wilton melting chocolate?

Posted on: Sun, 11/04/2007 - 9:19am
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Does anyone have any up to date info on the melting chocolates, discs, from Wilton. Are they safe, we are peanut, tree nut and egg. I looked at package today and it had no warnings, but any info would be great!

Sharon

Posted on: Sun, 11/04/2007 - 10:37am
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I've seen better packaging by them lately. I want to say they had a warning for "may contain milk", but I may be wrong. I noticed that some of the packages in the store were clearly labeled with "may contains" and some were not. Maybe they are phasing in new labeling and there were still some older packages on the shelf?

Posted on: Sun, 11/04/2007 - 7:42pm
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I called a long time ago and was told there was possible cross contamination risk with peanut. I've stayed away from it since. The number I have is 800-794-5866. Call for your own piece of mind.

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2007 - 10:57am
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I emailed Wilton (I was looking for dairy free and nut free) and got this response:
Thank you for your interest in our products.
Please be aware, the following information regarding Food Allergens, Food Sensitizers, or Food specifications is to the best of our knowledge believed to be accurate.
We do not carry any dairy free candy melts and our candy melts are made in a facility where peanuts and tree nuts are present.
Sincerely,
Rosemary
Wilton Industries
Consumer Care Center
800-794-5866

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2007 - 11:21am
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I emailed them for peanut. Here's the response:
"Thank you for your interest in our products.
Please be aware, the following information regarding Food Allergens, Food Sensitizers, or Food specifications is to the best of our knowledge believed to be accurate.
There are no peanuts or tree nuts in the candy melts. However, they are made in a facility where these allergens are present."
Sincerely,
Rosemary
Wilton Industries
Consumer Care Center
800-794-5866
I emailed her back and asked for clarification of this statement "However, they are made in a facility where these allergens are present." Present is one thing but shared manufacturing or packing lines is another issue.
Why can't they just spit it out??

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2007 - 9:46pm
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thanks everyone,
I did call and got the canned response about not having peanuts or treenuts in the melts but in the facility, blah blah blah. My mind just shut down.
There is nothing worse than that quick feeling of hope when you think you have found something that is going to be okay, and then, reality, finding out its not. I had already planned in my head all the cute christmas pops my son and I could make this year..... But then I try to remind myself, it is only FOOD. There are plenty of other things we can do this holiday season that have nothing to do with food, right???
Anyway, thanks again for all the info ladies!

Posted on: Wed, 11/07/2007 - 7:08am
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Here's the updated response that I got back today.
They are clueless. No Wilton's ever for us.
"Thank you for your comments.
The candy melts are made in facility where peanuts and tree nuts are present. We do not have specific line information except that we do know they do clean the lines. However, we cannot guarantee that they change plants or bring workers over that have been working with peanuts or tree nuts."
Sincerely,
Rosemary
Wilton Industries
Consumer Care Center
800-794-5866

Posted on: Thu, 11/08/2007 - 9:37pm
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When I USED to make peanut butter balls, I melted chocolate chips with 1/4 stick paraffin wax. That made a hard, candy-like coating. We did it that way for 20+ years. I'm sure you could do that to make the lollipops. They would harden nicely. There is no funny flavor to the paraffin either.

Posted on: Fri, 11/09/2007 - 2:45am
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Originally Posted By: cookingqueen I had already planned in my head all the cute christmas pops my son and I could make this year..... But then I try to remind myself, it is only FOOD. There are plenty of other things we can do this holiday season that have nothing to do with food, right???
[b]Vermont Nut Free [/b]now makes candy melts. Can't ask for any safer than VNF!
[url="http://vnf.secure-mall.com/shop/?shop=1&cat=3&cart=219018"]http://vnf.secure-mall.com/shop/?shop=1&cat=3&cart=219018[/url]
They have milk chocolate, dark and white. I was so excited to see these - I have always wanted to make candy at home! I just got mine, haven't used them yet, but I'm sure they are going to be delicious (we love VNF chocolate).

Posted on: Fri, 11/09/2007 - 3:16am
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OK I know it's only food but.....
I couldn't let Wilton's response just sit so I sent this reply back to them:
"Thank You for your reply.
Unfortunately we cannot use your products based on your answers. A wash is not good enough. Uncertainty of what's going on in the manufacturing is utterly absurd and dangerous for the consumers. Wiltons label needs to reflect that all products may contain peanuts or tree nuts. Wilton needs to step up to the plate and be more responsible when it comes to labeling. There are people who think labels tell the whole story and we know that not to be the case. I hope some uneducated person doesn't suffer a life threatening reaction because of inaccurate labeling.
Thanks for your time"
Here's the response that I got back..
"My name is Angie Thayer and I am the Food and Regulatory Specialist at Wilton. The e-mail chain below was sent to me by Rose in our Customer Service Department.
Not only am I the Regulatory Specialist at Wilton, but I am also a Registered Dietitian, so I completely understand your concern. The factory that produces our candy melts has recently been reviewed by the FDA and found to have good manufacturing processes in place. However, even with proper cleaning and sanitizing, there is always a chance that a small amount of an allergen can get into a food that doesn

Posted on: Sat, 11/10/2007 - 2:02am
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Thanks for the Vermont Nut Free tip. I ordered some yesterday.

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