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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 [1]Amanda’s Own Confections – This year offers an impressive selection, includng the stately Garden Bunny Box [2] 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 [3] or www.peanutfreeplanet.com [4].

Dare Marshmallow Eggs [5]
Dare Foods –
 Dare’s soft and colorful Marshmallow Eggs [6] 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 [4].

Divvies [7]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 [8] 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 [9].

Gimbals2 [10]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 [11] or www.peanutfreeplanet.com [4].

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Indie Candy –
 Kids will love the cute Bunnie Gummis [13] 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 [14].

Premium - Easter Theme Truffles [15]Premium Chocolatiers – Just the thing for a teen or adult gift: Premium’s Easter Theme Truffles [16], 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 [17].

Next: More great Easter/Passover treats

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Strawberry Hill
 – The Bunny Lollipop [19] from Strawberry Hill comes in a variety of colors and flavors – all without the Top 8 allergens and gluten-free. Other allergy-safe lollis include the Easter Egg Lollipop, the Ducky Lollipop and the Carousel Horse Lollipop. With this much variety, it will be hard to choose just one! Buy online at www.strawberryhillcandy.com [20].

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Surf Sweets
 – The fruity Gummy Swirls [22] from Surf Sweets make for a cute Easter/Passover treat. They are made with organic fruit juice and sweeteners and are loaded with vitamin C. Free from the Top 8 allergens and gluten-free. For a list of retail stores see www.surfsweets.com [23] or buy online at www.peanutfreeplanet.com [4].
Sweet Alexis

Sweet Alexis – One of our favorite allergy-friendly cookie makers offers beautiful egg-shaped cookies [24] for Easter – frosted to look like pastel-colored Ukrainian eggs. The cookies are free of: dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts. Order at www.sweetalexis.com [25].

Vermont Nut Free [26]
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates – This chocolatier is well-known for fabulous products from a facility that’s dedicated free-from nuts and peanuts. There is an impressive array of bunnies, truffles, filled eggs, Easter baskets and more, in a range of prices. Shipping is in U.S. and Canada. Visit www.vermontnutfree.com [27].

We're Not Nutz [28]
We’re Not Nutz
 – The beautifully designed peanut- and nut-free Chocolate Krispy Easter Egg [29] from We’re Not Nutz features a crunchy rice center for a little extra oomph. Other Easter peanut- and nut-free items include the Chocolate Sitting Bunny and the Floppy Ears Bunny Pops. Buy online at www.peanutfreeplanet.com [4].

Yummy Earth [30]
Yummy Earth 
– Be allergy-safe and planet-friendly this Easter by giving kids Yummy Earth Organic Strawberry Pops [31]. The organic lollipops are rich in flavor and are free from peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, dairy and gluten-free. For a list of retail stores see www.yummyearth.com [32] or buy online at www.peanutfreeplanet.com [4].

Next: More great Easter/Passover treats by country

United States Only

Pascha Organic [33]
– From silky semi-sweets to decadent darks, Pascha Organic Chocolate Bars [34] are crafted in a dedicated Top 8-free facility and display vegan, non-GMO and fair trade certifications. Perfect for the adult on your list. For retail locations or to buy online, visit www.paschachocolate.com [35].

Dum Dums [36]
Spangler Candy
 – Dum Dums Original Pops [37] come with 10+ flavors per bag. Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, and gluten-free making them the perfect choice for all the family members this Easter. For a list of retailers or to buy online, visit www.spanglercandy.com [38].

Simply Nut Free [39]
Simply Nut Free Chocolates
 – Lovely handmade, Euro-style chocolate bunnies, eggs and Star of David lollipops that are peanut- and nut-free. U.S. residents order at www.simplynutfree.com [40].

Canada Only

kinder s [41]Kinder Surprise – Give kids twice the delight with a Kinder Surprise Egg [42]. The certified peanut- and nut-free chocolate egg contains a small toy ready to assemble for an extra dash of fun & learning. No egg either, but contains dairy and soy lecithin.



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Vadeboncoeur Chocolates
– This Canadian company is famous for its whimsical take on holiday chocolate-making. From the slap-shooting, hockey-playing bunny (can you get any more Canuck?) to the chocolate Dora the Explorer, these peanut- and nut-free confections are bound to delight. Widely available in Canadian stores and pharmacies. See more details at  www.chocolatvadeboncoeur.com [44].

Note: Check ingredients listings before purchasing and call the manufacturer if you’re at all uncertain about the presence of a potential allergen or gluten.
shipping time guideline [45] to ensure you receive your treats on time.