Chocolate, candy or other?

It’s Easter long weekend, and the easter bunny will be busy! For some of us with allergies, an easter egg hunt might actually be stressful. What treats do you love most? I am a huge chocolate fan and luckily for me, I am not a fan of milk chocolate. What brands do you trust when you are buying sweets? If you or your child has a nut allergy, do you only buy ones that have the “peanut-free & nut free” labels on them? When it comes to labels, what are you looking for?

I know I am always more likely to go for products that have that type of label clearly on it. I tend to feel better and safer with these ones. Especially the “made in a peanut & nut-free facility”. Are there any products you buy that have a “may contain X” label on them? Personally, there is only one company I feel comfortable consuming product from despite their “may contain peanuts, nuts, dairy and soy” label. Yes, my allergies are anaphylactic though I have contacted this company and inquired exactly how they manufacture their chocolate and what practices are used to clean between batches etc. and I felt confident I would be ok.

Now, this is not the case for everyone. When it comes down to “which companies do I trust, and which ones will I never buy from” it becomes more of an individual and personal decision. My words of advise would always be…

Never have something because a friend of yours or other parent says you or your child will be fine. If you have even the slightest uncertainty in your mind about consuming the product, then say NO and explain why. Not everyone will be calm and receptive to your reply. Especially if you have already tried to get the message accross to them and it did not work. Some people just never really “get it” nor do they want to.

It’s important to speak up though. There won’t always be someone else there to help you through the tricky situations, so stop, take a deep breathe and speak the truth.

Enjoy your long weekend! And treat yourself 🙂

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  1. As a parent of a child with food allergies I always had lingering thoughts in the back of my mind….will they give out treats at school?…will a friend try to offer a candy or chocolate?….I hope she will remember and say “NO”!! I tried to have things given to the teachers so that she too could have something if the occasion arose. I also volunteered during events when possible to be present and able to suggest alternatives when needed. Even though you think ahead…there could have been contamination….but I also know that I did what I could and learned to have confidence in my child. It takes a community to raise a child 🙂

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