When you or someone you love has a peanut or tree nut allergy you may struggle to find chocolate treats. As I was shopping for Valentine’s Day treats for my mom’s treat box to mail to her, I came across Sixlets. We had a phone conversation about them just the day before because I bought pink ones for baby girl’s upcoming birthday party. My mom said she had never seen any so when I found them in the dollar bin at my local Target, I had to add them to her Vanlentine box. I also bought a bag for Baby Girl because it is safe for her and chocolate flavored. (Hey, beggars can’t be choosers, right?)
What I found amusing is the wording of the allergy label, “Made in a facility that does not process nuts.” It was the first time I had seen a label with that particular wording and I read it several times because it threw me off. Usually, I see “Made in a Peanut Free Facility” or “May Contain Peanuts or Tree Nuts.” It seemed peculiar to me but it just points out that there is really no standard format for allergen labeling by the FDA when it concerns cross-contamination. Many manufacturers include a warning that the facility does process allergens but it is not required to do so. The FDA requires labeling only if the product contains an allergen as an ingredient. So for now, I am thankful for all those companies that include allergy advisory labels.
And Sixlets are pretty tasty too!