Monday, June 15, 2009

Hershey's Candy Follow-Up

I got a lot of questions and response from my previous Hershey post regarding the safety of their candies. I understand why--we'd love to have a few more choices at the supermarket for our allergic family members.

Good news, kids. Hershey, at least, has several products that the nut-allergic can use. For all other allergies, check the labels, please. Those of you with milk or dairy allergies should probably stick to Enjoy Life or other dairy-free chocolate brands.

Check out this link from the FAQS page at Hershey. It confirms what I have been told--if there is any concern about crossover contact, they will have an allergy warning such as "may contains" or "processed on equipment with." If you don't see this type of allergy warning you can then deem the product "safe."

So that would mean plain Hershey's milk chocolate kisses are safe for nut allergies--for other varieties--and there are so many--please read the labels carefully. Also, Hershey's semi-sweet baking chips are OK--good to know since Nestle are off limits.

Of course, companies can make mistakes so we never have guarantees when purchasing prepared foods. However, kudos to Hershey (located in my husband's hometown!) for taking food allergies seriously. If you have questions about specific allergy needs, you can call Hershey at 1-800-468-1714. Hours are Monday-Friday between 9 and 4 ET.

I hope this helps clear up some of the confusion!


Anonymous said...

this is great news! I have always just stayed away, but now I think Hershey's may be my candy-of-choice for holidays, baking and special treats like smores! love vermont nut free but the online ordering gets pricey!!!

Jenny said...

Please remember to check the labels everybody! A reader e-mailed me to let me know that while reg. size York Peppermint Patties are nut-free, the mini ones for baking (like choc. morsels) are not.

As I stated before, Hershey will have allergy warnings if there is any chance of cross-contact. So read those labels and thanks to all of you who share your info with us!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure this info is correct and the link and pages on Hershey's site is not specifically addressing allergens on shared equipment as well as being processed or manufactured in the same facility. It's hard for me to believe that a Hershey Almond bar wasn't processed in the same facility at least, as a plain Hershey chocolate bar. These products should contain these warnings as well since manufacturing on separate equipment still carries risks.

Jenny said...

No one has to use any product they don't feel comfortable about using. If you want more info on any product, I always suggest contacting the company directly. Manufacturing practices change all the time.