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11 November 2008

Peanut-Free and Nut-Free Gingerbread Houses

*UPDATE: A & J Bakery are now offering egg-free, dairy-free, nut-free and peanut-free gingerbread houses and gingerbread house kits, as well as the regular nut-free and peanut-free ones.

Peanut free and nut free bakery pioneers Amy and Joe Hitzemann of A & J Bakery in Rhode Island made my day. I have been looking on and off for more than a year for a peanut free and nut free gingerbread house or gingerbread house kit. I preferred the kit but would have taken an assembled house, if that's what I found. I could not find one.  I found some in Canada and even found some NAFTA Foods gingerbread kits being delivered to Supervalu in Virginia, but could not find a way to get ahold of even one of those kits. Late last week, I received news that A & J Bakery would be selling gingerbread houses. Finally, peanut free and nut free gingerbread houses made and sold in the U.S.--how exciting!

Today I received additional information about the gingerbread houses and learned that they are also selling gingerbread house kits. The assembled gingerbread house is available for pick-up only and costs $38. The kits are available for shipping in the U.S. and Canada and are $24 plus shipping. The kits include pre-baked gingerbread house pieces, white icing, two kinds of nut free candy, and non-edible decorations too. A 2 day lead time is needed for the kit and 4 days for the assembled house. The gingerbread houses and kits are available for purchase now.
A and J Bakery is located at 1458 Park Avenue in Cranston, RI.  The telephone number is 866.426.9075 and email address is info@aandjbakery.net.
*NOTE: Karen of the Avoiding Milk Protein blog and website has some interesting information on Gingerbread Men and Kits available in Canada.*


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting! My dd is VERY excited!

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. I can't wait to order. Do you know if this is dairy free too?

Unknown said...

It is super exciting!

I just spoke with Joe, the owner of A &J Bakery, and he is actually working on making a dairy free, egg free, nut free and peanut free version this afternoon. He's doing sort of test run to see how it comes out with egg and dairy out of the recipe, and will let me know today or tomorrow whether the peanut-free, nut-free, dairy-free and egg-free version is a go. Wouldn't that be amazing?! I'll keep you posted!

Bella's Mama said...

Your blog is wonderful, thank you! Are they soy free also? I'm stressing BIG about cross-reactivity.

Unknown said...

Good question. I don't believe they are soy-free, but we should ask them. I can't imagine that soy would be an ingredient in the gingerbread itself...You may want to telephone them directly. The number is 866.426.9075. If you do call, please let us know what you found out!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the kind words, Bella's mom!

Jenny said...

This is great to hear--these houses are usually off-limit for us. Thanks for the tip! :)

Anonymous said...

I talked to Joe the baker today. I asked if the egg free. dairy free. nut free version is actually soy free too. I told him my son is ok with soy lecithin and soy oil and he got back to me and said it was safe
for him. I don't know about those that can't have the soy lecithin or oil though. I think those might be in the recipe. Thanks so much for this blog entry. I'm so excited that I can get this kit for my boys!!!

TxMom said...

Thank you so much for posting this! My daughter has these allergies and I would love to make a gingerbread house with her.

Also, I have just started a blog that you might be interested in: www.foodallergyfamilyfun.blogspot.com . It lists what my food-allergic daughter eats every day (to give other families ideas) and discusses other food-allergy topics.

Thanks again!

Unknown said...

I love happy posts like this. It's fun to focus on what IS available for food allergic individuals!