Today we’re talking all things candy now that we’re rolling into fall and winter holidays. The candies in the photo along with over 100 other products can be found in our Gluten Free (and allergy Friendly) Guide. RAISE Members, click here to download your free guide.
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Candy, with all of its pros and cons, is one of those little things that bring joy to just about everyone. Kids love it, adults love it, grandparents love to hand it out 🙂 When you’re living with food allergies, food intolerances, special diets, and other food restrictions, it can be really hard to feel included.
Related Recipe: Gluten Free Candy Cookie Bar (Vegan, Top 8 Allergy Free)
Inclusion is something we’re REALLY big about
I want to help build a world where everyone is included because isolation is awful. Given my medical condition, it’s been years since I’ve shared a meal with another human. While you do get use to it, it can take a toll on you. As an adult that lives it, I hate the idea of a child going thru this as well.
Given that it’s October, be sure to learn about the Teal Pumpkin Project. Teal is the color for food allergies (like pink for breast cancer). The short of it is: place a teal pumpkin at your door and offer non-food treats for kids with food allergies. It can be bubbles, stickers, little trinket toys, etc. The idea is that as they trick-or-treat with friends and family, they get to have something in their bag too.
Honestly, it’s so inclusive it almost makes you want to cry. There’s even an online registry where you can add your house to a map and food allergy parents can see the best areas to take their kiddos to. What’s really radical is stores like Michael’s and Target are selling teal pumpkins now. While it’s sad to see the diagnosis rate of food allergies go up, it’s awesome to see people come together to make the world a little more inclusive.
Related Review: Glee Gum Candy Tarts
I Know, You’re Here For The Candy
I’ve said alllllll of that to say this: if you’re looking for allergy friendly candies, we’ve got you covered. In the photo today are 8 brands that we love. When you get your copy of the Gluten Free Guide, you’ll find more candies, snacks, and a whole lot more gluten free (and allergy friendly) goodness.
What Makes These Brands So Special
First, no weird ingredients. I know there are a few conventional brands that are allergy friendly, but we can’t support the ingredients. Second, the equipment these candies are made on…
That’s what makes this photo, and the Gluten Free (and allergy friendly) Guide so special. We called over 400 companies to assemble an interactive guide of products made on clean equipment. I’m a big believer that if you say your food is free-from, it shouldn’t be made on equipment shared with what it’s free from.
Brands Photoed Today:
- Coracao Confections (contains nuts, exclusive facility, vegan, refined sugar free)
- Pascha Chocolate (top 8 free, vegan, has a corn free option- pure dark 100% chips)
- Enjoy Life Foods (the product is top 8 free, but not all of their facilities are top 8 free, call for each product you’d like to try)
- No Whey Chocolate (top 8 free, vegan, exclusive facility, no artificial dyes)
- Smart Sweets (top 8 free, both vegan and non-vegan options)
- Torie & Howard (hard candies are made in top 8 free facility)
- Surf Sweets (made and packaged in a top 8 free area of a facility, vegan & non-vegan options)
- Glee Gum (top 8 free, exclusive equipment, soy and corn in the facility)
Equipment & Facility
For many of you, shared equipment and trace amounts and “may contain” isn’t an issue. I’m doing a happy dance and I’d ask that you eat delicious food in my honor.
For the rest of you, shared equipment (and sometimes a shared facility) just isn’t an option. For you, I’ve made about 1,000 calls to put together the Gluten Free (and allergy friendly) Guide, The Top 8 Free List, and the Corn Free List.
Knowing what’s safe is half the battle in my opinion. The other half: don’t let the diagnosis get you down. It’s easy to get upset (and rightfully so). Yet, we have to find the strength to carry on, especially if it’s our kids that have the food allergies.
Hopefully this is a good starting point for you. For more safe brands, check out the Gluten Free (and allergy friendly) Guide today.