If you or someone you love has food allergies, you know what it’s like to feel left out during special holidays such as Valentine’s Day. Children often pass out candy to classmates along with a cute little card. Some schools are more restrictive than others when it comes to food in the classroom or being peanut/tree nut free. I was happy to see quite a few “safe” candies at Target. Many Valentine’s Day candies that would be perfect for handing out in class, or to keep on standby for swapping out unsafe treats a child may receive.
Here is a list of the ones I found that are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and egg. Some of them may have wheat or soy, so please check labels for your own allergies.
- Market Pantry (Target brand) heart shaped fruit snacks
- Sweet Tarts
- Fun Dip
- Air Heads
- Life Savers Hard Candy Lollipops
Of course, please note that most of these have artificial colors/dyes. Generally we avoid them in my family, however we make exceptions for holidays.
I’ve also had fun making Valentine’s Day treats using candy molds from the craft store and melting down Enjoy Life chocolate chips. You can see how I do it and the recipe in this post: Chocolate Covered Oreo Treats.
There are a handful of great companies selling Valentine’s Day treats online. It might be cutting it close, but you could possibly get some type of rush shipping. If not, keep these sites handy because they will have Easter sweets soon!
Premium Chocolatiers: All of their candy is delicious and very addicting. I’ve always been impressed by the holiday-themed candy, like the double chocolate heart lollipops, but also note that they have safe candy year round, including their candy-bar No Whey (similar to a Milky Way), the Chocolate No No’s (similar to M&Ms) and the Mini full sized Peanot Cups (similar to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup) are a household favorite – we LOVE them. I’ve bought some of the truffles for Valentine’s Day.
Speaking of Valentine’s Day… a few reminders:
Talk to your kids and their teachers! Children should know what foods they are allergic to (many don’t, surprisingly). Have a plan going into the holiday – can your kid eat treats at their class party? Do they need to bring treats home to be checked by you first? Do you have safe treats you can send along for the day of the party so they don’t feel left out? Make sure you, your child and their teachers are all on the same page.
Have fun activities and treats ready for your child. If it’s possible, try to have some non-food activities for your children to celebrate the holiday. Make paper hearts to hang on your windows or write love poems to each other (Roses are red, violets are blue…). Seek out some special treats for the occasion that are safe for your child feel included.
Have any other tips or resources for Valentine’s Day? Please leave a note in the comments.
You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor about your personal medical situation.
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