Guess what I found?
There's slim pickings for Peanut Allergic Kids for Valentine's Day! Everything is made on equipment that manufactures peanut products, or made in the same facility - both of those no-no's for the vigilant mom.
So how can you fill a Valentine's Basket with safe treats WITHOUT resorting to mail-order?
Here are some options (most of which you can buy at Target or a drugstore near you):
- Sweethearts in 2 oz boxes (in regular, tart, and chocolate flavors)
- Hershey's Kisses (they even have cute, big heart shaped boxes of them without an allergy warning!)
- Hershey's Chocolate Bars (some of the larger ones have a warning though)
- Madeleines from Starbucks
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Mike & Ike's
- Gummi Bears
- Oreo Snack Packs
- Marshmallow Peeps (as long as they don't have chocolate in them)
- Animal crackers
- Hostess Twinkies or Cupcakes (some have warnings i hear, beware)
- Sweet tarts
I must say that not being able to find chocolates and candies is ok with me. I feel a lot better about Bella eating 'real' food like fruit instead of chocolate/sweets for dessert. Is this a bright side of having a peanut allergy? Maybe!
So what would you add to my list?
p.s. Here's a list that details a TON of peanut free/safe foods (note: this list is a year old and originates in Canada, where some products are safe THAT ARE NOT SAFE IN THE USA). NEVER stop reading labels, even if it's a food on this list. Depending on where a product is made (different factory or different country) they could have different manufacturing practices.