Best Safe Candy, Bunnies for Easter
AL’s editors explore what’s to offer for those avoiding some of the top allergens for Easter and Passover. Most are peanut-free, nut-free and dairy-free. We indicate when they’re free of gluten or other top allergens, too.
Updated for 2014 with files from Erin Stevenson
Available in the United States and Canada
Amanda’s Own Confections – This year offers an impressive selection, includng the stately Garden Bunny Box containing 17 individually-wrapped chocolate basket-holding bunnies. Also available are chocolate Passover and Easter lollipops. All products are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and nut- and peanut-free. Shop at www.amandasown.com or www.peanutfreeplanet.com.
Dare Foods – Dare’s soft and colorful Marshmallow Eggs are perfect Easter hunt treats. Also available are Rabbit Ju Jubes, Easter Jelly Beans and Marshmallow Rabbits. Free of: peanuts, tree nuts and gluten-free. Buy online at www.peanutfreeplanet.com.
Divvies – You may know them for their divine free-from cupcakes, but Divvies’ owners also produce gourmet candy and at this time of year, make that a high-caliber solid chocolate bunny who’s peanut-, tree nut-, milk-, egg-, and gluten-free. All your bases covered! Also available for your basket: delicious jelly beans in springtime pastels. Available at Whole Foods locations in the U.S. and Canada. For more stores visit www.divvies.com.
Gimbal’s Fine Candies – Liven up an Easter basket with jelly beans in 41 lip-smacking flavors – free of gluten and the Top 8 food allergens. Available at grocers throughout the U.S. and in Canada at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and London Drugs stores. Also buy online at www.gimbalscandy.com or www.peanutfreeplanet.com.
Indie Candy – Kids will love the cute Bunnie Gummis from Indie Candy. Free from the Top 8 allergens and gluten-free, these gummies are available in wetermelon, pineapple and key lime, offering a twist on traditional candy flavors. Order at www.indiecandy.com.
Premium Chocolatiers – Just the thing for a teen or adult gift: Premium’s Easter Theme Truffles, fashioned from exquisite fudge that’s dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free and egg-free. (They do contain soy.) Plus, for the younger set, there’s the big bunny holding a decorated egg, free-from foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, and a variety of dairy-free chocolate lollipops. The company also offers a wide assortment of boxed chocolates and truffles suitable for kosher pareve diets. Order at www.premiumchocolatiers.com.
Next: More great Easter/Passover treats