Halloween candy

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My daughter will be attending a peanut-free nursery school this fall and I'm very concerned (especially after reading this website) about giving out candy at Halloween time both at her school, my older children's school, and at home for trick or treaters. Is there any commercial brand chocolates that are "safe"? (besides Vermont nut-free)? Any other suggestions? Any help would be appreciated.

On Aug 31, 2001

My son is allergic to gluten (wheat, barley, oats, rye), dairy, soy, and nuts so candy for us is quite the challenge. The two products that I have found that are free of these allergens are Smarties and Dum-Dum lollipops.

Smarties is made by Ce De Candy ([url]http://www.smarties.com[/url] or 908-964-0660). The Smarties made in the USA are way different than those in Canada so really double check if the Smarties you buy are peanut "safe".

Dum-Dums is made by Spangler ([url]http://www.spanglercandy.com[/url]). They also make saf-T-pops, Astro Pops, and Candy Cane & Cane Classics. I haven't been able to find those products in our stores, but you could double check in your area. Also, double check that they are "safe" since I only checked for the Dum-Dums.

I've also read that Tootsie (who makes Tootsie pops, Charms, Junior Mints, Sugar Daddy, Sugar Baby, Charleston Chew, Dots, S'Morsels) is "safe" from nuts, but they have soy or dairy so these are "off" our list.

Also, you could check out Airheads ([url]http://www.airheads.com[/url]). They have soy so again, these are "off" our list.

Then there's Pez. Since my son already has his sugar fix with the Smarties, I didn't get him these but I think they're an option.

You might want to check out Trolli Candy (515-782-5380) for their Gummy Worms and Apple Os. I couldn't find Apple Os and we don't use gelatin in our household so we don't buy the Gummy Worms. But, these might be options for you.

Lastly, I'm sorry to sound like a broken record, but before you give your munchkin any of these candies from my list, please do double check the ingredients with the manufacturer as ingredients and processing procedures do change. I hope my list has helped! Warmly, Julie B.

On Aug 31, 2001

I stick with Vermont Nut Free and the Spangler company. My son also has Starburst. You can go on the Spangler website and order their candy. I got a big bag of Dum Dum lollipops. I was fortunate to find the candy canes in the store last year, but again ordering online is an option.

I am not looking forward to Halloween.

On Oct 10, 2004

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