Updated: Mar 1
Not all candy is created equal…
· Some candy is safe, but their seasonal shapes are not! Make sure you double-check.
· The Tootsie Company deserves a shout-out as their candy is peanut, tree nut, and gluten-free.
· Dove chocolate is great about calling out allergens.
· Hershey keeps a list of their GF candy on their website
· Candy Corn-some love it! I’m not one of those however, here are some safe GF companies if you love it. Brach’s and Jelly Belly's are gluten-free. Remember always double-check.
· Go over safe gluten-free candy with your child before trick-or-treating. This will help them pick the best option from the choices they may be given. (Of course, this depends on their age.)
· I strongly believe in teaching kids when they are young about their food allergies, sensitivities, and/or conditions. They are going to have to live with this and make educated decisions for the rest of their lives.
· Parents/guardians can help them learn by making a game of finding the gluten-free symbol or the words "gluten-free.” See if your child can find it before you. This teaches them what to look for and how to eat safely. I started with my daughter when she was four, so it’s not too early.
· Teal Pumpkin Project-(foodallergy.org) If you or your child can’t have gluten or have other food allergies, you know how hard it can be for kids. Consider participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Did you know 1 in 13 kids have a food allergy, sensitivity, or other condition? If you participate you can give allergy-safe candy or trinkets. For more info check out their website. I think this is a wonderful idea!
· Spokin App-If you have not checked out their website…check it out. They have lots of information on food allergies as well as gluten-free information.