Halloween is a scary time of year if you are the parent of a child with peanut allergies. Your child looks forward to trick-or-treating, school parties and community events, but these fun activities come with the potential of a peanut slip-up. Treat your child and yourself to these easy, peanut-free Halloween treats. Always read the labels of your ingredients when cooking and baking, and verify that even nut-free items such as flour do not share processing facilities with peanut-based foods.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack to accompany an evening of jack-o-lantern carving. Best of all, you know exactly where the seeds come from when you scrape them from your own pumpkin. Drizzle the seeds with butter and toss lightly with salt to bring out their full flavor. Add spices such as cayenne powder or garlic salt if your child is more adventurous.
Caramel corn is a tasty, allergy-friendly treat once you remove the traditional addition of peanuts from the recipe. A typical recipe calls for popcorn kernels, canola oil, sugar and salt and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Mold the caramel corn into popcorn balls before it cools for a fun activity.
Chocolate-covered Oreo Cookies
Oreo cookies are a favorite in many households with peanut allergies. The manufacturing plants that make the cookie have a history of peanut-free facilities. However, the company still encourages parents to double-check labels. Make this treat more delicious by dipping the cookies in melted chocolate, then laying them on wax paper to cool. Many brands of chocolate are not made in peanut-free facilities, so check before buying. The Guittard Chocolate Company and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates offer allergy-safe products. Hershey’s has a good, peanut-free track record with Hershey’s plain Kisses and regular-sized, plain chocolate bars.
Rice Krispies Treats
The beloved, classic Rice Krispies treats recipe calls for the following allergy-friendly ingredients: Rice Krispies original cereal, marshmallows and margarine. The Kellogg’s Company is ahead of many competitors when it comes to accurate allergy labeling, and Rice Krispies cereal has a track record of peanut-free manufacturing facilities. Marshmallows, too, are usually safe. Check the packaging on your margarine, which in rare instances contains nut oil or shares facilities with nut-based products.
A peanut allergy need not stop your child from enjoying Halloween. Make these peanut-free Halloween treats together to create new traditions and memories for your child. Non-allergic family members are unlikely to miss their favorite nutty treats when you mix up these delicious, festive goodies.