Friday Favorite: Smarties

Simple, tasty and tiny enough to be discreetly eaten, Smarties are small – but mighty. Billions of Smarties rolls are produced each year. Placed end to end, they would span over 85 thousand miles which is more than 3 times around the Earth!

Smarties are owned by the Ce De Candy Company that started in England in 1932. These sweet-making folks sure are smarties themselves. Over seven years ago they took the lead in labeling allergen statements on their packaging. This is now a law.

I like Smarties as my “little” indulgence when I need a little treat. At only 25 calories a roll, with no fat, it’s a smart sweet treat. Plus, the way I eat Smarties, one at a time, enjoying every white, yellow, green and orange piece, I am sure that I burn off more calories than I am consuming. =)  So why not have two… or three?

Smarties are just plain old smart for the allergen and gluten-free. That’s my friends, is why Smarties take this week’s Friday Favorites honor.

The allergen statement on the Smarties website is straightforward and charted for easy reading. As noted below:

 

All Smarties®

Component

Present in Product

Present in other products manufactured on the same line

Present in same manufacturing plant

Egg or egg derivatives

NO

NO

NO

Milk and Derivatives

NO

NO

NO

Peanuts (including peanut oil)

NO

NO

NO

Nut Oil

NO

NO

NO

Sesame Seeds

NO

NO

NO

Fish or Fish Derivatives

NO

NO

NO

Shellfish

NO

NO

NO

Molluscs

NO

NO

NO

Soy

NO

NO

NO

Sulphites

NO

NO

NO

Tree Nuts

NO

NO

NO

Wheat or wheat derivatives

NO

NO

NO

Corn or derivatives

YES

YES

YES

Seed and/or derivatives

NO

NO

NO

See notes below from the Smarties website allergen statement:
Smarties® and our entire line of products are free from most the known allergens, and they do not appear anywhere in our manufacturing facilities. Our new item, Bubble Gum Smarties®, may contain minute traces of soy lecithin.
We sell our products to many different classifications of trade, including “re-baggers.” A “re-bagger” buys products from many different companies and re-bags them in their own packaging. We cannot verify whether their manufacturing plants are free of nuts, soy, etc. If the UPC number on the packaging begins with “0 11206″, you can be assured that it was manufactured in one of our facilities and that it is allergen free.
Gluten Statement
Smarties® and our entire line of products are gluten free. If the UPC number on the packaging begins with “0 11206″, you can be assured that it is manufactured in a facility that is gluten free and safe to eat if you have Celiac Disease.
All Ce De Candy, Inc. products contain no dairy, thereby eliminating the ingredient Melamine.

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6 Responses to “Friday Favorite: Smarties”

  1. michelle N Says:

    I love smarties too! Great to know I can eat them. :)

  2. Natalie Says:

    Wow this is a great chart! Don’t you wish all the other manufacturer’s would use a similar one to tell us about their products?

    Natalie @ Gluten a go Go

  3. Heather Says:

    but do they have artificial color? I’m assuming they do.

  4. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Heather-
    I just checked out their website and it looks like they do have artificial colors.

  5. Tammie Says:

    This is GREAT…now I can have a nice little “sweet” treat and NOT feel guilty! Thank you!! :o )

  6. Karen Says:

    Smarties are packaged in a allergy safe facility in the USA but some are shipped to Canada and packaged under the name “Rockets” in a facility that handles many allergens including nuts, and dairy. The Canadian Rockets do not contain the “may contain” lable

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