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26 October 2012

Food Allergy Consumer: Skeeter Snacks

If you peruse the food allergy blogs, you probably have heard of Skeeter Snacks by now. If not, and you manage peanut and tree nut allergies, listen up! We recently had the opportunity to try Skeeter Snacks--the newest peanut-free, nut-free cookie to enter the market. Out of respect for the manufacturers, I hate to compare one brand to another, but I think Skeeter Snacks are poised to become the Chips Ahoy of peanut-free, nut-free folks. (That's a compliment! I don't know about you, but Chips Ahoy brings happy thoughts for me!) Skeeter Snacks are tasty, crispy store-bought cookies that promise to be affordable and available at your local supermarket. If they can get into your local store and sell for $5 or less, they're going to be at every peanut-free cafeteria table, and also will be the ideal store-bought classroom treat for all those peanut-free, nut-free elementary school classes. (Can't wait!) 

The FAB Review
Dedicated facility: Yes (peanut/nut free)
Appearance:Easy-to-open wrapper. 
Taste: Tasty store-bought cookie. (Just like what the non-allergic kids eat!)
Texture: Crispy cookies. Oatmeal cookie is a little chewy, just the way it ought to be.
Convenience: The 2-packs are perfect taking in your lunch box, pocket or handbag. 
Price/value: 6 2-packs for $3.99 on Skeeter Snacks site
Buy again? It's a definite YES for us!

While the website makes it appear as though they are at every supermarket near me (I am in southeastern Massachusetts), I have yet to actually find them in a store. My understanding is that the online list is, at this point, the goal and not the reality. At the present time, you can buy Skeeter Snacks online, and at Shoprite stores, Costco in the Northeast, and Walmart in the Southeast. One way to help speed the arrival of Skeeter Snacks in more stores is to ask your local grocery store to carry them. That is on my to-do list for the stores near me (Shaws, Stop and Shop, Roche Bros. and Hannaford--any one will do!).

The cookies currently come in three flavors: Golden Oatmeal, Skeeterdoodle, and Chocolate Chunk. We also sampled a 4th flavor which we loved--Chocolate 3. It is a chocolate chocolate cookie perfect for satisfying your chocolatey cookie cravings! I'm really hoping we'll be able to purchase that flavor in the future as well.

I'm looking forward to seeing Skeeter Snacks in stores near here soon!

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