By Heather Legg
Easter is about to be upon us and again, for those of us with allergies to worry about it, it can bring upon a challenge.
Here are some ideas for Easter basket goodies without the big allergens; instead of lots of chocolate, add these to your basket:
• a cross; it’s what the holiday is about, isn’t it?
• a stuffed bunny or chick (the Easter Webkinz are very cute) instead of a chocolate one
• small seasonal toys: jump ropes bouncy balls, play doh, sidewalk chalk, bubbles
• Easter socks
• legos and action figures
• Hair bows and accessories for girls
• a book (a Bible)
• flower seeds
• a friend suggested tennis clothes to me for my kids; you could include something activity related like goggles for a swimmer, leotard for a dancer ( I steer more on the smaller scale but I thought it was a good idea)
Instead of candy in the hidden eggs, try:
• pennies (or bigger money)
• Bible verses
• toy rings or necklaces
• temporary tattoos
• any goody bag item you can find at the party store or dollar store
• make it a scavenger hunt with clues inside each egg for the next one
• have one big prize once they find a certain egg (like a golden one). you probably want as many golden eggs and big prizes as children, though
• try making the fun about finding the eggs, not what is in them!
www.kidswithfoodallergies.org has lots of great ideas for holidays and allergies
If you still want the chocolate, there are some places to find allergy free chocolate. Divvies (www.divvies.com) has a wide selection of allergy free goodies, including a dairy free, nut free chocolate bunny rabbit. They also have allergy free jelly beans and gum balls as well as cupcakes and cookies. Divvies cookies, popcorns, and cupcakes are made in the company’s-own dedicated facility where no peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or milk enter the doors. Divvies candies, frosting, and sprinkles are certified by their manufacturers to be peanut-, tree nut-, milk-, and egg-free and are packaged in Divvies Bakery.
You can also try Vermont Nut Free Chocolates (www.vermontnutfree.com) for some premade Easter baskets at a variety of levels containing nut and peanut free chocolates, including bunnies, truffles, Easter pops and more. They also have solid chocolate Eater bunnies, cream filled eggs, Easter fudge and (yum) Easter marshmallows on a stick, chocolate dipped and rolled in sprinkles.