Updated for 2017! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide

 

Surprising their children with candy-filled Easter baskets is a cherished tradition for many families. Finding candy that is safe for kids with food allergies can be challenging, but there are many allergy-friendly options.

Updated for 2017, the Kids With Food Allergies’ Easter candy guide is filled with food allergy-friendly sweets. Even favorites such as chocolate bunnies and jelly beans are included. Please remember to read all labels and make sure the product is right for your family.

Of course, there are many non-food alternatives for celebrating Easter, too. KFA’s Tips to Safely Celebrate Easter with Food Allergies provides many ideas, including crafts, activities, and more.

This year's guide to allergy-friendly Easter candy is made possible by Surf Sweets.

New this Easter

Surf Sweets features organically sweetened gummies with fresh fruit flavor including some vegan varieties. They also have fruit rings and jelly beans. New this year is the seasonal multipack, perfect for allergy-friendlyEaster egg hunts, and a larger, resealable bag of jelly beans which is great for sharing.

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Read on for more choices, including new additions to this year's list. We've organized the list by allergen. Click on the category you need.



FREE OF TOP 8 ALLERGENS (MILK, EGG, SOY, PEANUT, TREE NUTS, WHEAT, FISH, SHELLFISH)

Amore di Mona Chocolates: European dark chocolate and caramels free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Varieties include cherries, currants, cranberries and coffee beans. Bulk chocolate and gift boxes. (FAQ)

Amanda's Own: Chocolates including bunnies, eggs, lollipops and bars. Also jelly beans. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, sesame and corn (except for jelly beans). The company’s Sunflower Cups continue to have a warning label for possible traces of soy. When their current supply of sunflower seed spread is finished, they will clean their facility to remove any traces of the old product. The jelly beans contain artificial coconut flavoring, which does not contain coconut. (FAQ)

Enjoy Life Foods: Baking chocolate (mini chips, Mega Chunks, dark chocolate chips). new-burstMini chips and dark chocolate chips are now also available in snack packs. Also BoomCHOCOboom chocolate bars in dark chocolate, rice milk chocolate and rice milk crunch. All free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame, potato, mustard, sulfites, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Gimbals: Jelly beans, fruit chews, licorice scotties and more. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish and shellfish. Kosher Pareve. (FAQ)

Ice Chips: new-burstVegan hard candies in many different flavors. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, corn and sugar. Sweetened with Xylitol. Organic, Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Natural Candy Store: Online retailer for bunnies, jelly beans, food color for Easter eggs, and baking decorations. All of their products are sourced from other companies. All are free of artificial colors/dyes, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils, and non-GMO. Use the advanced search to find multiple products free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish and corn. (FAQ)

No Whey Foods: new-burstChocolate bunnies, lollipops, truffles, eggs and bars, “Pea-Not” cups and other treats. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Kosher. (FAQ)

PASCHA: new-burstChocolate Fruit Spread. Also chocolate bars, mini-bars and baking chips, all free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, sesame, mustard and sulfites. Organic and Kosher. Some products are certified non-GMO. There is soy used in a different part of the facility where they make their rice milk chocolate chips. (FAQ)

Righteously Raw Chocolate: Chocolate bars and mini chocolate bites in a variety of flavors, coconut macaroons and other treats. Available in variety packs, combo packs and gift baskets. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish and shellfish. Coconut present on product line and in facility. Organic, Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Spangler: Dum Dums lollipops, Saf-T-Pops, Circus Peanuts, Candy Canes. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish and shellfish, but most may have traces of soy oil. Spangler candies may be rebagged by other retailers and combined in the same package with items that are not allergen-free. Check the package to see if the product came from a Spangler facility. (FAQ)

St. Clairs Organics: Mints and fruit-flavored hard candies. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, corn, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Organic and non-GMO. (FAQ)

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Surf Sweets: Organically sweetened gummies (vegan varieties available), sour gummies, fruit rings and jelly beans (including a Spring Mix). Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, sesame, sulfites and artificial dyes. Made in cornstarch molds (FAQ)

YumEarth: Lollipops, hard candy, licorice, sour twists, fruit snacks, sour beans, gummy bears, candy corn. Some of their products are free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish and shellfish. Many of their products are made in facilities that contain allergens. The company has an allergen control program in place to minimize cross-contamination. The FAQs show which products are made in facilities that contain allergens or on equipment that also processes allergens. Note: Newer packages of licorice are now labeled as gluten-free. The wheat-derived glucose syrup that was used in the past has been replaced with organic rice syrup. However, the licorice is made in a facility that contains gluten. Also, the Fruit Snacks and Gummy Bears that include pectin as an ingredient are made with wheat starch as a processing aid. The Gummy Bears that include gelatin as an ingredient are not made with wheat starch as a processing aid. (FAQ)



PEANUT-FREE AND TREE NUT-FREE

These items may contain coconut, which many people allergic to tree nuts can eat safely. Check with your allergist as to what is best for your child.

Divvies: Chocolate bunnies, dinosaurs, bars, baking chips, jelly beans and star-shaped gummies. Free of peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg and sesame. Some products may be free of additional allergens. (FAQ)

Dove Chocolate: Some chocolate bars free of peanuts and tree nuts. Always read the label for the most accurate allergen information. (FAQ)

eatingEVOLVED: Chocolate bars, chocolate spreads and coconut butter cups in a variety of flavors. Also offer gift boxes. Free of peanuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten and soy. All products may contain almond and do contain coconut. (FAQ)

Goetze’s Candy: Caramel Creams and Cow Tales caramel-wrapped cream candies, made in a dedicated facility free of peanuts and tree nuts (except coconut oil, which has replaced the soy oil in their candies). Note: the Cow Tales Crispy Moo Bars are made in a different facility and may be cross-contaminated with peanut. Also, Goetze’s candies may be rebagged by other retailers and combined in the same package with items that are not allergen-free; check the package to see if the product came from the Goetze facility. (FAQ)

GoOrganic Candy and Hillside Sweets: Flavored candy chews and hard candy (Go Lightly Sugar-Free Candy, Go Organic hard candy and fruit chews, and Hillside Sweets sugar-based hard candy). Free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish and shellfish. Made on shared equipment with dairy. The company has an allergen control program in place to minimize the cross-contamination risk. Although soy was used in the past to prevent the candy from sticking to their equipment, this has now been replaced with sunflower oil. The Go Organic candies are also organic, Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Hershey's: Some chocolate candies free of peanuts and tree nuts. The company labels for top 8 allergens and cross contact. The company recently made labeling changes for their Hershey’s Hug Kisses. Hershey's has bunnies and other seasonal treats. Check the label carefully to see if a particular product is peanut/tree nut-free. (FAQ)

Huey's Nut-Free Chocolate: Chocolate bunnies, cream eggs, lollipops, truffles, candy-coated chocolate pieces, boxed chocolates and more. Free of peanut, tree nut, sesame and coconut. (FAQ)

Jelly Belly: Jelly beans in a wide variety of flavors. Free of peanut and gluten. Kosher. May contain tree nut. The plants that make Jelly Belly jelly beans no longer process peanut, but they still process almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans and coconut. The chocolate-covered candies contain milk. Jelly Belly products may be repackaged by other companies in other production facilities, potentially introducing allergen cross-contamination risk. Licensed candies that bear the Jelly Belly name but are produced by other companies may contain peanuts, gluten and other allergens. (FAQ)

Simply Nut Free Chocolates: Hand-crafted European-style chocolate. Easter selections include chocolate bunnies, eggs and lollipops. They also make chocolate gift boxes, candy-coated chocolate, pretzel bark, and baking and molding chocolate. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and sesame. Some products are gluten-free. (FAQ)

Sixlets: Candy-coated chocolate candies. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, gluten, fish and shellfish. Sixlets that are packaged in jars (which the company refers to as “shaker jars”) or candy cane-shaped containers are packaged in a different facility and may be cross-contaminated with various allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. Read each label and contact the company to verify. (Product listing)

Skips: Chocolate bunnies, lambs, ducks and lollipops; chocolate-covered cookie pops; gummies; sour fruit chews; and licorice. Free of peanuts and tree nuts. The company has a peanut/tree nut-free facility in addition to their regular store. See the disclaimers on their products. (FAQ and Disclaimer)

Sunkist: new-burstFruit Gems in flavors including orange, lemon, pink grapefruit, raspberry and lime. Free of peanuts, dairy, egg, gluten, gelatin, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Processed on equipment with almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans. Fat-free, vegan, non-GMO and Kosher. (Product listing)

Sweet William: Chocolate bunnies, bars, baking buttons, and chips. Free of peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Kosher and non-GMO. May contain soy. Australian company; may also be available in parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in stores or online. (FAQ)

Tootsie: Tootsie Pops, Tootsie Rolls, Dubble Bubble, Junior Mints, Sugar Daddy, Charms Pops, Charms Squares, Charms Sour Balls, DOTS, Razzles and more. Candies are free of peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. (FAQ)

TruJoy Sweets: Bunny-shaped lollipops, candy canes. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Organic, Kosher, non-GMO. The lollipops do not contain any dairy, egg, wheat or gluten ingredients, but there is a small cross-contamination risk. They are made on dedicated equipment in a segregated, dedicated floor of a facility that also processes dairy, eggs, soy and wheat; this floor has its own ventilation system. (FAQ)

Vermont Nut Free: Chocolate bunnies, lambs, chicks, crosses, fudge, marshmallows, buttercream bunnies, toffee crunch, pretzel caramel bark and Easter baskets. Free of peanut, tree nut, coconut, and sesame. Some products may contain dairy, eggs, wheat or soy. (FAQ)

Also all products on the Free of Top 8 Allergens list.



MILK-FREE AND EGG-FREE

Chocolate Emporium: Vegan dark chocolates including chocolate bars, truffles, bark, chocolate chips in three flavors, butterscotch chocolate chips, chocolate espresso beans and more. Kosher Parve. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish and shellfish. Made in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts. (FAQ)

Divvies: Chocolate bunnies, dinosaurs, bars, baking chips, jelly beans, star-shaped gummies. Free of peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg and sesame. Some products may be free of additional allergens. (FAQ)

eatingEVOLVED: Chocolate bars, chocolate spreads and coconut butter cups in a variety of flavors. Also offer gift boxes. Free of peanuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten and soy. All products may contain almond and do contain coconut. (FAQ)

Jelly Belly: Jelly beans in a wide variety of flavors. Free of peanut and gluten. Kosher. May contain tree nut. The plants that make Jelly Belly jelly beans no longer process peanut, but they still process almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans and coconut. The chocolate-covered candies contain milk. Jelly Belly products may be repackaged by other companies in other production facilities, potentially introducing allergen cross-contamination risk. Licensed candies that bear the Jelly Belly name but are produced by other companies may contain peanuts, gluten and other allergens. (FAQ)

Lagusta’s Luscious Chocolates: new-burstVegan handmade artisanal chocolates including bunnies, eggs, bars, barks, truffles and other candies. Free of dairy, egg, fish and shellfish. Contain or may contain peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, wheat, gluten and soy. Organic. FAQs

Moo Free: Vegan chocolate eggs, bunnies and bars in various flavors. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish and shellfish. May contain tree nuts and soy. UK-based company. Some products can be purchased online in the U.S. (FAQ)

Rescue Chocolate: new-burstVegan chocolate bunnies, peanut butter-filled chocolate egg, chocolate bars, and more. Free of dairy, egg, fish and shellfish. Organic and Kosher. May contain peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, gluten and soy. 100% of net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country. (FAQ)

Sunkist: new-burstFruit Gems in flavors that include orange, lemon, pink grapefruit, raspberry and lime. Free of peanuts, dairy, egg, gluten, gelatin, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Processed on equipment with almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans. Fat-free, vegan, non-GMO and Kosher. (Product listing)

Sweet & Sara: new-burstVegan chocolate marshmallow rabbits and chicks, sugar-coated marshmallow bunnies and other marshmallow treats. Free of dairy, eggs, fish, shellfish, artificial colors, and artificial flavors. Contains soy. May contain peanuts, tree nuts and wheat. Kosher, non-GMO. (FAQ)

Sweet William: Chocolate bunnies, bars, baking buttons, and chips. Free of peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Kosher and non-GMO. May contain soy. Australian company; may also be available in parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in stores or online. (FAQ)

Taza Chocolate: new-burstStone ground chocolate bars and discs and chocolate-covered nuts. Gift boxes are available. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish. Contains almonds, coconut, hazelnuts and pecans. Note: the Peanut Butter Truffles are manufactured in a different facility and may contain tree nuts, coconut, dairy, egg and soy. Organic, Kosher, non-GMO. (FAQ)

Zollipops: new-burstSugar-free vegan lollipops in a variety of fruit flavors, sweetened with stevia, xylitol and erythritol. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, artificial colors and artificial flavors. Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Also all products on the Free of Top 8 Allergens list.



SOY-FREE

eatingEVOLVED: Chocolate bars, chocolate spreads and coconut butter cups in a variety of flavors. Also offer gift boxes. Free of peanuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten and soy. All products may contain almond and do contain coconut. (FAQ)

Also all products on the Free of Top 8 Allergens list.



WHEAT-FREE AND GLUTEN-FREE

Chocolate Emporium: new-burstVegan dark chocolates including chocolate bars, truffles, bark, chocolate chips in three flavors, butterscotch chocolate chips, chocolate espresso beans, and more. Kosher Parve. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish and shellfish. Made in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts. (FAQ)

eatingEVOLVED: Chocolate bars, chocolate spreads and coconut butter cups in a variety of flavors. Also offer gift boxes. Free of peanuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten and soy. All products may contain almond and do contain coconut. (FAQ)

Ethereal Confections: new-burstHandmade chocolates and candies including chocolate bunnies, marshmallow eggs, chocolate covered vanilla marshmallow eggs and jelly bean bark. Free of wheat and gluten. Contains coconut. Made on shared equipment with peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs and soy. (FAQ)

GoOrganic Candy and Hillside Sweets: Flavored candy chews and hard candy (Go Lightly Sugar-Free Candy, Go Organic hard candy and fruit chews, and Hillside Sweets sugar-based hard candy). Free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, and shellfish. Made on shared equipment with dairy. The company has an allergen control program in place to minimize the cross-contamination risk. Although soy was used in the past to prevent the candy from sticking to their equipment, this has now been replaced with sunflower oil. The Go Organic candies are also organic, Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Jelly Belly: Jelly beans in a wide variety of flavors. Free of peanut and gluten. Kosher. May contain tree nut. The plants that make Jelly Belly jelly beans no longer process peanut, but they still process almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans and coconut. The chocolate-covered candies contain milk. Jelly Belly products may be repackaged by other companies in other production facilities, potentially introducing allergen cross-contamination risk. Licensed candies that bear the Jelly Belly name but are produced by other companies may contain peanuts, gluten and other allergens. (FAQ)

Moo Free: Vegan chocolate eggs, bunnies and bars in various flavors. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish and shellfish. May contain tree nuts and soy. UK-based company. Some products can be purchased online in the U.S. (FAQ)

Sixlets: Candy-coated chocolate candies. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, egg, wheat, gluten, fish and shellfish. Sixlets that are packaged in jars (which the company refers to as “shaker jars”) or candy cane-shaped containers are packaged in a different facility and may be cross-contaminated with various allergens, including peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. Read each label and contact the company to verify. (Product listing)

Sunkist: new-burstFruit Gems in flavors that include orange, lemon, pink grapefruit, raspberry and lime. Free of peanuts, dairy, egg, gluten, gelatin, artificial flavors and artificial colors. Processed on equipment with almonds, walnuts, cashews and pecans. Fat-free, vegan, non-GMO and Kosher. (Product listing)

Sweet William: Chocolate bunnies, bars, baking buttons, and chips. Free of peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Kosher and non-GMO. May contain soy. Australian company; may also be available in parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in stores or online. (FAQ)

Taza Chocolate: new-burstStone ground chocolate bars and discs, chocolate-covered nuts. Gift boxes are available. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish and shellfish. Contains almonds, coconut, hazelnuts and pecans. Note: the Peanut Butter Truffles are manufactured in a different facility, and may contain tree nuts, coconut, dairy, egg and soy. Organic, Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Tootsie: Tootsie Pops, Tootsie Rolls, Dubble Bubble, Junior Mints, Sugar Daddy; Charms Pops; Charms Squares; Charms Sour Balls; DOTS, Razzles, and more. Candies are free of peanuts, tree nuts and gluten. (FAQ)

Zollipops: new-burstSugar-free vegan lollipops in a variety of fruit flavors, sweetened with stevia, xylitol and erythritol. Free of dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors. Kosher, non-GMO. (FAQ)

Also all products on the Free of Top 8 Allergens list that are free of wheat (and possibly gluten – always check all labels).



CORN-FREE

Amanda's Own: Chocolate bunnies (including chocolate bunny gift box), eggs, candies and lollipops. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, sesame and corn. Jelly beans are not corn-free. The company's Sunflower Cups continue to have a warning label for possible traces of soy. When their current supply of sunflower seed spread is finished, they will clean their facility to remove any traces of the old product. The jelly beans contain artificial coconut flavoring, which does not contain coconut. (FAQ)

Ice Chips: Vegan hard candies in many different flavors. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, corn and sugar. Sweetened with Xylitol. Organic, Kosher and non-GMO. (FAQ)

Natural Candy Store: Online retailer for bunnies, jelly beans, food color for Easter eggs, and baking decorations. All of their products are sourced from other companies. All are free of artificial colors/dyes, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated oils, and non-GMO. Use the advanced search to find multiple products free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish and corn. (FAQ)

St. Clairs Organics: Mints and fruit-flavored hard candies. Free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, soy, fish, shellfish, corn, artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives. Organic and non-GMO. (FAQ)



INTERNATIONAL:

Moo Free: Chocolate eggs, bunnies and bars in various flavors. Free of milk, egg, wheat and gluten. May contain tree nuts and soy. UK-based company. Some products can be purchased online in the U.S. (FAQ)

Sweet William: Chocolate bunnies, bars, baking buttons, and chips. Free of peanut, tree nut, dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and preservatives. Kosher, non-GMO. May contain soy. Australian company; may also be available in parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in stores or online. (FAQ)



This information is for your convenience. It is not an endorsement or a guarantee of the product's safety. Always read ingredient labels. Contact the manufacturer, if needed, to confirm the safety for your child.

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