs - Nathan's skinless
Fruit rollups: General Mills
Marshmallows - Kraft
Italian Ices- Mama Tiches and Luigi's
As far as waffles go Try Using butter spray on your waffle iron and cook a bit longer than usual. I have no problems with mine. I make a ton and freeze them. I use the Mickey mouse non-stick Iron. My kids think they are such a treat!
I never worried about Pickels or bologna and I haven't had a problem yet. I guess I should research those.

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/1999 - 5:28am
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Hi Laura and Lidia,
Here are some numbers:
Hebrew National: 800-683-6565
Aunt Jemima: address only
1000 St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63103
*I have only taken word of mouth on this product-if anyone has their number, please post.
Kraft: 800-268-1775
Hostess: 800-221-1254(Supposably has nut free plants-I haven't used so I haven't called to ask)
Kellogs: 800-962-1516(Also has nut free plants and codes to look for on the boxes of their cereals and cereal bars)
Brehmner: 800-445-8338(Makes store brand crackers for our local chains, Hannaford and Price Chopper-ask about their peanut free plant)
Hope these are helpful---IF ANYONE HAS BRANDS AND NUMBERS TO POST, THAT COULD HELP SO MANY OF US!! Of course, the rule of thumb is always to call yourself before using and lets see if there are any inconsistencies that we are told.

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/1999 - 6:04am
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Thanks to all of you for your responses. It's not like my son will be dining on this stuff daily, but it would be nice to add a few things to his 'safe' list.
Lidia - Since you mentioned it, what kind of cooking spray do you use? I know I'm overy cautious. I've never used the aerosol sprays (not sure what is in them). Which are safe?
As an aside, do any of you know anything about "vegetable shortening"? What exactly is it? Are there any "safe" brands out there? Thanks for the info!

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/1999 - 10:59am
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Hi LauraP:
My son eats Sunkist fruit roll-ups, enriched with Vitamin C. I tend towards buying snack and candy items which have some redeeming quality. Another favorite is Yoplait's Go-Gurts, pop them into the freezer and you have a great calcium-rich snack. Skittles are also Vitamin C-enriched. Some alternative sweets are cinnamon sticks (the actual bark - not candy) or licorice root, the latter found in health food stores.
Noreen

Posted on: Sun, 06/20/1999 - 1:19pm
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I called Butterball about their turkey sausage and the woman on the phone told me that meat products are required, by the USDA, to list allergenic ingredients.

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 1:15am
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Laura,
Re: the cooking sprays. I have always used Pam brands. For the waffles I use butter flavored. I am looking at the listings now. there is "natural flavors" on it. I have to admit, shamefully, I never checked this out. I have been using Pam for years and never had a problem.
Also, as far as Manufacturers numbers.. I ordered a pamphlet from FAN. It has many numbers. It is very helpful.

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 4:21am
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Aunt Jemima is a brand produced by Quaker Oats according to a library reference publication "Brands and their companies". The U.S. does not seem to have a toll-free number but you can call direct 312-222-7111. In Canada their toll-free number is 800-267-6287. I'm a librarian and have access to many business directories at work so if I can find any more numbers just ask. Take care.

Posted on: Mon, 06/21/1999 - 4:29am
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Hi Laura,
We use the Oscar Mayer and Ball Park Brand Hot Dogs; Butter Ball Smoked Turkey lunch meat; Eggo Cinnamon Toast waffles; Motts Apple Sauce in the individual containers--great snack; Scooby Snacks (I don't know the manufacturer); and another one for breakfast, my 5 yo son loves Quaker Instant Oatmeal (apples & cinnamon); Claussen Dill Pickles and Bread & Butter Pickles.
He has eaten all this w/o incident.
[This message has been edited by Connie (edited June 21, 1999).]

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