Nut Allergy Info

Information for a Peanut & Nut-free Church

First Presbyterian Church strives to be a nut and peanut-free church for the safety of our children.We ask everyone to be careful not to bring in any products that contain peanuts or nuts of any kind, including baked items from grocery stores, local bakeries, and Dunkin’ Donuts. This means that nearly all bakery cakes, cookies and muffins can no longer be brought into the church, both during coffee hour and any other special occasion. This is because most commercial bakeries run products on their equipment back to back without a completely thorough cleaning, and therefore there could be nuts or peanut product cross contaminating the food. For more information on this, please speak with the Pastor.

Please adhere to the following food choices so that there will not be an accident in the future

Snack foods that ARE peanut & nut safe

*ingredients often change so you must always check labels

  • Most Pillsbury baking products, including quick breads, cakes, frostings, and brownies (with the exception of the brownie mix that has peanut butter in it), and their ready-to-bake sugar cookie dough.
  • Ghiardelli chocolate chips (EXCEPT for white chocolate – those are made in a different factory and are not safe).
  • Entenmann's doughnuts
  • Rold Gold Pretzels
  • Bachman Pretzel sticks
  • Doritos
  • Cheez-its (NOT Cheese Nips)
  • Goldfish crackers (exception: the peanut butter sandwich crackers)
  • Ritz crackers & Wheat Thins
  • Pepperidge Farms cookies & crackers
  • Smartfood popcorn
  • Most plain potato chips are ok; check labels to be sure (Frito Lay is a good choice).
  • Rice Krispie treats
  • Teddy Graham cookies
  • Kellogg's cereal bars and cereals.
  • Certain fruit snacks are ok; always check the ingredient label.
  • Plain Chocolate Hershey Bars (1.55 ounce ONLY – this is very important!)
  • Hershey Milk Chocolate Kisses (plain milk chocolate ONLY)
  • Hoodsie cups and Hoods vanilla ice cream sandwiches.
  • Ben & Jerry's ice cream – certain flavors only check label very carefully

If you are not sure about something, call the manufacturer. They are always happy to answer your questions, and sometimes send coupons.

People who make peanut-free desserts and mixes:

Cherrybrook Farms, which is sold at Shaws – sold at Butcher Boy in No. Andover during the holidays.


Helpful websites:

The food allergy anaphylaxis network (FAAN)

Peanut allergy home page

Kids health nutrition fitness page (scroll down for different topics)

Foods to avoid – a list to carry with you at all times

Allergy foundation of America

The American Academy Of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology