Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Allergy friendly and kosher treats you can buy

Many parents ask us "what can I buy for mini?" What can she eat?  Well the short answer is, simply employ us and we shall happily bake cupcakes for you all day long for a not-so-small fee.  For some reason, they do not like this answer, so they like the next one better:  over the past few years there has been a proliferation of products geared to the food-allergic community.  There are many websites you can go to for information on allergy-friendly products, however finding products that are both allergy friendly and kosher can be challenging.

But fear not! Poker Chick has tried the products, spoken to the companies, and done the research for you.  So here is your complete list of products we have found that fit the bill. 

Home Free Treats
What? Delicious cookies, coffee cake and baking ingredients.  You can buy them in many health food stores.
Free of: peanut, tree nut, dairy, eggs, wheat.  Only soy is lecithin.  Made in seed-free facility as well.  Some varieties are also gluten free.
Any added bonus?  Organic, all whole grain, and they make some little mini cookie packs that are great for school or playdates.
Kosher?  All products certified kosher parve by OK.  Large special orders (i.e. for a school) can be Pas Yisroel.

Divvies

What? Awesome cupcakes, delivered to your door.  Chocolate or vanilla with many color frosting options. They also have candy toppings to decorate your cupcakes with, and they sell cookies, popcorn, chocolate and candy.

Free of: peanut, tree nut, dairy, eggs.  They do not use sesame in their facility either.
Any added bonus?  They are not all organic like home free, but their treats are awesome and convenient.  Also, the delivery box for cupcakes doubles as a take out box so you can turn over the box, frost the cupcakes and use the same box to easily transport the cupcakes to a party or meeting.  Another tidbit? Their cookies and candy are sold in DisneyWorld.  And we have seen their popcorn sold in the kosher marketplace on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Kosher? Certified kosher parve by KVH, Rabbinical Council of New England.

Enjoy Life

What? Enjoy Life makes a lot of awesome products that are starting to be distributed through regular supermarkets, not just health food stores.  Soft cookies, hard cookies, cereal, bars, granola, chocolate chips and chunks and chocolate bars.  They make really delicious boxed cookies that people without food allergies will eat before we can get to!  They also make great chocolate chips that are our go to for recipes.

Free of: peanut, tree nut, dairy, eggs, sesame, soy, wheat.  All products are vegan and gluten free as well.
Any added bonus?  They claim "no artificial anything".  Their variety and availability are pretty awesome.  Our school uses their cookies and chips.

Kosher? Certified kosher parve by the Chicago Rabbinical Council.


Cherrybrook kitchen
What? Amazing cake mixes, cookie mixes, brownie, muffin and pancake mixes, plus mini cookies and tubs of frosting.

Free of: peanut, tree nut, dairy, eggs.  They do not use sesame and many of their products are gluten-free.
Any added bonus?  The mixes are really easy and convenient, especially if you get a tub of frosting.  Really easy for birthday parties, all the parents in our nursery school class used this mix for cupcakes.

Kosher? All products certified kosher by the Orthodox Union (OU).



Please leave a comment or email us at bornsteinwriter@gmail.com if you learn of any others we have missed; we will do our best to keep this list up to date.

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