Saturday, February 9, 2008

Valentine's Treats for Peanut Allergic Kids

So I was browsing around at a chi-chi, upscale grocery store near my office this week, looking for a few peanut-free Valentine Treats for Bella. I figured I could find a little heart shaped box of plain chocolates for her.

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)
  • Twizzlers
  • Madeleines from Starbucks
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Mike & Ike's
  • Gummi Bears
  • Oreo Snack Packs
  • Whoppers
  • 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
  • Fruitabu
At Target, quite a few of these were in Valentine themed cases (i.e. hearts) so it still gets the kids in the spirit. I'll likely get Bella a few of these plus a stuffed animal and some coloring books/pens/stickers.

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.


Nicole said...

my peanut allergic daughter is very fond of the Valentine junior mints. They are heart-shaped and half of them have RED filling. She LOVES checking to see if she got a red heart. Funny thing is, she won't eat the regular junior mints so when Valentine's Day rolls around I buy 16+ boxes!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for composing this list, my kids go to a peanut free preschool and I've been surfing online for a list of Valentines day treats I can just buy at our local Target for the last 30 mins.