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Halloween 2014: Food Allergy-Friendly Candies and Treats

Halloween is one of the most fun and unique occasions on the calendar. But for families with food allergies, the prospect of trick or treating can be daunting. The great news is that more and more companies are making allergy-friendly and gluten-free products – so everyone can join in the spooky celebrations.

The team at Allergic Living has compiled a list of a few standouts for Halloween 2014.

Note: Always read labels to make sure ingredients haven’t changed.

Vermont Nut Free Pumpkin Box

Vermont Nut-Free Chocolates

Swap your kids’ trick-or-treating bags for the Pumpkin Treat Box from Vermont Nut-Free. This box comes pre-loaded with chocolates that are free-from peanuts and tree nuts. Kids will be happy to hand over the potentially unsafe candies when they get a glimpse of this flashy box.

Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and sesame.
Vermontnutfree.com (U.S. & Canada)

Premium Chocolatiers

Premium-Chocolatiers-Scaredy-Cats

Scaredy Cats from Premium Chocolatiers are deliciously sweet and anything but grumpy. These dairy-free kitties are perfect for the little cat lovers in the family or those who purr-fer the taste of milk chocolate.

Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs and gluten-free (contains soy).
Premiumchocolatiers.com (U.S. & Canada)

Surf Sweets

Surf-Sweets-Trick-or-Treat-Packs

Surf Sweets Halloween Treat Packs are perfect for dishing out some frightfully tasty creepy crawlers to trick-or-treaters. The allergy-friendly critters are naturally sweet and packed with made with organic fruit juice. The Spooky Spiders are also great for decorating cakes and other treats.

Free of: top 8 allergens, gluten-free and made without artificial colors or sweeteners.
Surfsweets.com (U.S. & Canada)

SONY DSCIndie Candy

The naturally gourmet sweets makers at Indie Candy have a spook-tacular line of all natural and allergy-friendly Halloween treats . Their Halloween Crystal Lollipop Trio includes a pineapple flavor Ghost, Key Lime Frankenstein and a sweet orange Jack-o-Lantern.

Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame and wheat/gluten.
www.indiecandy.com (U.S. & Canada)

LavaBallss

Gimbal’s Fine Candies

The LavaBalls from Gimbal’s are sure to light up your inner jack-o-lantern. These chewy hot cinnamon candies are an addictive treat for the more daring palates. Keep a bag of these on-hand to stay warm while out trick-or-treating in the brisk evening.

Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy and gluten-free.
Gimbalscandy.com (U.S. & Canada)

Amanda's Own Spider ToteAmanda’s Own Confections

What’s better than dairy-free Halloween chocolates? A Halloween Spider Tote full of dairy-free Halloween Chocolates! Kids will love hauling the cute and creepy bag in search of allergy-friendly treats. Just don’t expect the chocolates to last long – adults and kids alike will find them hard to resist, no matter how scary.

Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy, sesame and gluten-free.
Amandasown.com (U.S. & Canada)

Glee Gum - miniGlee Gum

For the little devils and witches that like to chew, Glee Gum offers tasty allergy-safe gum in a variety of classic and sugar-free flavors including wild watermelon, bubblegum and tangerine. The mini boxes are great handouts and kids will love the cute packaging.

Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat and gluten-free.
Gleegum.com (U.S. and Canada)

Tootsie Pops

Tootsie

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? The kids will be busy pondering that famous question and putting their theories to the test this Halloween. You can be sure they can do so without the risk of an allergic reaction.

Free of: peanuts, tree nuts and gluten-free. Contains soy and corn.
Tootsie.com (U.S. & Canada)

Yummy Earth - Sour Beans

Yummy Earth Naturals

Hand out the allergy-safe treats that all kids will love – Yummy Earth’s Sour Beans snack packs. These pucker-you-up jelly beans are loaded with Vitamin C and will have the ghosts and ghouls salivating for more. Choose from a bag of 10 or a bag of 50 snack packs. 

Free of: dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, gluten-free made without artificial colors or flavors.
Yummyearth.com (U.S. & Canada)

Online Shops

Peanut Free Planet – Carries many of the brands mentioned above. www.peanutfreeplanet.com

Navan Foods –The allergy free food shop. www.navanfoods.com

Other Noteworthy Candy Companies

Dare Foods (U.S. & Canada) – Candies made with real fruits and no artificial colors.
Free of: peanuts and gluten.
www.darefoods.com

Divvies (U.S. & Canada) – Adorable candies and chocolates for every member of the family.
Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy and gluten.
www.divvies.com

Nestlé Fav*Rites (Canada only) – Smarties, Kit Kat, Aero, Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat (snack sizes), peanut-free facility..
Free of: peanuts and tree nuts.
products.nestle.ca

Smarties (in U.S.; known as Rockets in Canada) – These melt-in-your-mouth candies are a Halloween tradition.
Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy and gluten.
www.smarties.com

Spangler (U.S. only) – Classic lollipops – perfect for handing out.
Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat/gluten.
www.spanglercandy.com

Remember to check the label, as a brand’s ingredients can change. Small portion treats may have different ingredients than the regular versions.

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