Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween and food allergies

Halloween is always such a fun time. You get to carve pumpkins with the kids and hope you don't find pumpkin seeds in your DVD player in November. In turn they get to drag you around the neighborhood, sometimes in the pouring rain (2009), all to see how much candy they can score in the shortest amount of time.

There's nothing better than a kid with ADHD all hopped up on Sweet Tarts late at night. And by 'better' I mean WORSE. To add to the fun, balancing 25 pound bags of Halloween candy....and kids with tree nut allergies.

It's unreasonable to expect people to hand out only candy free of allergens, or books...(2007, and like a wild pack of dogs...or a lynch mob, all the kids yelled "What is THIS crap??") so I've had to come up with ideas to keep the kids from feeling like they've been robbed of 3/4 of their hard-earned candy when they come home.

The best idea yet? I'll trade you one for one.

When we get home, the kids throw their stashes down and I get to pick through it. More often than not, items made of chocolate are also "made in a facility that also processes peanuts and tree nuts". Much to the kids' dismay. So all of that gets sorted out and dropped into a bag that Richard immediately takes ownership of. So HE can eat it.

For every piece of candy I have to put in the "no" pile (read: the "Richard" pile) I give them one piece of candy I know is safe. The most common of the safe candy brands is Willy Wonka candies. They have a great website with very specific allergen info so parents can feel confident that they won't be killing their kids....at least not this year. Just click the 'Nutrition Info' tab at the bottom of the product and you can see the label.

So happy Trick-or-Treating everyone! And be sure to keep all the "no" pile candy for yourself. You'll be enjoying smooshed Reece's Peanut Butter Cups through Easter, I promise.

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