Back to School “Safe Snack List” for Teachers

Every year, I update this list of snacks that are safe for us and provide a copy to my kiddo’s teachers.  This year, I’m sharing it here too.  ***Remember, always be sure to do your own homework and ***always read every label to make sure these snacks are safe for you.

OK Candy
Smarties
Starburst
Skittles
Gimbal’s brand jelly beans
Dum-dums lollipops
Lifesavers, hard candy, gummies
Laffy Taffy (certain sizes only, read label)
Twizzlers (original strawberry)
Sour Patch Kids
Surf Sweets
Trolli gummy worms
Swedish Fish
Airheads
Saf-T-Pops
Peeps  (certain varieties only, read label)

OK Snacks/Treats
Any fruit or vegetable
Tostitos tortilla chips (plain)
Lays potato chips (plain or barbecue; if barbecue check for milk on label)
Pringles Original (plain)
Orville Redenbachers Naturals, “Simply Salted” microwave popcorn
Skinny Pop popcorn, original
Fritos (plain)
Rold Gold brand pretzels (plain)
Betty Crocker or Keebler Fruit Snacks or fruit rollups, Gushers
Keebler Graham Crackers
Teddy Grahams: chocolate, honey, or cinnamon
Oreo’s- original and double stuffed only
Marshmallows-Kraft or Publix brand
Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips, snack bars, or anything else (whole line is top 8 free)
Ice Pops (read label)
Tofutti vanilla or chocolate ice cream
Tofutti Cuties ice cream sandwiches
So Delicious vanilla, chocolate, chocolate obsession, cookie avalanche *soy* ice cream
So Delicious Minis *soy* (ice cream sandwiches)

Drinks
Juice, Gatorade, Powerade, soda, soymilk

OK Breakfast Foods
Cheerios (plain)
Chex (wheat, corn, or rice)
Cocoa Puffs
Rice Crispies, Cocoa Crispies
Pebbles (cocoa or fruity)
Apple Jacks
Fruit Loops
Cookie Crisp
Lucky Charms
Corn Pops
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Frosted Mini Wheats
Pop Tarts (frosted strawberry or frosted brown sugar & cinnamon)

Allergy Friendly Easter Basket Tips

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I thought I would share some of our favorite Easter basket candy and non-candy goodies.   Holidays can be more difficult to manage with food allergies than every other day of the year.  We food allergy parents have to stick together and share our ideas!

As the kids get older, it becomes more difficult to find *useful* things to add to there Easter baskets.  I highlight useful here because I just can’t bring myself to add another chintzy plastic doo-hicky to their Easter baskets!  Those things were great when they were younger and easily entertained, but once you start finding plastic bugs, bracelets, and bouncy balls in every nook and cranny, you start to dread bringing any more home for fear they will multiply.   A few of my ideas, I got from my own awesome, yet practical,  Mom.  🙂

Here are some practical, non-candy ideas:

  • Cool new hairbrush or  hair accessories
  • Battery operated toothbrush  (I figure, what they hey, it’s a holiday!  Splurge!)
  • Books!
  • CD’s or movies
  • Craft supplies.  The sky’s the limit here.  Markers, colored pencils, chalk, paints, loom bands, play dough…
  • Perfume, lotion, bubble bath, etc.
  • Wall  or window decals
  • itunes gift card
  • Headphones
  • Lego packs
  • Jewelry
  • Gardening gear like gloves and seed packets.
  • Nail polish
  • Baseball cards, Pokemon cards, Garbage Pail Kids cards…

With candy, you have to be very careful and always read labels.  From year to year, we see changes in “may contain” labeling statements that are important to take note of.   We make it a rule to not trust off-label candies, especially the ones that are made outside of the U.S., where the same labeling laws and quality may not apply.  Also, be careful even with the candies you’ve known to be safe in the past.  Sometimes a different package size, different store, or even a different lot of the same thing may NOT be safe from your allergens.

Candies we like:

  • Skittles
  • Airheads
  • Cotton Candy
  • Starburst original candies and jelly beans
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Jolly Rancher
  • Dum-Dums
  • Yummy Earth organic lollipops
  • Surf Sweets gummy worms, Trolli Crawlers gummy worms
  • Swedish Fish
  • Big League Chew
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Twizzlers
  • Lifesavers orginal, mints, and Big Ring Gummies
  • Peeps
  • Dots
  • Mentos
  • Fun Dip
  • Dubble Bubble gum
  • Saf-T-Pops
  • Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails cotton candy