My son has one allergy - peanuts - and he's luckily never had respiratory involvement. Still, we don't want to risk him getting really sick from allergy exposure, so we pick and choose which sorts of allergens we keep in the house. But even though I love a good Reese's peanut butter pumpkin as much as the next guy, I know that my son shouldn't even open one. So when we go trick-or-treating, we have to sort through his treats to make sure that they won't treat him badly. Since we want to make sure he still has a good bit of candy to enjoy (select pieces), we pick allergy-friendly treats for our house. Our leftovers, if we have any, can all go to Shep's treat bag without worry!
Specifically, Gimbal's Candy Gourmet Jelly Beans! These bad boys are made with real fruit juice and have a cult following, More over, Jelly Belly! Order Gimbals on their website in 3 ounce packets for a simple and unique snack for the candy bowl. A bit of the pricey side at $14.28 per dozen pouch, but worth it!
Gummy Variety Packs
A timeless classic, gummy candies are gluten free and most are void of the top seven allergens. Cult classic candy Albanese gummy bears are "peanut free, tree nut free, dairy free, MSG free, gluten free, and with no artificial sweeteners." Order it on Amazon or find it at your nearest pharmacy or grocery store!
All of a sudden, those big packs of small boxes of Dots candy make sense! Dots are free of the top eight allergens, which means that nearly all people can munch on them without worry. I also like Dots because they're my go-to old-school theater candy box!
Celebrate! Ring pops were one of my favorite treats as a kid, and I'm sure I made many a car sticky with sugary syrup running down my hand. Free of the top 8 allergens, Ring Pops are a cute and fun toy-candy and a great bargaining tool, if my memory of Halloween serves me well.
Full disclosure: Smarties are probably my favorite childhood candy. They were so fun to crunch in my teeth, count out in my hand, and even sort by color. Plus, smarties make a great grab-bag snack because they're already packaged in small, bite-size rolls.
Bonus tip: if the packaging UPC starts with “011206”, you can rest assured it was made in a nut-free facility, too!
Classic chocolate M&Ms are a nearly-allergen free chocolatey treat that's good for some. Perhaps it would be wise to have a chocolate-only treat bag? Chocolates, of course, will contain milk and often soy, both in the top 8 allergens.
Classic M&Ms don't have nuts of any kind, and Mars is quite confident in their quality control process.
Mini boxes of Nerds are some of my favorite candies! I feel like it's perfectly portioned and won't melt even if I leave it in a hot car. Free of the top 8 allergens (milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, fish, shellfish, soy), Nerds are a great crunchy-sugary treat to round off some of the chewier options in the group.
What sort of treats are you planning to offer this Halloween? Are you going to stay Top 8 Allergen Free? Find me on Twitter @pi3sugarpi3 - send me pics of your allergic little one with #TealPumpkinProject so we can encourage people to choose allergy-free this Halloween!