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October 29, 2008

Chinese Milk Provides More Trick Than Treat


I'm sure most of you read today about the melamine-tainted milk recall in China. What you may not think about is American food products that contain Chinese milk.

Read Ann Marie Michael's article, "Very Scary Candy", at the Cheeseslave blog and reconsider the candy that you will let your kids consume this Halloween.

Apparently Hershey's doesn't buy Chinese milk. Mars does, but NOT, purportedly, from companies with melamine-contaminated dairy products. And, Cadbury is recalling products that are contaminated. If there ever was a time to avoid candy by mega-brand companies, it would be now. Keep your kids safe!

Update: Sherwood brand Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins have been recalled as well. These candies are sold at Costco, as well as many bulk and dollar stores. These are the ones wrapped in shiny gold foil.

Oh, and while you're at Cheeseslave, check out the Bruce Fife* recipe for Coconut-Flour Blueberry Muffins. They are grain- and gluten-free. I made them yesterday and they were delicious. I'm trying to stay on a grain-free diet so it was a guilt-free indulgence which I was very grateful for. I used Bob's Red Mill coconut flour.

*Of "Cooking with Coconut Flour: A Delicious Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Alternative to Wheat" book fame.

Related: New York Times article from today: Melamine Is Discovered in More Eggs From China

Photo credits: The Daily Mail and The Imaginary World


Thanks for this... any suggestions as to what IS a safe kind of candy or treat to buy to give away? I live in the trick or treating destination neighborhood of my town... So far I have a bunch of tootsie pops, but I know I have to buy more in order to keep up with the demand, and am stumped as to what to get.... thanks.

If you HAVE to give sugar-based treats and you want to buy it in a store instead of making something, here are some ideas:
Jelly Gummi Bears, Reeds Ginger Candy Chews, Fruit Stiks or rollups, licorice, fortune cookies, Smarties. For savory instead of sweet: a small bag of Pepperidge Farm goldfish? None of these is in alignment with a Local Forage-y diet but sometimes you can't fight city hall!

How about some non-edible treats?
Stickers, Rub-on tattoos, Crazy straws, Spider rings, Bouncy balls

Great post, scary too. I was away for Halloween but I did consider giving small packets of granola (Bear Naked) had a Halloween pack that I read about on someone else's blog! I liked Carla's non food treat ideas also. My mom actually gave away toothpaste once when I was little.

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