Does your child have food allergies? Do they feel left out during the holidays surrounded by sweets and treats they can’t eat? Here you will find an assortment of Allergy Friendly Easter Candy And Chocolates that are perfect for kids living with food allergies and dietary restrictions. These allergy friendly Easter candy suggestions are suitable for children who live milk free, nut or peanut free, gluten free, egg free, sugar free or vegan lifestyles.
Candy and chocolate are one of the most popular traditional Easter gifts for kids, but for 1 in 13 children living with food allergies in the U.S. alone, navigating through the holidays safely can be tricky and emotionally challenging for both child and parent.
With all of the temptations of store shelves overflowing with colorful candies to parties and family dinners laden with yummy treats and desserts, managing a food allergy can feel extremely overwhelming and downright unfair to a child. Some children may succumb to the pressure and responsibility of always having to make ‘good food choices’ and may be tempted to sneak a bite thinking that ‘just a little taste’ won’t make them sick or cause an allergic reaction.
It is becoming more common for children to experience a limited diet with restricted food choices as more and more families are choosing to live a vegan lifestyle and are foregoing meat, dairy and animal by-products in favor of diets abundant with legumes, beans, whole grains and fresh fruits and veggies.
Kids living with food allergies or a vegan lifestyle no longer have to feel left out. They can now fill their tummies with the same chocolaty and gummy goodness as their peers because the Easter bunny has lots of delicious allergy friendly Easter candy and chocolates to choose from.
As a child growing up with a nut and dairy allergy, I just learned to go without the sweet treats all my friends were eating during the holiday’s, but not without a few mishaps and mistakes along the way. I am so thankful for all the allergy friendly food and snacks available on the market today so that my children, who inherited various food allergies and intolerances from me, have more options and food choices than I did.
Below you will find allergy friendly Easter candy and chocolate to accommodate a variety of food restrictions including:
- gluten free Easter candy
- sugar free Easter candy
- nut/peanut free Easter Candy
- dairy free Easter candy
- vegan friendly Easter Candy
Keep reading for tips on how to choose an Easter gift for kids living with food allergies, plus what NOT to get them. You will be surprised how many non-food products contain food allergens. Also included are some allergy friendly ideas for organizing an Easter egg hunt or putting together an Easter basket for a child with food allergies.
Allergy Friendly Easter Candy And Chocolates
Milk/Lactose Free | Peanut/Nut Free | Gluten Free | Vegan Easter Candy
Dairy Free Chocolate Easter Eggs
Hide some of these foil-wrapped dairy free, peanut and nut free, gluten free, vegan Easter eggs around the house or inside their baskets. Contains soy.
Cream Veggs – Easter Cream Filled Eggs
These little bite sized cream filled chocolate eggs are milk free, nut and peanut free, egg free, gluten free and vegan friendly. Contains soy.
Milkless Marshmallow Chicks In Chocolate Easter Eggs
These allergy friendly chocolate marshmallow Easter eggs are adorable. Inside the hollow chocolate egg is a marshmallow baby chick. They are dairy free, nut free, gluten free, egg free and vegan friendly.
Bonnie The Milkless Bunny Rabbit
An adorable hollow dairy free chocolate Easter bunny just for little girls. Bonnie, the bunny rabbit is milk free, gluten free, peanut and nut free, egg free and vegan friendly.
Benny The Milkless Bunny Rabbit
A sweet hollow dairy free chocolate Easter bunny just for little boy. Benny, the bunny rabbit is milk free, gluten free, peanut and nut free, egg free and vegan friendly.
Dairy Free Chocolate Laughing Easter Bunny
This 6″ joyful allergy friendly laughing Easter chocolate bunny is milk and lactose free, nut and peanut free, gluten free and contains no animal products. Contains soy.
Milk Free Chocolate Easter Bunny Lollipop
This cute Easter bunny chocolate lollipop is milk and lactose free, peanut and nut free, gluten free and vegan friendly. Contains soy.
Dairy Free Chocolate Easter Bunny Wheelbarrow Lollipop
This sweet Easter bunny and wheelbarrow chocolate lollipop is milk and lactose free, peanut and nut free, gluten free and vegan friendly. Contains soy.
Milkless Chocolate Bars
These milkless chocolate bars are the perfect sweet treat to tuck inside your little one’s Easter basket. They come in a milk, dark and white chocolate.
Chocolate No No’s Chocolate Candies
These allergy friendly chocolate candies have a crunchy and colorful outer coating that contain no food dyes or preservatives. Milk free, nut free, gluten free, egg free and vegan friendly.
Sugar Free Allergy Friendly Easter Candy
Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Easter Egg with Marshmallow
This 6 pack of sugar free chocolate covered marshmallow Easter eggs that are the perfect treat for a family with multiple children to share on Easter morning.
Jelly Belly Sugar Free Jellybeans
Kids can enjoy the sweet goodness of Jelly Belly’s jellybeans in this assorted gift box of sugar-free jellybeans. Comes with 10 different flavors.
Sugar Free Chocolate Easter Bunny
A small 2.5 oz sugarless diabetic-friendly chocolate Easter bunny that is the perfect size if you only want to give a little treat from the Easter bunny.
Tips For Choosing An Easter Gift For A Child With Food Allergies
Important things everyone should know before buying a gift for a child living with food allergies and sensitivities.
It is ALWAYS best to ask what would be a suitable gift to buy beforehand. Parents of children with food intolerances and allergies really appreciate this courtesy and are usually more than happy to provide you with a few suggestions. Some appropriate gifts include money, gift cards, books, movies, hard plastic toys that can be washed with soap and allergy-friendly soft plush toys. There are a few product lines of allergy-free crayons, glue, paints and markers available in some stores and online, but I would definitely get the parents permission first, as they are not all free from the same food allergens.
Familiarize yourself with the specifics of their allergy and read food labels very carefully. Just because something is labelled as allergy-free does not mean that it is free from all allergens. For instance, some products can be gluten-free and nut-free, but still contain soy or dairy or a product may be labelled as gluten, nut, and milk free, but sill contain soy and so forth. Know the different names that the child’s allergen is identified as in the ingredients list found on food labels. You should always get a parents stamp of approval before buying any of these allergy-friendly chocolate or candy gifts for a youngster to avoid disappointment Easter morning.
Even non-edible gifts may contain food allergens that can be potentially harmful to a child with food allergies. Common food allergens such as soy, nuts, dairy, egg and gluten are can be found in many of the materials used to manufacture toys, stuffed animals, craft and art supplies, personal body care products (with some of the worst offenders being the cheap beauty and bath products that are heavily marketed towards children) and even books and magazines that are printed using eco-friendly soy based inks.
What NOT to buy for kids with food allergies and dietary restrictions.
- Avoid giving books, magazines, coloring books and product packaging that are printed with soy based inks which tends to be used more often on earth-friendly products.
- Avoid plush stuffed toys as they not only harbor dust mites, but the filling of the stuffies may contain materials made from soy based fibers and ground nut shells. Some children with food allergies may also have asthma and other common allergies including dust, mold, pet dander and other environmental pollutants.
- Avoid buying art and craft supplies such as paints, chalk, crayons and play dough because many of these contain soy, dairy or wheat.
- Avoid purchasing personal body products such as nail polish, bubble bath, make-up, body and face paints, toothpaste and temporary tattoos as these can contain soy, gluten, dairy and even nuts.
Allergy-Friendly Easter Ideas
Include a couple of fun candy free and allergy free non-candy presents in their baskets to go along with the sweets. While the Easter bunny is very generous with his milk and nut free chocolate eggs at our house, I like to leave a few non-candy gifts for the kid’s to find in their Easter baskets. Some of the things that I like to include are brand new toothbrushes, a new book, movie or video game, stickers and pencils, hair accessories, funny socks or whatever other fun little trinkets I find that I know will amuse them.
Place allergy friendly candy and chocolates inside plastic eggs for a fun and safe Easter egg hunt for kids with food allergies. Write each child’s name on the plastic eggs or designate one color for each child. Let them find and collect as many eggs as they can. After all the eggs are found, let the kids sort the eggs by their name or color. Or, to make things a little harder for the older ones, have them find and collect only the eggs with their name or chosen color.
When organizing an egg hunt for kids with allergies, it is best to give everyone in the family or at the party allergy friendly Easter candy too, so there are no mix-ups or jealous feelings.
It is also fun to fill up the plastic eggs with non-candy trinkets such as plastic rings, hair ties, lip gloss, Polly Pockets, Matchbox cars, and erasers. Here are some crafty suggestions for non-candy Easter egg fillers that are great for kids who love arts and crafts.
Did you find these suggestions for allergy friendly Easter candy and chocolates helpful?