usa - safe candy

Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2002 - 3:18am
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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
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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="http://www.coffeecrisp.org"]www.coffeecrisp.org[/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 PA.com 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
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Wonderful!! Thank you Erik!

Posted on: Sun, 10/13/2002 - 11:59am
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erik,
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
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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
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ugh, sorry about typos-busy! B

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 12:53am
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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]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 2:17am
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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
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Thank you becca and erik. Your information has clarified things for me. You have been most helpful!!
Beth

Posted on: Mon, 10/14/2002 - 9:15am
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Also, anything made by the company "Just Born" are considered safe. Their products include:
Mike and Ikes
Zours
Hot Tamales
Peeps
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
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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.

Posted on: Tue, 10/15/2002 - 1:15am
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Thanks for sharing, Erik. I am not alone in worrying about a youngster here, as you well know! Your posts are so helpful because of being an adult and knowing how it feels to eat the foods you vouch for!
What a bummer and so scary, however, to be out for an evening of fun, or vacationing in an unfamiliar place and to have a reaction. It is good you have not had more life-threatening experiences, but I dare say those reactions do not sound mild.
I agree it is best to keep things simple, some nice and safe choices until little ones can put words to all their physical feelings. Especially when some are quite into the drama of fake coughing @@! Have a nice day. Becca

Posted on: Tue, 10/15/2002 - 2:18am
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Hi Becca,
Yes.. I shouldn't really use the term "mild". In my mind, I guess I associate it as mild as I did not have anaphalaxis...
The marzipan reaction was the worst... massive hives, itchy, nausea, felt ill, etc all night. So not mild at all, but at least not anaphalaxis ...
But back when I was a child/teenager, allergy awareness was not as high.. I didn't even know about cross-contamination and didn't know what an epi-pen was. NOw that I know about it, I can avoid baked goods, etc so it is much easier to avoid peanuts (although I have had to give up a lot of food).
Have a great day!

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