Monday, January 25, 2010

Tickle Your Tummy Nut-Free Treats!

As many of you know, baking is a must for those of us with nut-allergic kids. Bakery goods are off-limits so we've got to be ready to provide a yummy treat for classroom parties or birthday celebrations.

I don't know about you, but I don't have Martha Stewart-style decorating skills. I can do the decorating basics and make cakes, cookies and cupcakes that taste good, but when it comes to the finer points of decorating, it's time-consuming and tricky. Plus, let's face it: we don't always have the time to whip up a beautifully decorated baked item at a moment's notice, but we hate for our kids to miss out on bakery quality, decorated goodies.

That's why I am so thrilled about Tickle Your Tummy (TM) nut-free treats! This Canadian-based company churns out beautifully decorated cakes, cupcakes and cookies that are 100% nut-free. The best part is that these treats are available at Whole Foods markets throughout the country. You can also get them via mail order.

There are a lot of online nut-free food bakers and food manufacturers that I love, (just check out my links under "Nut-Free Foods") but how great to be able to swing by Whole Foods and pick up these treats on the spur of the moment? That's something that we can rarely do.

The other great thing is that you can recommend Tickle Your
Tummy to friends, family and classmates' parents who want to offer a treat that nut-allergic children can enjoy. In fact, my number one question that I get from non-allergic families is "Where can I find nut-free baked goods?"

Visit your local Whole Foods to locate these treats--they should be near the bakery section of the store. And if you don't see them, ask the store to order them.

Thanks to the La Grange, IL mom who alerted me to these tasty treats!


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Jenny! Whole Foods has a great assortment of cute Valentine's Day frosted cookies available right now, packaged as singles or by the dozen. I added this to our preschool's list of safe treats. I hope other Mom's do the same! The best part is that these are made from simple, pure ingredients. No nasty artificial stuff.

Elaine at Matters of the Heart) said...

Thanks for passing this on. I think it is time to make a stock up trip to whole foods. We have one about 45 minute from us, but worth it.

By the way, I have been a little mia, missed all your fun and informative info. Hope to be around a little more real soon.

Anonymous said...

Hi! So glad I found your site - thanks for doing this! My daughter (allergic to nuts and strawberries) loves sweets so now we've had to bake a lot of our own since we cannot find any nut-free bakeries! Do you know of any in the Chicago area (city and suburbs)? We used to go to bakeries all the time. Thank you! Also, we went to the Glenview Whole Foods to check out the Tickle me products but unfortunately they only had some heart cookies which didn't look very exciting to a pre-schooler (very plain). Thank you!

Jenny said...

If the cookies are plain, you might want to buy them anyway and decorate them with your daughter. That way, it's almost like "baking" without the work. :) Plus, most kids love to decorate cookies! When my daughter was in preschool we didn't have many "nut-free" baked goods options at all, so things are definitely looking up.

I am heading to Whole Foods later this week to inspect the goodies. Keep in mind that they may sometimes be out of stock--one reader recently alerted me to this about the Whole Foods in Hinsdale. If this happens, ask them to order more. The more interest we show, the better.

Thanks for writing!