Gluten-Free Halloween Candy Quick List 2011

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Candy, Holidays/Special Events, Products | Read 15 Comments - Add Your Own »

THIS INFORMATION MAY BE OUTDATED. PLEASE SEE THE NEW 2013 LIST.

This is a quick list of gluten-free Halloween candy for 2011. This list includes candies that do not contain wheat or gluten as an ingredient. I have included the allergen statement if it mentions wheat or gluten. For the complete listing of allergens and statements see the Halloween Candy List Gluten-Free Allergen-Free 2011. For a quick list of candies that are free of the top allergens, see the Allergen-Free Halloween Candy Quick List 2011.

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Note: Please, as always, double check ingredients. This list is meant as a guide only.

NOTE for bloggers/organizations/media: Please do not reprint this list without my permission. Linking to it, however, is just fine and dandy! Printing is encouraged for personal use or for schools, etc. I appreciate your consideration of my work.

Gluten-Free Candy:

AIRHEADS (parent company: Perfetti Van Melle headquartered in Italy and Netherlands)

  • Airheads Bars
    • Package statement: “Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat flour”

ANGIE’S ARTISAN TREATS

  • Kettle Corn

 

ANNABELLE’S (located in Hayward, CA 510-783-2900)

  • Abba Zabba
    • There is the possibility of contamination from flour that is used on the belts
  • Big Hunk
    • Regular size (2 oz) is guaranteed gluten-free. Other sizes have the possibility of contamination from flour that is used on the belts
  • U-No
    • There is the possibility of contamination from flour that is used on the belts

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Halloween Candy List Gluten-Free Allergen-Free 2011

Posted on October 4th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Candy, Holidays/Special Events, Products | Read 36 Comments - Add Your Own »

THIS INFORMATION MAY BE OUTDATED. PLEASE SEE THE NEW 2013 GUIDE.

The gluten-free allergen-free Halloween candy list is here! I’ve updated the list to reflect ingredient changes, current manufacturers statements by web/phone, and I added some phone numbers so you don’t have to search them yourself if you have a question.

witchywoman21Each candy shows if the ingredients contain wheat/gluten, milk (represents all dairy), soy, egg, nuts, or peanuts (6 of the top 8 allergens — fish and shellfish are not included since I have not found this to be a concern with candy). I do not include coconut as a tree nut and have not listed coconut as an allergen.  To print this list, click on the Print icon above the title. (If you don’t see the print icon, click on the title of the article first.)

Note: Please, as always, double check ingredients and also check with the child’s parents before giving them any candy or allowing them to eat anything! I will not be held liable for any accident occurring due to the use of this list. It is meant as a guide only.

Need a short list? Check out these:
Gluten-Free Halloween Candy Quick List 2011
Allergen-Free Halloween Candy Quick List 2011

NOTE for bloggers/organizations/media: Please do not reprint this list without my permission. Linking to it, however, is just fine and dandy! Printing is encouraged for personal use or for schools, etc. I appreciate your consideration of my work.

AIRHEADS (parent company: Perfetti Van Melle headquartered in Italy and Netherlands)

  • Airheads Bars
    • Ingredients free of: peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, wheat/gluten
    • Ingredients contain: soybean oil
    • Package statement: “Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat flour”
  • Airheads Xtremes Belts
    • Ingredients free of: peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, soy
    • Ingredients contain: wheat flour, wheat starch

Gluten-Free info (via web Sept 2011): Airheads Bars do not contain gluten; however, they are processed in a facility that uses wheat flour in other items, so Perfetti Van Melle [the parent company] does not claim that Airheads Bars are gluten free.

Allergen info (via web Sept 2011): Airheads do not contain peanuts, tree nuts, pine nuts, sesame, eggs or dairy; however, since it would not be typical for these items to be found in our products, we perform no specific test for them. Please keep in mind that due to the fact that most of the ingredients are agricultural products and could be processed on equipment that may also handle products containing these items, we cannot make the claim that our products are free of said items.

AMERICAN LICORICE CO. (located in Union City, CA 866-442-2783)

  • Sour Punch Twists, Bits, Bites, Straws, Sip n Chews
    • Ingredients free of: peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, soy
    • Ingredients contain: wheat/gluten
  • Red Vines – all varieties, including Black, Natural and Fruit Vines
    • Ingredients free of: peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, soy
    • Ingredients contain: wheat/gluten

Allergen Info (via web Sept 2011): American Licorice products do not contain peanuts, tree nuts or sesame and peanut oil is not used in the manufacture any of our products. Red Vines® products do not contain peanuts. Peanut and/or peanut oil is not used to manufacture any of our products.

ANGIE’S ARTISAN TREATS

  • Kettle Corn
    • Ingredients free of: wheat/gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, milk, soy
    • Ingredients contain: none of the top 8 allergens
    • Package statement: “Certified gluten-free”

 

ANNABELLE’S (located in Hayward, CA 510-783-2900)

  • Abba Zabba
    • Ingredients free of: tree nuts, eggs, milk, wheat/gluten (see company Gluten-Free info below)
    • Ingredients contain: peanuts, soybean oil and soy lecithin
    • Package statement: “Made in a facility that uses milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat and peanuts”
  • Big Hunk
    • Ingredients free of: wheat/gluten, milk, tree nuts (see company Gluten-Free info below)
    • Ingredients contain: peanuts, eggs, soy lecithin
    • Package statement: “made in a facility that uses milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat and peanuts”
  • Look
    • Ingredients free of: tree nuts, wheat/gluten (see company Gluten-Free info below)
    • Ingredients contain: milk, peanuts, soy lecithin, eggs
    • Package statement: “Made in a facility that uses milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat and peanuts”
  • Rocky Road, Rocky Road Mint, Rocky Road Dark
    • Ingredients free of: peanuts
    • Ingredients contain: milk, tree nuts (cashews), wheat/gluten (barley malt and wheat flour), soybean oil
    • Package statement: “Made in a facility that uses egg, tree nuts, wheat and peanuts.”
  • U-No
    • Ingredients free of: peanuts, eggs, wheat/gluten (see company Gluten-Free info below)
    • Ingredients contain: milk, almonds, soy lecithin
    • Package statement: “Made in a facility that uses milk, egg, tree nuts, wheat and peanuts”

Gluten-Free info (via phone Sept 2011): The only guaranteed gluten-free candy is the 2 oz. (regular size) Big Hunk. For all other candies, including the mini Big Hunks, there is the possibility of contamination from flour that is used on the belts. While there is no flour used specifically for the Big Hunk minis, there is flour used on the belts for the manufacture of the Look bars.

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Happy Birthday to my girls and a surprise allergen-free dessert

Posted on August 31st, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Babies & Kids, Food Ideas, Holidays/Special Events, Products | Read 6 Comments - Add Your Own »

My girls turned 7 and 5 this month, and for their birthday celebration, I decided to have something other than cake (see their past birthday cakes: Butterfly cakes, Fish cakes, Mermaid cakes, Aloha cakes).

The dessert was a surprise up until the moment it was ready, and it was a hit! Can you guess from the picture of my happy 7 year old what it was?

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A chocolate fountain! With stuff to dip — all gluten-free and free of the top 8 allergens.

I purchased a mini chocolate fountain on Amazon for $28. It worked great, but I think in the future I would rather have the larger size. For the chocolate I used Enjoy Life Mega Chunks with organic canola oil (you have to add oil to the chocolate to thin it for the fountain). The chocolate flowed perfectly and was delicious. People couldn’t believe it was dairy-free.

Chocolate Fountain

For the dipping I used marshmallows, pineapple (canned), strawberries, mandarin oranges (canned), Glutino pretzel sticks, Kinnikinnick animal cookies, vanilla cake cut into chunks, and more marshmallows (the most popular item), which I also put candles in for my girls to blow out during the Happy Birthday song.

For dipping and eating, I had skewers, plates, and NAPKINS! And a hose. :) Yes, it was messy, but the smiles were worth it. I recommend doing it outside (even though the instructions say not to), and getting a plastic tablecloth.

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The chocolate fountain may just become their birthday tradition!


What’s for gluten-free breakfast?

Posted on July 21st, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Celiac Disease, Food Ideas, Gluten Intolerance, Products | ADD A COMMENT »

Did you know that breakfast cereal was invented only a little over 100 years ago? What was intended as a health food has become, for most Americans, a meal of sugary processed grains devoid of real nutrition. Bright unnatural colors, marshmallow or chocolate bits and prizes are Happy Breakfastwhat define our boxed cereals of today. Even choosing healthy, natural cereals can mean a lot of gluten, as most cereals are made from wheat, and if you are one of the 7% of Americans who have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant (some doctors suspect the number is closer to 30%!), this big dose of gluten at the beginning of the day can really affect the rest of your day.

So, what are your breakfast options if you need to be on a gluten-free diet? Don’t worry – there are many! Head over to Attune Foods, the makers of Erewhon cereal, to read my list of gluten-free breakfast ideas, and add your own in the comments!


Gluten-Free Potstickers

Posted on May 6th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Products | Read 5 Comments - Add Your Own »

Yes, you heard me right — gluten-free potstickers! One of the things I miss most being gluten-free is eating Chinese food. Even if you avoid the obvious wheat-based foods, Chinese restaurants are challenging  due to the soy sauce used in most dishes. I recently had the pleasure of trying the new Gluten-Free Handmade Asian Style Dumplings made by Feel Good Foods. The verdict? Delicious!! It was such a treat to taste a potsticker again!

gluten-free-potstickersThe gluten-free dumplings come in vegetable, chicken, pork and shrimp, and each are accompanied by a yummy gluten-free dipping sauce. And no MSG.

Vanessa Phillips, the founder of Feel Good Foods, has celiac disease. Her husband and partner, Tryg Siverson, is a chef. So you can see why they were able to make a great product!

Here are the ingredients of the chicken dumplings:
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: sweet rice flour, water, potato starch, rice flour, soybean oil, salt, xanthan gum, corn starch
Filling:
chicken, cabbage, sesame oil, green onion, sugar, salt, garlic, ginger, cilantro,  yeast extract, black pepper
Dipping Sauce:
wheat free tamari (water, organic soybeans, salt, organic vinegar), sugar, white vinegar, ginger, garlic, and ground black pepper

Where to find these darling dumplings? Good news for you on the East Coast (they are based in New York), but for me on the West Coast, I’m outta luck! (For now — I am sure they will make their way here.) Consult the list of where to buy or order from Gluten Free Mall (be aware that these are shipped frozen, so higher shipping charges will apply).

Maybe someday we’ll get Won Tons and Fortune Cookies too!


Lifefactory Glass Bottle Winners and Discount Code

Posted on May 3rd, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Healthy Living, Products, Saving Money/Sales | Read 13 Comments - Add Your Own »

I have picked the winners of the glass bottles from Lifefactory!

lifefactory-bottles-16-ozFirst, let me say that it was totally random. Second, I want to tell you that since there were so many entries (153!) I just couldn’t stop at four bottles, so I decided to add two more winners! Yay!

Even if you aren’t a winner, you really still are, because

a) now you know about my favorite water vessel, and
b) you get a special discount of 20% online, using code surefoods20 until June 30, 2011 (UPDATE: The discount code was terminated on May 31st because it was posted on coupon sites – I apologize). By the way, these make awesome gifts. Check out the baby and kid bottles and safe teethers. We use everything in our house (well, not the teethers — but I give them to friends with babies. I wish this stuff was around when mine were babies).

And now, for the winners:

#141 Cori, who according to her blog is on a weight-loss journey. This bottle full of clean water should help! Cori said “I would love the 22 oz midnight blue!!”

#103 Shirley, who is one of my gluten-free blogging buddies! I can’t believe you won Shirley. I’m so glad you get one! Shirley said, “I actually got to see some of the Lifefactory bottles being used by folks at the Expo. Loved them! :-) I’d love the larger size in midnight blue.” She was talking about the Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Expo by the way.

#24 Michelle, another one of my blogging buddies! She is one of the cleanest, greenest gals around, so I know she will appreciate this bottle! She said, “Hurray for safe bottles! Either size is great – I love spring green :-)

#110 Venessa, who said, “I currently rotate between a couple of metal bottles, but I would love to try this one. It has an awesome look too. I’d like the 22oz. bottle in RED. Thanks! so much for this opportunity.”

#98 Lynette Harris, who said, “Would LOVE the 16 oz in Graphite! We are always on the go with sports activities, and this would be awesome! How fun!”

#33 @mpv61 (Melanie) who said, “I would love a 22 ounce Spring Green! I’ve never seen these before; they’re very stylish. And we could all use more hydration!”

Thanks everyone for entering and many of you for your nice comments about my blog. And thanks to Lifefactory, for this giveaway and for making these amazing products!


Egg-free soy-free mayonnaise

Posted on April 29th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Egg Allergy, Products, Soy Allergy | Read 18 Comments - Add Your Own »

I have been looking for egg-free soy-free mayonnaise, and have finally found it! Vegenaise has always been eggless, but they used soy in all of their mayos. Their new product is soy-free also for those also avoiding soy (mayonnaise is always dairy-free, in case you were wondering).

soy-free-vegenaise1I wanted the mayo for my daughter who is allergic to eggs and intolerant to soy. The funny thing is that since she is 6 years old and has never had mayonnaise, she is not accustomed to it. Someone who discovers their allergies or intolerance later in life wants to find replacements for the things he/she used to eat. Although my daughter is not very interested in it, I think I could use it to widen her food choices with mayonnaise dip for veggies, or maybe she’ll take to tuna salad.  (I never did!) Or, maybe it’s just nice to have it in case she ever feels deprived when we’re all dipping our artichokes in mayo.

It’s great that companies are making products for people with food allergies. I know I’m lucky that I live in area where I can find a wide selection of specialty items. For those living in other parts of the country, it can be so difficult. Ask at your grocery store to see if they can get the products you need.

Soy-Free Vegenaise Dressing and Sandwich Spread is a refrigerated item. The ingredients are: Expeller-pressed Hi-Oleic Safflower Oil, Filtered Water, Brown Rice Syrup, Apple Cider Vinegar, Pea Protein, Sea Salt, Mustard Flour and Lemon Juice Concentrate.

For more information about Vegenaise, go to www.followyourheart.com (you may not see this product on the website yet) or call 1-888-394-3949.

Does anyone have any good recipes that use mayonnaise?


Lifefactory Glass Water Bottles (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on April 27th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Giveaways, Healthy Living, Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 154 Comments - Add Your Own »

Lifefactory Bottles 16 oz.If you don’t have a Lifefactory glass water bottle by now, you really need to get one! About a year ago I did a giveaway of these bottles when they were brand-new and nobody had even seen them before. Now, a year later, I am seeing them everywhere! Why? Here are some reasons:

  • They look cool. Who knew a bottle could be so stylish?
  • They make things taste good — well, they make things taste like they are supposed to taste, without a plastic or metal flavor added.
  • They are made from quality, safe ingredients. It really does matter what you put in your body (hopefully you know that already!)
  • They get clean! Seriously, I have been using the same kid bottles now for 3 years and my big ones for over a year and they all look brand new.
  • They come in a variety of sizes: small 4 oz and 9 oz for babies and kids, medium 16 oz (new this year) and large 22 oz for adults.
  • They look cool — oh, did I already say that?

win-stuff-wednesday1And now, what you’ve been waiting for… the giveaway. My husband (who works for Lifefactory) has authorized me to give away 3 bottles. Oh, what the heck, I’m sure he’ll let me give away 4. Let’s do 4! To enter to win, please leave a comment (one per person) with the size you choose (either 16 oz or 22 oz) and the color you want. Now this is tricky — the 16 oz has some different color options than the 22 oz, so pay attention:

  • Lifefactory Bottles 22 ozThe medium 16 oz colors are: Raspberry, Spring Green, Pearl White,Turquoise, Royal Purple, and Graphite (see picture at top of post)
  • The large 22 oz colors are: Red, Orange, Spring Green, Pearl White, Sky Blue and Midnight Blue (see picture to right). Matching color caps are new this year!

You have until Sunday, May 1 at midnight PST to post a comment. I will choose the winners at random. UPDATE: Extended til Monday, May 2 midnight PST!

Even if you don’t win, you lucky readers of Sure Foods Living get a special online discount of 20% at Lifefactory.com if you use the code surefoods20 at check out (good until June 30, 2011).

Cheers!


How to Make Soft and Chewy Rice Crispy Treats Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free

Posted on April 17th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Food Ideas, Holidays/Special Events, Products, Recipes & Cooking Tips | Read 5 Comments - Add Your Own »

The first time I made Rice Crispy Treats, they turned out hard as a rock. After many attempts, I have a yummy and soft Rice Crispy Treat recipe, and it’s gluten-free and dairy-free too!

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The key to making good Rice Crispy Treats is in both the ingredients and the technique. The ingredients in my recipe are different from the traditional Rice Krispies version. First of all, I  don’t use Rice Krispies because they are not gluten-free (they contain barley malt). This is changing in June 2011 — if you haven’t heard yet, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies is going gluten-free. This is wonderful news for so many families, and evidence of the growing and powerful gluten-free market.

I personally will continue to buy Erewhon Crispy Brown Rice Cereal Gluten FreeErewhon Crispy Brown Rice Gluten Free Cereal because I like the ingredients better: Organic brown rice, Organic brown rice syrup, Sea salt. (The new Rice Krispies will contain whole grain brown rice, sugar, salt and BHT.) Erewhon compares in taste and crispiness to Rice Krispies, and it has been a staple in my house for years.

The next change I made to the traditional recipe was to use dairy-free butter. I used Earth Balance Soy-Free Buttery Spread, and the result was soft and chewy. You can also use coconut oil, which will result in a chewy but not as soft treat with a hint of coconut taste.

Another difference in my recipe is a higher marshmallow to cereal ratio. I have always felt that rice crispy treats never had enough marshmallow, so I fixed that problem!

I discovered after trial and error that technique is important. You must slowly heat the marshmallows or you will get a rock-hard treat.

I hope you enjoy!

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Soft and Chewy Rice Crispy Marshmallow Treats

Ingredients:
Easy to remember! 4-4-4 (or 2-2-2 if you want just a small batch)

  • 4 tablespoons Earth Balance dairy-free butter or coconut oil (coconut oil will result in crunchier treat with a hint of coconut flavor)
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 cups crispy rice cereal (I prefer Erewhon Gluten-Free)

Directions:

  1. Heat dairy-free butter or coconut oil on low heat until almost melted.
  2. Add marshmallow and heat S-L-O-W-L-Y in a large saucepan, with little to no stirring, until the marshmallows are almost melded together. Be patient.
  3. marshmallows melting

  4. Stir gently until the marshmallows resemble marshmallow cream. The marshmallow cream should be light and fluffy. If you heat too quickly, it will become tough and sticky, making for a tough treat. If using coconut oil, it will seem like the oil is not stirring in at first, but gently continue to incorporate it in until you don’t see any more in the edges of the pan.

    marshmallow melted

  5. When it is creamy and the butter or oil is blended in, turn off the heat, and pour the rice cereal into the pan, gently blending the marshmallow with the cereal until evenly distributed.

    marshmallow and cereal

  6. Pour into any kind of greased pan.
  7. Cut the treats with cookie cutters while warm or cool. If using coconut oil, it is better to cut the treats while warm, as they will harden. To cut, flip the treats out of the pan onto a cutting board. Cut with a knife or use cookie cutters. If using cookie cutters, you may have to run a knife along the edge to break the marshmallow strands. If the edges of the shapes turn out a bit rough, simply mold the edges with your hands to make smooth.

    Rice Crispy Treats

  8. When cool, store in an airtight container or plastic bag.
  9. Shapes can be frosted too!

Tanka Bars and Bites (Win Stuff Wednesday!)

Posted on April 13th, 2011 by Alison | Posted in Products, Win Stuff Wednesdays | Read 33 Comments - Add Your Own »

If you haven’t tried Tanka Bars or Tanka Bites yet, you might think buffalo and cranberry is an odd combination, but let me tell you — it works! Think beef jerky, but softer, moister and sweeter. The tanka-bitescombination of buffalo and cranberry is based on a centuries-old traditional Native American recipe, and is surprisingly good together.

In addition to the bars and bites, there are Tanka Wild Sticks (contain wild rice) and Tanka Dogs. Free of gluten, dairy (except for the Tanka Dogs which have milk powder), nuts, soy, and nitrates, Tanka Products are made from 100% prairie-fed buffalo meat sourced from as many Native American ranchers as possible. This is a great source of lean protein.

And the mission of the company is so lovely: “to heal the people and our Mother Earth by building a company that innovates real food products based on the traditional values of Native American respect for all living things by living in balance with mind, body, and spirit.” If that statement doesn’t move you, watch this video — these are real people behind this product. Such a great story.

win-stuff-wednesday1Now the fun part — you have a chance to win a variety pack of Tanka products! Just leave a comment about how you get protein in yours or your kids’ diets. Giveway ends Friday, April 15 at midnight PST. I will announce the winner in the comments.

If you don’t win, you can purchase Tanka Bars and Tanka Bites online or ask for them in your natural foods store.

Remember to check back every week for Win Stuff Wednesday!