Talking Allergies

RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy)
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Author:  renie [ Thu May 28, 2015 4:25 pm ]
Post subject:  RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy)


I was hopeful that Jelly Belly would be a safe treat to add to the family list - especially as they list PEANUT FREE so happily

Was disheartened first be the annoyed tone from the customer service representative who handled my call but further to know that they have prioritised allergens on the site which also share packaging lines but they don't label for potential risk

The good point - even if the person was having a not too friendly day, she was well informed and very direct about the allergens

For those who might be interested, they do have soy, dairy and treenuts (specifically Almond, Cashew, Pecan and Walnuts) on site and products share packaging lines

Author:  Julie [ Thu May 28, 2015 5:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy)

Oh wow! It's a good thing you called and thank you for informing all of us. I have not purchased these in the past, and that's only because we already have our "list" of "go to" items, and our son is satisfied with that, so I don't venture too far from our tried and true choices, but it is always good to share so that the rest of us can learn.

Author:  renie [ Thu May 28, 2015 6:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy) & HOF: Surf Sweets

Thanks Julie
I found it especially high to be potentially misleading as so many people assume that PEANUT FREE is = TREENUT FREE
And by choosing to put a "free" label but not may-contain is a tricky nuance!
One day consistent labelling would be nice but in the mean time, I love the internet and having access to the phone numbers so I can ask the questions for our own decision making :)

Luckily it doesn't feel like a "loss" to the kids - OK except for the cool StarWars packaging as they do have other much-loved jelly beans

In case anyone is interested, the candies from Surf Sweet have also passed the approval of non-allergic friends:

Jelly Beans:

Home Page for their candy site:

Link to their Allergen FAQ (love companies that do this!):

Author:  gwentheeditor [ Fri May 29, 2015 10:16 am ]
Post subject:  Re: RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy)

Thanks much, Renie.

Author:  _Susan_ [ Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:15 am ]
Post subject:  Re: RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy)

I was hoping that these would be safe.
Gimbal's Jelly Beans are great for labelling there allergen info.
They just aren't easy to find in Canada.

Author:  renie [ Tue Jun 09, 2015 9:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy)

Sorry Susan
Me too
And with the peanut free on it, it would make me think younger kids might assume it is OK.... still an opportunity to reinforce the message to read the label EVERY time (ok, 3 times every time - when you buy, when you shelf and when you grab it to munch) and to know what labels mean (and that 'may contain' isn't actually a requirement)
Anyway - we can rejoice that there are other yummy alternatives - maybe we as a community can support the alternatives in droves (or advocate for good licensing deals!) so that they are not only yummy but sustainable and appealing to non-FA families :)

Author:  spacecanada [ Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: RFI: Jelly Belly (TN, Dairy, Soy)

Good to know. My relatives still think peanut-free = tree nut-free and get upset when I decline to eat whatever item it may be. It can be confusing, but a good reminder for everyone to make sure.

Surf Sweets makes jelly beans and we can find them at the local health food store. Another option for people with allergies looking for a safe alternative.

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