Halloween can be treacherous for a child with a peanut allergy and a parent who is trying to stay alert.
If your child is severely allergic, some kind of trade-off system would be a good alternative. After trick-or-treating, trade your child’s collected candy for safe-to-eat candies (or fruit!).
Here is the 2013 list of peanut- and nut-free mainstream candies and sweets. As you look through your child’s bag, these candies pass the allergy test. Still, manufacturing sites and standards can change.
- Divvies (anything made by Divvies)
- Haribo Gummi Candies (anything made by Haribo)
- Surf Sweets natural gummies & jelly beans
- Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
- Swedish Fish
- Altoids Mints, Original & Cinnamon (not Chocolate variety)
- Mike and Ike’s
- Hershey (plain) chocolate bars, personal size only (not King size, not Minis)
- Hershey (plain) chocolate Kisses (not King Size, not Holiday/Seasonal Bags)
- Wonka’s Nerds & Nerds Rope
- Laffy Taffy
- Dubble Bubble gum
- Tootsie Pops & Tootsie Rolls (anything made by Tootsie)
- Junior Mints
- Lifesaver Gummies
- Sour Patch Kids (all varieties)
- Sweet Tarts
- Dum Dum lollipops
- Bottle Caps
- Pop Rocks
- Now and Laters
- Hot Tamales
- Red Vines
- Jolly Rancher hard candy, lollipops and gummi candy
- York Peppermint Patties
- Starburst fruit chew, lollipops and jelly beans
- Kraft Marshmallows
- Trader Joe’s Milk Chocolate Chips, Trader Joe’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Don’t forget to take an EpiPen with you if you need it. There is no reason your child shouldn’t be able to participate in the fun of Halloween. Trick or treat!
Source: Bay Area Allergy Advisory Board