Your comfort level with chocolate

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 4:44am
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pI'm interested in learning about people's comfort levels concerning the use of chocolate./p
pI currently allow my three year old PA son to have some chocolate, specifically Canadian Smarties, Hersheys chocolate (bars, chips and kisses), chocolate cake as well as some cookies that have chocolate in them. I do not allow him to have anything labeled "may contain" or "processed in the same facility". If there is no such label and there is no peanut ingredient listed, I generally consider the chocolate safe. /p
pDo you treat chcolate the same way I do or do you abstain completely for fear of cross-contamination or confusing your child with which chocolate he/she can have, or do you follow some other practice?/p

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 6:39am
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My almost three-year-old has only had chocolates from Vermont Nut Free and either home made chocolate items, baked by my family with "safe" ingredients, or products from reliable companies (like Oreos or Chips Ahoy cookies or Betty Crocker mixes, etc). At this point, I do NOT trust other sources of chocolate. He's not a big sweets eater anyway, perhaps because he hasn't had much of it yet.
Everybody does have their own comfort level, but especially with a non-essential (essential to my husband)such as chocolate, and given the high risk of cross-contamination, I do not feel comfortable with chocolate (or baked goods, for that matter).
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Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 7:23am
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AmyR., my comfort level with chocolate is probably the same as yours. Until Jesse does have a reaction directly related to chocolate and cross-contamination thereof, I don't feel the need to tighten up in that area.
Now, in Canada, Smarties, Kitkat, Coffee Crisp and a couple of other "safe" chocolate bars are produced by Nestle (formerly Rowntree). I feel totally comfortable with them. In fact, I felt so comfortable with them that I never thought about checking the labels on any other chocolate bars and was VERY pleased when I found out Jesse could try a Caramilk bar, which he did.
We do not allow "may contain" or "made in", but I have felt really comfortable with the Rowntree line of chocolate bars and Smarties and have ventured as far as trying Cadbury's Caramilk.
He does eat a chocolate dipped donut in the local donut shop (I can hear people gasping!). I just have been very fortunate not to have a problem with chocolate so far.
And then, also, I don't like my children consuming a lot of candy/sweets/chocolate anyway so they're not getting it a lot.
I did become somewhat concerned about my "comfort zone" re chocolate when I read on this site that other parents do not allow their children to eat chocolate at all unless it is from Vermont Nut Free, but I stepped back and recognized that that was their comfort zone and didn't necessarily have to be mine.
Also, because they are labeled "safely", I use Hershey Chocolate Chips and another name brand when I made oatmeal chocolate chip muffins.
Amy, I'm sorry, why couldn't I have simply said, yes, my comfort zone is the same! Oh, the day, the day!
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 8:37am
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I let her have hershey kisses & kit kats. So far that's all she's ever had. And she loves chocolate milk and hot cocoa.

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 8:46am
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AmyR, our son eats Hershey Kisses and Frosty's at Wendy's. That is about the extent of his chocolate zone.
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Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 9:25am
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Hi everyone, I am finding that now Christopher is setting some of his own zones. Actually he is worse than I ever was with him. He has stopped eating some foods that he always has been able to eat. He has a lot of fears that he has developed in the last few months. I think maybe he is going through a faze of realization of severity. I know he went through it before and has had the allergy for 14 years,but every so often he goes through this fear. He really has never been a sweet eater. However I am thinking about the Vermont nut free. I don't know much about this place and I would love any info on it from you people. Thank you claire

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 9:48am
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I had trouble with Chip Ahoy cookies just last week. I ate two and a few hours later I took two Benadril chewables because I was experiencing such pain below my abdomen. Whenever I have such an experience I lose my appetite for anything that may contain peanuts. I do not refer to it as fear but just the realization that it is better to be very careful rather than suffer the consequences. I have purchased Vermont Nut-Free Chocolates and they are very good. It sure is satisfying to eat something knowing there will be no unpleasantness later.

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 10:05am
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We do not feed my PA daughter ANY chocolate. No packaged cookies. Homemade only, and even those without chocolate except for twice made with Vermont Nut Free chocolate chips. And even then I felt really bad to have introduced her to a food that has so many dangerous look-alikes or taste-alikes. I don't want her to want chocolate. I consider candy and desserts to be in the extremely high-risk catagory.

Posted on: Mon, 01/15/2001 - 11:04am
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veteran.pa--can I ask you about the Chips Ahoy cookies that you recently had a stomach reaction to? Were they the regular kind (not soft & chewy) in a regular siz package and if so were you able to eat them without any trouble in the past.
My 4 yr. old PA daughter used to eat these alot and just recently took a bite of one and said that she didn't like these anymore. Now she will not eat them at all. Not that I care about her not eating cookies but I was curious why all of a sudden she stopped liking them. I too thought that maybe she felt something uncomfortable with them at the time.

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2001 - 11:21am
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Diane,
I always ate chocolate chip cookies until the past several months. Since I began reading this board, I have learned to look at the chip bags to find if they have a peanut warning. The Chip Ahoy bag that I ate from had no warning at all. Many times in the past I would think that the pain I experienced came from food contamination, a virus, or maybe a physical problem I was unaware of. More and more I can get rid of the pain in a short period of time by chewing a Benedryl tablet. To me that is the way I can detect if it is just an allergic reaction. Once I know the food I ate made me feel bad, I no longer have an appetite for it.

Posted on: Tue, 01/16/2001 - 11:29am
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My comfort level with chocolate is small. I allow Bobby to eat only Hersheys 1.5 oz. bar & hersheys chips(for baking). I also found a place near me that has peanut/nut free lines that I have been using for two years.
I also allow Bobby to eat Chips Ahoy & found no problems & when I called Nabisco they toldme that they were safe. Maybe someone needs to check into this.
Verteran PA do you really think they are cross contanimated? I hope you are feeling better? You just put a red flag up for me & probably alot of other people on this board.
Take Care
Ronna

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