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11 October 2014

Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats from A&J Bakery

Recently, we were the happy recipients of a package of food allergy friendly Halloween treats from A&J Bakery. A big thank you goes from my sons and I to A&J!!!There were spooky ghost purple sugar cookies and scrumptious big iced pumpkin sugar cookies--all free of the top 8 allergens!--, lots of candy corn free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, and gluten (they do contain soy and egg), and delicious biscotti (their specialty item). I have learned over the years that treats from A&J don't last very long in our house. It is such a treat to get freshly baked food allergy safe sweets from a bakery!
The owner, Joe Hitzemann, has explained to me many times the efforts they go through to find quality, food allergy safe ingredients, so when they say it is nut-free or gluten-free, it really is--right down to the manufacturer of every single ingredient. Knowing this puts my mind at ease.
By the way, if you are having a hard time finding food allergy safe candy corn that is peanut-free, nut-free, dairy-free, wheat-free and gluten-free, consider calling A&J at (401) 228-8696 or visiting their website (http://www.aandjbakery.net) soon! It is difficult to find food allergy safe candy corn, and with clear allergen information!
Other candy corn is being sold at dollar stores in the US and Canada but based on a cursory Google search, I found it is apparently made by a company in Mexico with some history of lead contamination in their mint candies. I haven't been able to find information clarifying if that brand of candy corn is from the same factory as the contaminated mint candy. Jelly Belly makes candy corn which is peanut free, and does not contain tree nuts or dairy as ingredients, but I am finding unclear information about the possibility of cross-contamination with milk and nuts.
Beware of labeling tricks and enjoy some food allergy safe treats this Halloween!

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