The Teal Pumpkin Project is becoming more and more important these days as children are facing life-threatening food allergies. The most common of the food allergies is nut-allergies; but don’t forget about wheat, soy, and gluten allergies. For families who don’t have children with food allergies, we may not think about our Halloween candy choices. I know that I’m a sucker for my Reece’s cups but I’ll be leaving those inside my house this year and not handing them out to the kids.
If you still want to offer up sweet treats or snacks for the kids here are a few options that are food allergy friendly.
Stonyfield Organic Fruit Snacks – My kids reach for these more than they reach for candy. I’ll be the first to admit that they are pretty tasty and satisfy my sweet tooth.
Yum Earth – Yum Earth makes sour beans, lollipops, and gummy bears that are from natural real fruit juice. I’m a fan of their sour beans and they come in small individual serving sizes perfect for Halloween.
Tootsie’s – Did you know that the classic Tootsie roll and Tootsie Pop were nut free and gluten free? They still contain soy and corn, but those aren’t as big of a concern as nuts and gluten. You may not want to go overboard on the Tootstie’s, but they are still a fan favorite.
Surf Sweets – Some of my favorite gummy bears (or spiders) are also made from organic fruit juices. No artificial sweeteners, no nuts, and gluten free.
Mike & Ikes – No one said allergy friendly meant healthy! It’s ok for kids to have some candy in moderation! Gluten free and no nuts!
Peeps – I guess Peeps aren’t just for Easter anymore and they come in cute individually wrapped packages perfect for Halloween. I may sneak a few of these if my kids get them this year! Yummy!! No gluten, no nuts, and no wheat!
Hershey Kisses – They may contain dairy in the chocolate but they are nut free! Everyone loves kisses!!
Lay’s Potato Chips – Gluten free and nut free. Single serve packs of Lay’s are a great snack when you don’t want your kid to have any more candy. Again, not everything is “healthy,” but they are safe to give out.
If you want to stay away from candy and food items you can always look for small toy or gift type items like Playdough. I’d try to stay away from the little plastic junk though, because we all know where that ends up. The trash can!
What are your favorite Halloween treats? Do they fall into the food allergy friendly category?
Disclosure: This post features products that have been provided for our family to sample and I am a paid Stonyfield YoGetter blogger. All the opinions are my own.
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Christine M says
I don’t see how you can put a product that contains DAIRY on a list of Allergy Friendly snacks. That is not only wrong, it is DANGEROUS.
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Keara B. says
Thanks for raising awareness about this issue. My daughter has peanut and tree nut allergies, so it’s nice to see other people taking notice of the potential risk they face for holidays like this. Fortunately, my daughter loves the YumEarth lollipops so we just trade her candy for those. 🙂