Read Candy Labels to Keep Your Sweetheart Safe

 

Around Valentine's Day, others may offer candy or treats to your child with food allergies. Make sure your child knows not to accept or eat any candy unless a parent or trusted adult has verified that it is safe to eat. Many candies look alike but can have different ingredients and advisory warnings. Many smaller candies are sold in larger packages and do not have an ingredient label on the individual pieces.

Remind your child to not eat any candy until you can carefully check the ingredient label. If there is no ingredient label, or if the treat is unwrapped, do not allow your child to eat it. Instead, exchange the treat for something safe that you have made or purchased.

Conversation Hearts:

Conversation hearts are often used in lesson plans for Valentine's Day activities. There are different brands that look similar.

Sweethearts, manufactured by New England Confectionery Co., are manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat and soy.

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Brach's Conversation Heart candies, manufactured by Ferrara Candy Company, are manufactured in a facility where milk, eggs, almond, coconut, peanut and soy are used.

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SweeTARTS® Hearts, manufactured by Nestlé®, may contain egg.

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Hershey's® Products:

Hershey's Kisses and Hershey's Hugs Kisses come in many different varieties. Some varieties contain almonds and are processed on equipment with other tree nuts. It is often difficult to tell them apart after they are out of the package.

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The company recently updated its labeling on Hershey's Hugs Kisses to reflect manufacturing changes.

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Hershey's Kisses with Almonds contain almonds and, beginning in 2017, are now manufactured on a line dedicated to almonds. During the transition period, both products with an allergen statement and without an allergen statement will be available in the marketplace.

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Hershey's Chocolate Truffle Kisses and many other flavors have no advisory label.

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Hershey's Cupcake Kisses, available exclusively at Target, contain wheat flour. They have no other advisory label.

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Hershey's Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Hearts are manufactured on equipment that processes peanuts.

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Dove® Chocolates:

There are several varieties of Valentine's themed Dove chocolates. Most, like the Dark Chocolate Hearts, have an allergy warning that they contain milk and soy.

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Dove Almond & Dark Chocolate contain almond, milk and soy, but also may contain other tree nuts and peanuts.

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Peeps® Marshmallow Hearts:

Many varieties of Peeps Marshmallow treats, such as these Marshmallow Hearts, have a may contain milk advisory label. Some products have advisory labeling for additional allergens. Only the marshmallow chicks do not have an advisory warning.

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Candy and treats can leave kids with food allergies feeling unsafe or excluded. #TealLove means being inclusive of those with food allergies. Find ways to Pledge your #TealLove and focus on sharing non-food gifts this Valentine's Day.



This information is for your convenience. It is not an endorsement or a guarantee of the product's safety. Always read ingredient labels. Contact the manufacturer, if needed, to confirm the safety for your child.

Originally published February 2016, updated February 2017

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