We've been on a strict avoidance of all peanut products since my daughter was diagnosed with an allergy at 18 months. Abigail is now 9 and our family is blessed to be participating in a Clinical Trial at Duke Hospital (now UNC Hospital). Reading every label on every food item I purchase has also given me a strong sense of what it takes to eat healthy. So, here's our journey to eating healthy and becoming peanut allergy free!
I'm having a hard time finding Easter treats that both meet my health standards and that are safe for Abigail's peanut allergy. I'm sure I could find items to order off the internet, but I feel like those items come at a premium plus the additional shipping charges. Having had luck at World Market with the Sun Cups in the past, I thought it was worth stopping in to see if they had any Easter candy. They did.
I found these Marshmallow Easter Eggs made by Rose Manufacturing in Ireland. The allergen information lists dairy and soy only, and they're labeled gluten free. There was no label for peanut/tree nut cross-contamination which appears to be a World Market requirement, and because they are made in the UK, there was a good chance that they didn't contain GMO ingredients. At $1.99 for a pack of 6 individually wrapped eggs, I thought it was worth the chance. I couldn't find anything about the product on their website, so I e-mailed the company. Here's their response:
Thanks for purchasing our products. I hope you enjoy them. Our manufacturing facility is a nut free environment with the exception of Coconut used on site. All raw materials used on site are GMO free. Hope this puts your mind at rest and have a nice Easter.
I haven't had a chance to try them yet so I can't guarantee the taste. However, considering they each just contain 7 grams of sugar, are made without GMO ingredients, have no artificial colors or flavors, are gluten free and are made in a nut free environment, they're going in the Easter baskets. I went back today and bought a few more packs. My sister has Celiac Disease so they're going in her basket as well.
I'll have to do a taste test later this weekend. I'll add a post note with the results so check back.