Food & Drink

These caramels might have allergens the label doesn’t name

About 94,000 packs of Sherman Candy Caramels included in various gift baskets have been recalled by GiftTree because an ingredient might contain pecans, walnuts, almonds or peanuts. None of these is listed on the labels.

For most people, this isn’t a problem. But, as the company-written, FDA-posted recall notice states, “People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to these nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening reaction if they consume this product.”

GiftTree included the Sherman caramels in 13 kinds of gift baskets sold online: Metropolitan Gourmet Gift Basket, Encore Gourmet Gift Basket, Champagne and Confections Gift, Toast of California Wine Basket, California Classic Gift Basket, The 5th Avenue Wine Gift Basket, Fit for Royalty Gourmet Basket, As Good As Gold Gift Basket, Sophisticated Gourmet Mailer, Fresh Fruit and Chocolate Keepsake Chest, Country Estate Gift Basket, Italian Roast Coffee Chest, and Veuve Clicquot Tasting Gift Basket.

Those who have the baskets and the above food allergy concerns should dump the caramels. Any questions about the recall, including about replacement or product credit for disposed baskets and caramels, should contact GiftTree at 877-657-7961, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Eastern time, or at

As an example of why these voluntary, precautionary recalls occur, Weston 15-year-old Alexi Stafford died from a peanut allergy reaction in June shortly after eating a Chips Ahoy! cookie with peanuts. Not only did Nabisco find a longtime favorite brand connected to a teen’s death, but the company has spent a few weeks defending the packaging of peanut-free vs. peanut-included Chips Ahoy! varieties.

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