WRT: \'Food\'......The \"Birthday/Treats\" list.. Different strokes for different folks.

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 1:10am
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This list is not intended as advice, it's just would be nice to survey what others *feel* or *believe* is "safe" for their [i]own[/i] highly individual, and possibly unique child or self. Individual Mileage May Vary. My cubs are six and eleven. first and fifth grade...

Here's some things on *my* list for *my* family. No one else. Just us. What we do. No advice, this may indeed, be a very dicey list. Even for my family. At this point, many of you may feel I don't even need a drum roll. You know I'm a bad mommy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] The things I let my cubs do or eat, for instance. Encourage, even. Possibly some form of [i]co-dependency[/i]..........an enabler maybe.

Despite "Wellness Policies", I think my school is just as interested in what food items I feed *my* child, as ever.

But here goes. (Starting off the top of my head, no list to read from will maybe add more later) *Some* of the items I'm putting on *my* "Birthday/Treat" list. Intended for none other than [i]My Family[/i].

Anywhoo, nose clip on, goggles up, taking the plunge:

Nerds Rope
Airheads
Cookies and Cream candy bars (the 1.55 oz flat ones)
Hershey Candy bars (the 1.55 oz flat ones)
Charleston Chews
Junior Mints
Milk Duds
Sugar Babies
Snow Balls
Twinkies
Ho-Hos
Suzie Q's
Dean's Country Fresh Ice Cream Sandwiches
Scooby Do Push Pops
Fudgescicles (single pops)
Bananna/Rootbeer/Orange/Grape/Cherry/LemonLime Popscicles (singles)
Some orange sherbret coated vanilla ice cream bars (I remember the brand, would have to refresh my memory with a walk through the frozen section)
Breyers Bananna Bonanza, Vanilla, Chocolate Checkerboard, Very Cherry, Chocolate Overload, Take Two, Cookies and Cream, Chocolate Covered Cherry, Mint Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip, and probably some others I just can't remember.....

Currently investigating the Breyers "Cyclone" flavors.

Deans mini ice cream sandwiches

Ice cream I mentioned served in a "Joy" waffle bowl or waffle cone. With a variety of toppings I'm just too &&&& tired to list. Again.

Charms Blow Pops

Tootsie Pops

Dots (oh, save me from even *one more*)

Hostess chocolate cup cakes

Hostess Golden cup cakes

Folks, those last two are where I'm very well tempted to say: "the **** with it, allow baked goods, my child just won't eat one. I'll keep him home for the day. [i]Just so no other child will have to have yet *another* Hostess cup cake.[/i] Not that there is anything wrong with them for my child, just that how many *&^%$#@ many of them should any child eat in the name of "birthdays" in a given school year. Particularly after many moms pack them in thier lunches as well. (might be a "bad mommy" thing [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]. Maybe I'm contagious or something....)

Pepperidge Farm frozen, multi serving Coconut layer cake, golden cake chocolate frosted layer cake, and chocolate cake chocolate frosted layer cake. Not sure if there are any other flavors.

Sara Lee Golden Baked New York Classic Cheesecake. (Like any mom is sending this in, huh?) Maybe I'm just being passive aggressive. Should I list toppings???

Something tho, in the cheesecake department I *am* going to check on, and currently not sure of is the "Sara Lee Cheesecake Bites". MMMMMMMMMMMMMMmm....maybe as a side for a sundae bar..... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

But hey, this is just [i]preliminary[/i]. It might change.

But hey, I'm working on this list. Trying to update it. For me. And me alone. Just sharing my misery. (Aren't y'all lucky?)

General Disclaimer:I am not offering advice in any manner or form. absolutely not.

[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited July 30, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 5:09am
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I used to eat the Sara Lee Cheescake bites...then they came out with a Reese's Cheesecake bite (Sara Lee). Not sure if it was a market test in my area or not...they come and go. Along with that...I saw 1 box of the regular cheesecake bites with a 'same equip as peanuts' warning, but all the other boxes did not...so I assumed that they changed their manufacturing procedures (like when the mega-size 'new blue labeled' caramello bars became unsafe last year)
Anyhoot - I never called...just an FYI
Adrienne
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Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 7:58am
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Momma Bear, well, I've never provided a list specific to birthday/party treats, just always the Safe Snack and Lunch List.
Since I'm Canadian, actually quite a few of the items on your list are not okay for me, because here, in Canada, they're labeled "may contain", but otherwise, hey, the list looks good to me.
But then again, I'm a BAD MOMMY too. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 8:13am
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I've tried the Breyer's chocolate chip cookie dough Cyclone flavor.
It's okay, much better than the regular Breyers cookie dough, which tastes horrendous.
Ben and Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough is better than both of them, IMO.
Which reminds me, I've noticed in the store recently a Pillsbury Ice Cream (one has vanilla cake bits, another with the cookie dough, and one that looked like an oreo thing) and it's made by Breyers. May have to give that a try....

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 11:18am
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Quote:Originally posted by csc:
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Since I'm Canadian, actually quite a few of the items on your list are not okay for me, because here, in Canada, they're labeled "may contain", but otherwise, hey, the list looks good to me.
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ya know, doesn't that just make your fur bristle?? Does mine. Anywhooo was shopping this afternoon and started exploring some of the "fancy" cookie stuff. I was reading the label on the "Pims" from "LU". Looked pretty comprehensive, and on the particular flavors I was reading (orange and raspberry), I didn't see any mention of peanuts or nuts (might have missed it), but there were quite a few redundant "contains" labels and "manufactured in" labels regarding other allergens.
Made in Belgium, but sold in the U.S.
Why the "advisory" labelling? U.S. influence, Belgium labelling laws, U.S. packaging a Belgium product, a Belgium product manufactured here, or what? I don't know. Either way, I didn't buy it. Maybe I can find something out in "Manufacturers". But if it was a "U.S. thing", how could I be sure that we know *that* much about a "Belgium thing"? If it was a "Belgium thing", how can I be sure they are *that* informed? I mean, snipey elitist American that I am. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
Anywhooooo caught this label on a "LU" shortbread cookie: This product is not suitable for nut allergy [i]sufferers[/i].
"Sufferers". Don't know how "PC" that is, but I didn't know whether to sigh or smile. KWIM?
But I ended up buying some Pepperidge Farm Lidos, Rialtos, and Raspberry Chantillys. (Again, no advice, it may just be something that "works" for my family and my family [i]alone[/i].) But hey, I don't even know if they "work". First time I've bought these particular PF cookie flavors. Some of the other flavors have "worked", so, I'm buying them and then going through my post purchase contemplation.
edit to add: "regarding other allergens" and something about the PF cookies. and add disclaimer.
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Individual Mileage May Vary.
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited July 30, 2006).]

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 11:28am
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Quote:Originally posted by ajgauthier:
[b]
I used to eat the Sara Lee Cheescake bites...then they came out with a Reese's Cheesecake bite (Sara Lee). Not sure if it was a market test in my area or not...they come and go. Along with that...I saw 1 box of the regular cheesecake bites with a 'same equip as peanuts' warning, but all the other boxes did not...so I assumed that they changed their manufacturing procedures (like when the mega-size 'new blue labeled' caramello bars became unsafe last year)
Anyhoot - I never called...just an FYI
Adrienne
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thank you for the info.
Haven't seen the "peanut butter" ones. Not ever......
But the question is, do I want to call the manufacturer? If I do, will I trust was Mr. or Mrs. Phone Jockey has to say anyway? Do I want it in writing? Will they give it to me in writing? Do I just want to go with the label? Do I really even know how to read a label?
Are these "cheesecake bites" really *that* important to me? To my cubs? I just don't know.....Do we *need* a cheesecake "bite"?

Posted on: Sun, 07/30/2006 - 11:31am
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Quote:Originally posted by starlight:
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Pillsbury[/b]
ever since reading a particular poster's comment about the "Pillsbury dough boy", I cannot strike the image of him flying around the room, deflating......sputtering that ridiculous little laugh. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 12:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[B] ya know, doesn't that just make your fur bristle?? B]
I think what it's made me do sometimes is question why Canadian labeling is different than American labeling. Have Canadians been dealing with CYA labeling for a long time? Is Canadian labeling "better"? Is the Canadian labeling actually correct? Or, is it a matter of the same product being made in different facilities and we get the "may contain" warning *properly* and you don't get a "may contain" warning *properly*.
I just know that I read a lot of things here that my American friends can enjoy that we can't buy in Canada without a "may contain" warning.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 2:18am
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Quote:Originally posted by csc:
[b] I think what it's made me do sometimes is question why Canadian labeling is different than American labeling. Have Canadians been dealing with CYA labeling for a long time? Is Canadian labeling "better"? Is the Canadian labeling actually correct? Or, is it a matter of the same product being made in different facilities and we get the "may contain" warning *properly* and you don't get a "may contain" warning *properly*.
[/b]
are there less facilities in Canada for any given manufacturer? Therefore, more items processed in any one facility? Is there any "farming out" of brand name products to "no name" facilities for production? Don't know....
I guess the question remains: Are we (U.S. and Canadian) going to trust our labelling?

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 5:53am
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Did I read that Milk Duds were made with Shea Nuts or am I mistaken?

Posted on: Mon, 07/31/2006 - 5:55am
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Great question, Momma Bear.
Do we trust our labeling (no matter what country we live in)?
I trust labeling of brand name products (and a lot of no name too actually) made in Canada. Any product imported from the U.S. - I have a little question mark go off in my head and some (like Pillsbury) I'm quite hesitant to buy.
But ya, I guess I do trust Canadian labeling.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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