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Updated for 2020! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Updated for 2020, 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.
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Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2014

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Are you looking for safe candy for Easter? We've asked our volunteers to share their favorite candies to help you find allergy friendly treats. The information shared here is for your convenience only, it is not an endorsement or guarantee of the...
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Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Here it is - your 2016 Easter candy list for food allergy-friendly sweets! If you are filling baskets for your little ones, use this list as a shopping guide. Please remember to read all labels and make sure the product is right for your family. This year's guide is made possible by TruJoy Sweets and Surf Sweets.
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Allergy-Friendly Easter Cupcakes in 4 Easy Steps

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Cupcakes make a quick and tasty dessert on any occasion. Cupcakes are individual portions and don't require plates and forks. And they are much easier to bake and decorate than a whole cake! Step up your dessert game with these easy ideas. 1. Bake Allergy-friendly cake recipes, especially recipes that are free of eggs or wheat, tend to be more crumbly and work better in smaller sizes. What might be a crumbly cake is perfect as a cupcake! Any cake recipe can be made into cupcakes. Reduce the...
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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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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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7 Allergy-Friendly Recipes for Your Easter Menu

KFA Food Bloggers ·
What’s on your Easter menu?   Traditional holiday menus are filled with major allergens. If you, your child(ren) or a dinner guest have food allergies, you'll need allergy-friendly recipes. The tricky part, especial ly when feeding a crowd,...
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Tips to Safely Celebrate Easter with Food Allergies

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Easter is a season of joy and celebration. Decorated eggs, chocolate bunnies and other candies can all be unsafe for someone with food allergies. There are many non-food alternatives for celebrating Easter, whether at home or at school.
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Ways to Celebrate Easter During the Coronavirus

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Community egg hunts, gatherings with family and friends, and faith-based services can be a big part of Easter celebrations. But because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) this year, many people will be celebrating at home with the immediate members of your household to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Easter can still be fun and safe for kids with food allergies with some creativity. Here are some ideas to help you make the holiday memorable for your family. Order Allergy-Friendly Easter Basket...
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New Chocolate Treats in Time for Easter

KFA Food Bloggers ·
Easter is just around the corner. That means chocolate. We've found a few allergy-friendly #NewFoodFind chocolate treats that will hopefully make your Easter a little sweeter.
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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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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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Eggs Candy

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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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

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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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

Kathy P ·
Its a stock photo and meant to be any particular product.
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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

cassalia ·
Fabulous LIST !
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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

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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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

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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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

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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Re: Updated! Allergy-Friendly Easter Candy Guide for 2016

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: 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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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: How to Make Dairy-Free White Chocolate

MRios26 ·
Hi Eileen, is it necessary to weigh the cocoa butter for the chocolate to turn out just right?
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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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Re: How to Make Dairy-Free White Chocolate

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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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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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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2ndGenAllergyMom ·
@MRios26 One caveat to @K8sMom2002 's comment about the temperature water boils--this temp depends on elevation. I bake in the Mile High City, water boils a whole 10 degrees cooler up here due to less atmospheric pressure above me. If you aren't near the coasts and want to check your thermometer, google the water boiling point at your elevation first before assuming your thermometer is wrong.
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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Bunnies

Amy DiElsi ·
How soon in advance of Easter do you recommend making these? Thanks so much for the instructions. Can't wait to try it our for my 3 yr-old. He told me he can't wait to see what bunny comes for Easter when we passed the chocolate bunnies in the supermarket. So the pressure is on for me to deliver.
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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Bunnies

2ndGenAllergyMom ·
Hi Amy, I would probably make them a week or two before Easter--more like two if you think you might need to melt a few down and try again. But make sure you plan enough time that your kiddo will be unable to stumble upon you in the kitchen. The younger they are (the bunnies, not your child), the less likely they are to bloom if you overheated your chocolate, so no need to start now unless you want to make a lot or eat all the evidence But you can go to your local hobby store or cake/candy...
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Re: How to Make Dairy-Free White Chocolate

Gloria ·
Ever since the white kosher for Passover chips I used to buy were labeled for shared lines I have been bummed about missing white chocolate for my daughter. This is a great and timely and well done post with step by step instructions and explanations and pictures! Thanks so much. It could have come from my other favorite site "cooking for engineers". And I mean that as a compliment!
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Re: How to Make Allergy-Friendly Chocolate Easter Bunnies

makadela ·
Cool! My chocolate coins started melting when the boys handled them (prob b/c i added coconut oil). Will follow these melting instructions instead! Any idea on how to make a stuffed bunny? My boys love Sneaky Chef No Nut Butter - would like to fill their bunny w/ that. Thanks.
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