{Allergy Free} Valentine’s Day

Allergy Free Valentine's Day Candy

Poor little Abigail. For nearly a year now, she’s been living entirely egg, dairy, and almond free.
Her food allergies have been well managed up until this point. Lately though, something has been going on. She’s had rash breakouts at the most random times. Like after eating a meal she eats on a regular basis–pb&j, for example. Or after eating spaghetti that I triple checked the ingredients of, both noodles and sauce. I’m not sure if this is cross-contamination (in which case, I really need to clear out that yogurt drawer in the fridge!), or if it’s an altogether new allergy.

*Please no more new allergies, please no new allergies!*

On top of that, holidays are always a tricky time for those with food allergies. Food is such an intrinsic part of traditions. Here in America, we have an entire holiday dedicated to food. (Thanksgiving, in case you are scratching your head.) Valentine’s Day is the day of love, but for children, it’s the day for love of candy.  Abigail is only 23 months, but this Valentine’s Day we will be going to her first Valentine’s Party. I mentioned my concerns to the party goers, and a lady emailed back a list of candy’s people could bring that are allergy free. This is such a good resource, not just for families who have allergies, but for family members, friends, teachers, and room moms (is that still a thing?) who know of someone with food allergies.

With that, I give you:

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These candies do not contain the top 8 allergens (soy, dairy, wheat, egg, peanut, tree nut, shell fish, fish). However, factories frequently change ingredients and process, so be sure to check labels!

Necco Wafers
Mike & Ike
Starbursts
Skittles
Smarties
Dum Dums
Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Annie’s Fruit Snacks
Fruit Roll Ups
Lara Bars
Bazooka Bubble Gum
Ring Pops
Push Pops
Lemonheads
Red Hots
Chewy Lemonhead and Friends
Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends
Jolly Ranchers
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Swedish Fish
Sour Patch Kids
Dots (not Yogurt Dots)
Lifesavers Hard Candy
Lifesavers Pops
Nerds

My general rule of thumb of labels to check is anything that’s essential good ol’ fashioned corn syrup and flavor. I automatically dismiss chocolate (except dark!), marshmallows, anything caramel, and so on. Even with a rule of thumb I can be surprised, so I always always check labels.

Want more options? I dug up a few links for you. Most of these are broken down by the Top 8 as well as individual allergies, so if you are only allergic to one item, you can find a wide range of items!

Sure Foods Living Candy List
Allergy Free and Sugar Free Snacks
Natural Candy Store
Indie Candy
Allerbling Allergen Free Food Companies

I thought this was fun. You can get cute medical wristbands for your child’s allergy, and snap on different “bling” for each allergy. They even have gluten free and bee allergy, along with other less common allergens! Check it out at Allerbling Store. While Abigail doesn’t need a medical alert charm, I might get her a band just so I can stop explaining to the different nursery leaders each Sunday! :)

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3 Responses to {Allergy Free} Valentine’s Day

  1. Liz Higgs says:

    This is great info! I’m on my way to check out that site right now, but first I want to let you know that gluten is in both spaghetti and pb&j sandwiches. I’ve been GF for almost a year now and I can’t imagine that it’s fun to have a little one with allergies–my boys still eat all the wheat they want (including my husband “boy”) and occasionally i get sick from it. I’d just say try her out on a GF diet for a week and if the rash goes away, you can bet that’s what it was. I knew within three days.
    I hope this helps a little. :-)
    ~Liz

  2. MamaSarahCNP says:

    Thank you for posting this list. We are an allergy family too (egg, dairy, peanut, other nuts too because of cross contamination) so I totally empathize!

  3. JUSTINE JOHNSON says:

    red hots & lemon heads are also a big NO NO for nut allergies..processed in a plant that manufactures nuts !
    ring pops & push pops are made in CHINA..differant food rules in differant countries..NO NO NO . Jelly belly jelly beans ~BAD again contain nut flavorings & processed in a plant with nuts ! and why make the dark chocolate allowed? most chocolate is made in a plant with nuts( READ THE LABELS) ~ WOW such a confusing bunch of guidelines you have here. you really do need to read up on ALL of this to keep your child safe . every package has an ingredience listing & allergen listing …read EVERY listing EVERY time !!! never take a chance CROSS CONTAMINATION CAN BE FATAL !!

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