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May Contain Trace Amounts... A Question
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I was looking at chocolates for the kids Christmas stockings. Now, the ingredients are:

 

Milk chocolate (chocolate, skim milk, cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, organic blue agave, inulin, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), cane sugar, calcium carbonate, colored with purple cabbage juice, beetroot juice, annatto extract, turmeric extract) gum arabic, vanilla extract, carnauba wax & beeswax

 

So, no flour that I can see. However, on the packaging it does say "May Contain Wheat".  So, would they be okay, or should we not get them on the chance, that there was cross-contamination?

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personally for me if I see "may contain wheat" on the package, it goes right back on the shelf :)

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If it says "may contain wheat" I don't eat them.  I remember someone recently asking a company that said that on the packaging and finding out that, for that company , it was a bit of overkill.  They didn't test for gluten and made something with gluten in the same facility?  Something like that.  So, I guess, if I really wanted the product, I might email the company and see why they put that disclaimer.

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"may contain wheat" is a deal breaker for me.

 

IMHO that "may" make me pretty sick.... why risk it? Plenty of other candies to choose from.

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That's a no go for me, too. We also don't use products made in shared facilities (unless they sanitize all lines before the wheat is thrown in - yes, I contact companies about this). My youngest isn't verbal enough to let us know she's been glutened...other than lots and lots of crying.

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For some companies "may contain" is used the same way that others place "manufactured in the same facility as" or "on the same equipment as" so if it is something I really want, I call or email them. If I feel comfortable with their practices after that I'll buy it, if not it stays off limits. But 99% of the time, it's straight back on the shelf for me.

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Well, I got ahold of the company, and it's what PP said ^^ they have a plant that manufacture's wheat products as well, so there could be trace airborne amounts. They do batch samplings however, and have never tested higher than 5 parts per million, and the threshold for the legal label of gluten free is 20 parts per million.

 

For that, I'll admit, I'm tempted to try the stuff. It'd be so nice to have good chocolate candy that are GMO, preservative, artificial color, flavors etc... free.

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Well, I got ahold of the company, and it's what PP said ^^ they have a plant that manufacture's wheat products as well, so there could be trace airborne amounts. They do batch samplings however, and have never tested higher than 5 parts per million, and the threshold for the legal label of gluten free is 20 parts per million.

 

For that, I'll admit, I'm tempted to try the stuff. It'd be so nice to have good chocolate candy that are GMO, preservative, artificial color, flavors etc... free.

So...what brand are they? Sounds like they would be great.

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Unreal Chocolates. They make the "real" equivalent of Smarties, Peanut M&Ms, Snickers, Mars and Peanut Butter Cups. Amazon and Vitacost carry them, as well as some other places I believe.

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kareng... I just noticed your picture!!! We're HUGE Chiefs fans here!!!

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I checked out their website - they look awesome!! I simply love the idea of non-GMO candy!

Have you tried them already?

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I've seen their candies in the store a few times but always just passed it by. I'll have to get some the next time I see it.

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kareng... I just noticed your picture!!! We're HUGE Chiefs fans here!!!

I'm in KC. are you?

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africanqueen... No, I haven't tried them yet, but talked to a few that have and they say they're delicious!

 

kareng... LOL. No, far from it. We're in New Brunswick, Canada! My husband is a huge football fan, and started cheering for the Chiefs back in the Montana days. He's stuck with them ever since. We flew out to KC for a game several years back - LOVED the city, beautiful architecture, the statues, fountains. Can't wait to go back.

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africanqueen... No, I haven't tried them yet, but talked to a few that have and they say they're delicious!

 

kareng... LOL. No, far from it. We're in New Brunswick, Canada! My husband is a huge football fan, and started cheering for the Chiefs back in the Montana days. He's stuck with them ever since. We flew out to KC for a game several years back - LOVED the city, beautiful architecture, the statues, fountains. Can't wait to go back.

 

 

Are the games broadcast there?  I can't believe you came all the way for a football game!  If you come again, let me know.  I can help you find food and other things to do.  We now have an indoor Lego Land, and an aquarium, exhibits from the National History Museum, a great soccer team, art gallery, etc.

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Awww man! I was hoping their candy would be ok! I love the UnReal candy (when I'm at a store that carries them!) I love their peanut butter cups. :)

 

So far we seem to be ok with the processed in facilities that also process wheat...so I may get them anyway. Hmmmm.....

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I was looking at chocolates for the kids Christmas stockings. Now, the ingredients are:

 

Milk chocolate (chocolate, skim milk, cane sugar, cocoa butter, milk powder, organic blue agave, inulin, soy lecithin, vanilla extract), cane sugar, calcium carbonate, colored with purple cabbage juice, beetroot juice, annatto extract, turmeric extract) gum arabic, vanilla extract, carnauba wax & beeswax

 

So, no flour that I can see. However, on the packaging it does say "May Contain Wheat".  So, would they be okay, or should we not get them on the chance, that there was cross-contamination?

For me I wouldn't take the chance.

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