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Your Gluten-Free Candy Guide for Halloween
Parenting a child with food allergies or intolerances can be challenging. Halloween is one of those times when it’s particularly difficult. Here are some tips to help Halloween go more smoothly for you and your gluten-free child.
Find out what candy is safe and unsafe for your child to eat. Don’t assume that something is gluten free. Gluten can show up where you don’t expect it, such as in Twizzlers. About.com has a list of gluten-free candy for 2013. Be sure to note that there are gluten free and not gluten-free lists on that page. Read ingredients and call manufacturers if you need to in order to be sure that a product is safe.
Talk to your child in advance. If your child is old enough to understand that some food is off limits in everyday situations, then he or she is old enough to understand that some Halloween candy is going to be off limits. Make it age appropriate, but don’t wait until unsafe candy is sitting in front of them to tell them they can’t have it.
Determine what candy or homemade treat your child can have. Be sure it’s something they really like, and try to have a few options. After trick-or-treating, go through the candy and substitute what is unsafe for the safe options that you have ready.
A few homemade goodies your kids are sure to love are Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pretzels, and Peanut Butter Cups. (For peanut allergies, other nut butters or sunflower seed butter can be used in place of peanut butter.)
If you research, communicate, and have substitutes ready in advance, then when it comes time for your child to get dressed up and enjoy trick-or-treating, you will be able to relax and enjoy it too. If you’re stressed out and uptight, you will communicate that to your child. It’s important to teach them that planning and preparation is important, but their food restrictions don’t ruin the fun.