Friday, March 15, 2013

Nut-Free Supermarket Finds Friday: Easter Treats

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Nut-free supermarket finds Friday is back! Since the Easter holiday is approaching, I'm featuring a few products that will come in handy if you celebrate Easter. Nut-free is the theme, though some of the treats will be free of other allergens or gluten.
To keep things simple, I've chosen to focus only on products produced in a nut-free facility. Surprisingly, it is getting easier to find these types of products at your local supermarket.
Just in case you might want to order from some of the great online nut-free retailers out there, I've included a short section at the end of the post.
 First up is Surf Sweets organic gummy candies (pictured), one of my family's favorites. Free of GMOs, organic, and free of the top 8 food allergens. You can find these at Whole Foods and other specialty food stores. Go to their web site to find stores. Be sure to click this link to find a free e-book with five yummy and creative spring recipes featuring Surf Sweets gummy candies. I contributed my favorite cookie recipe to the e-book.

Skeeter Snacks cookies are made in a dedicated nut-free facility. You can find them at Costco and many supermarkets across the country. Look for the squirrel logo and the "nut-free" symbol. We love these cookies at my house and, based on the comments, they are a Nut-Free Mom reader favorite.

Enjoy Life Foods Boom Choco Boom bars are yummy for the chocolate lovers on your list, available at many supermarkets and Whole Foods. This dairy-free, soy-free, nut-free chocolate tastes great AND is it free of the top 8 allergens. Or pick up some Enjoy Life chocolate chunks or mini chips and make your own candies, also at many supermarkets as well as Whole Foods. Made in a dedicated, free-from facility.

What would Easter be without jelly beans?
Gimbal's allergy-friendly jelly beans are available at Wal-Mart, Safeway and some other supermarkets. Fun, colorful, tasty and free of the top 8 allergens, these are made with natural ingredients and come in 41 delicious flavors. They have candies for every season!

Tootsie Roll(R) candies are a good nut-free option. Their new egg-shaped Tootise Pops lollipops, like all Tootsie Candies, in a dedicated peanut-free, tree nut-free, gluten-free facility. Check their website for a full list of candies and the next time you're at the supermarket, take a spin through the candy aisle. If it is made by Tootside (Andes Mints are also a Tootsie candy), then they are nut-free. Important: always read labels! One of the biggest advantages about Tootsie candies? You can find them just about anywhere.

Online nut-free candies:

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. For Easter, Passover and any holiday. Peanut and tree nut-free, delicious, gourmet chocolate. They also have other candies like jelly beans and they sell a nice variety of baking chocolate.

Dean's Sweets. If you're looking for a more "adult" treat from the Easter Bunny (say for your or your that favorite allergic adult in your life) Dean's Sweets out of Portland, Maine has an astounding variety of peanut-free and tree nut-free chocolate truffles.

Divvies candies are nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free AND kosher. They have so many goodies here (and they are sold at Wegman's grocery stores, too).

Amanda's Own Confections are nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free and gluten-free. You'll find delicious chocolates for every holiday and occasion. Amanda's Own are now sold at some stores, so keep your eyes open and check their web site for details.

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