My daughter's birthday is this Friday and I called her daycare and asked about bringing in a treat to celebrate. I was warned that there is a child with a peanut allergy, so no cake or cupcakes were allowed. I was shocked that bakery items even had trace amounts of peanuts but found through research it's because they are made in a place where other peanut items are also made. This little known fact opened my eyes as I launched an internet search for peanut-free snack ideas for my daughter's birthday celebration.
Here is a great article for all of us not familiar with peanut allergies and how many foods we don't even realize have trace amounts of nuts:
If Your Child DOESN'T Have Allergies: Read This!
Here is a list of snack ideas from a school. I can't imagine what schools are going through now that allergies are at an all-time high.
Peanut free snack suggestions:
I think I have decided on Kroger brand ice cream sandwiches. But I still need to check the label for that specific package as even different factories have different products being made there and could possibly have peanut items.
Wow. I am thankful that so far my kids don't have a peanut allergy.
So next time you look to buy vanilla ice cream for a party with kids with allergies present, think again. Nuts are found a lot in many ice cream flavors so even the nut free flavors could contain it. Check the label!
Also, Oreos and Chips Ahoy cookies are good.