Found something and thought I would share, as you do, when something excites you!
The fact that my child has a nut allergy didn’t stop him from tasting the yumminess of Easter chocolates. It did take me a while to find something safe and at a suitable size, but I made it about 10 shops later.
I was getting annoyed by that time and cursing all the chocolate manufacturers and the shops for not thinking of the children and adults who can’t handle nuts. How dare they think everyone can afford to eat chocolates that contain the very allergen that could kill them? How dare any brand not consider the people who would love to but can’t taste their products? Etcetera, etcetera.
But yes, it was very annoying and I had given up, until I walked into Chokeby Road on Hay Street in West Perth. I walked in there with the thought that I’d check out the imported German Brandy-filled chocolate bottles that caught my eyes in the window as I strolled into the food court to grab some lunch.
Right next to the alcoholic collection was the children collection from Kinnerton with a fat Nut Safety Promise stamp on their boxes. To top it all, they came packaged in Fireman Sam and Lalaloopsy themes, two favourites chez nous (my son loves Fireman Sam and my goddaughter and her sister love Lalaloopsy). This find totally sent fireworks in my brain and I got all excited and bought all three children their favourites.
As you do with smartphone technology, I paused and did a search on the Kinnerton website first while inside the shop. My colleague who was with me had to wait almost 10 minutes for me to double and triple-check the website to make sure what I was buying was safe.
According to Kinnerton, an English brand in the UK (with an Australian presence through a NSW office), they have spent
over £1 million and have stringent procedures in place just to keep Nuts OUT of a segregated and walled off area of our factory so that 5 of our production lines can offer up chocolate products for children and adults that are produced in controlled conditions on machinery that never runs nut products.
So I put my trust in them. My son survived. Now I have another brand to put on the list of ‘safe’ foods. According to the Kinnerton website, their products are available at Big W, Coles, David Jones and Woolworths. I will test-drive my local Coles and Woolworths to see if that’s true.
Here in our home, although prior to receiving the nut allergy diagnosis we used to feed our son foods that said “May contain traces of (insert type of nut)…” we have decided to altogether stop buying anything that may contain nuts. For a while at least, until we have gotten used to the idea of looking before you buy. It’s very important that we develop a habit of reading the ingredients list whenever we buy food that we intend to feed Curly. It’s the only way to avoid having to pull out the Epipen or drive madly to the hospital in panic.
A few minutes extra per item during our shopping trip is totally worth it, no question. And once we’ve gotten used to the checking and rechecking, maybe we’ll go back to buying treats for ourselves. Or maybe not. If it didn’t hurt us not to eat nuts then we can survive without.
Does anyone in your family have an allergy? What safe goodies did you find on the shelves?