usa - safe candy

Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2002 - 3:18am
matsam's picture
Joined: 03/11/2002 - 09:00

I know this question has already been addressed, but most of the candy listed seemed to be canadian. I'm from the US and live in michigan. I'm just looking for safe candy ideas for my son's halloween party. Thanks in advance and let's all pray for a Happy SAFE Halloween for our PA friends!!!

Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2002 - 4:07am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Yes.. those of us in Canada are so lucky we have so much safe candy.
In the USA I believe the following are safe. Of course, you must always read the label every time as manufacturing conditions are constantly changing:
Vermont Nut Free:
- all products
Nestle USA
- Nerds, Runts, Sweet Tarts, Shock Tarts, etc
- the nut-free Coffee Crisp chocolate bar is carried by some retailers (see [url=""][/url] for more details)
Hershey USA
- Kit Kat Bites (regular Kit Kat bar is NOT safe), Rolos, Sixlets, regular Hershey bar, York peppermint patties
- certain Hershey's kisses (not all.. some holiday kisses may have warnings on them), plus Hershey also manufactures some nut-free products under the "Cadbury" brand name in the USA
M&M/Mars USA
- Skittles
- Starburst fruit chews
Trebor Allan
- I know this is a Canadian company, but many of their products (ie: Swedish fish, fuzzy peach, etc) are exported to the USA and carried in convenience & drug stores
Tootsie Rolls
- it has been posted many times at that these are safe
Ce De Candy
- American Smarties
So it seems that the USA does have a fair number of nut-free candy products to enjoy.

Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2002 - 4:17am
matsam's picture
Joined: 03/11/2002 - 09:00

Wonderful!! Thank you Erik!

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 11:59am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Do you know if any Hershey product without a warning is safe?? For example, I bought a bag of mini Hershey bars for Halloween, and there is no warning on the bag of any kind. Is it safe??

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 11:36pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

mitch'smom, I know you are asking erik, but thought I would butt in, lol. I think it boils down to a comfort zone thing. Just because there is no warning does not mean, absolutely, that there has not been a product made on shared equipment. i could not get that out of them. I called twice in the last 6 months. Hersheys does state, very emphatically, that they have an allergy tast team, and if there were any chance of cross contamination, there would be a warning. I again asked if that means no shared equipment for particular products, and was given the same answer. I then asked why some people *had* been told the regular bar and kisses are made on dedicated lines, and she said some people will give out that info, and it is pretty accurate for that product, but theu are not supposed to say that. They really want to rely on the allergy task team, regardless of production proceedures. "If the allergy team believes there is any chance of cross contam. it will be on the label as a may contain."
My overall impression is to trust them, but I do still stick to just the plain bars, baking semi sweet morsels, and cocoa, and sixlets. Hope that helps. There are some recent threads discussing what people think of Hershey. HTH. becca

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 11:37pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

ugh, sorry about typos-busy! B

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 12:53am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Mitch's Mom,
I am glad Becca replied for you, as it saves me from doing all that typing.
I think it also depends whether you are in Canada or the USA.
Here in Canada, I believe that Hershey's does label if it is made on shared equipment. I have seen many Hershey products with labels such as these:
"Manufactured in a facitily that processes almonds"
"Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts"
Yesterday I saw this warning on the "Skor bites" as an example.
But please note, this is in Canada for products made by Hershey Canada. So if there is no peanut/nut warning on products made by Hershey Canada, I think it is quite safe.
Bit as Becca said, when she calls Hershey USA they will not give her specific details. As she said, it is a comfort zone thing.
But I would not hesitate to eat Hershey Canada products.
You had specifically asked about the mini-Hershey bars. I would consider them safe. The regular size Hershey bar in Canada says "may contain peanuts" so it is not safe so if there was a risk with the mini bar I think Hershey Canada would have put a warning on it also. But the mini Hershey bars I saw have no warning.
Hope Becca's and my replies have helped. You could call Hershey Canada too if you want another opinion. Happy Halloween!!! [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 2:17am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Just want to make a comment, Erik. I think it is great that you are an adult here posting about the foods you eat without troubles! The comfort zone thing is so hard when we are making choices for someone else, as is the case of us with young children. It gives me great comfort to hear that you(and other adults) enjoy certain foods without symptoms. I imagine you would immediately know if a food were tainted. Is that right?
Do you ever try a food, say in a restaurant, or a product form the grocery store, and get the feeling it just isn't right? Do you sometimes get just a mild symptom, and know not to have something again, versus full blown reaction needing epinephrine?
I know sometimes I think a food might be okay, but my dd cannot articulate if she were to feel a bit off, so I just stick to a limited palate, and will allow her to open it up a bit as she becomes older and more aware. A bit off the topic, but just curious how it is for adults with this allergy. Becca

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 5:46am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Thank you becca and erik. Your information has clarified things for me. You have been most helpful!!

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 9:15am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

Also, anything made by the company "Just Born" are considered safe. Their products include:
Mike and Ikes
Hot Tamales
There are individually wrapped vanilla cream ghost peeps available for Halloween as well as packages of peep pumpkins.
Happy Halloween!
Jaime =)

Posted on: Tue, 10/15/2002 - 12:03am
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

Hi Becca,
Yes.. I immediately know if a food is tainted. I will get an intense itching on the roof of my mouth, that won't go away even if I drink lots of water.
Examples have been:
1) eating a birthday cake, marzipan pieces on the top, take one bite out of marzipan and get immediate itching in my mouth, stop eating it... end up with large hives, nausea, etc, quite sick all night
2) eat a no-name chocolate bar sold by boy scouts - no nut ingredients but must have been cross contaminated as itchy mouth again
3) eat a Danish pastry (when I was on vacation in Sweden) and itchy mouth again, nausea again
I have not had any allergic reactions since about the age of 16. I think the reason is that I am more strict due to the reactions I did have by:
1) never eat baked goods unless I am certain they are safe (so I rarely eat them)
2) never eat chocolate unless it is manufactured by a major manufacturer (Nestle, Cadbury/Neilson, Trebor Allan, Hershey, Mars) and there is NO nut warning on the label
3) stay away from unknown brands/no name brands
4) if I am not sure about a food item, I just won't eat
5) I never eat at Thai or Vietnamese restaurants (but Japanese & Korean seem to be safe, and certain Chinese restaurants are safe too but you must be very careful when you pick one)
So as an adult, I have been quite successful in avoiding peanuts. But I have had "airborne" reactions. When eating at Montanas (in the bar area everyone throws peanut shells on the ground) I started to sneeze, lost my voice, and had to go outside. So I have to avoid those restaurants with peanut shells allover the floor in the bar (even though the peanut shells are not in the dining room, it still affects me).
I have been lucky enough to have never had an anaphalactic reaction. It is probably because the amount of peanut in the cross-contaminated items was very small.
I guess the answer to your question is that I have had mild symptoms in these cross-contamination examples. And the main warning sign for me was itchiness starting in my mouth immediately, and then moving to my skin (and hives).
I know it must be very hard with your young daughter as if she did eat something and start having a reaction, she may not recognize the itchy mouth or nausea and tell you about it until a bit later. It is best to stick with what you consider safe, and then as she gets older you can expand the choices to other options.


Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by doggydude Sun, 07/19/2020 - 4:36am
Comments: 1
Latest Post by Tinsley Thu, 07/16/2020 - 8:12am
Comments: 5
Latest Post by Tinsley Thu, 07/16/2020 - 7:21am
Comments: 13
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Wed, 07/15/2020 - 1:45pm
Comments: 79
Latest Post by doggydude Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:46pm
Comments: 46

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Whether you have a child with a peanut allergy or you are sensitive to packing a nut-free lunch out of concern for other people’s children, it is...

People with peanut allergy are advised to wear a peanut allergy bracelet or a medical ID bracelet that indicates the allergy so that if they...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

When love is in the air we can get caught up in the moment and throw caution to the wind. However, if you have a...

There is no definitive treatment for a peanut allergy. Because every case different, reactions will...

Tree nuts and peanuts are distinctly different. An allergy to one does not guarantee an allergy to the other. Peanuts are considered legumes and...

Many doctors treat allergies, including pediatricians and general practice doctors. When allergies are severe, primary care physicians often refer...

Are you tired of serving fresh-cut fruits and veggies as a healthy snack? Sure, there's nothing wrong with these options, but they can get boring...

For those living with peanut allergies, having a source of ready-to-eat 'safe' foods can be a...

Are you craving cake? Perhaps there's an upcoming birthday...

Asthma is a condition that is considered to be chronic and long term. Asthma disrupts the airways located in the lungs. Asthma often causes these...

Peanut oil is an inexpensive, healthful and inoffensive way to cook—unless you have a peanut allergy!

Light peanut oil is popular as a...

Are you looking for peanut-free candies as a special treat for a child with...

People with peanut allergy should know about foods to avoid, as many who are allergic to peanuts are allergic to other nuts like walnuts, cashews...

If you or your child has a peanut allergy, that unmistakable smell of peanuts wafting through the air...

Those with severe peanut allergies soon learn to look for the 'peanut-free sign' on any packaged food purchase. This is a notation found on a wide...

For many people with peanut allergies, baked goods present one of the most significant risks. Even if...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...