which is better? Vermont Nut Free or Kellie\'s Nut Free?

Posted on: Thu, 03/20/2003 - 6:47am
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Hi,

I'm still pretty new to pa & I want to get some Easter chocolate for my pa son. I was wondering which chocolates do you think are better tasting. I'm also interested in buying chocolate chips for home baking. Are there any national brands of chocolate that are safe?

Thanks!

Fran

Posted on: Thu, 03/20/2003 - 9:09am
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Hi Fran,
I am in Canada, so maybe an American member could assist you better.
I have read on these boards that Vermont Nut Free is really good chocolate so I would recommend that. They make chocolate chips too.
In my opinion, Hershey USA products are good too (chocolate bars and chocolate chips) as Hershey USA seems to label well, using warning such as "manufactured in the same facility as peanuts", "Manufactured on the saem equipment that also processing peanuts", etc.
You could also try doing a "search" using the words "Chocolate" and "American" in the [i]Manufacturers - Safe and Unsafe[/i] forum.
In the USA, I do not think there are any safe Nestle chocolate bars, unless your local store is willing to order [i]Coffee Crisp[/i] for you.
Another alternative is to order the Nestle Canada Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp, and Smarties that are made in a nut free facility. They can be ordered from the web site [url="http://www.panhandlepremium.com"]http://www.panhandlepremium.com[/url]

Posted on: Thu, 03/20/2003 - 10:06am
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I've never had Kellie's so I can't comment on them, but VNF is really terrific. I'm wild about their dark chocolate drops (like Kisses) and their chocolate chips.
Amy

Posted on: Thu, 03/20/2003 - 11:45pm
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I will have to let you know. We have tried the VNF chocolates and they are great. We ordered an Easter basket from Kelly's and are awaiting it's arrival! I'll keep you posted.

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2003 - 5:46am
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I have had both. I believe Kellies is less pricey. Vermont Nut-Free is very gourmet tasting, great for special occasions, guests, etc, while the Kellies is more Hershey-like. Still very good, maybe for things like school treats, party grab bags, candy dishes etc.

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2003 - 7:27am
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VNF is fabulous (worth every penny) - I have not tried Kellies yet but they look great! I use Guittard chocolate chips for baking.
Jaime

Posted on: Fri, 03/21/2003 - 9:51am
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VNF is excellent, and if it really is a better quality, it is not much more pricey if at all than Kelly's. I was just comparing prices recently. mulling over trying Kelly's as well. I might give Kelly a try, since she is local(enough) to where I live, and I or dh might be able to pick it up and save shipping.
We do love VNF, though, especially the crispy! Becca

Posted on: Sat, 03/22/2003 - 9:57am
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I've tried almost all of the VNF products, and recently tried Kellie's for items that VNF does not produce like the chocolate covered pretzels and plain caramels. I thought both companies make very tasty candies, and the variations in their product lines open up more options for my son.
Kellie's caramels taste just like my homemade ones too.

Posted on: Sat, 03/22/2003 - 11:53pm
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ryan's mom - would you be willing to share your homemade caramel recipe? DS just loves caramel - I tried making it once and it was a disaster!
Thanks-
mae [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 03/23/2003 - 8:30am
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Mae,
I'll reraise it under the Snacks/Recipes Board. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you'll need one. A two or three-degree difference from the required temp. will produce disasterous results--too hard or runny. I made a double-batch once and didn't watch the temp. It had to be thrown away--hard as a rock!

Posted on: Sun, 03/23/2003 - 1:21pm
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I've never heard of Kelly's before. Can someone post a link?

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