What Chocolate Do You Feel Safe Buying?

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2001 - 4:51pm
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pI have always found chocolate to be somewhat of an issue in discussions here and I completely understand why. I know that it has to do with different comfort zones which I totally respect./p
pWhat I was wondering is if people would feel okay posting what chocolate they feel comfortable buying and why? This list could include such items as chocolate bars (I think that was obvious), cocoa, syrups, dessert toppings, etc./p
pAlso, if you feel it might be helpful, perhaps you could be country specific. I know that I was in touch with another PA parent a couple of weeks ago who was looking for a safe cocoa. I don't have cocoa in my home so I contacted another PA parent, also in Canada, and the thing was, she wasn't able to help the PA parent who needed the help because we're not sure if what is "safe" for us here in Canada is "safe" in the U.S. I ended up contacting another PA parent in the U.S. who was able to tell this parent what cocoa she felt comfortable with./p
pI must say I always HATE it when someone asks me the chocolate question because I know that there are wide ranging comfort zones re this./p
pAside from the long winded introduction to this question, I'm hoping that people will feel comfortable posting without fear of reprisal for what they feel safe using. I know it will be of great help to a lot of people that are currently just trying to establish their comfort zones./p
pMany thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]/p

Posted on: Fri, 04/13/2001 - 4:58pm
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For chocolate bars, I feel extremely safe and comfortable with Nestle. Smarties, Aero, KitKat, Coffee Crisp (and I just learned tonight, Mirage). I felt SO comfortable with Nestle that I never even considered another brand of chocolate bar. It was with wonder that I discovered my PA son could try a Cadbury's Caramilk bar last summer! LOL!
But no, first and foremost for chocolate bars, Nestle.
For special occasion chocolate, I feel safe with Trebor Allan (Allan's) unless, of course, it is marked "may contain". I just recently had a good e-mail response from them in regard to specific questions I had asked them about their production and I consider them safe.
I have Hershey's ice cream topping syrup in my 'fridge that is "safe". I also have Nestle's lighter syrup for making chocolate milk in my 'fridge that is "safe".
For chocolate chips, I am fairly sure that I purchase Hershey's. They are labeled clearly and safely.
I do not have any cocoa.
All of the above is Canadian specific.
I think this is one of the areas of my comfort zone that would require tightening up should my son ever have a reaction. At the present time, I feel that the companies are labeling safely and that the product is, in fact, safe for my son to consume.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 1:39am
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Joined: 11/19/2000 - 09:00

We're in the U.S. I think at this stage of the game my son is starting to lose his appetite for chocolate because it has been years of "now you can, now you can't". Poor guy. Anyway, we only trust brown wrapped regular Hershey bars, and I bake with unsweetend Hershey powder or blocks. I am currently stumped on chocolate chips, I guess I need to look into Guittard? We love the Vermont Nut Free chocolates but I just can not afford them right now. And an oh-so-generous Rilira shared some Smarties with us from her source and we are savoring those like they are gold!!

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 2:36am
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Head Cook, did you ever sign up in the Smarties thread? Not that I'm having much luck matching people in there anyway, but still.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 3:34am
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Joined: 03/26/2002 - 09:00

Hello, in the uk there is a range of chocolate that can be brought from most supermarkets that is totally nut free. its called KINNERTON, and it produces chocolate with the latest television charactors for children on the wrapping, ie, teletubbies and tweenies ,bob the builder,etc.
It is made in a factory that is totally nut free with strict guidelines and training for staff.
But the best thing they make is a birthday cake that is nut free,dairy free,soya free, egg free. This cake was created by a mother ,claudia leyens,who has a nut allergic child. The cake is a chocolate fudge cake , by the careful cake co. This year my sons face was a picture when he had a cake like all his friends (apparently my home made were not good enough)

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 12:09pm
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Joined: 01/17/2001 - 09:00

I am in the U.S. and I am totally comfortable with any Hershey's chocolate that doesn't say "peanuts" or "may contain" on the label. After calling them, I feel that they are very cautious with their labeling. I am not really comfortable with any other companies as of right now. I think that here in the States, all Nestle chocolate products as well as Kit Kat bars say "May contain". I could be wrong though.

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 2:09pm
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Joined: 04/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi, I live in the United States. I use Bakers choc chips and Hersheys choc chips with out any problem. For choc candy bars I only buy the plain Hersheys in the brown wrapper. Also, Vermont Nut Free choc is very
good but, kind of expensive,only use for special occasions.

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 7:35pm
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Joined: 04/15/2001 - 09:00

I am new to all of this, is there a difference between Canadian Chocalate and US chocalate. My son's PA simply scares me and I want as much info as possible.

Posted on: Sat, 04/14/2001 - 11:33pm
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pamarsteve, welcome! There is a great difference between not necessarily the chocolate in the U.S. and Canada, but how it is labeled, i.e., if it is labeled correctly. This also holds true for most food items. It would appear that for the most part, food items are better labeled in Canada when it comes to food allergies, particularly, PA.
I'm sorry, I didn't check your profile to see if you were in the U.S. or Canada.
Whenever I want to find out my first thing about a manufacturer of a chocolate, cereal, whatever, I go to [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] They have information about both American and Canadian manufacturers and their manufacturing procedures and labeling procedures. From there, you are often able to get a direct link to the company you want and then you simply e-mail them and ask them if their product is, in fact, "safe".
You have to decide for yourself if you feel comfortable eating foods that are made in the same plant as a plant that contains peanut/nut products. The manufacturer may not have a dedicated line that he runs the peanut free product line on, but they may, in fact, break down the equipment thoroughly between a run of a peanut product, wash it, put it back together and begin running the peanut free product. You kinda have to sort through all of this to decide what you feel okay about for you and your PA child. If it sounds overwhelming, it's because basically at the beginning, it is.
I would really suggest that you visit the [url="http://www.nuconnexions.com"]www.nuconnexions.com[/url] site and see what they have to say about different manufacturers you're concerned about there. Also, ANY questions you have whatsoever you can ask here and there will be many people that will be really happy to help you figure this all out, believe me!
But yes, things do differ between the U.S. and Canada. Another example besides chocolate would be something like cereal.
Kellogg's U.S. would not seem to be labeling their products as carefully and as concerned for their food allergy customers as Kellogg's Canada does. What I find strange about this whole thing is that the Canadian companies who are labeling safely and properly are owned by the American ones who aren't!
Please, post any questions or concerns you have here and I'm sure you'll be able to sort through all of this.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 2:05am
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Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

so far I am comfortable with Hershey products that don't have a warning on them.
I gave both my girls solid hershey chocolate rabbits in their easter baskets along with hershey kisses.
While there was no allergic reactions this easter, MAN were they wired for sound with all the candy!!! They dont' usually get candy, but the older one is more into it now after seeing other kids eating it now that she is older but wheew~~ I don't care what the studies say, that candy DOES get them reved up, probablyu all the pure carb sugar!
I prefer giving chips and crackers as a "junk" food alternative!

Posted on: Mon, 04/16/2001 - 4:15am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I feel safe with Hershey's labeling, and it makes me happy when Leah can eat regular candy from the grocery store. I bought all the candy for the Easter egg hunt at school, and stocked up with Rolos and Kisses in colorful foil wrap; in addition to Starburst, Skittles, and jelly beans. (I was a little overwhelmed when the teacher dropped the egg hunt in my lap, asking me to "plan, organize, and implement" it [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] - but boy was I glad when I realized I had 100% control over every piece of candy - I wish I could do it for every occasion. Sorry to get off topic!) I have ordered truffles and Hanukkah chocolates from Vermont Nut Free and I was totally thrilled. I will plan to do that each year for the holidays. I stay totally away from Sees, and will no longer even bring them to my New York relatives who really expect them from anyone who comes to visit from California. I am so happy with Hersheys that I really should send them an e-mail letting them know how I feel. For chocolate chips I try to buy Guittard. I used to use Ghirardelli, but now they have the tree nut warning on them. Miriam


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