Valentine’s Day 2015: The Allergy-Friendly Candy List
Last-minute treat shopping for Valentine’s Day is getting easier for families and lovers with allergies and celiac disease. Allergy-friendly candies and sweets are popping up in supermarkets and online, making the special day safe and simple for those with big hearts (and a sweet tooth).
Available in the United States and Canada
Spice up your love life with allergy-friendly candy company Gimbal’s Cinnamon Lovers. These addictive little hearts will turn up the heat for you and your beau. Free of the top 8 allergens, they are gluten-free and gelatin-free, plus contain no high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats. 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.
Impress your true love with the Heart Shaped Truffles box from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. The box comes with a variety of mouth-watering flavors including mocha, black forest and orange apricot. All are free from peanut and tree nuts but they do contain dairy, egg, soy and gluten. To order, visit www.vermontnutfree.com.
The Crispy Rice Heart from Divvies features a crunchy roasted rice center that will deliver a pleasant surprise to your crush’s palate. This big heart can be shared between two lovebirds or enjoyed solo. It is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and sesame but contains soy. Available at Whole Foods locations in the U.S. and Canada. For more stores visit www.divvies.com.
Whether you’re throwing a Valentine’s party or exchanging treats at school, Surf Sweets has you covered with their individually-wrapped Fruity Hearts Valentines Party Pack. The all-natural, organic hearts will make you the most loveable Valentine of the year. Free of the Top 8 allergens and gluten-free. Visit www.surfsweets.com for a list of stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, or to order online.
If simple, pure chocolate is your lover’s thing, Dove Silky Smooth Promises are going to be a hit. The bars are made from 100% pure cocoa butter and pack a rich chocolate flavor that will ignite the senses. Available in dark, milk, caramel, sea salt and mint. Free from peanuts and tree nuts. Available in select grocers in the U.S. and Canada. For more details visit www.dovechocolate.com.
Smarties Love Hearts (known as Rockets in Canada – see below) are a well-known favorite on Valentine’s Day. Adorned with romantic messages, these candies will melt hearts left, right and center. Free of the top 8 allergens and gluten-free. Available in pharmacies, specialty shops, grocery, dollar, convenience and local corner stores throughout the U.S. To order online, visit www.smartiesstore.com.
Rockets (known as Smarties in the U.S. – see above) have passed the test of time as a delicious treat for special occasions. The Rockets Love Hearts are the perfect Valentine’s option. Adorned with romantic messages, these treats will help you win your sweetheart’s affection. Free of the top 8 allergens and gluten-free. Available in pharmacies, mass merchandisers, wholesale clubs, specialty shops, grocery, dollar, convenience and local corner stores throughout Canada.
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Gourmet confectioner Indie Candy has a sweet line of all-natural Valentine’s Day treats from chocolate to gummies including these adorable Watermelon Heart Gummies. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame, corn and wheat/gluten. Available in select grocers in the U.S. and Canada. For more details or to order online, visit www.indiecandy.com.
Peanut Free Planet
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If you’ve got time to shop online, there are even more options available on Peanut Free Planet, an online store with a large variety of seasonal candies and sweets. Each product is clearly labeled with all ingredients and is identified by the allergens that it does not contain. Shop their Valentine’s Day section here.