Holiday Favorites, Snacking

Hide & Eek Boutique Halloween Cookie House

Today I spoke with Tom in cusomter relations at Taret’s Corproate office in Minneapolis, MN, regarding these adorable Chocolate Halloween House Cookie Kits pictured below. I have excellent news for you friends! It’s a nut free cookie house! Chloe and Carter are going to lose their minds when I bring this out at the end of the month for us to assemble!

Allergens: Wheat, egg and soy.

May contain: Milk.

Tom went above and beyond and sent a note out to the production crew to make sure that there was no chace of cross contact with nuts in the facility. He knew that most DIY cookie houses were made in shared facilities, thus the “may contain” statement for most other kits. Each Christmas we have a hard time finding a Gingerbread House Kit, and it looks like we might just move that tradition over to halloween if we can find these kits to be 100% nut free.

I’m waiting on the email from Target – and I will post it here. In the mean time, here are a few pictures – make sure you head over to Target and get one! I got the last one today at my local Hilldale Target. They are online!

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Snacking, Travel

Chocolate Suncup Snacks

“Mom, we HAVE to blog about this new recipe I made up this weekend.” — Chloe.

Chloe made up a quazi new recipe this past weekend and is stoked to tell you all about it. We had some left over suncups in our pantry from last years Spring Fling at school, so Chloe made them into snack items for after school.

Sun cups are pretty verstaile, and she likes to use them as dips for various fruits and veggies. This recipe is her sun cup, plus chopped banana and chocolate syrup. Her instructions are as follows:

  1. Obtain a sun cup, either sample size or store bought size
  2. Open the sun cup and fill it with liquid chocolate syrup that is nut free
  3. Chop up your favorite fruit, here we are using banana.
  4. Get a spoon and eat the sun cup like ice cream with the fruit on top.
  5. Enjoy!

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Mom Things, School Safe List, Snacking

Safe Snacking Box

Can you believe it?! In just 24 hours the kids will begin their FIRST DAY of the 2018-19 school year. This year we will have a 2nd grader and Kindergartener. They are both so excited. Backpacks are packed, lunch boxes are out – and with all of the excitement comes the hyper organization mode that I go into! It’s meal prep, list making, planner highlighting time!

But first, yesterday we took to our nutfreemomblog insta for some quick pics that that I will share here of us building out the annual nut-free box for Chloe’s classroom. This box ensures that she ALWAYS has a safe snack at school. Our #1 rule is NO EATING SHARED TREATS, unless they have been pre-approved by Mom or Dad. We have been doing this since the end of 4K when a treat was shared (chocolate based) and Chloe had an anaphylactic reaction at school and had to be rushed to the ER in an ambulance.

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Chloe chose an array of safe snacking for her box this year. Treats include:

  • Made Good Mini granola packs – Costco
  • Hostess Ding Dongs – HyVee
  • YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks – Amazon
  • FreeToBe SunCups – HyVee
  • Annie’s Rice Krispie Treats – HyVee
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate Bar – HyVee

We label the box clearly, talk with the teacher about where to store it, and use it as often as needed. There are pleny of treats, so Chloe enjoys sharing with classmates as needed.

Have a great start to the school year – we are all currently battling head colds, fingers crossed a day of rest and lots of fluids helps us kick this bug!

Target find of the week – $5 for those first + last day pics! It’s chalk so I can use it for both kids tomorrow đŸ™‚

 

Mom Things, Snacking

Nut Free Ice Cream

Today I contacted Breyers, my go-to safe ice cream, regarding the only flavor we allow at our house, Natural Vanilla & Gluten Free flavor.  I called 1-800-931-2826 and spoke with Peter to confirm there was no cross contact risk.

Breyers  Ice Cream Natural Vanilla 48 oz

To summarize, Breyers has strict processes in place to keep common allergens away from non-allergen flavors. There are dedicated, separate lines. If the manufacturing lines are shared at any time, a stringent cleaning process (with sampling) will happen before any new products are created. It will be noted on the carton with “may contain” if the lines are ever shared in the flavor you choose.

If there is no “may contain” statement, then no cross contact is happening on that line of ice cream.

It is true that multiple flavors of ice cream are all made in the same facility. They are on different lines, however.

Gluten Free flavors under-go a specialty cleaning process to certify gluten free status. There is segregation in the facility so these flavors are made on different days (which I LOVE because technically the gluten free flavors, which are all nut free, have the entire building to themselves), with an even deeper cleaning procedure. No information is available about whether or not this is a separate building or shared, or if they can 100% confirm that absolutely no other flavors are being made on another side of the facility. If I could tour this facility, I WOULD! Actually, I’d love that. Since my Dad works in food production, I can sort of picture how this would look, and I’m OK with it.

I hope this helps. Breyers has been the most cooperative and open about sharing this type of information. I’m obsessed with the cleaning process and that is why we only buy the gluten free vanilla. There are other nut-free ice creams for sale, and they are available on the SPOKIN website for you to find where they are.

Snacking, Travel

2018 Wisconsin State Fair Update

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It’s that time ALREADY!!!! The end of summer is winding down quickly. We had a nice summer vacation, and we’re hitting the ground hard with planning our back to school functions and events. A few more fun activities before we hit the books.

State Fair is a favorite of ours and we just called the cream puff hotline to confirm that the cream puffs are still made in a 100% nut free facility and safe for our nut allergic kiddo. So YES, they are SAFE for your PN / TN allergies at the Wisconsin State Fair. This is not for all fairs, so please check in with your own fair.

Just a warning though. They are generally sold int he same building as the candied pecans + walnuts, so make sure you take your cream puff to go and eat outside (After you wash your hands really good!). We found a picnic table last year and set up our cream puff camp there.

Other treats we love include the pork on a stick, corn on the cob and poutine.

One item we haven’t been able to confirm, ever, is the cotton candy. The cotton candy trucks are 100% unreliable when I start talking allergy talk, and I get frustrated and walk away. If you have an experience regarding cotton candy, please share. My daughter really wants to try it!

Enjoy the fair + the last 20 days of SUMMER!!!!