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Halloween 2013: Food Allergy-Friendly Candies and Treats

Head down to the nearest Halloween candy aisle or online candy retailer and you’ll see loads of packages displaying the peanut-free symbol. And you’ll find many other top allergens out of the Halloween pile as well: literally dozens of food companies are now offering allergy-friendly or gluten-free treats, making life ghoulishly simple and safer for all.

We’ve added some new favorites to our growing list this year. Trick or treat! – Courtney Born and Erin Stevenson of Allergic Living

Editors’ Pick

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Vermont Nut Free’s Crispy Jack O’Lanterns: These adorable peanut- and nut-free chocolates will satisfy sweet cravings this Halloween. Three-inch by three-inch chocolate Jack O’Lanterns are a perfect way to show that the Great Pumpkin has visited. Individual Witch, Ghost and Scarecrow shapes are always popular choices with the ghouls and boys.
Free of: Peanuts and tree nuts.
Vermontnutfree.com [2] (U.S. & Canada)Sept2011CPPhoto0005 [3]

Indie Candy – The naturally gourmet sweets makers have a great product line. Their mango spooky Jacko Lantern gummies are wrapped in individual packages that make them ideal for all your trick or treaters.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten, corn. No artificial colors or preservatives.
Indiecandy.com [4] (U.S. & Canada)

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Yummy Earth’s Organic Lollipops: These tasty lollipops come in a variety of  unique flavors like Hot Chili and Soup Apple that are sure to appeal to goblins of all ages.
Free of: Gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts and tree nuts
YummyEarth [6] (U.S.)


SSHolidayMix2 [7]Surf Sweets’ Trick or Treat Pack: Fruit Bears: These naturally sweet treats will have the kids howling for more this Halloween. The individual packages are perfect for trick or treaters and classroom parties. Check out Surf Sweets’ website for great allergy friendly Halloween recipe ideas as well.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, vegan, 90% organic with no artificial colors or sweeteners.
Surfsweets.com [8] (U.S. & Canada)

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Divvies’ Boo!! x 2: These delicious gourmet chocolate ghosts, bats and Halloween jellybeans are a great allergy-free treat to share with your favorite friend (or monster).
Free of: tree nuts, peanuts, eggs and dairy.
Divvies.com [10] (U.S.)




Among Our Faves

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

Amanda’s Own – Happy Halloween Bag.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, gluten, dairy, and sesame.
www.amandasown.com [11]

Divvies – (See above) Delicious gourmet chocolate ghosts, bats and gorgeous Halloween jellybeans.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and dairy.www.divvies.com [12]

Gimbal’s Fine Candies – delicious gourmet jelly beans.
Free of: Top 8 allergens and no high-fructose corn syrup.
www.gimbalscandy.com [13]

Hershey’s Twizzlers – A variety of great licorice products.
Free of: Peanuts and tree nuts.
www.hersheycanada.com [14]

Indie Candy – (See above) The naturally gourmet sweets makers have a ghoulishly tasty product line. Ghost and bat lollipops and more.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, and no artificial colors or preservative.
www.indiecandy.com [4]

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 [15]

Pure Fun – Halloween lollipops, 6 flavors.
Free of: gluten and all top allergens.
www.purefun.ca [16]

Smarties (in U.S.; known as Rockets in Canada) – These melt-in-your-mouth candies are a Halloween tradition.
Free of: gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs and dairy.
www.smarties.com [17]

Next: More food allergy safe candies, plus non-food treats.

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Spangler (U.S. only) – Classic lollipops.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, wheat/gluten, dairy, and soy.www.spanglercandy.com [19]

Tootsie Roll – Can’t go wrong with a classic confection.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts and gluten.
www.tootsie.com [20]

Vadeboncoeur (Freddo) Chocolates – Chocolate skulls and beetles. Scary good!
Free of: Peanuts and tree nuts.
www.chocolatvadeboncoeur.com [21]

Wonka – makers of several allergy-friendly candy brands. The kids we know are partial to the time-tested SweetTarts.
Free of: Most top allergens, may vary by product.
www.wonka.com [22]

Vermont Nut-Free – See above, plus Halloween candies, chocolate minatures and marshmallow on a stick (dipped in caramel, chocolate).
Free of: Peanuts and tree nuts.
www.vermontnutfree.com [23]

YummyEarth – Much-praised organic lollipops.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, dairy, soy. Plus no high-fructose corn syrup, dyes, preservatives.
www.yummyearth.com [6]

Online Shops

Peanut Free Planet – Carries many of the brands mentioned above. www.peanutfreeplanet.com [24]
Navan Foods –The allergy free food shop. www.navanfoods.com [25]

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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Non-Food Treats

Another way to protect against food reactions is to shell out fun, no-eat treats!

Hasbro’s individual Play-Doh Pots in Halloween colors (photo, right) are sure to amuse. Do contain wheat. Find in U.S.: Walmart, Target, Toys “R” Us, Amazon.com [27].

Related Reading 

• Frightfully great Halloween crafts [28].
• The fab food-free Halloween party [29].
• Gina Clowes’ all-ages guide to safe treating [30].