{Halloween} Treat Finds

by Leighann on October 21, 2013

Halloween With Diabetes

Always use the consumer package for nutritional information as formula and ingredient changes may occur at any time and may not match the information provided here.

Don’t get spooked just thinking about Halloween. Your kid with diabetes (and/or food allergies) can definitely haunt the neighborhood and indulge in treats. Join me, leading up to Halloween, as I share some ideas and experiences with All Hallow’s Eve.

In our family, we don’t eschew Halloween candy. All thing in moderation, right? It’s easy enough to count carbs when you are purchasing the candy yourself, but it’s a bit more work when your kid has a large haul procured from the neighborhood.

Our larger issue this year is the stupid nut allergy. With just diabetes, we just have to count the carbs and give the appropriate insulin. With a nut allergy, you have to make sure your child isn’t exposed to a food that could possible cause an anaphylactic reaction!

Here are a few things I picked up at Target, though I’m sure they are widely available.

Halloween Oreos 1
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Oreos

Okay, I’m not for one second saying that Oreos are one bit healthy, but they are nut free and dairy free. They don’t contain nuts, but there isn’t a cross contamination warning. The folks at Snack Safely list them as a “safe” cookie. Here is Snack Safely’s Halloween snack guide. We’re actually serving these as the only treat (everything else is healthy) at my son’s class party because of allergies.

Halloween YumEarth Candy 1 Halloween YumEarth Candy 2

YumEarth Candy

I know Q will want some candy in her lunch the week after Halloween. I let my kids have a piece every day for a week. I found these lollipops and fruit gummies. They are organic and have no artificial flavors or colors and no nuts.

They are also gluten-free and free of many common allergens. See the YumEarth ingredient list.

Halloween Angies Popcorn 1
Halloween Angies Popcorn 2
Halloween Angies Popcorn 3

Angie’s Popcorn

I frequently buy the Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop and put a handful of it in my kids’ lunches. I like it because it is dairy and nut-free and safe for Q. I saw this large bag of individual pouches in the Halloween aisle at Target. Q doesn’t like the cinnamon flavor, but my son does.

Angie’s Popcorn is:

  • certified gluten-free
  • peanut and nut free (the chocolate flavor is finished at a facility that is not nut-free)
  • dairy free (except the cheese and chocolate flavors)
  • no HFCS
  • read their FAQ page for information about specific products

Sunrise Candy Corn

Q claims that candy corn is her favorite candy, which I find to be completely odd! Brach’s candy corn has a cross-contamination warning for nuts. My son likes to decorate his train set for Halloween with candy pumpkins. I found Sunrise Harvest Mix at a dollar store. It is made in Mexico in a nut-free facility. The package says it is peanut-free.

When I asked the company, they responded by stating “Sunrise candy corn is both peanut and tree nut free.  These allergens are prohibited from the manufacturing facilities and thus, eliminate the issue of cross contamination.”

What treats do you stock up on for Halloween?

Always read labels of individual products as ingredients and manufacturing may change. Any allergy information provided on D-Mom Blog does not constitute medical advice. Please read the disclaimer and consult your physician for any questions you may have.

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1 Karen Joseph October 21, 2013 at 11:15 am

Great ideas — Thanks! My son with T1 also has Celiac and a peanut allergy so these ideas are very relevant! I ordered a little treat from Vermont Nut Free Candies for him. My kids trade candy in for coins, keeping 10 pieces or so for themselves.

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