Safe Candy – just in time for Easter!

Candy collage

Lil Z’s first Easter was tough. We weren’t sure what he could have, and at that point we were still slowly introducing foods into his diet. The only commercially-made sweets we let him eat that Easter were Peeps and Starburst Jelly Beans.

Below is a list of Top 8 and gluten free candies that we let our boys have. I didn’t include candies with soy oil or soy lecithin, even though for many allergy sufferers they are safe (because they don’t have soy protein in them). I felt like Lil Z and Manimal had trouble with soy oil/lecithin when they were really little, but now it doesn’t seem to be a problem, at least in small doses.Unfortunately, all of these candies are jam packed with food colorings which bother my children (hello tantrums and insomnia!).

Please read and double check ingredients before giving your child any foods. This is not a comprehensive list, it is just a great place to start. I found a wonderful Web site today that had a breakdown of allergy ingredients used in a lot of mainstream candies. It’s worth checking out!

Top 8 and Gluten-Free Candy Options:

    • Peeps (most of them)
    • Smarties products, including candy necklaces
    • Star burst Original Fruit chews
    • Starburst jelly beans, GummiBurst
    • Mike and Ikes
    • Hot Tomales
    • Swedish fish – Red, Assorted and Aqua life
    • Life Savers hard and soft candies
    • Sweet tarts
    • Heide Gummi Bears and several other Hiede products
    • Jolly Ranchers
    • Dum DumsSpangler Candy Co. said the following about Dum Dum Lolli pops: There is a trace amount of soy oil in the lubricant that we use in our cooking kettles. This soy oil has been refined, bleached, and deodorized and all of the proteins have been removed.
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