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Helpful Information on Peanut Allergies This Halloween

Find out some places to go for peanut-free treats.

Lately I have been baking a lot with my daughter. She loves to stir the spoon in the bowl and she has become a pro at cracking eggs and turning on the electric blender.

Since baking has become a favorite hobby for the two of us, our house seems to always be stocked with brownies, cookies and cupcakes. This has become a problem for a couple of reasons.

First, there is nothing worse than a tot on a sugar high before bedtime and second, and more important, my hubby and I do not need the extra caloric intake from the sweets. So my thought was to start sending these tasty treats to school with her to share with her teachers and classmates.

As I was flipping through a magazine deciding which fun cupcakes we were going to make for her class for Halloween, it occurred to me, “Am I even allowed to bring treats into a classroom anymore?” I am fortunate that my daughter does not have a peanut allergy, but what if some of her classmates do?

FACTS:
• A new study reported that peanut allergies in children have more than tripled in the U.S. This is an alarming growth rate.
• Roughly three million people are allergic to peanuts and/or tree nuts.
• This allergy is potentially life-threatening and lifelong condition.

To the computer I went to research what I can put in our sweet creations that would be safe for all kids to enjoy. I thought I would pass on a few websites since the Halloween season is upon us.

Peanut and Tree-Nut Free Candy List:
www.allergysf.com/safety/candy/nuts/

Guide of Snacks Free of Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Eggs:
www.snacksafely.com/snacklist.pdf

A friend of mine who has a son allergic to peanuts and tree nuts gave me some great recommendations for local bakeries. These are useful if you are throwing a party for the kiddies.

Blacker’s Bakeshop:
www.blackersbakeshop.com

The Icing on the Cake:
www.tiotc.com/tiotc/home.html

Starlight Creatives:
http://starlightcreatives.com

The one important thing to remember when throwing a party or baking for tots is prevention and planning play significant roles in reducing the risk of any accidents.

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” ~ Winnie the Pooh

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Vivian Merrill October 04, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Very useful info- thank you for sharing it. I'm a firn believer in teaching kids how to cook, as some day they'll need to do this for themselves on a regular basis. An alternative to bringing baked goods to the classroom could be to bring them to the local senior center, or perhaps donating them to a local church's ham supper, or a Table of Plenty dinner.
Maureen Hastings October 06, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Thanks for the information! I'd hate to have a little one come to my door and not have something for him or her!
Tara October 08, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I can really appreciate this story; at 18 months my daughter had an anaphylaxis reaction to cashews. She spent two nights at Children’s Hospital obviously the scariest two nights of my life. I also wanted to let you know of a bakery we really like http://www.cakes4occasions.com/ As a mother of a daughter who has a severe allergy to tree nuts I love any exposure to help educate people on allergies.
Jessica Ratter October 08, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Hi Vivian, Those are both great ideas! Thank you for responding! Jess
Jessica Ratter October 08, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Hi Tara, I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. That must have been incredibly frightening. I am so glad she is OK. Thank you for the bakery information. I will definitely check it out! Jess
Jessica Ratter October 08, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Hi Maureen, I am so glad you enjoyed the information!

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