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New Food Find: All Natural Food Colors and Dyes

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Introducing: Color Garden Color Garden has natural, plant-based food colors that are free of the major food allergens, vegan and gluten-free.  Plus, they do not use GMO’s or artificial ingredients. They provide a comprehensive list of all...
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How to Make Dairy-Free White Chocolate

KFA Food Bloggers ·
If you’ve ever shopped for white chocolate, you may have noticed that it’s not particularly allergy friendly. Most of it carries nut cross-contact warnings, and it always contains both milk and soy. The few dairy-free white chocolates out there still contain soy. Not even Enjoy Life sells a top 8 free white chocolate. When I started thinking about this blog post, I wanted to bring white chocolate to the top 8 free community. TOP 8 FREE WHITE CHOCOLATE Ingredients 4 ounces food grade cocoa...
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How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

Kids With Food Allergies ·
How to Make Chocolate Easter Candy  by Laura Giletti         The fun thing about making chocolate and molding it is that you can adapt the same skill for any holiday, as long as you have the molds.  Some molds allow you...
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How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Bunnies

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Easter is coming! It’s time to decide what the Easter Bunny will bring your little ones! Of course, we all know that as parents of children with food allergies, this is no easy feat, what with all the allergen warnings on those darn bunnies. Depending on the allergies you manage, it can be next to impossible to find safe chocolate at your local store. There are plenty of wonderful companies that sell allergy-friendly chocolate online. When you spend your money there, you are supporting some...
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MACEMama ·
We've done the dairy-free white chocolate bars from Premium Chocolatiers. They are a little waxier than I remember white chocolate being, and they are a little meltier (lack of emulsifiers maybe?), but the flavor is not bad.
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Gloria ·
I also ordered some of the white choco bars. Since my daughter hasn't had milk white bars hopefully she will Ike these. Will know after Easter....
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Marisa ·
I know it's past Easter but just wanted to make one correction - Tootsie products do have soy and corn. From their FAQ page ( http://www.tootsie.com/comp_faq.php ): Which of your products is gluten free?
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Cheryl Li ·
I'd like to add Go Natural hard candies to the list of safe candies. Cheryl Li
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Kathy P ·
I this it?? https://www.naturalcandystore....ategory/go-naturally Looks like their candies work for a number of allergens
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Cheryl Li ·
Yes! I first found them at TJMaxx, and have also seen them at a natural food store. Originally Posted by Kathy P: I this it?? https://www.naturalcandystore....ategory/go-naturally Looks like their candies work for a number of allergens
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Gloria ·
Just checked out candy truffles and white and milk less chocolate bars on Indie candy and premier Chocolatiers website and they look to good to be true! looks Expensive but I am going to try one site for Easter and the other for B'day!
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Kathy P ·
I really want to try the dairy free white chocolates!
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Deannalee ·
I know this is an old post, but I wanted to share that I have bought Halloween candy and Christmas candy from Natural Candy Store. My son has severe allergies and they had a few options for him to enjoy. Definitely would recommend.
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Jen ·
Hi Deanna - welcome to kfa. what food allergies do you manage?
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Deannalee ·
Thanks. I myself only have eczema, haven't tested myself for food or environmental yet. But my son is the one who suffers. He has eczema, and a severe allergy to peanuts/ tree nuts, and high allergy to wheat, gluten, dairy, soy, eggs, corn, pinto beans, tomatoes, potatoes...and a picky eater on top of all that. And highly allergic to cat/dog dander and dust mites. Very hard to find stuff he can eat, or will eat. Hoping to find some support here. ☺
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Jen ·
Be sure to check out our food and cooking forum, as well as our recipe database. You might be able to get some ideas. If you see something that interests you, but would need an ingredient sub, let us know. Someone can help you.
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Deannalee ·
Thanks so much. Looking forward to being apart of such a great community. ��
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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

HLBK ·
My daughter and I are definitely going to do this!!!! It will be so much fun!!!
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Paolabea ·
Hi! This is great! But I tried it last year with Enjoy Life mini chips and the chocolate didn't seem to stay hard when taken out of the fridge. Did you use Enjoy Life chips? Did you put anything else while melting it? Thanks!!!
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cheymom ·
Paolabea! We are glad you found us! I have found that the chocolate is rather soft. I usually keep them in the fridge. You can try posting on our Food & Cooking forum for further assistance. Someone may have a trick to help: http://community.kidswithfooda...rum/food_and_cooking
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momof2girls ·
I wonder if the halves are meant to be filled and put together whole?? That would be fun if it worked!
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cheymom ·
Welcome momof2girls! It is possible to make the eggs stuffed with a filling. Laura showed us how to make plain, solid chocolate eggs. You could take a pastry brush and brush a layer of chocolate into the mold. Make a filling (I prefer Sunbutter) and put in the middle. Cover with more chocolate. Yum! Similar to the Mock Buckeye recipe found here: http://www.kidswithfoodallergi..._buckeyes_recipe.php For more ideas, please post in our Food & Cooking forums. We can help brainstorm safe and...
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Momma2Joey ·
I've been doing this for every holiday for years now. the silicone molds are awesome because the chocolate comes out with a nice shiny coating. I usually make a mock peanutbutter cup filling using margarine, graham crackers, powdered sugar and sunbutter and fill the chocolates. They are so delicious! I actually made a big sunbutter cup bunny the past couple years for Easter. Bought the mold online, super cute and pretty easy.
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yellow_daisy ·
Originally Posted by Momma2Joey: I've been doing this for every holiday for years now. the silicone molds are awesome because the chocolate comes out with a nice shiny coating. I usually make a mock peanutbutter cup filling using margarine, graham crackers, powdered sugar and sunbutter and fill the chocolates. They are so delicious! I actually made a big sunbutter cup bunny the past couple years for Easter. Bought the mold online, super cute and pretty easy. Can you share the ingredient...
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Kathy P ·
Here is one filling possibility - Buckeye candies This one does not use graham crackers. Here is another one that does - Mock PB cups
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yellow_daisy ·
Thanks Kathy P!
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elapsmom ·
I have never tried the Enjoy Life brand, but I have made dairy, soy, nut-free molded chocolates many times using chips from Chocolate Emporium. The problem I experience is that the molded chocolates looks wonderful at first, but they develop a 'bloom' (the whitish coating mentioned in the original post) very quickly, even when stored at just room temperature. In fact, I can only make the chocolates a day or two ahead because of this discoloration. Do any of you know a way I could prevent...
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Starkled ·
I've only used Enjoy Life chocolates to make molded chocolates, so I have nothing else to compare to, but I've had some times where my chocolates developed quite a bloom and other times that they didn't. I think the difference was how I handled the chocolate--if I was a bit more gentle with it (heating it more gradually, heating the bare minimum necessary, no rapid temperature changes, etc.) it seemed like the bloom wasn't as noticeable. If I remember correctly, the bloom is just the cocoa...
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Kathy P ·
Definitely how you handle the chocolate ages a difference. You want warm it slowly and only til it all melts. I've taken chocolate out temper by handling it badly. Then it won't set up right and the texture gets grainy and it really blooms! I used one of the Wilson warming pots working with a friend once and I didn't like it. It was definitely too hot for the chocolate I had. I did much better slowly warming in the microwave 30 sec at a time on half power. Stir in between. And at the end,...
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HollyRN ·
Here is a link to an option with a cream filling (egg free & dairy free options as well): http://www.primallyinspired.co...ry-eggs-paleo-vegan/
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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

Kids With Food Allergies ·
New from Spangler Dum Dums Above it is noted that Spangler is f ree of top 8 allergens, but most may have traces of soy oil. (FAQ)
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cassalia ·
Fabulous LIST !
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RW ·
HERSHEY HAS MADE SOME NUT PRODUCTION CHANGES. Their chocolate crosses are now at risk for almond cross contamination. This was a HUGE disappointment for us because that cross has been the centerpiece of the kids baskets for years. The break apart bunny is not made near nuts, but costs 75% more, is ugly, and has only 0.2 oz more candy. I emailed the company and let them know (politely) how disappointed I was. I also reminded them that allergic families are GREAT ADVERTISERS. When we love a...
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RW ·
For the person looking for Jelly Beans - Mike & Ikes is making some in classic flavors this year. I found mine at 5 Below (in TX).
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Dinamet7 ·
Just got a bag of Yum Earth fruit snacks - contain Wheat Starch now (still "gluten free" but our allergist says not safe for our wheat allergic child) and looked at comments on their FB page and it seems wheat starch has been added to other candies in their line, and wheat syrup to their lollipops - all since the end of February.
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Kathy P ·
Thanks for the heads up on the wheat starch. I know I just looked at the gummy bears and they had rice syrup. The new licorice definitely has the wheat starch derived glucose syrup. I found some info on their FB page that says only the licorice has the wheat based glucose and wheat starch is used as a "processing aid" in the molds for the fruit snacks but that it's "washed away." I can't find if that is new or just revised advisory labeling. I'll let you know what they say.
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Kids With Food Allergies ·
We got some clarification from YumEarth regarding wheat starch used as a processing aid on Fruit Snacks and Gummy Snacks:
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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Monica L Kern ·
Wow KFA, Wonderful work, it looks yum. I really loved this. My kids would love to make these. Last week, bought some organic dark chocolates on Sarah’s birthday. Next time would love cooking out this at home.
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Re: New Food Find: All Natural Food Colors and Dyes

Kids With Food Allergies ·
India Tree Natural Food Colors India Tree offers plant-based food coloring with no synthetic dyes or corn syrup. They are manufactured in a facility that is free of tree nuts and peanuts and do not use gluten. Although they cannot promise that all items are free of allergens, they do participate in an Allergen Control Program to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Some of their products are vegan and non-GMO. Their website contains a recipe for Easter egg dying which produces soft,...
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BelovedchildofJC ·
Ooohhhh look!
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Zan ·
The jelly beans on this post look to me to be "Brachs Jelly Bird Eggs" (which have CC labeling that put them on our :not safe: list -- and thank you, Brachs, for labeling to allow consumers the ability to make safe choices, even if it means we don't buy your products). Is this just a stock photo of Easter candy or is this a allergen friendly option?!? Both Gimbals & Starburst beans are great, yummy options for my tree-nut allergic kid, but I'd love to find a "classic" jelly bean, too.
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Kathy P ·
Its a stock photo and meant to be any particular product.
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Re: How to Make Dairy-Free White Chocolate

Jen ·
Hi MRios, I have contacted someone who might be able to answer your question. In the meantime, welcome to KFA.
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MRios26 ·
Hi Eileen, is it necessary to weigh the cocoa butter for the chocolate to turn out just right?
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MRios26 ·
Thank you so much! That helps a lot, I'll see if I can find one at Walmart or Michael's so I can get a candy thermometer, too. My niece has dairy, egg, nut allergies so I'm really excited to make her some goodies for Christmas this year! Thanks again!
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2ndGenAllergyMom ·
Hi MRios, Since cocoa butter comes in irregularly-sized solid chunks, weighing is the best way to get the right amount. The recipe will forgive you for slight variations in weight (say, if your kitchen scale isn't super precise) but I'm afraid I don't have a volume measurement for the cocoa butter--and that could change depending on how finely you chop it. If you don't have a kitchen scale, maybe you could borrow one? (And just use a bowl or waxed paper to prevent possible CC from the scale?
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2ndGenAllergyMom ·
And I only saw this comment now, I need to subscribe to my own blog posts. I hope you enjoyed making your own chocolates Monica, if you made them!
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Kathy P ·
That's so sweet of you to make her safe treats! Be sure to let us know how they come out!
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2ndGenAllergyMom ·
I'm late coming back to the party here, but that's so awesome of you to make special chocolates for your niece! I hope they turn out great!
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K8sMom2002 ·
@MRios26 , did you ever find a candy thermometer? Don't forget to check it first by bringing water to boil and seeing what temperature it registers at boiling. You can figure out how much it's off by adding or subtracting that figure from 212 - water's boiling point.
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