Navigating Nut Allergies: The Importance of Being a Peanut-Free Facility

Posted on : July 7th, 2023

Pile of peanuts with a sign that says "allergy" laying on top of the pile

In the world of food allergies, peanuts are a common culprit, causing distress for over 3 million people in the U.S. alone. For these individuals, navigating the grocery aisles can be a minefield, with the threat of cross-contamination lurking even in products that don’t list peanuts as an ingredient. That’s why the phrase “made in a plant that does not process peanuts” is more than just a label—it’s a beacon of safety in a sea of uncertainty.  

This is the commitment of Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, a family-owned company that not only ensures the safety of their customers with peanut allergies but also offers delicious alternatives like their hand-crafted nut butters. With a dedication to quality, safety, and sustainability, Maisie Jane’s is more than a peanut-free facility—it’s a testament to the power of mindful food production. 

Understanding the Phrase “Made in a Plant That Does Not Process Peanuts” 

When you see the phrase “made in a plant that does not process peanuts” on a product label, it’s providing crucial information about the safety of the product for individuals with peanut allergies. This statement means that the product was manufactured in a facility that does not handle peanuts at any stage of the production process. 

Cross-contamination is a significant concern in food production. Even if a product doesn’t contain peanuts as an ingredient, if it’s made in a facility that also processes peanuts, there’s a risk that the product could come into contact with peanuts. This could be due to shared equipment, shared storage areas, or even particles of peanuts in the air. For someone with a severe peanut allergy, this could be enough to trigger a reaction. 

Why is being a Peanut-Free Facility Important? 

Food allergies are a serious concern for many people, and peanuts are one of the most common food allergens. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, an estimated 1.2% of the U.S. population are allergic to peanuts. For these individuals, even the smallest trace of peanuts can trigger a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. This reaction can occur within seconds or minutes of exposure to an allergen, quickly progressing from mild symptoms such as a rash or itchy eyes, to more severe symptoms like difficulty breathing, a drop in blood pressure, and loss of consciousness. 

In addition to the immediate health risks, living with a peanut allergy can cause significant anxiety and stress. Individuals with peanut allergies must be constantly vigilant about the foods they eat and the environments they enter to avoid accidental exposure. This can be particularly challenging given that peanuts are commonly used in a variety of foods, including many that you wouldn’t expect. 

The Delicious Substitute: Almond Butter for Peanut Butter 

For those with peanut allergies, or for anyone looking to diversify their diet, almond butter is a fantastic substitute for peanut butter. Almond butter offers a similar creamy texture and rich, nutty flavor that can satisfy your cravings while providing a host of nutritional benefits. 

Almonds are packed with healthy fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. They’re particularly high in vitamin E and magnesium, both of which are essential for overall health. Almond butter, like the hand-crafted single ingredient almond butters offered by Maisie Jane’s, retains these nutritional benefits, making it a healthy and delicious alternative to peanut butter. 

Whether you’re spreading it on toast, adding it to smoothies, using it in baking, or having a snack, almond butter can be used in the same way as peanut butter. It’s a simple swap that can make a big difference for those with peanut allergies.  

Plus, with Maisie Jane’s commitment to using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs, you can feel good about making this switch. Enjoy the rich, satisfying flavor of almond butter, and experience the peace of mind that comes with knowing it’s a safe and healthy choice. 

Beyond Peanut-Free: Maisie Jane’s Commitment to Quality and Sustainability 

Being a peanut-free facility is just one aspect of Maisie Jane’s commitment to quality and safety. We also use organic farming practices and all-natural ingredients, with no preservatives or GMOs. This commitment to natural, nutritious products is part of our broader dedication to environmental responsibility and support for American small farms. 

Our range of products includes delicious hand-crafted single ingredient almond butters and specialty nut Butters, a variety of natural and flavored nuts, and unique gift baskets for every occasion. Each product is a testament to our commitment to quality, safety, and sustainability. 

At Maisie Jane’s, being a peanut-free facility is more than just a label—it’s a reflection of our dedication to our customers’ health and safety. By choosing Maisie Jane’s products, you’re not only getting delicious, high-quality nut products, but you’re also supporting a company that cares about its impact on the environment and its customers. 

So, whether you’re looking for the perfect gift or simply want to enjoy some delicious, allergy-friendly nut products, Maisie Jane’s has you covered. Enjoy the taste of California sunshine in every bite, and rest easy knowing that you’re supporting a company that truly cares. 

Maisie Jane’s Peanut-Free Nutty Chocolate Bark

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This Nutty Chocolate Bark is a delightful dessert that combines the richness of dark chocolate with the crunch and flavors of Maisie Jane’s roasted almonds, cashews, and pistachios. The addition of dried cranberries or raisins adds a touch of sweetness and tartness, while the sea salt balances the flavors. It’s a perfect treat for those with peanut allergies or anyone who appreciates a delicious nutty dessert.



  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate in 30-second intervals, stirring well between each interval until fully melted and smooth. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate using a double boiler.
  3. Pour the melted chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet and spread it evenly with a spatula to create a thin layer.
  4. Sprinkle the chopped almonds, cashews, pistachios, and dried cranberries or raisins (if using) evenly over the melted chocolate. Lightly press the toppings into the chocolate.
  5. Optional: Sprinkle sea salt over the top to enhance the flavor.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until the chocolate is completely set.
  7. Once set, remove the bark from the refrigerator and break it into small pieces by hand or using a knife.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

The nutty chocolate bark can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.