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Are Peanuts Really Nuts?

Peanuts are not nuts

Hi everyone, it’s Margery Mouse here!

Did you know? Peanuts are not actually nuts!

Why is that? Well that’s what today’s topic is about.

Peanuts, even though they have similar qualities to nuts (hard shell, only a couple of kernels where other legumes have more, having the word nut in the name), are regarded as legumes due to their underground origins. Tree nuts grow in trees.

So, what does this mean if you’re allergic to peanuts? Should you also avoid other legumes such as soya beans, peas and beans? Probably not but it is worth getting some professional advice if you are worried.

People with peanut allergies are at a higher risk of tree nut allergies (e.g., walnuts, almonds, cashews) even though peanuts are not closely related to tree nuts botanically - how very confusing! Generally speaking, people who are allergic to one food are often allergic to closely related foods due to same allergenic proteins being in both foods, a term known as cross-reactivity. A common example is people who are allergic to shrimp are often sensitive to other shellfish, like crabs and lobsters.

Luckily in the case of peanuts there does not appear to be a high level of cross-reactivity between peanuts and other legumes. If you are concerned always seek medical advice.

Just so you know, Moo Free Chocolates does use hazelnut in the Hazelnuts & Cranberry and Caramelised Nibs bars but we do not use any form of peanut in any of our products. We also make sure to minimise cross contamination with other bars by cleaning the machines when we switch what we are producing.

This means our Moo Free Chocolates are safe for people with peanut allergies!

See you all soon.
Lots of love,
Margery Mouse.

Recycling and Moo Free Chocolates

Recycling symbol

Hello everyone, it's Margery Mouse here.

Today, in celebration of World Environment Day and Moo Free's commitment to being as environmentally friendly as possible, I thought I'd discuss recycling Moo Free Chocolates’ packaging.

Almost all the Moo Free products’ packaging is recyclable in some way - this is important to Hammy Hamster and all the Moo Free Friends as we care about protecting the environment. For example, the cases we use to transport Moo Free chocolates are recyclable by standard cardboard recycling methods.

What’s more important is that the plastic we use in our packaging is also recyclable. However, you can’t just throw it in regular plastic recycling as it falls under the “mixed plastics” category. We have to use this plastic to keep the chocolate allergen-safe and protected.

Mixed plastics is defined as “all non-bottle plastic packaging sourced from the domestic waste stream, and it includes rigid and flexible plastic items of various polymer types and colours that are typically found in the household waste bin. It excludes plastic bottles and non-packaging items." 1

Currently, industrial plans like PIRAP are paving the way to ensure more plastic is recycled . In fact, 74% of local councils now recycle mixed plastics, meaning just under three quarters of you can recycle the plastic on Moo Free packaging!

More info can be found here.

Be sure to check with your local council to see if they do mixed plastic collection.

See you all soon.

Lots of love,

Margery Mouse.

1. Definition of Mixed Plastics

Bonkers Bunnycomb

Rosie Rabbit's Bonkers Bunnycomb

Hi everyone - Rosie Rabbit here!

Lily-Lu isn’t here this week, she mentioned she had to do some research for the next blog post (though I think she’s sneaked off to do the monkey bar challenge at the local gym…).

Anyway, she asked me to do a blog post – and I’ve decided to talk about Moo Free Chocolates' scrummy honeycomb.

Sometimes, I get calls on my carrot phone about the Bunnycomb bar’s honeycomb. There seems to be some confusion surrounding the word ‘honeycomb’ on the back of the bar.

The ingredients in the honeycomb (or cinder toffee) in the Bunnycomb bar are sugar, glucose syrup and sodium bicarbonate. That’s it – definitely no honey or beeswax! The name is because of its shape as it’s similar to the honeycomb made by bees.

Sadly, calling the ingredient Bunnycomb brings legal complications and calling it cinder toffee is also confusing as toffee often contains dairy and gluten. Rest assured though – the bunnycomb is completely dairy-free and gluten-free, and also 100% vegan!

Oh - and it doesn't have any bunnies in it, either!

See you soon,

Rosie Rabbit

Coeliac Disease Awareness Week

Coeliac Disease Awareness Week

Eek! It’s time for another blog post. This week, Moo Free Chocolates is promoting awareness of Coeliac Disease Awareness Week, hosted by the people at Coeliac UK. It will run from 8th – 14th of May.

Coeliac disease (pronounced see-lee-ac) is a horrible condition where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when gluten has entered the body. This leads to damage to the lining of the gut meaning that nutrients from foods can’t be absorbed into the body properly.

It is neither an allergy nor an intolerance, but rather it is a lifelong disease and while it can be maintained with a gluten-free diet, it is incurable.

Some examples of gluten-inclusive foods are:

• Bread
• Wheat based products
• Crackers
• Pasta
• Seasonings and Spice Mixes
• Biscuits made from wheat, rye or barley flour
• Meats /poultry cooked in batter or breadcrumb
• Ales, beer, lagers, stouts
• Yogurts with muesli or wholegrains

Fortunately Moo Free Chocolate is completely gluten free as the factory where we make the chocolate does not use gluten or wheat in any of our products nor is any stored on site so they have no threat of cross contamination. This means that all the Moo Free Chocolates are safe for people with coeliac disease!

You can find out more info about Coeliac Disease at here.

And more about the awareness week here.

See you soon.

Lots of love,

Lily-Lu Lemur.

Great Ormond Street - Spring Party

Great Ormond Street Hospital Logo

Eek! I have a lovely post this week. Earlier this month Moo Free Chocolates supported the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity’s Patient Spring Party, by donating a bundle of scrummy Moo Free Chocolate! The charity helps raise money for the hospital so that it can afford to help very ill children and get the equipment to help them.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital is a world-leading hospital dedicated to children, (you may remember them from the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics). Established 160 years ago, they are the largest paediatric centre in the UK helping children with serious issues like heart problems, as well as providing brain surgery and intensive care. They are also one of the largest centres in Europe for children with cancer.

The spring party had loads of activities going on including:

• Face panting
• Flower crowns
• Egg races
• Virtual reality (handled by Google Expeditions)
• Cake and biscuit decoration

From the lovely letter the Moo Free friends and I received it’s clear the event was a tremendous success! If you’d like to help the cause yourself, you can visit their site at www.gosh.org. Just look for the charity tab at the top of the page - eek!

See you next time.

Lots of love,

Lily-Lu Lemur

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