New Smarties Bar Canada

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 4:48am
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I went to purchase the new Smarties Bar in Canada thinking it would be nut free as the Smarties are fine to eat here. However, the Bar has a warning label. Nestle also makes a safe Kit Kat bar. However, there is also a new Kit Kat flavour that does contain a label. I just emailed [url="http://www.nestle.ca"]www.nestle.ca[/url] to ask why and if they were still going to continue the safe products. These are the only chocolate bars a peanut allergy individual can eat in Canada. Nestle has been so good in the past!

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 5:10am
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Hi Browell,
Nestle Canada is continuing to make the safe products in their nut-free/peanut-free facility.
However, they only have one nut-free chocolate facility in Canada, so the bars they make in other facilities are not safe. Regular Smarties are always safe (although you should always check the label to be certain) as they are manufactured in the nut-free facility. However, when they mix regular Smarties and chocolate together (as they do with the Christmas tree ornaments or the Smarties Easter eggs or the Smarties Valentines hearts), it is unsafe as it is manufactured in the unsafe facility. The new Smarties bar is another example of this. As you can see from the example below, a large warning message appears on these products, including a circle with an image of a peanut inside, along with another warning in the ingredient list.
[img]http://www.canadiansweets.com/cs_product/graphics/nestle/nes-0031.gif[/img]
As for the Kit Kat Chunky Caramel, this product is not made in Canada. It is imported to Canada from overseas (Australia?) and is manufactured in a facility that uses nuts, so it is not safe.
However, Nestle Canada is continuing to introduce new varieties of chocolate bars that are made in the nut-free facility (Aero Caramel, Kit Kat dark, etc) so there is still a large variety of safe chocolate bars for us to purchase.
Always check labels to be safe, but as of Feb 17, 2004, these are the Nestle bars manufactured in the nut-free/peanut-free facility in Toronto that are safe (or imported to Canada from the nut-free/peanut-free facility in York, UK):
Aero (regular, snack-size, orange, dark, mint, caramel, chunky, king size)
Kit Kat (regular, snack-size, orange, dark, Chunky, Chunky MAX, Chunky white, king size)
Coffee Crisp (regular, snack-size, french vanilla, triple mocha, king size)
Smarties (regular, sundae, orange, king size)
Mirage (regular)
Rolo (regular)
After Eight mint box (only the wafer thin mints - the After Eight chocolate bar [b]may contain peanuts[/b])
The UNSAFE bars are:
Smaties milk chocolate bar (may contain nuts/peanuts)
Smarties white chocolate bar (may contain nuts/peanuts)
Kit Kat Chunky Caramel (may contain nuts/peanuts)
Smarties holiday products (shakers, ornamants, eggs, etc) (may contain nuts/peanuts)
...etc...
So no need to worry.. the nut-free/peanut-free facility is staying safe ... but since they only have one facility like this, there will always be some Nestle Canada bars that are not safe to eat. Always check labels to be safe [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:18am
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Thanks so much. It is good to hear that they will still be making some of the chocolate bars without warning labels. Thanks again!

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:20am
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Quote:Originally posted by browell:
[b] These are the only chocolate bars a peanut allergy individual can eat in Canada. [/b]
Actually, there are safe Cadbury and Hershey bars as well. Both these companies (as well as Nestle) put allergy alerts, so read the fine print, but there are safe chocolate bars.

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:35am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b] Actually, there are safe Cadbury and Hershey bars as well. Both these companies (as well as Nestle) put allergy alerts, so read the fine print, but there are safe chocolate bars.[/b]
Hi Anna Marie,
That's true. I eat the Bounty bar and the Dove caramilk bar (both from M&M/Mars) and I also eat various Cadbury (ie: Caramilk, Easter Creme Eggs, Flake, etc) and Hershey (ie: kisses, etc) products.
There are a lot of safe products out there.
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 6:52am
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The Smarties Bar made by Nestle UK contains a warning, too. Bummer.

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 7:08am
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I honestly don't mind missing this one. candy covered chocolate inside chocolate just doesn't sound that thrilling.
However, baking cookies with smarties - yum. Any recipe for chocolate chips can be substituted with smarties and they're delicious. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 7:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b]However, baking cookies with smarties - yum. Any recipe for chocolate chips can be substituted with smarties and they're delicious. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img][/b]
Thanks for the tip.. never tried this before! I've only baked cookies with Hershey's chocolate chips .. I'll try Smarties next time [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
(of course, I am lazy so I only bake cookies about once a year! haha)

Posted on: Tue, 02/17/2004 - 12:12pm
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Well, if you're only going to do it once a year do it at Christmas time. There are Christmas Smarties - red and green - with little pictures on them. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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