Perhaps it seems daunting that you will need to find peanut-free snack options for your child because he or she will be attending a “nut-free” or “peanut-free” school. Perhaps it seems daunting that your child, who is highly allergic to peanuts, will be leaving the confines of your peanut-free house for the first time to spend several hours at school where food will be consumed.
It is important to know that there is a plethora of snack options available in the aisles of your supermarket that you can provide to your child and you should not feel limited in options.
Keep in mind that cross-contamination is always a concern, especially for those with severe peanut allergy – just because something doesn’t have peanuts listed as an ingredient doesn’t mean that it is free of trace elements.
Following is a partial list of commercially available snack options that do not have peanuts listed as an ingredient:
CandyBlow Pops, Hershey Kisses, Jolly Ranchers, Nerds, Skittles, Smarties, Spree, Tootsie RollsCerealCheerios (not Honey Nut or Frosted), Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Corn Flakes, Corn Pops, Crispix, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Kix, Lucky Charms, WheatiesChipsCheetos, Doritos, Fritos, Pringles, Sun Chips, TostitosCrackersCheezi-Its, Cheese Nips, Goldfish, Graham Crackers, Saltines, Teddy Grahams, Triscuits, Wheatables, Wheat ThinsCookiesChips Ahoy, Fig Newtons, Fudge Stripes, Fudge Grahams, OreosDairy/CheeseIndividual Yogurt and Pudding Cups, Cottage Cheese, String Cheese, Drinkable Yogurt
Always check product labels
Remember: even though the above list is peanut-free at this time, it is important to always check the product labeling in the event manufacturing processes change. A peanut-free snack today may not be a peanut-free snack tomorrow. It is definitely better to be safe than sorry.