What candy do you let your kids eat?

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 6:23am
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With halloween coming i was just wondering what kinds of candy you consider safe enough for your kids to eat??

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 7:25am
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Just Born marshmallow treats (pumpkins, ghosts, cats), Dum Dum lollipops, some fruit gummies (Richfood brand). That's about it. She is milk and egg-allergic, too. We make our own chocolate candy from Hershey's unsweetened baking chocolate.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 7:28am
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Canadian specific - Nestle's safe line of chocolate bars and Smarties. Trebor-Allan's wonderful array of safe candies (gummi bears, sour cherry blasters, watermelon slices, etc.).
Also, Cadbury's Caramilk bar.
I also understand that Dare candies are PA safe in Canada but I haven't found any yet (or perhaps I've been avoiding them because I could really use a giant bag of ju jubes right now myself - to be consumed in a very short period of time [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ) that would include ju jubes, gum drops, jelly beans.
I'm fairly sure that's about it and believe me, my children do consume, to me, what appears to be a lot of candy.
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Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 9:31am
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BS312 - I was just wondering if you can share your chocolate candy recipes - my son also has milk and egg allergy. Have you had any succes in making milk-free fudge or carmels? When I try to substitute soy milk for these candy recipes it tastes awful! Any suggestions?

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 10:32am
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Have you done a search on here for this info? I know there have been numerous discussions on safe candy.....
We are comfortable with the following nut free items:
Just Born products (Marshmallow Peeps)
PEZ Candy
Dum Dum Lollipops
Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
Twizzlers

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 11:07am
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*** Note: Always read the labels for nut warning, as manufacturing conditions are always changing... what is safe today may not be safe tomorrow.. ALWAYS READ LABELS ***
As Cindy mentioned, Nestle Aero, Kit Kat, Coffee Crisp, Smarties and Mirage are safe, and Trebor Allan Fuzzy Peach, Swedish Berries, Sour Patch Kids, Orange Crush candy, Sour Cherry Blasters, etc. are safe.
In addition to the above lists, here are more ideas:
Mars/M&M/Effem:
Skittles (Canada & USA)
Starburst fruit chews (Canada & USA)
Dove caramel bar (Canada)
Bounty coconut bar (Canada)
Cadbury/Neilson:
Caramilk 47g, 50g, 52g, 100g are safe (the mini Caramilk, pumpkin Caramilk, and giant Caramilk 200g may contain peanuts)
Dairy Milk rolls 47g are safe (all other Dairy Milk may contain peanuts)
Crunchie 44g
Rosebuds 37g
Coconut 41g
Pep 48g
Flake 32g
Jersey Milk buds 32g (all other Jersey Milk may contain peanuts)
Cerises 45g
Choclair 35g (*Hazelnut flavour is artificial. Choclairs do not contain any nut ingredients)
Nestle
In addition to the bars listed earlier, Nestle Willy Wonka makes many candies in nut free environments such as Nerds, Runts, Sweet Tarts, Shock Tarts, etc.
Ce De Candy
Rockets (Canada) are safe
Smarties (USA) are safe
Hershey USA
And in the USA only, the regular size Hershey bar and regular size Rolos and Kit Kat bites (not the Kit Kat bar) are safe. In Canada, the Hershey bar and Rolos are not safe (may contain peanuts). In the USA, the Kit Kat bar may contain peanuts.
Hope this list helps.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 11:29am
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Thanks for that list, Erik!
I buy two boxes of the Nestl

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 12:32pm
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Yes Erik, thanks for that list...My son has no hardly had any chocolate candy (USA). I was always so afraid of the chocolate bars due to cross contam. issues, especially Hersey bars and was just wondering the other day about Rolos, I'll have to try them w/him, since I loved them as a kid...Yumm Yumm!
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Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 6:33am
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Lollipops! (He's 3).

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 8:18am
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What about Swedish Fish? I let my son try these after receiving them at a birthday party and doing a search on this board a couple of days ago. Do you consider these safe for a PA person?

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 8:41am
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Jana R- We haven't tried fudge or caramels. To make chocolate "bars", melt 8 oz. Hershey's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate with 1/4 cup plus 1 teaspoon Crisco together in the microwave. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir in 2 cups powdered sugar (knead with your hands). Spread in a 13 x 9 inch lightly Criscoed pan. If you freeze this, you can break it up easily. We put it into a plastic bag, then use a ballpeen hammer to break it into small bar size or into chocolate chip size. I want to try making chocolate lollipops by putting it into plastic candy molds with those white sticks that you can buy in craft stores. Yummy!

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 9:57am
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Hi Love My C,
If you are talking about Trebor Allan Swedish fish, I would consider them 100% safe. I have never seen a warning on them. And Trebor Allan would definitely put a warning on them if there was any risk.
It totally depends on which company makes Swedish fish. Trebor Allan Swedish fish are safe.

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 10:26am
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Thanks, Eric!
The bag says that they are made by Trebor Allan in Canada. I feel much better about giving them to him now. He really likes them! Yeah, adding another candy to his list!

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 10:28am
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How out of the loop am I? I live in Canada, am married to a Swede, and I've never heard of Swedish Fish! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img]
Karen [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 12:06pm
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Hi Askosrose,
Swedish fish are available in many stores across Canada. Dominion / A&P grocery stores, Shopper's Drug Mart, etc. hehe
Trebor Allan is really good at labelling. If there is any risk of nut cross-contamination, they will always put the label "may contain traces of peanuts/nuts" on the packaging. They are a division of Cadbury.
hehe... I have no idea why they are called Swedish fish [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 12:14am
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Thanks for that information, Erik. I am going to have to look for those, because the name sounds gross, therefore, I must try them! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] I made the mistake of buying our candy already...the 130 pack of Nestl

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 12:27am
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Askosrose : all I can say is : smaklig m

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 12:59am
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We use Hershey sixlets ging way back after reading here that alot of people found them safe. I have called Hershey generally and understand they consider themselves very allergy aware. However, I cannot find out if these are made on shared equipment or what. Anybody know?
I trusted Hershey lables, but on the website, was reading about the cany coating process and specialized equipment, and thought about it for awhile. Now I am nervous that the same coating equipment is used for all kinds of things!
Just seemed somewhat relevant here, as opposed to starting a new thread! I did search, but only came up with people saying they are safe, not much more. Anybody know more? becca

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 3:36am
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Seriously Erik I am renaming you the "candy guru" because you know everything! I never knew that rolos were safe in the U.S. - how cool is that?! I am still seriously nervous about the Hersheys chocolate bar but I guess everyone is eating it and you say it is safe so maybe we will give it a go too! Thanks again for all the info. you provide it is so helpful!
Jaime
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Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 3:44am
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We just gave our girls rolos in august for the first time. They loved them! I have also given them hershey kisses and hershey PLAIN chocolate bars. No warning labels and no problems (knock wood).

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 8:03am
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BS312 - THANKS - I'll definitely try making my own chocolate. Have you ever tried adding rice crispies or marshmallows or raisins to the mix (I've had so many failed "experiments", I just thought I'd ask to see if there is any reason why this might not work out!)

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 10:48am
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Hi Jaime,
I love chocolate and candy.. so I keep track of what is safe.
When I was on vacation in the USA I ate Rolos and Hershey bars (since here in Canada, Rolos are not safe and Hershey bars are not safe).
It is good that Hershey does make some safe chocolate in the USA, as Nestle USA and Mars/M&Ms USA and the other companies don't make any safe chocolate (with a few exceptions such as the delicious Vermont Nut Free chocolate, etc).
Enjoy the Rolos! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
p.s. you should try ordering some chocolate from [url="http://www.panhandlepremium.com"]www.panhandlepremium.com[/url] (Canadian Aero, Kit Kat, Smarties, Coffee Crisp). I personally believe these products are much tastier than the Hershey bar or the Hershey Rolos

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 11:14am
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Erik:
We have ordered from PanHandle (great company). We tried the Smarties and Kit Kats. Next time I will get the Aero bars as one of the ladies I work with (native Canadian) raves about them. Do you know if the Hersheys bar and the Rolos are considered tree nut safe as well? My son is also allergic to almonds.
Thanks again for keeping up with all of this!
Jaime =)

Posted on: Thu, 10/03/2002 - 11:53pm
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Nick: smaskens!
I can't speak a word of Swedish or Finnish, except words that I can't put here [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Karen [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 10/04/2002 - 12:18am
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Askosrose / Karen : I don't speak more than a few words of Swedish either, but I am picking them up as I talk to a Swedish friend over the 'net. Shamefully for me, both he & his (Swedish) wife speak PERFECT English, even down to colloquialisms!! HE also speaks German, French & Spanish... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img](
I use this for my translations : [url="http://www-lexikon.nada.kth.se/skolverket/swe-eng.shtml"]http://www-lexikon.nada.kth.se/skolverket/swe-eng.shtml[/url]
... it works a treat ;o)
Hej da!

Posted on: Fri, 10/04/2002 - 2:34am
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Nick, I give you so much credit for learning Swedish. I met my husband online, but he always typed in English, so I never had any motivation for learning.
I can speak the food really well though [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Karen [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Fri, 10/04/2002 - 9:23am
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Hi Jaime,
As I am in Canada, I know more about Canadian manufacturers as I can call them.
But from what I have seen, Hersheys will label for the presence of tree nuts. For example, I have seen Hershey products that have the label "manufactured in a facility that also processes almonds".
Hersheys seems to label very well. But I have never asked if the US Rolo is made in a tree nut free environment. I was just going by the fact that the label has no warning on it at all, while many other Hershey products do have warnings such as "manufactured in a facility that processes almonds", etc... To be sure you may want to contact Hershey USA or maybe someone else here on the board who has already contacted them can post their findings.
Enjoy the Rolos! You are lucky... here in Canada the Rolos are not safe as they are made by Nestle in a facility that also processes nuts.

Posted on: Sat, 10/05/2002 - 9:43am
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Thanks again Erik. I will give them a call this week.
Jaime

Posted on: Sat, 10/05/2002 - 11:02am
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Jana R- The chocolate would be great with marshmallows in it but I don't think it would work because it is pretty stiff and the marshmallows might get smashed during mixing...same for crispy rice. Raisins might work. Let me know if you try it!

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 2:30pm
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Raising for Syd's Mom.
Postings of safe candy to eat.

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 4:57pm
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I don't see Hershey's Kisses on the lists anywhere. My son has eaten them (in Canada) without any problems. But once again, I think our labelling is just so much more accurate -- we are lucky here!!! I know that if it is a major manufacturer like Hershey and it doesn't say "may contain," then I am confident it's safe.

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 10:41pm
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Hi Teacher,
Yes, Hershey's kisses are fine in Canada. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] I eat them too, although I prefer the Nestle and Cadbury chocolate. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Thu, 10/17/2002 - 10:51pm
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Erik: Thanks for raising this listing (must have snuck by me before).

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 6:48am
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Are any of these safe? (USA) None have label warnings
Nestle's Wonka: nerds, gobstopper, shock tarts, bottlecaps, runts, laffy taffy
Hershey: Whoppers, Rolo, Jolly Rancher (hard, soft & lollipop)
Spangler: Dum Dum lollipops
Cambridge (subsidiary of Tootsie): junior mints

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 11:34am
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I spoke to a Hershey's rep a couple weeks ago and was told that the ONLY candy run on dedicated machines are the regular 1.55 oz size plain Hershey bars. They may be very allergy aware and have good cleaning procedures, but, according to the rep I spoke with, NONE of their other candies, including sixlets, rolos, whoppers, kisses, etc. are run on dedicated machines.
I also called Nestle (US) and was told that if their candies are run on shared equipment they would be labeled as may contain. The same is true for their Wonka products and their ice cream novelties. According to the rep, anything without a warning is peanut/nut safe. Has anybody received contradicting information?

Posted on: Fri, 10/18/2002 - 2:00pm
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I talked to a Hershey (US) rep in the past that stated that products may not be run on dedicated lines but say rollos are made on a line that makes other products, the other products would not be nut containing products. She said they may not use dedicated lines but they would not run nut containing products on the same lines as non nut containing products. So say they have a line that makes rollos and it may also make whoppers, sixlets and such but these are not nut containing products so even though it is shared equipment there is still not a risk of nut cross-contamination. Now only one rep has told me this, so if anyone else calls Hershey ask them about this and see if you get the same info.
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Posted on: Sat, 10/19/2002 - 12:02am
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Hi Lauren,
I e-mailed Spangler a couple of years ago regarding their Dum Dum Lollipops and they replied they *were* safe!
My son eats Shock Tarts and Nerds and has never had a problem...unfortunately I have never contacted the manufacturer regarding these candies. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sat, 10/19/2002 - 12:29am
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Hi Jazz It Up,
Shock Tarts, Nerds, Sweet Tarts, Runts, etc should all be safe. I eat them too.
They are all made by Nestle, and if there is any risk of nut contamination Nestle USA (or Nestle Canada) always puts a warning on the label (ie: Nestle Crunch bars, may contain peanuts).
I think I once read somewhere that the Nestle Wonka factory that makes Nerds, etc is nut-free but I can't remember anymore.

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Kcmom, that was my own interpretation when I called about chuckles way bacy(might be a year ago-Halloween, I bet). Just trying to think where they would have come from? But the gist was no, not dedicated equipment. They are so precise, they do not want people to belive a line is for a single product. However, i would be more comfortable if they would just state outright if they keep nut stuff on nut lines and vice-versa. I guess, they really want to rely on the "allergy task team" at Hershey's, not information on paper. This also covers them for production changes, say for a batch. It is not, IMO, a nut free guarantee, but I am tending to trust more and more Hershey products. becca

Posted on: Sun, 10/20/2002 - 8:04am
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I think that Hershey does label really well. In Canada, they always label with a warning message if there is a risk of contamination.
I wasn't sure about in the USA, so I decided to look for Hershey USA products in Toronto (not easy since most Hershey products here in Canada are manufactured by Hershey Canada).
I did find a "MOUNDS" bar manufactured by Hershey USA in Hershey Pennsylvania. The following warning message appears on the label:
"Allergy Information: Manufactured on the same equipment that also processing almonds".
So my personal opinion is that if there is no warning message on a Hershey's product, I would consider it safe to eat.
Personally, I rarely eat Hershey's products since I prefer Nestle Canada and Cadbury Canada products as I find they taste better.

Posted on: Sun, 10/20/2002 - 9:32am
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I had the opportunity to pass some time waiting for a prescription at the pharmacy yesterday(poor dh has hives all over and we have no idea why-no known allergies, but looks like some kind of new one-bummer)! While I waited for his meds., I checked all the candy labels. So rare to be alone without a 3 year old in tow, so I took my time checking all the Hershey ones(USA).
I also noticed the warning on mounds, and mounds bites. No warning on the bag of halloween treat size plain bars, really no warnings on anything except things that clearly have a nutty variety(the miniatures). There were no warnings on whoppers, peppermint patties, cookie crisp, kit kat bites(I did not find regular kit kats), and a few other things. Very few warnings. I am so confused. I do trust and use the basics on occasion, the plain bar, sixlets, baking morsels, and cocoa. I do not know why I am having a hard time leaping further into the Hershey products.
Erik, do you trust that they clean the machines well enough(due to the allergy task team)?, or do you believe they keep nutty things on their own machines(they won't release this precise info.)? Is it your experience that you are able to eat products that *do* share equipment, if rigorous cleaning takes place and allergy swabbing? I am asking simply because you are aware of how you feel and what you eat, not to challenge your comfort level! I really like Hershey products, but I just try to go for the sure bet of dedicated equip. if I can, especially now that I am connected to The Canadian Supply, and finding some mail order things. becca

Posted on: Mon, 10/21/2002 - 4:54am
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Hi Becca,
I tend to only eat products that are made on nut-free equipment. Of course, sometimes the manufacturer doesn't say if they use nut-free equipment, but I prefer to buy products made on nut-free equipment if possible as it is more safe.
Some manufacturers seem to be very allergy aware and have good cleaning practices (ie: Ben & Jerry's ice cream use an 8 hour cleaning process) so I do sometimes eat products made on shared lines. But I try to buy the nut-free product if possible.
As for Hershey's, I believe that they do label if a product is made on a line containing nuts. Maybe it is only Hershey Canada that does this, but I went to the drug store today, and the following products all had either the "Manufactured on the same equipment that process peanuts" or "Manufactured on the same equipment that process peanuts/almonds" warning message:
Skor Bites
Milk Chocolate Almond Bites
Classic Caramels - traditional
Classic Caramels - chocolate filled
Hershey bar regular size 43 grams & 100 grams
Almond bar 43 grams and 100 grams
Almond & Toffee bar 43 grams and 100 grams
Mound bar
I have found many Hershey products that say "Manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts" so my belief is that if there is no warning message on a Hershey's product, it is made on a nut-free processing line.
And my comfort level is that I will always prefer to buy products from nut-free lines.
p.s. I found another nut-free Hershey USA product today - a chocolate bar called Hershey Caramel. Milk chocolate bar filled with creamy caramel. Hershey Canada imports it to Canada also.

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I had posted a concern I had about Regal Confections in the "American's who want smarties" thread, but it really belongs here. Here is what I found out:
I spoke with Regal Confections this morning (based out of Quebec). They are the distributer for such Canadian products as:
CeDe (i.e. rockets)
Concord (i.e. double bubble gum)
Wonka (nerds, sweet tarts, etc.)
The rep. assured me that Regal Confections does no packaging - packaging of products is done at the primary company plants (i.e. CeDe packages the rockets, etc.), and Regal simply distributes the products.
The rep. went on to say that Regal Cofections distributes hundreds of different products, and there is no chance of cross contamination issues within their distribution centres, because they don't distribute any nut or peanut products, only candy confections.
She did say to alway source the ingredients label for any "may contain" statements that the actual candy producer may put on items at any time, if there is a chance of cross-contamination on the factory floor.
Now, I'm on to sourcing out the main manufacturer of the "candy necklaces & bracelet watches" that CeDe Canada imports from Holland to check into their manufacturing practices to see if it is safe for our kids.
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My dd eats those candy necklaces and watches. I also find a lot of this kind of candy at our dollar store here in the U.S.
Tamie

Posted on: Mon, 10/28/2002 - 11:50pm
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Eric: Are you sure CeDe candy is safe? I thought they were manufactured by a company called Regal and I understood that this was not a safe company- even though they don't put the warning on their products. Please let me know if you or anyone else knows for sure.

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Hi Annshel,
The only Ce De Candy product that I am aware of is Canadian Rockets/American Smarties. They do not use nuts in their factory so I would consider the Rockets/Smarties to be safe.
And I did read a posting recently from someone on this site that they had contacted Regal, and were told that Regal does not manufacture the Rockets/Smarties. They only distribute the product to retailers.
If you do a search on "Ce De" or "Rockets" here at pa.com there is a lot of information which can be found. In fact, they have recently begun putting a message on the bags of Rockets/Smarties stating they are nut-free.
I raised a post for you called "Great Labelling" in the "Main Discussion Board" which gives more info.
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Thanks a bunch Eric! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Does anyone know if Adams chicklets are safe, double bubble or Tootsie blow pops? Sheesh! I'll be glad when Halloween is over. My son's school called and asked for a list of safe halloween treats--today. They are going to send a copy home with all the children. So awesome of them though! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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My pa son has eaten Peppermint Patties for years with no problems (we are in the US).

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 2:44am
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Hi Annshel,
I noticed in your profile that you are in Canada. If you school wants a list of safe treats, why not suggest the following:
Nestle "Safe to Share" bars:
- Aero, Kit Kat, Smarties, Coffee Crisp
Trebor Allan products:
- fuzzy peach, Swedish berries, sour cherry blasters, sour patch kids, Crush candy, Swedish fish, Maynard wine gums, etc
Wonka Nerds:
- I saw Wal-Mart was selling bags of treat-size Nerds
Skittles and Starburst fruit chews
You should be able to find most of these prducts at a grocery store (Loblaws, A&P, Dominion, etc) or a drug store (Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharma Plus, etc) near you.
This should be more than enough ideas for your school. Have a Happy Halloween! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2002 - 3:03am
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Thanks so much Eric. You are the "candy guru"! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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