Yes, we’re talking about the Dark Chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups on a dairy-free website, but read the following BEFORE you comment!!
A misleading practice has begun that only serves to confuse those who read allergen statements. Companies like Green & Black’s and now Justin’s, have shifted from putting a “may contain milk” warning due to potential cross-contamination, to a “contains: milk” warning even though the product is still made without dairy ingredients. From the FAQ’s on Justin’s website:
Even though there are no milk ingredients added to our delicious Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and the recipe has not changed, we recently changed our label to indicate “contains milk” because they are produced on machinery that also processes our Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups and White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, which do contain milk. While there is an extensive sanitation process between each batch, the reason we made this change is two-fold, both deriving from our company’s primary fundamental – safety
So why would I post about a product that is making decisions for consumers rather than disclosing truthful information? Because I can’t count the number of times I’ve come across people who have been safely consuming the Dark Chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups for some time (even many people with milk allergies) and felt betrayed and stopped purchasing them when they thought the formula had changed to actually contain dairy. I wanted to ensure that you know that at this point, it’s still exactly the SAME product!
As for a mini-review of the dark chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups (the other varieties DO contain dairy), they are pretty tasty with a pleasant semi-sweet coating and a rich, slightly powdery peanut butter filling that isn’t quite as creamy as competitor brands. My main complaint is that they are frequently dried out. About half of the time that I’ve tried them, the center is very dry and crumbly.
Nonetheless dark chocolate Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups are readily available at many grocers for when you want an indulgent sweet hit or if you are looking for a special, last minute treat to gift – so long as they are “safe” for your needs.
Certifications: Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups are Certified Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Certified Kosher Dairy (due to shared equipment), and Certified Gluten Free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups are dairy-free / non-dairy (YES, see above!), egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Justin’s website at justins.com.