Who makes America’s favorite roll of candy?If you said Smarties, you are pretty smart!!
Smarties Candy Company has been family-owned by the Dee
Family for three generations.This year
it will celebrate its 65th anniversary!Wow!!
Two factories make Smarties 24 hours a day to churn out
BILLIONS of Smarties Candy Rolls each year. Smarties come in three sizes – classic, giant,
and mega – but they all have the sweet flavors we love – orange cream,
pineapple, cherry, strawberry, grape, and orange!
(Fun Fact: One of the factories is in Ontario, Canada.Candies produced at this factory are called
Smarties production facilities are free of most allergens,
including peanuts and tree nuts. That’s one of the best reasons to include
Smarties and Rockets on my list of favorite things.
Many sweet recipes call for chocolate chips, although they usually don't call for the nut-free brand of chocolate. Thank goodness this is an easily substitutable ingredient, and the peanut-free brand can always be used. Sometimes it is fitting to just eat them plain, especially during late night study sessions!
Do you know which brand is peanut-friendly- Hershey's chips or Nestle chips?
Comment below with your best guess! a. Hershey's chips b. Nestle chips c. Both d. Neither
Can a peanut allergy be cured??Current Studies – Part II
Could a patch be the cure for peanut allergies?Researchers at DBV Technologies believe their
patch could provide the answer to this currently incurable disability. The goal of this product is
to desensitize the immune system of the peanut-allergic patient by introducing
controlled levels of peanut protein on the VIASKIN® patch in a relatively symptom-free
manner. Since there is no ingestion of peanut protein in this study, stomach
issues reported with oral immunotherapy are not a concern.Almost one year into the study, the only
issue reported with this patch is minor sensitivity from the adhesive that has
been successfully treated with topical cream.
No ingestion of peanuts, no
side effects, and the potential to desensitize the body’s immune system to the
peanut protein?This sounds like a
winner to me!
Did I mention that I am one
of 300 people around the world who is wearing the VIASKIN® patch for the trial
study?I am so excited about the
potential of what this incredible patch could mean to so many people.
With school, sports, extracurricular activities, and jobs, you might not find enough time in the day to bake your own batch of chocolate chip cookies. Believe me, I usually can't either. However, I am always willing to turn to the next best option.
Even though they sound similar, these two types of packaged cookies are completely different in my world. Which kind of cookie do you think I can eat? Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Chip or Chips Deluxe Chocolate Lovers? Comment with your answer of which is peanut-friendly: a. Chips Ahoy! Chocolate Chip b. Chips Deluxe Chocolate Lovers c. Both d. Neither
Can a peanut allergy be cured??Current Studies – Part I
So, you have a peanut allergy and you avoid all contact with
peanuts (and probably all other types of nuts).At a visit to your allergist, you are told about a new clinical study
that could cure your allergy.The
catch…you have to eat peanuts!!What??
Believe it or not, allergists believe that the body’s immune
system has the ability to build up tolerance to the peanut protein!Over an eight to ten month period, clinical
trial subjects were given microscopic amounts of peanuts each day in attempt to
modify their immune system.Most
subjects of this oral immunotherapy showed signs of desensitization to the
Unfortunately, long-term immunization effects have not been
determined.The negative side effects of
this study include stomach issues and the potential for an allergic reaction since
the study subject is ingesting the allergen.Additionally, if this treatment is deemed effective, the patient will
likely need to continue eating peanuts every day – whether they feel like
eating peanuts or not – to maintain the immunity.
WARNING…this treatment should NEVER be tried on your
own.If you have a peanut allergy, NEVER
knowingly ingest peanuts.It is not
safe!!Contact your allergist or
physician to determine if this type of therapy could work for you.
For this edition of Which One Wednesday the correct peanut-friendly option is... Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate ice cream bars!
While it would be a problem if you were allergic to milk or soy, the Cadbury Ice Cream bars are clear of peanuts. While I can eat some Dove chocolate, these ice cream bars are not an option. Tune in again next week for another edition of Which One Wednesday! Keep out of the nut house!
I know I love a sweet snack at my house during late study hours and I normally turn to ice cream bars. Since you already know Graeter's isn't an option for me, I like to find delicious rich chocolate from other brands.
Do you think I turn to Dove Vanilla with Dark Chocolate or Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate ice cream bars for a peanut-friendly option? Comment below with your best guess: a. Dove Vanilla with Dark Chocolate ice cream b. Cadbury Vanilla Chocolate ice cream c. Both d. Neither
Be on the lookout!!Cross
contamination can happen outside of the factory, too!!
Everyone knows that people responsible for food preparation
in restaurants are conscious of washing their hands before they begin
work.Many will also wear gloves to be
extra cautious.But what if they are
working with peanut products?Do they
wash their hands with soap and water after cutting a slice of banana nut bread?
Do they change their gloves after plating chicken that had been fried in peanut
oil?If not, they can contaminate food
that is considered peanut-friendly.
Utensil contamination is also a concern.A restaurant kitchen is frantic at times, so
establishments that offer wide assortments of choices are especially worrisome
to a peanut allergy sufferer.While the
server may confirm that a particular food choice is safe, the person with a
peanut allergy has to be concerned with other items on the menu that contain
nuts.The biggest concern is cross
contamination of the utensils.Is the
knife that cuts the peanut butter and jelly sandwich cleaned properly before it
slices into a turkey wrap?
Always tell your server if you have any type of food
allergy.Explain what you are allergic
to and what you need to avoid.If you
are reluctant about the safety of a restaurant, go somewhere else.There are plenty of peanut-friendly choices.
If you chose Nestle chocolate chip cookie dough as an answer... you were incorrect. The correct answer is Pillsbury!
Even though neither of these brands actually contain nuts, Nestle's factory also processes other food items containing nuts. Some with not as serious allergies can eat the Nestle cookie dough. However, I cannot take this risk because of the seriousness of my reactions.
By now, you can probably tell junk foods are hardest for me to eat. Someone strictly with a nut allergy doesn't have a problem with eating fruits, vegetables, meats, or dairy products. However, as a high school student, these are not the only food groups I would like to have in a my diet. Sweets aren't such a bad thing, especially after long hours at school! And a little uncooked dough never hurts! ;)
Which chocolate chip cookie dough chub can I eat - Pillsbury or Nestle?
Comment below with your best guess of which I can eat: a. Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough chub b. Nestle chocolate chip cookie dough chub c. Both d. Neither