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Watkins Allergy Ingredient Considerations and Food Sensitivities

Many people have food sensitivities, allergies, medical conditions or religious beliefs that can make food selection a challenge. Because we at Watkins are sensitive to those challenges, we offer the following lists of products that may be appropriate (or inappropriate) for some people.

You can find full ingredient lists for almost all of Watkins products on the website. Of course, if you have any questions at all about any ingredients in our products, please do not hesitate to contact us using the handy link in the menu above.

Products Containing Dairy

These products contain dairy-derived materials and/or sodium caseinate. These items will have "Milk" listed as an allergen.

  • Dessert Mix - Chocolate
  • Dessert Mix - Coconut
  • Soup Base - Chicken
  • Soup Base - Mushroom
  • Soup Base - Cream
  • Gravy Mix Country
  • Gravy Roasted Turkey
  • Extract Chocolate 
  • Snack & Dip Mix - Garlic and Dill
  • Snack & Dip Mix - Salsa & Sour Cream

Products Containing Sugar

Sugar - The listed products contain some form of added sugar. These forms include but are not limited to: Sucrose, Glucose, Fructose, Dextrose, Molasses, Corn Syrup, and Honey.

  • Dessert Mix-Coconut
  • Dessert Mix-Lemon
  • Extract-Vanilla Original Double-Strength
  • Extract-Vanilla Clear
  • Extract-Vanilla Pure
  • Extract-Vanilla Nut
  • Extract-Maple
  • Original BBQ Sauce
  • Meat Magic
  • Soup Base-Beef
  • Soup Base-Chicken
  • Soup Base-Mushroom
  • Soup Base-Onion
  • Soup Base-Cream
  • Country Gravy Mix
  • Turkey Gravy Mix
  • Snack & Dip Mix - Cucumber Dill
  • Snack & Dip Mix - Fiesta
  • Snack & Dip Mix - Garden Vegetable
  • Snack & Dip Mix-Salsa & Sour Cream
  • Snack & Dip Mix - Garlic and Dill
  • Seasoning Salt
  • Supercold Cough Medicine - USA
  • Cough Medicine - Canada

Products Containing Nut Extracts and Oils

We have done our best to specify which oils and extracts are contained in the following products. However, each individual will have to base their choices on their own degree of reaction and severity.

The following products contain nut extracts and/or oils:
  • Pure Almond Extract
  • Gourmet Peanut Butter Extract (contains natural and artificial flavours)
  • Gourmet Vanilla Nut Extract (contains natural and artificial flavours)
  • Sugar & Shea Body Scrubs - ALL - Grapefruit, Lavender, Coconut Milk & Honey (shea butter, coconut oil)
  • Natural Hand Creams - ALL - Aloe & Green Tea, Lavender, Lemon Cream, Mango, Vanilla (shea butter, macadamia seed oil, coconut oil)
  • Bath & Body Oils - ALL - Lavender, Lemon, Mango (macadamia seed oil)
  • Facial Care - Daily Cleansing Cream (shea butter)
  • Facial Care - Gentle Pore Scrub (coconut oil)
  • Facial Care - Divine Day Cream (shea butter)
  • Facial Care - Nourishing Night Cream (shea butter)
  • Rejuvenating Foot Cream (coconut oil)
  • Hand & Body Lotions - ALL (coconut oil)
  • Hand & Cuticle Salves - ALL (sweet almond oil)
  • Natural Beeswax Lip Balm (shea butter)
  • Natural Lip Tints - ALL (shea butter)
  • Natural Baby Care - Baby Balm (sweet almond oil)
  • Natural Baby Care - Baby Lotion (shea butter)

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Some people have experienced unpleasant symptoms after consuming foods with MSG. This is thought to affect about 2% of the population (fewer than the percentage who have allergic reactions to other foods).

Watkins adds no MSG to any of its products; however, MSG does occur naturally in a wide variety of foods, such as Parmesan cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes, and is present in flavoring agents such as hydrolyzed proteins and autolyzed yeast extracts.

In the case of hydrolyzed protein products (such as in our Soup Bases and Barbecue Sauces), the glutamate that is present is the same as that found in fruits, vegetables, meats and grains.

Also, an 8-ounce serving of broiled chicken breast contains 15 times more free glutamate - alleged to be the cause of "Chinese Restaurant Syndrome" - than an 8-ounce serving of processed food containing HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein).

Products Containing Salt

The following products contain salt.
  • Dessert Mixes (all)
  • Meat Magic
  • Snack & Dip Seasonings (all)
  • Soup/Gravy Bases (all)
  • Gourmet Grinders - Chicken Seasoning, Coarse Sea Salt, Garlic Peppercorn Blend, Pizza & Pasta Seasoning, Seafood Seasoning, Steak & Chops Seasoning
  • Original BBQ Sauce
  • Seasoning Salt
  • Potato Salad Seasoning (seasonal)

For a complete list of ingredients of ALL of Watkins products, please click on the link to Watkins above. In the left hand column, select Start Shopping and your catalogue of choice.

As you browse through our 'store' you will be able to 'read the label' just as if you had the product in your hand!
Gluten-Free Products

Some people have an acute sensitivity to gluten, a protein present in wheat and some other grains.

Because distilled white vinegar is made from grain based alcohol, there are varying schools of thought on whether gluten-sensitive individuals should use products containing this ingredient.

Although the vinegar used by Watkins is, to the best of our knowledge, gluten-free, it is our position that this choice is up to the individual and his/her health care provider. A separate list of products containing vinegar is found after this Gluten-Free list.

NOTE: The listed products do not contain a known source of gluten. But inasmuch as we have not tested each and every component, we cannot guarantee that they are specifically "gluten free."

  • Baking Cocoa
  • Baking Powder
  • Cooking Spray
  • All Natural Pure Extracts
  • Natural Vanilla Extracts
  • Extract - Peanut Butter
  • Extract - Root Beer
  • Natural Gourmet Extracts and Flavorings
  • All Natural Seasonings
  • Natural Gourmet Seasoning Blends
  • All Natural Grinders
  • Cinnamon
  • Black Pepper
  • Dessert Mix - Chocolate
  • Dessert Mix - Coconut
  • Dessert Mix - Lemon
  • Grapeseed Oil - Garlic & Parsley
  • Grapeseed Oil - Original
  • Liquid Spice - Garlic
  • Soup Base - Beef
  • Soup Base - Chicken
  • Soup Base - Cream
  • Snack & Dip Mix-Cucumber Dill
  • Snack & Dip Mix-Garlic and Dill
  • Snack & Dip Mix-Salsa & Sour Cream
  • Snack & Dip Fiesta

    Products Containing Vinegar

    Vinegar - There are varying schools of thought on whether Gluten sensitive individuals should use products containing Vinegar. It is our position that this choice is up to the individual and his/her health care provider. These products DO contain vinegar.
    • Original BBQ Sauce (Ready to Use)
    • Meat Magic

    Products Containing Wheat

    These products contain Wheat. These items will have "Wheat" listed as an allergen.

    • Gravy Mix - Gourmet Country
    • Gravy Mix - Roasted Turkey
    • Soup Base - Mushroom
    • Soup Base - Onion

    Kosher Products

    Some Watkins product labels are imprinted with a Kosher symbol. The appearance of this symbol on any product means that the product has been certified Kosher by officials of the Jewish faith. The specific symbol appearing on our products represents the organization that has certified our products - the Upper Midwest Kashrut Association.

    The following Watkins products have been certified Kosher and Pareve:
    • 60391 All Natural Pure Almond Extract 2 oz
    • 60392 All Natural Pure Orange Extract 2 oz
    • 60394 All Natural Pure Peppermint Extract 2 oz
    • 00572 Basil 2 oz
    • 00517 Beef Seasoning
    • 01141 Black Pepper 12 oz
    • 60396 Black Pepper 2 oz
    • 01140 Black Pepper Purest Ground
    • 00581 Black Pepper, 4 oz
    • 21208 Caramel Extract 8 oz
    • 00518 Chicken Seasoning
    • 00583 Chili Powder
    • 60397 Cinnamon 2 oz
    • 21201 Cinnamon Extract 8 oz
    • 01115 Cinnamon Purest Ground
    • 01007 Clear Vanilla 11 oz
    • 60389 Clear Vanilla 2 oz
    • 01076 Clear Vanilla 1 Gallon
    • 00584 Cumin 2 oz
    • 00574 Curry Powder 2 oz
    • 00576 Dill 2 oz
    • 01077 Double Strength Vanilla 1 gallon
    • 00588 Dry Mustard 2 oz
    • 00577 Garlic Powder 2 oz
    • 00587 Ginger 2 oz
    • 00573 Ground Cloves 2 oz
    • 60445 Imitation Caramel Extract 2 oz
    • 60434 Imitation Cinnamon Extract 2 oz
    • 60444 Imitation Peanut Butter Extract 2 oz
    • 60439 Imitation Root Beer Extract 2 oz
    • 21385 Maple Extract 2 oz ™
    • 21202 Maple Extract 8 oz
    • 60398 Nutmeg 2 oz
    • 00578 Onion Powder 2 oz
    • 00586 Oregano 2 oz
    • 00585 Paprika 2 oz
    • 00579 Parsley 2 oz
    • 21203 Peanut Butter Extract 8 oz
    • 21214 Pure Almond Extract 8 oz
    • 60430 Pure Anise Extract 2 oz
    • 21212 Pure Anise Extract 8 oz
    • 60437 Pure Mint Extract 2 oz
    • 21210 Pure Orange Extract 8 oz
    • 21211 Pure Peppermint Extract 8 oz
    • 60400 Pure Vanilla 1oz ™ W/CTN
    • 60387 Pure Vanilla 2oz ™ W/CTN
    • 21197 Pure Vanilla 8oz
    • 21204 Raspberry Extract 8 oz
    • 21205 Root Beer Extract 8 oz
    • 00567 Rosemary 2 oz
    • 00568 Sage 2 oz
    • 00569 Thyme 2 oz
    • 60390 Vanilla Double Strength 2 oz
    • 01008 Vanilla Extract Double Strength 11 oz
    • 60442 Vanilla Nut 2 oz ™
    • 21209 Vanilla Nut Extract 8 oz

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