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!
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
@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.
@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.
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.
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...
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!
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.
I've made filled chocolates before. It's best with a deeper mold like an egg. What you do is fill the mold with melted chocolate and let it sit for a minute. Then pour out the unset chocolate. This will leave a "shell" of chocolate in the mold. Add your filling (I'd use the nut butter, powdered sugar mixture from something like Buckeyes http://www.kidswithfoodallergi...name=Mock%20Buckeyes ). Don't add too much filling. Tap the mold gently to settle things. Then cover with melted chocolate.
Hi @makadela ! I hope you have fun with this! I was going to suggest making a hollow bunny as per instructions above, poking a hole in the bottom to pipe in a filling, and then covering the hole with more melted chocolate. @Kathy P 's idea will probably work better, but this might work for sophisticated shapes. We'd love to hear how it works, and see what you create! Don't forget you can add pictures in the comments!
Thank you @Gloria ! I'm the daughter of an Engineer and I'm likely raising an Engineer, so I get what you're talking about. I definitely have an experimental mind I hope you enjoy and yes, we'd love to see your creations!
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...
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.
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.
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!
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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