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It’s nearly that time where fall festivals will be located all around the country. Many kids will gather with friends and family to enjoy candy, laughter, and fall based activities. While fall festivals are fun events, those parents who have children with allergies can find these events stressful. My son had a peanut allergy when he was younger. The thought of fall festivals or other events where candy was present often made me very nervous. I learned that there are ways to alleviate that stress with allergy safe candy for fall festivals.
Allergy Safe Candy for Fall Festivals
Allergy Safe Candy
Smarties – suitable for vegan diets, these peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, fish, crustacean, shellfish, wheat, gluten, and soy free treats are yummy. The name says it all, “smarties”, you will feel smart offering this option. Smarties were our “go to” candy when my son was allergic to peanuts!
Swedish Fish – a chewy treat that is free of the top 8 allergens found when a child has food allergies. These adorable red fish treats are great for fall festivities, so as long as your child can appreciate the chewy texture.
Dubble Bubble Original Bubblegum – this longtime favorite treat is a certified kosher product and is free of allergens making it an allergy safe candy. Make sure to keep an eye on the little ones, this truly is bubblegum and can get messy.
Peeps – this brand arrives in time for fall festivals with fall-themed packaging, as long as you don’t buy the chocolate dipped option they are allergy safe. Be sure to check packing before purchasing, to ensure you are getting the allergy free option.
Skittles & Starbursts – manufactured in segregated areas, these are most certainly an allergy safe candy for fall festivals. These do contain gluten though. This is another chewy candy option, but many children love the colorful options.
Dum Dums – these lollipops are free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, and wheat gluten, but they may contain traces of soy. An old-school favorite, most of us elders grew up having these as an option.
Harvest Seeds Scripture Candy™ Corn – Sow some spiritual seeds with this scripture candy corn! This fun treat is nut free!
Gluten Free Candy Options
My son is no longer allergic to peanuts, but now that I have to follow a gluten free diet, so I’ve come to love a few of these…
Tootsie Rolls – these fun chocolaty treats are made without the use wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt, or any of their components, either as ingredients or as part of the manufacturing process.
Tootsie Pops – again, these are made without any of the offending gluten containing agents.
The Tootsie Roll Child’s Play Candy Assortment includes such favorites as Dots®, Tootsie Roll® Pops, Tootsie Rolls® and Flavor Rolls®, which are peanut free and gluten free.
Jelly Belly – all Jelly Belly beans are gluten-free, dairy-free, gelatin-free, vegetarian and OU Kosher. This includes my all time favorite, the black jelly bean! Whoop! Most licorice is made with wheat, so I love that I can still enjoy a black jelly bean now and then.
If you prefer, you also have non-candy treats. Just because your child has a food allergy doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy the fall festivities this time of year. These allergy safe and gluten free candy options, as well as non-candy treat options, will help you feel confident as a parent knowing that your child is safe during this seasonal gathering. While my son is no longer allergic to peanuts, we are still careful about the candy that we allow the kids to have around other people, because we know that allergies are no joke. If you’re shopping for bulk candy for a big event, check out Oriental Trading!