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is white baking chocolate peanut free

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Asked by tobbrie at 2:58 PM on Oct. 29, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • White chocolate for baking is basically just sugar & flavoring, so technically should be peanut-free; However, this is a question for the maker of the white chocolate b/c it is going to depend on the ingredients a specific company is using and what else the company may manufacture on the equipment (cross contamination issues).

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:05 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • It depends. The problem is not always the direct ingredients but the things it may come in contact with and be cross contaminated by. Some manufacturers can produce multiple products (some with peanuts some without) and feel confident in their processes to say that there is no risk of cross contamination. Others can't. That's why, for example, plain M&Ms are not safe for peanut allergic children. Mars Inc. puts a "may contains peanuts" warning on it's packaging because they can not say without a doubt that trace amounts of peanut didn't get from the yellow bag into the brown bag. Statistically 1 in 10 products with a "may contain" type label has enough allergen to trigger a reaction.

    Find a specific brand white chocolate you want to use and check the packaging. If it does not say it contains, may contain, processed in a facility that also process, etc. . . it should be safe.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 3:28 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • I also wanted to add -not every allergic family avoids "may contain" labels. Many do. Mine absolutely does. My daughter reacted to a pretzel that came from a "may contain peanuts" labeled bag once. Are you cooking something for a class with an allergic child? If so, understand that even if you do find something safe, the allergic child may still not be permitted to have it. When we registered my DD for kindergarten we had to opt whether or not to allow her to eat foods not provided directly by us. Because many don't understand that "may contains" labels are included in a "no peanuts" in the classroom policy, we opted to only allow her to eat what we send in. Because of that, even if another parent does everything right, the teacher can't permit my child to have it. It can be a pain - but it's what we need to do to make sure her food is always safe food. If yours is not the allergic child, double check with the teacher.

    Answer by ldmrmom at 3:31 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

  • Check the label or call the customer service number on the package to make sure.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 4:37 PM on Oct. 29, 2009

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