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Safe School Snacks

Finding allergy-friendly, crowd-pleasing, store-purchased snacks isn’t easy. But, it’s not impossible.Kids are heading back to school, which means classroom treat time is ramping up. Food allergies are a growing concern in schools. Finding allergy-friendly, crowd-pleasing, store-purchased snacks isn’t easy. But, it’s not impossible.

The Top 8

Eight foods trigger 90% of allergic reactions. They are:

  • Eggs
  • Fish (bass, cod, flounder)
  • Milk
  • Peanuts
  • Shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp)
  • Soy
  • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
  • Wheat

Allergy-friendly Shopping Tips

As you shop, keep in mind:

  • Food manufacturers are required to list the Top 8 and allergy warnings on food labels.
  • Allergic reactions differ from child to child. There’s no guarantee that a treat from our list – or any other– will meet the needs of every child.
  • Different varieties, colors or shapes of a food may not be allergy-free. The Peeps® brand is a good example.
  • Food manufacturers can change their ingredients and processing systems without warning.
  • The FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to say if their products contain gluten.
  • The FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to say if they make their products in a facility that also processes foods containing allergens.

The List

The treats listed below are free of the Top 8 allergens.

  • Candy
    • DOTS Gumdrops
    • Fruit leathers
    • Fruit snacks
    • Jolly Rancher® Hard Candy
    • Life Savers Gummies®
    • Marshmallows
    • Peeps® marshmallows
    • Push Pops®
    • Ring Pops®
    • Skittles®
    • Smarties®
    • Sour Patch Kids®
    • YumEarth® brand
  • Cookies
    • Enjoy Life® brand
  • Fruit
    • Applesauce
    • Apple slices
    • Fruit cups
    • Fruit trays
  • Snacks
    • MadeGood® Crispy Squares
    • SkinnyPop® Popcorn

The good news, especially for people with allergies, is that the number of allergy-friendly foods is increasing all the time and more readily available. If you can’t find the treats above in your local stores, try online.

Of course, non-edible treats are always a hit with kiddos, too. Not to mention, healthier!