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Ice cream with a peanut allergy?

My daughter has a peanut allergy and we have stayed away from ice cream places for fear of cross contamination. Now that summer is coming again, I would love to find a place where I could bring her. Are there any places known to be sensitive to peanut allergies or peanut free?

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  1. My niece has a peanut allergy so I fully understand your concern. I don't have a specific shop to recommend, but we have found that most shops are very sensitive to the issue and will take precautions when preparing my niece's ice cream. She sticks to vanilla soft serve since it is the least likely to come into contact with anything peanut (except at places that have peanut butter soft serve...avoid J.P. Licks!) and it doesn't require scoops, etc. She gets gummy bear toppings to jazz things up.

    1. I think this is a million dollar question for those who suffer from peanut/tree nut allergies. Bakeries and ice cream are off limits. some people say Rita's Italian Ice is safe but they started carrying PB flavors. we usually do a frozen yogurt with no toppings. BTW, i don't live in Boston but saw your post in the main discussion area. We have visited Boston and it would be nice to know.

      1. I guess it depends on how severe the allergy is, but my OH is allergic to peanuts and tree nuts (carries an epipen) and we exercise caution in ice-cream shops but have been to Christina's Tosci's, JP Licks, BerryLine several times without issue. He usually sticks to flavours that aren't next to nutty ones - where scoop spillage is likely to happen. We have now left Boston and are back in the UK and in ice-cream shops here we also employ similar levels of care.

        If I remember rightly, the bowls at Toscis are quite deep, so there is not a risk of spillage from one dish to the other - some places ball up scoops and sit them at the end of the dish - to me that is a drip in the wrong direction waiting to happen.

        In my experience, people in the US are far more accommodating of nut allergies - in the UK you quite often get a blanket 'it's not suitable' or 'i'm not happy serving you'. I'm sure if you make it known they will take care over getting a fresh scoop.

        1. I guess it depends on how allergic you are - in the Metrowest, Kimball's (at least in Carlisle) will often open a new ice cream and wash the scoop which is nice.

          1. Jeanne's Bake Shop in Lynnfield is a totally nut free bakery and ice cream shop. She has soft serve and all types of mix ins and toppings that are all nut free. Families with allergies are SO happy to have a place to take their kids for a summer treat! And her baked goods are phenomenal!

            1. Went to Marina Bay today and stumbled upon a peanut free ice cream place! There is a homemade ice cream spot set up in the marketplace right in the marina. The woman there said that they have no peanuts in anything because of allergies and that everything is peanut safe.

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              1. re: lkmuller

                holy cow! how lucky! I wish we could find that in colorado. When we went to MA a few years back, I thought it was pretty allergy friendly. You guys are very lucky. We were in Los Angeles which pretty much stunk for food allergies. We went to an Italian restaurant and the server had no idea that one can be allergic to peanuts or tree nuts.

                here in CO everything is gluten free. I'm not kidding. EVERYTHING but people love their nuts and it's all over the place!

                1. re: lkmuller

                  Do you happen to know what it was called?? I'm trying to find it online and having no luck. I'd love to take my peanut-allergic kiddo!

                  1. re: erfer007

                    I believe the ice cream stand he/she is talking about is part of the small grocery/sandwich shop on the boardwalk. They have a window facing the boardwalk for ice cream service. If you call the office at the Marina, they could give you the name/contact info.

                2. I think it was called Ariel's ice cream and smoothies. It is in the Marina Marketplace and it is new this year. Cream and Sugar is the place on the boardwalk but this one is actually in the market closer to the parking lot.

                  1. lkmuller, I was thrilled at your excitement when you found our shoppe! I'm very glad that your daughter will be able to experience a real ice cream shoppe soon.

                    The ice cream shoppe she is referring to is called Ariel's Ice Cream & Smoothies in Marina Bay - 333 Victory Rd, inside the Marina Bay Marketplace (off the boardwalk). I am the manager here. All of our ice cream is home-made at Boston Ice Cream Factory at 777a Morrissey Blvd in Dorchester, and they don't use peanuts in any ice cream. The only peanut product we use here is Reese's Cups, which have their own marked serving utensil and plastic container. We also have soft serve, but I hate that being the only option. We are very sensitive to all allergies, and will accommodate as best as possible any requests...

                    1. I just found a local nut free ice cream! It's called Tipping Cow Ice Cream based in Medford, MA and it is ridiculously delicious! They have flavors like "sweet corn" and "strawberry basil" as well as several others- all nut free and made in a nut free kitchen! I don't think they've been advertising it as nut free- I think they're actually using a commercial kitchen that happens to be nut free and were seeing it as somewhat of a disadvantage. I let them know that there are many moms and dads who would see that as a great selling point! We picked up a pint (I think it was $6) at Union Sq. Farmers Market in Somerville. Not sure where else they sell. After trying several samples I can say that this stuff is ridiculously tasty even without the nut-free-ness!

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                      1. re: erfer007

                        i know they said they're at davis square on wednesdays and watertown on thursdays at arsenal. possibly one other place i can't recall.

                        their dark chocolate with sea salt is so intense i don't dare trust myself with a pint. thankfully, they have single-servings for $2.75. not ecomonical, but an alternative for those of us with no self control:)

                      2. Give us an idea of where you're located.

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                        1. re: treb

                          I personally live in JP, but bought it at Union Square Farmers Market in Somerville this am. Not sure where else they're selling- they seemed like a newer business (or at least I'd never seen them around before). I'm in no way related to them- just excited that my nut allergic kiddo can eat ice cream this summer! Note that they don't advertise the fact that they're nut free on their website- they just told us that this morning.