What Chocolate bars are safe?

Posted on: Fri, 02/22/2008 - 11:26pm
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Hi, im new to all this, and i know that smarties, kit-kat, areo and coffee crisp. Now also Mars, but I wondered about any other kinds.
Thanks

Posted on: Sat, 02/23/2008 - 4:24am
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you must be in Canada. im in US so kitkats arent safe here. i dont know what is safe in canada. i use hershey bars in US.

Posted on: Sat, 02/23/2008 - 5:10am
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I have found that only the regular Hershey Bars are safe. The mini Hershey bars have a "may contain" or a "processed in same facility". Other than Hershey bars, I tend to stay away from chocolate.

Posted on: Sat, 02/23/2008 - 10:32am
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Of course you have to read the package. I always read labels. I think it goes without saying that when i say i use hershey bars i dont mean all hershey bars. do i have to say the ones that read safe???

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2008 - 9:49pm
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When i read the labels on the chocolate bars by the check out none of them read peanut free, or even may contain - with the exception of Mars.
Does everyone here just call the company to make sure?

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2008 - 11:33pm
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I do find single bars of regular and dark in the hersheys brand by the checkout to be safe in the US, pennsylvania. some six packs of the regular size bars are safe too. the little ones have almond or peanut warning.

Posted on: Sun, 07/20/2008 - 2:10pm
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I want my chocolate. Dark chocolate. I have been dealing with my son's PA for less than a week and I just realized yesterday that every bar that I pick up is labled may contain or from same equipment. All of the expensive stuff in the health food department too.
I could eat it outside the house, but I really don't want to start having to decontaminate when I go home.
Any suggestions on brands of Dark Chocolate Bars?

Posted on: Mon, 07/21/2008 - 1:47am
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I know it isn't a chocolate "bar" but Hersheys does have the dark chocolate kisses that are safe. Hersheys is good about labeling so you still want to read every package because they have more than one manuafacturing plant.
My husband LOVES dark chocolate too so we just keep those in our freezer and take a few out at a time. They aren't as good as some of the high-end name brand ones, but they are still pretty good.

Posted on: Mon, 07/21/2008 - 3:48am
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Don't know how serious of a chocoholic you are, but my favorite is [url="http://www.barry-callebaut.com/12"]Cocoa-Barry[/url] -- check out their allergen policy; I use their chocolate couvatures, dark, white and milk. Also, a less expensive alternative is [url="http://www.guittard.com/home/legal.html"]Guittard[/url]
I buy all of my chocolate from a local wholesaler -- of course it comes in 5# blocks and 10# boxes of pistoles, but not only can I use it for truffles and other chocolatier applications, but also for all my baking needs -- when you consider a bag of baking chips costs xx amount, it's cheaper to buy in bulk.

Posted on: Mon, 07/21/2008 - 10:09pm
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i dont worry so much when kids eat may contains around my son. i never do though. we use hershey dark and milk chocolate bars. there are some without warnings.

Posted on: Wed, 05/13/2009 - 8:17am
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I love the chocolate from Vermont Nut Free --it's peanut and tree nut free--and delicious.

Posted on: Thu, 05/28/2009 - 9:56am
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I bought Smarties for dd's Valentines party, and as it turns out they had a may contain label!
Personally, I eat may contains, but I don't let dd eat may contains. That's just me. Of course, I don't eat may contains in front of her - that is askin for trouble! But I don't eat peanut products.

Posted on: Fri, 05/29/2009 - 1:29am
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I am not sure if this is country-wide or just in Massachusetts, but Whole Foods sells Vermont Nut Free chocolate bars here. The location where I spotted them was in Bellingham, Mass.
JenniferB
www.foodallergybuzz.com

Posted on: Sat, 06/20/2009 - 1:08pm
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I believe Bounty bars (Canadian) are safe.

Posted on: Sun, 07/19/2009 - 9:00pm
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_Always_ read the package before you buy anything, let alone chocolate.

Posted on: Mon, 07/20/2009 - 5:45am
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{{{I bought Smarties for dd's Valentines party, and as it turns out they had a may contain label! }}}
Not all Smarties are made in a nut free facility. Since I'm in the US we buy all of our Canadian chocolate from Peanut Free Planet. I still check labels (habit-but it's a good habit) but I like knowing that they've already checked it too.

Posted on: Thu, 07/23/2009 - 9:27am
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Hi Everyone! Vermont Nut Free Chocolate bars were just reviewed on AllerRama.com. A site designed to rate ONLY Allergy friendly foods by those with allergies, and those without. Please check it out and add your thoughts on VNF, or any other product! More products will be added weekly.

Posted on: Sun, 07/26/2009 - 8:35pm
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Hershey always proved themselves as top in candy wholesale and they also deserve it. We can and we should believe on Hershey's candies and chocolates as they are never harmful for the human body.

Posted on: Mon, 09/14/2009 - 8:47am
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Vermont Nut Free gets our vote around here! We love having the little dark chocolate bars or drops around the house for that "taste" when you need it! Yum! Their dark chocolate skippers are fantastic, too! We put ours in the freezer and they last and last!

Posted on: Wed, 12/02/2009 - 12:36pm
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I'm in quebec- might have different manufacturing plants... These are the chocolates/bars I have been able to have. I have called on all of these.
Kitkats
Aero
Bounty Bars
Mars
Smarties
Rolos
A bunch of Cadbury bars
Junior Mints
Cella Chocolate Cherries...
Coffee Crisp, too, but I had a reaction once. Mild. May have been to the coffee though-- I have had reactions to coffee in the past.

Posted on: Thu, 12/03/2009 - 3:35am
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Thank gooodness for the Canadians who have an assortment of products made in peanut free facilities, with a peanut free promise. When is America going to get with the program? Yes the vermont nut co has this but I am not spending 24$ for 12 granola bars plus shipping. Thanks but no thanks. Canada also has a substantiallly higher number of peanut free facilities that make quaker granola bars, Mr Christie cookies, the list goes on. What manufacturers in the US have made these changes? Oh yeah, baking powder doesn't count.
Sorry folks just a little frustrated with things these days and needed to vent.

Posted on: Sat, 12/05/2009 - 1:55am
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mlewis-I hear you and I agree.
There are many companies that are making safe products in safe facilities in the US. Unfortunately they are small mom and pop shops, and b/c of their strict guidelines-allergen testing-etc. they have to go way out of their way to find safe ingredients.
This unfortunately raises the cost for us. I try very hard to support these companies when I can. When I can't, I try to home bake as much as possible.
I hope that larger US manufacturers will see the need. General Mills is already making a large array of gluten free foods and mixes.
The flip side of it is that these large manuf. will put man of the mom and pop shops out of business. These businesses were started by mom and dads of food allergic kids--trying to help our community.
It's a tough situation all around.

Posted on: Thu, 12/17/2009 - 4:36am
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I am American but have lived in Canada for 3 years. I was considering moving back to the U.S. but the amazing availability of nut free convenience foods, the generally good labelling, and the widespread allergy awareness I have encountered is a major factor in considering applying for permanent residency here.

Posted on: Thu, 12/17/2009 - 12:26pm
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canada has alot of nut free stuff?? or america did u mean?

Posted on: Thu, 12/17/2009 - 11:51pm
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Canada. Some of the most popular brands here are totally nut free. It's soooo nice.

Posted on: Fri, 12/18/2009 - 1:34am
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im looking for flour do u know of any?

Posted on: Fri, 12/18/2009 - 1:55am
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Sure, PM me with questions and I can help you, most likely. I don't want to take this thread too far off topic is all :)

Posted on: Fri, 12/18/2009 - 3:51am
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Yeah for Canada!! Sorry, bit of patriotism there. I didn't realize that the U.S. was a bit behind with the nut-free movement.
Hershey has just brought out mini-bars this past halloween season that are nut free.
As someone said though, ALWAYS read the labels.

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