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28 September 2011

We Love that Candy Corn!

When my son first was diagnosed with his peanut and nut allergies, I could not find any candy corn that I felt was safe. We have clear instructions from the allergist--no food made in a facility where they use peanuts or tree nuts, and I do not stray from that. I found a lot of candy corn that was clearly unsafe and some that left me with questions. I think this makes 3 years that Joe and Amy of A&J Bakery in Cranston, Rhode Island have been offering peanut free, tree nut free and gluten-free candy corn. Recently, I also discovered they are baking peanut-free, tree nut free and gluten-free whoopie pies too! Yum! How cool is that?! I've been seeing whoopie pies with increasing frequency in the grocery store bakery section, but there is always a "may contains" warning. Every time I check in with A & J Bakery, however, they always have something new and safe for us to try. Any of you with food allergies or food allergic loved ones can appreciate how exciting it is to find a new, safe treat! 

So, as you begin to collect your food allergy friendly Halloween goodies, be sure to give A & J a call at (866) 426-9075 and snag some of that candy corn--and you have to get some biscotti too--before they sell out! (My personal favorite is white chocolate raspberry.)

You can tell, my two sons and I love A&J bakery--Amy and Joe are food allergy bakery pioneers!

1 comment:

Dave said...

The candy corn find is terrific! I hope A&J will ship to NJ as my 10 year old daughter has never been able to try them in the past.

As for allergen-free snacks, the problem isn't just finding them for your food allergic child - it's also ensuring that non-allergic classmates don't bring in snacks that can potentially cause contact reactions. SnackSafely.com has an expansive list of peanut, tree nut, egg and sesame seed free snacks that our school district uses as the approved snack list for all in-school activities involving food. If it's not on the list it doesn't enter the classroom, so the parents of food allergic children can rest easier. You can find it here: SnackSafely.com Snack List.