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I am sure there is a thread on this somewhere but I just couldn't find it. I live just outside Toronto and have some questions related to safe treats. My son has a PA and egg allergy and I was interested in finding some safe snacks. We live on the old standbys of goldfish, arrowroots, crackers and cheese. He is twenty months old and I feel his menu needs to be expanded.

Has anyone ever used any of the president's choice or no-name brands? I find these are the ones that usually don't contain any nuts? I would like to try there popsicles for the hot days this summer. Plus I am looking for a safe snacking cake recipe either premade or homemade. Finally my husband's favorite place before the food allergy was Dairy Queen. Since I think Dairy Queen is the most dangerous place in the world now it is OFF LIMITS!! Does anyone know if McDonald's McFlurries/frozen yogurt is safe? How about Wendy's frosty's?Plus do you eat off the regular menu there with your food allergic kids?

I am still new at this and worry about everything he puts in his mouth and would feel better if I got some positive outside input about what is safe or not. I do read labels and call companies but sometimes practical input is more reassuring especially when it comes from people who live with food allergy.

Thanks!!!!

On Jul 20, 2003

Hi Trace:

I believe McFlurry's are safe, but I'm not sure about the Wendy's icecream. It's always best to ask at the counter anyway, just in case something changes.

There have been problems with Loblaws No-name products some years ago, but they may have corrected that now. Again, you'd be best to phone Loblaws and ask them directly.

For ice-cream I love Chapmans:

[url="http://www.chapmans.ca"]www.chapmans.ca[/url]

Not all of their products are peanut-free so check the label. They make a new peanut-free "drumstick" that you're sweet-toothed husband should love.

Philly Swirls are also great treats and at this point can be found in Ontario Costcos.

[url="http://www.phillyswirl.com"]www.phillyswirl.com[/url]

In general I tend to be comfortable with the brand name foods just because the larger companies will often have allergen policies in place.

Nestles offers their wonderful peanut-free chocolates, (Areo, smarties, kit kat, coffee crisp.)

There's also Touche Bakery which I believe Loblaws has the greatest selection of their products:

[url="http://www.touchebakery.com/"]http://www.touchebakery.com/[/url]

I've felt fairly comfortable with McDonalds, Wendys and Burger King. I used to trust Pizza Hut too until I noticed a special promotion which involved M & M candy the last time I was there.

On Jul 20, 2003

Trace, well, at least you're Canadian so you'll probably find this a heckuva lot easier than if you were American (finding safe treats, that is). I'm going to kinda cut and paste your original post and see if I can help you. My PA son is now 7-1/2 and was diagnosed at 18 months of age. Also, I'm only dealing with PA, not egg allergy as well, so please bear this in mind with any recommendations I may make (i.e., read the label to see about egg).

We live on the old standbys of goldfish, arrowroots, crackers and cheese. He is twenty months old and I feel his menu needs to be expanded.

Okay, when you say above, that you live on the old stand-bys of crackers, what crackers? I have found the whole line of Mr. Christie's crackers to be safe - Triscuits, Ritz, Premium Plus, Vegetable Thins. Arrowroot and other cookies also from Mr. Christie's. These are all the regular size ones and you may find that some mini versions of Ritz and other things (like Oreo cookies) may not be "safe". Now, again, this is for PA only.

Has anyone ever used any of the president's choice or no-name brands? I find these are the ones that usually don't contain any nuts?

In this regard, this isn't quite the case. President's Choice and other no name brands simply DO NOT always label as "may contain" trace peanuts, when, in fact, they may. President's Choice (Loblaw's), is, in fact, one of the WORST store brands to try to confirm whether they are "safe" for your PA child or not. What you have to do with them is take the UPC code from the actual product you want to buy, call it in to them and have them confirm if it is "safe" or not. A&P (Equality brand) is a bit better. But, I think you'll find that for the most part, most PA parents tend to NOT buy President's Choice (considered a store brand) and other no name or store brand products because they do not label properly. Why? Because they are farmed out to different suppliers.

Recently, Anna Marie posted under Reactions about a reaction she had to a "no name" product that was not labeled as "may contain". Her thread is entitled stupid-stupid-stupid. You may like to have a look at it. Also, if you go to the Manufacturers part of the board and do a search, I have posted (as have others) extensively about what we learn about different supermarket chains and their store or no name brands. Again, as I said, Loblaw's (President's Choice) is a major pain in the bu** as far as food allergies are concerned whereas A&P seemed to be a bit better. If you'd like, let me know and I'll find the threads and re-raise them for you.

I would like to try there popsicles for the hot days this summer.

The only popsicle I have ever let my PA son eat has been Chapman's. Definitely not the "no name" or store brand ones for the reasons I cited above. And every other name brand popsicle has the warning "may contain" on it.

Plus I am looking for a safe snacking cake recipe either premade or homemade.

Safe snacking cake. Hmm. Haven't really done that. I just make cupcakes from scratch and for you, you would need an egg-less one as well. I would suggest looking at the Snacks, Recipes section of the board and seeing what you can find there. There are a lot of members that do post not only peanut free but other food allergen free recipes.

Finally my husband's favorite place before the food allergy was Dairy Queen. Since I think Dairy Queen is the most dangerous place in the world now it is OFF LIMITS!!

You know what? This may be surprising, but it was only last year that I finally decided I was no longer comfortable with Dairy Queen. There are certain measures you can take that other members have posted about here (perhaps do a search for Dairy Queen) to help ensure that your child gets a "safe" cone or sundae. But I have done it. I'm not saying go out and do it because you know what? I'm not comfortable anymore because of how many peanuts they have and also because the staff seems to be so young. But again, other members do do it safely.

Does anyone know if McDonald's McFlurries/frozen yogurt is safe? How about Wendy's frosty's?Plus do you eat off the regular menu there with your food allergic kids?

McDonald's McFlurries are "safe". I'm not 100% sure about their frozen yoghurt but I think so. And I don't know anything about Wendy's at all because I've never eaten there.

I am still new at this and worry about everything he puts in his mouth and would feel better if I got some positive outside input about what is safe or not. I do read labels and call companies but sometimes practical input is more reassuring especially when it comes from people who live with food allergy.

If you need any help re-raising old threads or anything to find the information I've talked about (i.e., going to Dairy Queen successfully, etc.), please let me know.

I think the best part is that you found PA.com when your child is so young. I didn't find PA.com until after my son had had two anaphylactic reactions and almost died. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

And there have been two near or in Toronto get togethers within the past year of PA.com members so if there's another one (Cathlina2 posts about them under Main Discussion), you'll be able to attend those since you live near Toronto!

Welcome! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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On Jul 29, 2003

Dear Trace:

Just to echo the concerns around the President's Choice and the no name products. A very good friend of mine works in the food industry. Her experience is that Loblaws (the owners of the President's Choice label) do not pay the manufacturers of the products very well. They will usually source from the cheapest producer. So there is a good chance these producers have no allergy strategy or do not have the funds to properly ensure no cross contamination

On Jul 29, 2003

As far as treats - what about those fruit snack chewy things that are all the rave now. Also, there is pudding, Rice Krispie treats, chocolate teddy grahams and chocolate graham cracker sticks.

DQ has a prepackaged star kiss bar. I would just be the one to open it and hand him the bar carefully. And eat outside of the store.

Enjoy summer! Pamela

------------------ Mom to 2 y/o Karissa (PA >100 CAP RAST)

On Jul 30, 2003

Hi

I deal with both PA and egg allergy regularly at my house (in Ottawa) so here are some comments:

1 - Touche bakery stuff, although peanut free is not egg free so is off limits for us

My egg allergic son's favourite snacks are the following:

1- Rice Krispie pre-packaged bars (only the plain blue ones) are safe for both PA and egg. 2 - Oreos (egg free) 3 - Cheese sandwiches (kraft cheese slices) 4 - fruit roll ups 5 - Sunkist fruit on the go 6 - Teddy Grahams

I frequently make him pancakes using an egg substitute (you can buy them in most health food stores and one box lasts quite a while - you use one teaspoon to replace one egg). You should check out the Calling all Cookie Baking Parents thread in the recipes forum - there are lots of egg free cookie recipes posted there.

We eat at McDonald's frequently and their McFlurry's and the frozen yoghurt (which is the only ice cream I let my kids buy from a store except for Chapman's) is safe. We always get my son's ice cream in a cup instead of a cone in case they change the cone ingredients.

good luck and take care

deb

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