Last week, I posted some links to good online sources for allergy-free Easter candy. This week, I hit a few local stores to see what’s available. I focused on Easter-specific chocolate bunnies, eggs, jelly beans, and similar treats. I hit Sam’s Club, Smith’s and Target this year. Most of the products I found are national brands, so chances are good you may find the same products at your local stores.
Just remember to always check the ingredients – some companies use different manufacturing plants around the country, so the same product may have different factory warnings. In addition, some varieties of candy may have safe versions or sizes, and unsafe versions and sizes. For example, I found Cadbury mini eggs that are nut-free, but the larger sizes had nut warnings. So always double-check!
And if you are trying to avoid candy completely (a great idea for everyone, allergies or not!), you might want to see my post from last year, which offers lots of ideas for non-food Easter Egg and basket ideas. See the post here: Creative Easter Egg Fillers.
For nut-free and egg-free chocolate bunnies, your best bet is Hershey’s. I found several Hershey’s chocolate bunnies at Target (including Speedy Bunny, Princess Bunny, Snapsy Snap-apart Bunny) and a package of 6 Hershey’s solid chocolate bunnies (but avoid the package of 6 “cookies and cream” flavored Hershey’s bunnies, because they have a nut warning). Some flavors of Hershey’s kisses are also nut-free, as well as Hershey’s mini foil-wrapped chocolate eggs. But double-check labels – many Hershey’s products have nut warnings, so don’t assume they’re safe until you check. And remember, all Hershey’s chocolate includes milk and soy. Those Cadbury mini eggs contain milk, soy, and corn, but they’re nut-free (I found them at Smiths and Target). If you need milk-free chocolate bunnies, your best bet is probably to order them online (see last week’s post for websites), and order this week so they’ll arrive in time for Easter.
For the rest of the candy I found, I focused on candy whose labels don’t list any of the Top 8 allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish).
If you need to avoid corn as well as the Top 8, I found these options:
- Pixy Stix (Target bag of 35 for $1)
- Charms Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy (Smith’s $1)
- Wonka Springtime Fun Dips (Smith’s 16 pouches for $3.49)
- LifeSavers Jelly Beans (Smith’s $2.49, Target $2.19)
- Mike & Ike Jelly Beans (Smith’s $2.39)
- Wonka Spree Jelly Beans (Smith’s $2.39)
- Wonka Nerds Bumpy Jelly Beans (Smith’s $2.39, Target 2 for $4)
- Wonka SweeTart Jelly Beans (Smith’s $2.39)
- Wonka SweeTart Jelly Beans – orange beans in a carrot-shaped bag (Smith’s $2.39)
- Starburst Jelly Beans (Smith’s $2.49, Target 2 for $4)
- Starburst Crazy Beans (Smith’s $2.49, Target 2 for $4)
- Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans (Target 2 for $4)
- Kroger’s Jelly Beans (Smith’s $1)
- Push Pop Toppers (with cute Easter figures on top) (Smith’s $1)
- Hubba Bubba Cluckers (Windup chicken that walks and lays bubble gum eggs) (Smith’s $2.39)
- Individual Plastic Eggs with Swedish Fish, Skittles, or Starbursts (Target 5 for $5)
- LifeSavers Gummies Bunnies, Chicks, & Eggs (Target 2 for $4)
- Rainblo Bubble Gum Eggs (Target 2 for $4)
- LifeSavers Hard Candy Spring Mix (Target 2 for $4)
- Swedish Fish (Target 2 for $4)
- Daily Chef Gourmet Jelly Beans, 41 flavors (Sam’s Club 4 lbs for $10.98)
Also, Sam’s Club has premade Easter Baskets filled with a few toys, and some candy, like Mike & Ikes, Fun Dips, and a “candy egg bouquet,” and the ingredients list corn and soy, but none of the other Top 8. They are $19.98 each, so if you are looking for an easy solution (and you aren’t allergic to corn or soy), those are an easy idea.