Deliciously Delectable Peanut-Free Desserts

Those with severe peanut allergies often find that they are unable to enjoy dessert, since there's always the constant worry that it's been baked with peanuts. Peanut products find their way into a wide variety of treats – from candy to brownies to pie. Whether there's an upcoming celebration that calls for dessert, or you're simply looking to satisfy your sweet tooth without risking an allergic reaction, you may be wondering how to find peanut-free desserts.

This can be trickier than it sounds, since even products that do not themselves contain nuts as an ingredient may be baked with products that do. To avoid cross-contamination, stick to nut-free bakeries and packaged goods that are made using dedicated nut-free equipment. This means avoiding most baked desserts found on grocery-store shelves. If there is a peanut-free bakery in your city, this is a great place to find peanut free desserts, whether you're after cupcakes, brownies, or any other baked good.

Aside from baked goods, there are plenty of chocolates and candies that make delicious peanut free desserts. For chocolate, check out Peanut Free Planet and Divvies. These popular sources for peanut-free desserts both sell online. Many candies are peanut-free, including Skittles, Red Vines licorice, Tootsie Rolls, and Hershey Kisses.

Making desserts at home is a great way to avoid allergens. Look for peanut-free cake mixes, frosting, and other ingredients. One popular brand of peanut-free cake mix is Cherrybrook Kitchen, which is available at Whole Foods and online. Some varieties made by major brands are also peanut free. Check the label of boxed mixes from Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, and Pillsbury to see if they have been processed in a facility that also handles peanuts.

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