Monday, March 3, 2008

Can't Have Candy with a Peanut Allergy?

Think again.

If you hanker for a Mounds Bar, or Peppermint Bark, never fear.

You can make them at home. Here are a few resources for making your own chocolates at home (and not on equipment used to manufacture products with peanuts, tree nuts, or any of the other top 8 allergens or otherwise).

Mounds Bar
Peppermint Bark
Peanut Butter Cups (substitute Sunbutter for Peanut Butter).
Milky Way
Peppermint Patties

I haven't made any of these, mind you, but it's nice to see the resources online. Can you tell I'm craving chocolate and candy today?!?

And a side note: If you want to recreate some restaurant recipes, check out this site. You have to pay for the recipes (all I believe - but they are only .79 each), but if you really want to recreate something at home (and allergen-free), this looks like the place to start!


Pez said...

We safely eat Hershey's Kissables. My kids love them (mostly because it is the only chocolate they can have from the store).

Thanks for the recipes though. I might make the milky way candy bars. Yummy!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

I've been wanting to try and make peanut butter cups with sun butter, but I've been too lazy. Maybe soon. I'm sure my son would love them. I bought some Peeps and plan on dipping them in chocolate for Easter (if I don't get too lazy).

Gabs said...

It's funny you mention chocolate dipped peeps! I found the following at Target yesterday:

It's a peep inside a big chocolate egg. And better yet, it looks like it's safe to eat (no warning at least).

Anonymous said...

It can be hard to find candy that my son can have but it is possible. He can have plain m&m's and hersey kisses. But thats about it for chocolate. There is alwas jelly beans, starburst, suckers, and stuff like that.
I do have one concern about using sunbutter or soy nut butter. When my son was first diagnosed with his peanut allergy I would wonder how I could make "peanut butter" sandwiches for him. I did buy the Soybutter at walmart but I tasted it and it was so gross that I didn't bother giving it to him. Then I realized that since he is allergic he shouldn't have anything resembling peanutbutter. He dosen't need to have fake peanutbutter just for the sake to have "peanut butter". This is the only way I know how to teach him that he can't eat peanut butter is to eliminate it altogether, fake or not. I'm to nervous that he will think it is soybutter but really be peanutbutter. We have a forbidden shelf high up in my pantry that we keep a jar of peanutbutter (for my daughter) and anything else that he can't have. Right now he can't reach it so we are safe. I know when he gets into that pantry to eat he won't get anything he should'nt.

Anonymous said...

If you crave M&Ms and great chocolate (bars, truffles, creams, milk, dark, etc.), contact Vermont Nut Free--they are a company devoted to peanut and tree nut chocholates, including baking chocolate and chocolate chips. Their "Skippers" are better tasting to M&Ms!
Cheers, Carrie

Bridget said...

I have actually created a list of peanut safe candy on my website to teach kids how to live with peanut allergies!

Jude The Dude

It also has an animation on living with peanut allergies!