Tagged With "Halloween"

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Re: #keepitteal Halloween

Katie D ·
So cute! Love the long stem on that pumpkin and she looks like she's really concentrating! Check out our forums when you get a chance. Great place for help and support with managing food allergies.
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Re: #keepitteal Halloween

K8sMom2002 ·
She's got that laser-focus going on -- not a drop of paint will be spilled in painting THIS pumpkin, eh? What else do you do for Halloween?
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Re: #keepitteal Halloween

Jen ·
Great pic! What food allergies do you manage?
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Re: Batman collage

Jen ·
Welcome to KFA. Cute kid and love the collage! Be sure to head over to our forums to tell us how food allergies affect you . Lots of great support on our forums.
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Re: Zombie

Jen ·
Love all those pumpkins!
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Re: Halloween 2016

Jen ·
Cool costume!
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Re: Finley's Teal Pumpkin

K8sMom2002 ·
Hope Finley had a great Halloween that was peanut free! What issues are the hardest for your family to deal with when it comes to managing a peanut allergy?
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Piedmont Candy Company ·
Thank you so much for including our Red Bird Candies on your list! I saw that you included our Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Mini Puffs and they are delicious BUT they do have "Anhydrous Milkfat" and "Soy Lecithin" in the chocolate so we just wanted to point that out. Keep up the good work!
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Thanks - we've removed the chocolate covered from the list.
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

StephC ·
Mondelez seems to have gotten the message, or maybe there is someone keeping track of all of the dairy,egg, pn and tn free candy being bought! Today I found big bags of the following combinations that are safe for us: -Skittles and Starbursts -Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish and Oreo minis -Twizzlers and Jolly Ranchers My work is now done!
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

K8sMom2002 ·
Now if only Mondelez would make corn free Skittles and Starbursts ... my DD's life would be complete!
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Re: Finley's Teal Pumpkin

Jen ·
Hi Amber, Welcome to KFA. How old is Finley and what allergies do you manage?
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Re: Finley's Teal Pumpkin

Amber Van Dyk ·
Hi Jen, Thank you. Finley is 8 and allergic to Peanuts.
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Re: Finley's Teal Pumpkin

Katie D ·
Welcome to KFA Did you paint the pumpkin yourself or find it in a store like that? Love the glossy color!
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Re: Finley's Teal Pumpkin

Amber Van Dyk ·
Hi & thank you! We found it at Walmart it was white so we painted it with outdoor craft paint. It's kind of funny when we purchased it we didn't realize it lighted up till we got it home ready to paint ..so bonus!
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Re: Finley's Teal Pumpkin

Jen ·
Amber - Be sure to stop by our forums to introduce yourself. You might like our school age kids forum - https://community.kidswithfood...l_and_food_allergies
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Re: Finley's Teal Pumpkin

Amber Van Dyk ·
Will do. .thank you!
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Re: Batman collage

K8sMom2002 ·
How's your little Batman doing? Is he all geared up for the holidays?
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Dinamet7 ·
Awesome list! Are all of these top-8 free facility produced as well? I know some are, but wasn't sure which ones may pose a x-contam issue for our allergy set.
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Jen ·
Dina - I reached out to those who put together this list to ask. Hopefully they will chime in soon.
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi @Dinamet7 - the candies listed are all free of the top-8 allergens and we've listed potential cross contamination issues where we are aware of them. Some companies do state that their facility is free of allergens. This list is provided as a guide and we recommend that parents follow up with the manufacturer for any specific manufacturing questions to verify that it fits their family's needs.
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Dinamet7 ·
@KidsWithFoodAllergies I actually found the Halloween Shaped Organic Lollipops made by Wholesome Organic Candy (not the Surf Sweets brand - even on the website it's not Surf Sweets brand, although they're listed under Surf Sweets on this list) in store and there was a "manufactured in a shared facility with" statement on the bag. Since this post is sponsored by Surf Sweets, can you clarify? It seems the Wholesome Organic Candies are made in a different facility than the Surf Sweets candies...
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Jen ·
Dina - I'll check with those who put this list together.
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Hi @Dinamet7 - thanks for the feedback on that. We have separated out the Surf Sweets and Wholesome into separate items.
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

the world ·
None of the candies on this list are allergy-free. There is no such thing as allergy-free. If you really want to make sure no kid is left out, offer traditional chocolate candy bars that 96% of the population can eat, and have a small bag of these so-called "allergy free" ones to the side for the other 4%. Unless you want to spend November 1st cleaning loads of non-allergy-free eggs off of your windows.
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

LSK ·
I'm super excited by the Enjoy Life chocolate "minis" !
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Re: 2017 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Dinamet7 ·
@the world This is not an allergen free list, you'll want to re-read the title because it's "Top-8 Allergen Free" which specifically refers to the FDA's list of Top 8 Allergenic foods as identified by law (Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean shellfish, Tree nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, Soybeans.) KFA definitely knows there's no such thing as an allergen free candy, you misread the post. And FWIW, I've offered non food treats (toys) and candy every year at Halloween for the last 4 years. No eggs...
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

chrissyvalenti ·
I am excited to see skittles, starbursts and lifesavers on here! Did anyone confirm whether or not they have dedicated top 8 free equipment also? Or was this list compiled using ingredient lists only? I know I should call them myself...just wanting to know the criteria used for the list. Thanks!
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Allison ·
Hi! Some companies on the list use dedicated equipment, and some may not - we always advise families to check if that is a concern, and we wanted to provide as much variety as possible. The number for Wrigley is 1-800-Wrigley, it seems, and they say to call for the most updated info. I hope you have a Happy Halloween!
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

chrissyvalenti ·
Thank you for clarifying.
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Benjamin A. ·
It's cool to see a good list that a few companies use real ingredients to make their candy. I know I appreciate it for sure and can imagine more people do as well! When we have certain food sensitivities/allergies, it's really helped me & many other parents & their children when we eliminated the artificial "junk" from our diets, since in every case from these people their health has increased. I am curious to know why the importance of making sure a trace bit of refined soy oil is...
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Kathy P ·
Benjamin - we note the trace of soy oil because it is not required to be labeled. However there are some people with soy allergy who do react even to highly refined soy oil. As for the other ingredients, Kids With Food Allergies goal is to provide information on the safety of food with regard to allergens. We leave it up to families to make the decision about whether any particular food or product meets their family's standards.
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Dinamet7 ·
The YUM Earth Fruit Snacks are NOT Top 8 free. The last pack I purchased (and I just checked an ingredient listing linked from the Yum Earth website on iHerb.com as well) shows wheat starch in the ingredients. Yum Earth's website says the starch is processed enough to give them "Gluten Free" certification, but Gluten Free is not Wheat Free when you're living with ige mediated wheat allergy. May be safe for some celiacs, but certainly not Top 8 Free.
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Re: 2016 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Thanks for catching that Dinamet7. We've removed Fruit Snacks from the list. Only the Fruit Snacks use wheat as a processing aid. The licorice is made with glucose syrup made from wheat.
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Re: 2018 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

K. Feaga ·
Thanks for providing this list -- I used this at my school in conjunction with teal pumpkin project promotion for non-food based treats to include all kids this Halloween!
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Re: 2018 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

K8sMom2002 ·
Yay! I'm so glad that this was helpful! How did your school respond to the suggestion?
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Re: 2018 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

SuzanneF ·
Is it possible to get this list in a PDF format for easy printing to share with others?
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Re: 2018 Allergy-Friendly Halloween Candy Guide

Kathy P ·
@SuzanneF - we don't have it available as PDF handout, but you should be able to highlight the portion you want and then "print to PDF" in your browser. Let me know if that doesn't work.
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Re: Teal Classroom Kit for Teachers

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Download the Teal Classroom Kit PDF for your teacher or school.
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Will Way ·
Great post! The information about Spangler was especially helpful. Thanks!
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

StephC ·
Thank you. This was great. I actually just handed it to my 10 year old & had him read through it....prep work for Halloween!
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Kathy P ·
Great idea to give it to older kids who can read their own labels!
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Jen ·
Just emailed the link to Karli.
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Re: Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Bobpa ·
This is GREAT information. What you see you may not get!
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Re: Allergy-Friendly Candy for Halloween

Allergy Schatz ·
While it's true that no food can truly be allergy free since we all suffer from different food allergies, I think this list is a great start. It is important to consider your sensitivity level when eating any processed food, especially those claiming to be allergy friendly. For my allergies, I find that the Surf brand are a great compromise for me and do not cause any outbreaks. I also discovered another brand at Whole Foods called Torie & Howard. They make organic fruit chews ( which...
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Mom and Daughter Rally Local Businesses to Make Local Halloween Festival Food-Allergy Friendly

Kids With Food Allergies ·
The community of Clifton Springs, New York, attends a popular Halloween festival every year called Spooktacular. Families come in costume for the games, hayrides, pumpkin decorating, haunted house and dance party. And, of course, the trick-or-treating. After hearing about TEALOWEEN on the KFA community, Stasi had an idea to see if she could make Spooktacular more food-allergy friendly.
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Parenting + Food Allergies: The Social, Emotional and Financial Impact on Families (Video)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
On Sept. 26, 2019, Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), co-hosted a Facebook Live session with blogger Deva Dalporto of MyLifeSuckers. If you didn’t have a chance to tune in live, you can watch a replay of session. Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) is a division of AAFA.
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Partner With Your School to Promote Teal Classrooms This Halloween

Kids With Food Allergies ·
We've updated our Teal Classroom™ Kit! Learn more about raising food allergy awareness in the classroom and download your own copy . Did you know that 45% of severe allergic reactions in schools begin in the classroom? 1 About 20-25% of allergic reactions requiring epinephrine in schools occur without a prior history of food allergy. 2 Many schools are moving away from celebrating holidays with food in the classroom. If your school chooses to celebrate Halloween, partner with key school...
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Do You Know the Label Reading "Tricks" to Make Sure Your Halloween "Treats" Are Safe?

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Halloween candy may present health risks to children with food allergies. Some parents choose to #KeepItTeal and encourage non-food treats . Teal, the color of food allergy awareness, signals a safer Halloween for all. If you allow...
 
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