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Arby’s Mint Shake (minus Andes Mints) is soy free

This was a pleasant surprise. We figured there was no way the kids could have the Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake at Arby’s, minus the Andes mints.

For those of you interested in the components: it’s made from their Vanilla Shake base, mint syrup (shipped in special for this promotion), the chocolate frosting from the chocolate turnovers, whipped cream, and of course Andes mints.

Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake: Vanilla Shake Mix (whole milk, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, nonfat milk, grade A sweet whey, cream, natural & artificial vanilla flavor, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, guar gum, carrageenan, dipotassium phosphate, sodium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium carbonate, annatto, caramel color), Mint Chocolate Syrup (high fructose corn syrup, water, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate [preservatives], polysorbate 80, vanilla extract, yellow 5, blue 1), Andes® Mints (sugar, partially hydrogentated vegetable oils [palm kernel & palm], cocoa [processed with alkali], nonfat milk, lactose, milk protein concentrate, soy lecithin [emulsifier], natural and artificial flavors, peppermint oil, yellow 5, blue 1), Chocolate Swirl (sugar, water, sweetened condensed skim milk [skim milk, sugar], palm oil, high fructose corn syrup, nonfat dry milk, cocoa [processed with alkali], corn syrup, natural and artificial flavor, salt, disodium phosphate, artificial flavor [vanillin], potassium sorbate [preservative]), Whipped Cream (grade A cream, sucrose, corn syrup, nonfat milk solids, monoglycerides, natural & artificial flavors, salt, nitrous oxide gas). CONTAINS: MILK, SOY.

One of the best things about Arby’s is that their ingredient lists are thorough and updated regularly. One of the worst things about Arby’s is that their ingredient lists are thorough and updated regularly, but the old ones are never removed. I swear I can stumble across Arby’s ingredient PDFs from the turn of the century, but have the worst time finding the most current ingredient list. Here’s the most current Arby’s Ingredients – March, 2016, as of this writing. We actually had to piece together the soy-free status of the Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake with the helpful employees at our local Arby’s — Had I been able to locate this on my phone, we could have saved them the effort.




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Sarah’s Akron dining experiences

We are familiar with a number of these locations, (my comments in green.)

From: Sarah
Subject: A Fellow Soy-Free Akronite.

Hi there!

I chanced upon your site for the first time today and I am so happy (and surprised) to have found you! I live in Akron, OH, too, and developed a soy allergy six years ago. I am stunned by where I find soy (it’s in EVERYTHING)!

I have a couple additions for you. Hope these help!

  • Tums Smoothies (berry fusion) have soy. (Regular Tums are ok.)
  • Most chewing gum has soy EXCEPT Trident White (peppermint). There is also Glee Gum (sold at Krieger’s and Mustard Seed Market) that doesn’t have soy but the flavor doesn’t last very long.
  • Mustard Seed Market has a nice soy-free selection of items – not everything – but they do have soy-free bread. They also have one brand of soy-free milk-chocolate, and a couple dark chocolates. (We’ve found some of the soy free bread at Mustard Seed, too, very excited to hear about the chocolate — so far, the kids really only get enjoy life chocolate chips and candy bars.)
  • Manischewitz brand has soy-free Matzo (bread) crumbs, and yummy macaroon cookies in a wide variety of soy-free flavors. (I can usually only find these during Passover, though. Sold at most grocery stores.)
  • I’ve also learned that things with “artificial or natural flavoring” or vitamin E AKA tocopherol acetate usually means soy. Check lip balms, and, if you’re particularly sensitive, lotion tissues. (Hadn’t really thought too much about personal products.)
  • I’m more likely to find soy-free groceries at Earth Fare, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Mustard Seed Market than places like Acme, Marc’s or Giant Eagle. (We love Trader Joe’s, and definitely pick up some items at Seven Grains Natural Market.)

RESTAURANTS:

  • Aladdin’s (Mediterranean restaurant) is soy-free! Even the pita bread and dressings! They use olive oil. (We love Aladdin’s, I’m not sure why I don’t have an entry for them)
  • Almost everything at Bravo! Italian Restaurant (even their bread!) is soy-free!
  • At Olive Garden, the alfredo sauce (NOT the garlic-alfredo sauce, though) was listed as soy-free last time I checked, and I haven’t reacted to it. If you tell them you have a soy allergy, you can ask them to put butter on the pasta instead of oil. You can also ask for the oil and vinegar instead of their dressing, and, of course, no croutons. No bread sticks.
  • SOME Penn Station’s will bake me a loaf of their bread without margarine (this can take a while, so I call ahead). They do their best to avoid cross contamination on the griddle, but I would avoid if I were deathly allergic.



I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

Alexa submitted this information on Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits:

I’m allergic to soy and nightshade vegetables. My family loves road trips which leaves me hanging most of the time since fast food is chock full of soy. And if it’s not, there’s a nightshade vegetable in it. So Bojangles’ was on the list of new places for my family to try. Unfortunately for us, they cook in vegetable oil which is 75% soybean oil. On top of that, everything, except their roasted chicken bites have soy in them already. But all in all, it’s a big GIANT no. I love your site. It’s a life saver.

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Thanks, Alexa, for your research on Bojangles’, and for your kind words on the site.




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Mr. Hero

Unfortunately the Mr. Hero website has absolutely zero ingredient and allergen information on their website.

We were able to stop into a location, and from a cursory check, it seemed that pretty much 100% of their food had soy in it in one form or another.




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Carrabba’s is using even more soy now

We took our son to Carrabba’s for his birthday, as it’s one of the only Italian restaurants that our kids can eat some of the food.

Now, not only does Carrabba’s lasagne have soy in it, their bread does too. They’ve quit making ice cream (but they do make gelato now).

Again, I’ve got notes, but I just want to get this information out to make sure everybody gets to see it.




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Pizza Franchises

I haven’t gotten around to creating entries for all of the pizza franchises we’ve checked (in northeast Ohio), but here’s the running list:

Soy in crust and/or sauce

Pizza Hut
Papa John’s
Teresa’s Pizza
Romeo’s Pizza
Ci Ci’s Pizza (soy in crust, but they’ll let you bring in your own crust, like Boboli)

No soy in crust, sauce, and many toppings

Marco’s Pizza: (everything soy-free but chicken & Italian sausage)
East of Chicago Pizza: (everything soy-free but chicken & taco meat) Dessert pizza’s are soy-free!!!!
Donato’s Pizza: Their standard crusts have soy in them, but their gluten free crust from Udi’s is soy free.

 




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Marco’s Pizza is fairly soy-free

We had pretty much given up on all pizza franchises, as every one that we ever checked always had soy in the crust (“dough conditioning”, I think. Not sure what that means, but that’s been relayed to us on at least one occasion) or in the sauce itself.

At the insistence of our friends Kim & Bill, we went ahead and checked out Marco’s Pizza. We figured it’d be a quick “no”, but the more we dug, the more we were pleasantly surprised. Aside from their Italian sausage and chicken, the kids can have all of the other (non-dessert) toppings. All of the dessert pizzas have soy in them.

Getting to their allergy menu is kind of frustrating. They won’t even let you look at a menu unless you pick a location, and I still had to google their allergy information. Here’s the link we found: http://www.nutritionix.com/marcos-pizza/menu/special-diets/premium. Be warned, ingredient lists are shown in boxes that only show 5 lines of text, so you have to do a lot of scrolling to see everything (or copy and paste the ingredients into a text editor).

This is the one we ate at, but they are a nationwide chain.
Marco’s Pizza
2130 Eastwood Ave, Akron, OH 44305
Phone:(330) 794-6800
marcos.com




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Carrabba’s started using soybean oil

I can’t remember the details off the top of my head, but the last time we went to Carrabba’s, our son was extremely disappointed to learn that things have changed at Carrabba’s, and now he can’t have their lasagna because there’s soybean oil in it now. I can’t remember what all things changed, but there were some pasta dishes that the kids were still able to have. I’ll have to dig out my notes and share them, but be warned, things have changed for the worse!




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Spaghetti Warehouse

Well, this should be my 3rd or 4th post about Spaghetti Warehouse, but I keep getting different answers every time we visit, so I’m always hesitant to post anything here.

Our most current visit tells us that Spaghetti Warehouse (like most Italian restaurants) put soybean oil on their just-cooked noodles to keep them from sticking to each other.

It seems like every other time that we go to Spaghetti Warehouse, we get a different answer, so I’m not  sure if they’re really changing their processes that often, or if we’re getting bad information.

Due to all of the pasta having soybean oil on them and (if I recall correctly) some of their pasta sauces, Spaghetti Warehouse is pretty much off-limits to our kids. They are always very helpful there, but it ends up being about the only thing the kids can eat there is when they steam up some non-marinated chicken or shrimp and broccoli. As good (and healthy) as that can be, it’s really hard for the kids to watch us eat a 15 layer lasagna in front of them.

Spaghetti Warehouse
510 S Main St #33, Akron, OH 44311
(330) 374-0025
www.meatballs.com




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.

Chipotle is (for all intents and purposes) Soy Free!!!!

Thanks to Angela for reminding me of the wonderful news: Chipotle is finally (mostly) Soy Free! We were in a Chipotle a couple of weeks ago and were pleasantly surprised to find out Chipotle now uses canola oil in their tortillas. That makes everything we care about 100% soy free at Chipotle. They do ?now? ?still? offer a tofu concoction as an alternative to meat, but if it’s been there for a while, I’ve just ignored it.

So the tofu concoction is the only thing with soy in it in the entire restaurant. Our son was so ecstatic to finally be able to eat a Chipotle burrito again. It was one of his favorite restaurants before we found out about his soy allergy, and now he gets to go back!




I'm trying to track allergen information for every restaurant that we eat at. With my son's soy allergy, each time we eat at a restaurant, it can take up to 30 minutes to figure out what he can eat. Especially since most restaurants don't accurately represent their usage of soy.

We're tracking what soy free (including soybean oil free) foods our son can eat at all restaurants we go to. If you've got a soy allergy in your family and have any information you can share, please contact us.