Why are We Peanut and Tree Nut Free?

Here at Kernel Crate we have a very strict and enforced policy of being peanut and tree nut free. It is not only a policy to be followed at work, but before work as well. The proteins that cause the allergic reactions can remain on skin and in the natural oils our bodies produce for up to 5 hours after consumption! In order to provide a product that all can enjoy we have to take these allergies and our habits very seriously.

But why?

We made the decision to be peanut free due to Cassi’s (one of Kernel Crate‘s founders) mother being deathly allergic to them. We wanted her mom to be able to enjoy our popcorn and be one of our cheerleaders moving forward, something that would be hard to do if she could not even consume our product! If she were to come in contact with peanuts she would almost immediately enter an anaphylactic shock, an extreme, often life-threatening allergic reaction to an antigen to which the body has become hypersensitive. The only way to combat these symptoms is with the use of an EpiPen. EpiPen is an injection containing epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs.

Since making the choice to be peanut free we have been amazed by the outpouring of support by others and especially parents of children with severe peanut allergies. What we were not expecting is that most of those that have a peanut allergy also have a tree nut allergy! Once we discovered a lot of people still couldn’t enjoy our popcorn and treats we decided to make the move to be completely peanut and tree nut free! Since that decision, we have become one of the only gourmet popcorn vendors that offers exclusively peanut free and tree nut free products!

We are often asked to make popcorn with nuts of some kind, but, worry not! Kernel Crate will always be peanut and tree nut free, only sourcing our ingredients from places that are also peanut and tree nut free. It has become our lifestyle to always check labels so you don’t have to!

Not only is our popcorn peanut and tree nut free, it is AMAZINGLY delicious! Learn more about our gourmet popcorn subscription box by hitting the button below!

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