Category: Holidays

Find Homes in Your Neighborhood Participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project™ [MAP]

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This is awesome thanks to F.A.R.E.  Please click on the pink link below and add your information to the interactive map if you are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project this year!

Source: Find Homes in Your Neighborhood Participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project™ [MAP]

Halloween Oreos

Although I’m not a big proponent of letting my kids indulge in quintessential American junk food snacks often, these may be the exception. After all, we do eat extremely clean, organic, dairy, egg & nut free. Who doesn’t enjoy an Oreo from time to time? Halloween Oreos are free of 6 of the top 8 allergens & only include wheat, soy, and many other preservatives and ingredients that I have difficulty pronouncing. Lol! But hey- a few for my boys once in a while is my definition of “moderation.”

Enjoy,

~Erika

Craft Your Way to the Perfect Teal Pumpkin: DIY Tutorial

Craft Your Way to the Perfect Teal Pumpkin: DIY Tutorial

Marshmallow Olaf Party Snacks

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My boys and I recently visited my sister, brother-in-law and their two small daughters.  We celebrated my niece’s 2nd Birthday and of course the theme of her part was the movie “Frozen.”  I helped my sister make these adorable “Olaf” marshmallow snacks and they were so cute I have decided to share them with my viewers.  They are completely allergen friendly and I chose to use Glutino pretzels (GFree Pretzels fron Aldi’s also work) which are not only gluten-free, but dairy, nut and egg free too.  I have found over the years that many of the mainstream pretzel brands are manufactured on either “shared equipment” with peanuts and tree nuts or processed “in the same facility” as peanuts and tree nuts. Additionally, I used the Enjoy Life Chocolate chips as the eyes and buttons.  Kraft marshmallows and most generic brands are safe as well.

You could also modify these to look like ghosts for a Halloween party treat!

Ingredients:                                                                                                         Prep Time: 45 min

1 bag of Glutino Mini Pretzel Rods (or another allergy-friendly brand)

1 bag of marshmallows

Carrots cut into tiny wedges to be used as the “nose”

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

Plastic sticks used to assemble the snowmen

I recommend adding each ingredient above to a separate bowl in order to make the assembly on the Olaf’s easier. 

  • The first step is to add the marshmallows to the plastic sticks;
  • Stick 2 pretzels into the middle marshmallow for arms;
  • Add the chocolate chips to the top marshmallow for eyes and then a few for buttons;
  • Finish off your Olaf by adding the carrot wedge for his nose.

Kids love this party snack and enjoy!

~Erika

Dairy, Nut, & Egg Free Halloween Candy List

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Well it’s that time of year where people start asking me for a comprehensive “Allergen-Friendly” Halloween List.  Over the years my list has grown quite a bit which is amazing for parents with children that have multiple food allergies.  There are so many wonderful options nowadays that we can buy for our children and ensure they will have an amazing SAFE Halloween!  Please Note: ALWAYS check ingredients!  This list is only meant to be used as a guide.  ENJOY!  ~Erika

  • DIVVIES Chocolates
  • Amanda’s Own Confections
  • Premium Chocolatiers Chocolate bars & candy
  • Enjoy Life chocolate bars
  • Peeps (some flavors have “Milk” double check ingredients)
  • Swedish Fish
  • Mike and Ikes
  • Surf Sweets Natural Gummies & Jelly Beans
  • Starburst Tropical Candy Corn (the only candy corn brand I have found to be egg-free)
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Smarties
  • Lifesaver Gummies
  • Sour Patch Kids (most varieties I believe)
  • Dum Dum Lollipops
  • Hot Tamales
  • Starburst fruit chews, lollipops, & jelly beans
  • Jolly Rancher hard candy (lollipops are made on shared equipment so I do not purchase them)
  • Kraft Marshmallows (and most marshmallow brands)
  • Twizzlers
  • Skittles (most flavors I believe)
  • PASCHA Chocolate bars
  • Airheads (most flavors)
  • Pez

FARE’s Teal Pumplin Project is Taking Off Nationally

Every Halloween I  ALWAYS hand out candy that is DAIRY, NUT and EGG free.  This year FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project was created to help make Halloween enjoyable for all food-allergic children by hanging a FARE Teal Pumpkin sign in your window or displaying a “teal painted pumpkin” on Halloween.  This idea has taken off nationally and will hopefully be extremely successful.  I’m going to have allergen-friendly candy available as well as non-food items this year.  Please share with your friends.

http://blog.foodallergy.org/2014/10/17/the-teal-pumpkin-project-takes-off/

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Egg, Dairy and Nut Free Halloween Candy List

Now that it’s October my children are literally counting down the days till Halloween.  I thought it would be helpful to list several of the Halloween candy brands that are EGG, DAIRY & NUT-FREE.   Please remember to ALWAYS double check each ingredient list as ingredients may change.  This list should be used as a guide only.  These include:

Smarties, Starburst Fruit Chews, Starburst Candy Corn, Air Heads, Skittles, Dum Dums, Dum Dums with Jelly Bean Centers, Yummy Earth Natural Candies- most products, Dots, Ring Pops, Amanda’s Own Confections Chocolates & Candy, Twizlers, Surf Sweets Organic Gummies, Glee Gum, Divvies Chocolates & Candy, Enjoy Life Foods Products/Candy Bars, Pez, Swedish Fish, Laffy Taffy- most products, & some Wonka candy products.

Egg, Dairy & Nut Free Candy Corn- FINALLY! It’s YUMMY!

In my on-going quest to find egg, dairy and nut free Halloween candy corn I would like to share with my followers that Starburst makes a delicious fruit flavored candy corn that fits the bill!  My children love it and it’s most importantly safe!  All of the other candy corns I have researched on the market contain eggs and this candy corn is completely EGG-FREE!  Give it a try it’s delicious!

According to the Starburst website (see below) this product is only available for a “limited time” so stock up while you can!  Enjoy!

http://www.starburst.com/#/products/candycorn