While many families are really excited about the array of options the holidays bring by way of snacks, goodies, and gifts, some families don’t share in all parts of their excitement. Many of the fun holiday snacks and goodies seen on mainstream shelves are not allergy-friendly and are plastered with allergy warnings on their labels. This makes it even harder to sift through the shelves for safe products.
But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Throughout the next 12 days I sharing some of my favorite products and companies with you. Some of these make wonderful gifts to someone with food allergies (or a parent,) and show that you really care about them and their food allergies. Please note I was not paid to write about any of these companies and all opinions are my own.
(While this is a guide to help you with gift ideas, please always do your own research and to use this article as an aid when choosing what foods, products, and companies are safe for you, your (food allergy) family, and friends with food allergies. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this article and site.)
One of the harder items to find that are allergy-friendly are baked goods, but don’t worry, from cupcakes to cookies here are some delicious options:
- Divvies – Divvies has a range of products from cookies, cupcakes, chocolates, and popcorn, and they are all very tasty! Divvies cookies, popcorns, and cupcakes are made in the company’s-own dedicated facility where no peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or milk enter the doors. Divvies candies, frosting, and sprinkles are certified by their manufacturers to be peanut-, tree nut-, milk-, and egg-free and are packaged in Divvies Bakery. You can order directly on their website and they will ship their products anywhere in the continental U.S. If purchasing the cupcakes they will ship in a special bakery box and include frosting for you to add. Aren’t sure what to buy, you can purchase a gift certificate “Divvies Dough” as well here!
- Enjoy Life Foods – Enjoy Life Foods cookies was one of the first “allergy-friendly” products I purchased and honestly didn’t have much hope for them – boy was I wrong! Little did I know their cookies (and baking chips) would become a staple in our home. All Enjoy Life products are free-from the eight most common food allergens in the United States, with most being made in their own dedicated nut-free facility. Our favorite is a toss up between the chocolate chip and double chocolate chip cookies, and many of their items can be found in mainstream grocers.
- FancyPants Baking Co. – I hadn’t heard about FancyPants Baking Co. until recently when I won a giveaway on another site and we were sent an assortment of their nut-free cookies and we were hooked. The detailing on the decorated cookies was so cute we almost didn’t want to eat them (but they were so tasty that idea didn’t last long!) They are committed to handcrafting delicious cookies using high quality, simple, unaltered non-GMO ingredients and are tree nut and peanut free.
- Dr. Lucy’s – With a huge assortment of cookie flavors, Dr. Lucy’s is sure to please. All of their products are made in a dedicated bakery where they only buy raw materials from carefully selected producers, use the best available methods to ensure there are no detectable allergens from their testing list: gluten, milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts, and don’t even allow any of those items into their bakery. Some of their items can be found in mainstream grocers, just use their store locator online to locate them!
- Red Plate Foods – Their current product line extends from cookies to muffins and granola and the owners are very friendly. All products are top eight free and the kitchen facility is a dedicated space also free of the top eight major allergens (gluten/wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish) as well as corn, mustard and sesame seeds.
- Sweet Note Bakery – Sweet Note Bakery offers New-York style bagels made in a facility free from the top 8 allergens! As they work into getting into more stores you can shop them online and if anyone is looking for a gift for me this year, my favorites are Cinnamon Raisin and Sesame!
I hope my favorite baked goods listing has helped you to discover some new products and companies. Have you tried any of these products? Leave a comment with some of your favorite allergy-friendly baked goods!
Don’t forget to come back each day to check out more of my allergy-friendly favorites (tomorrow I will be sharing Baking items!) And on Day 13 (December 13th,) join me for a big giveaway of some of the products I have featured here. One lucky winner will win a bundle of products worth over $750!
This site is not intended to provide medical advice. The suggestions here are not intended as dietary advice or as a substitute for consulting a dietician, physician, or other medical professional. It is the reader’s sole responsibility to determine which foods are appropriate and safe for his or her family to consume. Always consult your doctor. The author makes no claims regarding the presence of food allergens and disclaims all liability in connection with the use of this site.