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Today we were doing a secret santa exchange for a club that I'm in. Beforehand, we all had to write on pieces of paper what our favorite candy was, etc; so the person drawing our name would have an idea of what to get us.

For mine, I specified that I'm allergic to wheat (I figured that would be easier than saying gluten, because more people know what wheat is).

I gave suggestions like Snickers and M&Ms and Hershey's dark chocolate, all of which are gluten-free.

So today I got my gift, and it was none other than Godiva Dark Chocolate, and on the package it said it contained WHEAT!! I was thinking, "Really? This person couldn't have taken the extra 5 seconds to check the label (it's clearly listed in the allergen statement)? And why couldn't they just have gotten one of the things I suggested??"

I know this sounds like an overreaction, and it probably is, I just needed to rant :P

I understand that it's the thought that counts, and I'm thankful they got me anything at all. I guess it's just the thoughtlessness that bothers me.

Anyone have any similar stories? The holidays can be tough with Celiac :(

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Hey, Godiva!!! At least you have a nice gift to recycle :lol: No, peeps do not read labels much. Don't know if they even realize they are there. The only other people who read labels seem to be the ones counting calories.

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Hey, Godiva!!! At least you have a nice gift to recycle :lol: No, peeps do not read labels much. Don't know if they even realize they are there. The only other people who read labels seem to be the ones counting calories.

Yes, I was very happy to give it to my mom who LOVES dark chocolate:)) You're totally right, if I didn't have Celiac I probably would assume chocolate didn't have wheat in it also:p

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It happens. Unless one is affected with celiac or food allergies, they don't pay attention to the ingredients. Just be glad that you didn't eat it!!

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I decided to avoid all Christmas functions with coworkers and my husband's coworkers because it's just not worth explaining the precautions I have to take. Sorry to hear that your Secret Santa was not v/ diligent.

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I'm conveniently avoiding the Christmas party tomorrow because I have a client and supervision. They are doing white elephant exchange, with my luck I would end up with gluten filled food at the end of it.

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LOL For Christmas last year, my mom gave me a gluten-free bread mix and a regular wheaty cookie mix. I stuck the cookie mix in a plastic bag and gave it to a friend.

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I'm conveniently avoiding the Christmas party tomorrow because I have a client and supervision. They are doing white elephant exchange, with my luck I would end up with gluten filled food at the end of it.

That would be the ultimate irony, wouldn't it?

I remember one time trading to get the most ridiculous gift because I had a need for a gag gift. Ironically, something glutenous now counts...

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Yeah, I can relate. At our office holiday luncheon today, Outback Steakhouse catered it....but their idea of providing gluten-free "options" was to exclude serving me anything with gluten, not making any substitutions. That meant salad without dressing, no vegetables, and no dessert. I know that this particular restaurant has a gluten-free flourless chocolate cake, so I asked if they had brought one for me....and they said, "Oh, we should have thought of that. Sorry." Then there was a gift giveaway....and I won a gift certificate for an Outback Steakhouse "Blooming Onion," which is not gluten free. **sigh**

Also, I might add that my sister gives me, my mother, and both of my children (all of whom have celiac) a big tin of gingerbread cookies every Christmas even though she knows we can't eat them. My children feel so tempted, they usually end up cheating by eating a few of them...and then getting very sick. What's THAT all about?? What's wrong with her??

Oh, and lastly, tomorrow my boss is hosting a reception at Chevy's....and here in California, Chevy's doesn't accommodate people with celiac...so there will be nothing for me to eat. So, I will sit there politely nursing a drink and eating nothing. The holidays really tend to get me down...

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I got wheat germ oil containing lotion. I'll just give it away. It was hard enough for me to figure this stuff out. I can't expect it of casual acquaintances.

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I'm sure they thought they were being generous with the Godiva . . . and in most cases they would be . . . and really why would anyone (other than the label-reading-celiacs (and their mothers ;) )think that there might be a possibility of wheat in chocolate.

I have to throw out a good story, too . . . just to remind people that it DOES happen . . .

Every year I get a call from the school nurse to remind me to send a gluten free cookie in for my daughter for the school holiday party. (I always appreciate the reminder because the holidays get so busy.) Last year's teacher didn't know that I would send something in and she knew that my daughter needed to be gluten free. She brought in a bag of gluten free cookies for her to make sure she had something.

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Last year's teacher didn't know that I would send something in and she knew that my daughter needed to be gluten free. She brought in a bag of gluten free cookies for her to make sure she had something.

What an awesome teacher. She deserves a raise :)

It is hard this time of year. We get a lot of food at the office. I just keep telling myself my coworkers that I'm going to be really skinny by the time the holidays are over because I'm not eating any of that stuff.

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That would annoy me too! I guess the person was probably thinking they were being generous and giving you an upgrade. Who would think wheat was in chocolate? Crazy.

Of course the people I work with offer me cookies all the time and don't seem to understand that flour=wheat=gluten. I will tell them I can't have one and they look so surprised and say "gluten is in everything!" lol.

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Would it be wrong to bring your own food?

Yeah, I can relate. At our office holiday luncheon today, Outback Steakhouse catered it....but their idea of providing gluten-free "options" was to exclude serving me anything with gluten, not making any substitutions. That meant salad without dressing, no vegetables, and no dessert. I know that this particular restaurant has a gluten-free flourless chocolate cake, so I asked if they had brought one for me....and they said, "Oh, we should have thought of that. Sorry." Then there was a gift giveaway....and I won a gift certificate for an Outback Steakhouse "Blooming Onion," which is not gluten free. **sigh**

Also, I might add that my sister gives me, my mother, and both of my children (all of whom have celiac) a big tin of gingerbread cookies every Christmas even though she knows we can't eat them. My children feel so tempted, they usually end up cheating by eating a few of them...and then getting very sick. What's THAT all about?? What's wrong with her??

Oh, and lastly, tomorrow my boss is hosting a reception at Chevy's....and here in California, Chevy's doesn't accommodate people with celiac...so there will be nothing for me to eat. So, I will sit there politely nursing a drink and eating nothing. The holidays really tend to get me down...

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I'm sure they thought they were being generous with the Godiva . . . and in most cases they would be . . . and really why would anyone (other than the label-reading-celiacs (and their mothers ;) )think that there might be a possibility of wheat in chocolate.

I have to throw out a good story, too . . . just to remind people that it DOES happen . . .

Every year I get a call from the school nurse to remind me to send a gluten free cookie in for my daughter for the school holiday party. (I always appreciate the reminder because the holidays get so busy.) Last year's teacher didn't know that I would send something in and she knew that my daughter needed to be gluten free. She brought in a bag of gluten free cookies for her to make sure she had something.

We need a "like" button! HOw sweet of that teacher!

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