Allergy Mom

Name: Amy Schwabe
Kids: Two girls, Alex (10) and Wendy (6)
Works: stay-at-home mom, blogger, freelance writer
Favorite part about being a mom: watching my girls develop personalities and habits that are a lot like those of my husband's and mine, but also uniquely their own
Least favorite part about being a mom: trying to find balance -- in everything -- the line between being too overprotective vs. too free-range; the line between overscheduling so we don't miss anything we want to do and being more spontaneous so we can enjoy just a few of the things we want to do; the line between sheltering the kids so they don't make any mistakes and being so hands-off that they make too many mistakes
Famous for: having so many books that guests are free to use my home as a lending library (although my younger daughter says I'm famous for cleaning the house)

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Trick or Treat -- Our Favorite Allergy-Friendly Candy

 It's Halloween month, and lots of families are thinking about what candy to buy for Trick or Treat.

Trick or Treat is hard for kids with food allergies.  In our family, we usually skip the door-to-door trick or treating, as the girls get tons of candy from our families when we go to their houses for Trick or Treat.  

I want to share a list of our favorite allergy-friendly candy if you would like to give out safe candy this Halloween.  Here goes!

  1. Skittles – This is probably Alex's favorite candy. We always talk about our hierarchy of flavors in our family. In case you're interested, Alex's is lime, lemon, grape, strawberry, and orange.

  2. Starburst – Another flavor hierarchy candy. Alex's: lemon, strawberry, cherry, orange.

  3. Dum Dums – These suckers are well-known at school as the safe candy to hand out to the kids. The company is very allergy-friendly in its labeling; they say on the packaging that Dum Dums do not contain fish, shellfish, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, or gluten (There is some soy present.) They are also produced in a dedicated facility. (Always do read the label though, as the company also notes that some Dum Dums are packaged in areas that may not be safe.)

  4. Smarties – Here's another kid-friendly candy that uses its label to advertise that it's free of milk, egg, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and soy, as well as made in a dedicated facility. The company's allergen statement also says that its products are “safe to eat for kids with peanut allergies.”

  5. Hershey Kisses (the standard milk chocolate – some of the other kinds are not safe.): This is our go-to chocolate candy. When we get a chocolate craving, we buy a bag of these. Hershey is pretty awesome about allergies in general. Although they produce lots of chocolate with nuts, and several types are cross-contaminated, they are also very allergy-aware, and label their products well. 

  6. Rolos: These caramel-filled chocolates are also produced by Hershey, and are what we eat when we want something more than just chocolate. 

  7. Tootsie Rolls: We love Tootsie Rolls! Although this post is technically about chocolate, I also want to mention that the non-chocolate flavored Tootsie Rolls (flavors like vanilla, lime, lemon, orange, and cherry) are also quite delicious, and are some of Alex's favorite candies.


Before closing, I just want to mention that the allergy information for each of these candies was current as of my writing.  If you have a food allergy, make sure that you check labels before enjoying!

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