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Are there any store brand ice creams that you trust for your lo with severe nut allergies? We are currently using Ben & Jerry's vanilla.....they work closely with the faan and after talking with them it sounds as if there's is a trustworthy one. Of course nothing is as safe as making your own. Popsicles are an entirely different story.
So Delicious® Dairy Free features unique multi-pack novelties, including creamy bars and convenient mini sandwiches in an assortment of delectable flavors.
In Spring of 2007 Turtle Mountain introduced So Delicious® Dairy Free Kidz Pops, child-size pops in fudge and assorted fruit flavors. Fruit sweetened and made with all natural ingredients, Kidz Pops are also free of the eight most common food allergens.
This is copied from purelydecadent.com under the about us section. I beieve that only the Kidz Pups are nut free but they are a comoany that we have used many times and I enjoy their products. If you child is sensitive to coconut this is NOT a good alternative but as long as they are not sensitive to coconut it should be fine nut wise...
*Breyer's Ice Cream: I feel safe with this ice cream because Tyler has been eating it for a while and has had zero problems. Many, many others on the PA boards said the same thing. Here is what the Breyer's website states:
We also have special handling procedures for all allergenic ingredients used in our manufacturing facilities. Unilever Ice Cream/Good Humor-Breyers does not have dedicated production lines in our factories for product containing allergens. However, we do have a very strict allergen-handling policy. If there is an allergen concern on a manufacturing line, the machine is disassembled and thoroughly cleaned. This process takes several hours. Our historical results and process verification testing for allergens has shown that these steps are effective at removing allergenic proteins.
I realize this is probably out of some people's comfort zones but my husband and I decided that the fact they thoroughly clean their machinery and even do testing to make sure the equipment is clean, plus so many people reported zero problems with it over several years made it OK for us. Again, everyone has a different comfort level.
*Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream: My husband is addicted to this stuff. Many times I've seen a "May contains" labeling and didn't let Tyler have it. Then, last week he brought one home without a warning and I was confused. With the help of another reader (thanks P.C.!!), I found this information on their website:
Our policies and procedures are such that if peanuts or tree nuts (almonds, cashews, chestnuts, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts/filberts, macadamias, Brazil nuts, pine nuts) as well as eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat, soy, seeds, and lupin are not listed in the ingredient declaration or in an Allergy Information statement in boldface on the package, then the product is safe to consume for persons with allergies to those ingredients.
If you visit the above link you will also see they are members of he Food Allergy Network and the Food Allergy Resource and Research Program. I think they are very educated and wouldn't bind themselves legally to the above statement if they were not truly safe for those with a peanut allergy. Again, this is what we have determined is in our family's comfort level. Your family may be totally different.
I trust So Delicious ice cream, because they have a very strict allergen-prevention program.
From their website:
Turtle Mountain applies strict quality control measures in an effort to prevent contamination by undeclared food allergens. To assure our preventative measures are effective, we sample test our product for the presence of gluten, dairy, peanut and almond allergens using state of the art testing methods.
We're 100% NO peanuts (DH is allergic) and haven't given any nuts yet to Rebecca (or Elias, lol), and we confidently use Kirkland's (Costco) vanilla, Breyers all naturals (unless they have nuts in them!), and Food Lion's all natural line, which I believe is made by Breyers, but you can contact Food Lion to find out for sure who makes it.