While I am not the biggest Halloween enthusiast, I have a couple of family traditions that are mandatory. Even though I am married and no longer living in my parents house, I still find a way to rope my husband, parents, and younger brothers into carving pumpkins and watching “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” with me. This year my husband and I hosted the Halloween fun at our home, and I got a little excited to make a few sweets in order to give us the energy we needed to carve pumpkins!
Any cooking or baking with my family involves some thought and planning with all of the food allergies we have combined. Collectively we cannot have any dairy, any nuts, and eggs (my dad is also watching his sugar intake, but that has to be ignored when it comes to Halloween). I chose to make two different sweet treats, some caramel and chocolate apple slices, and chocolate witch hats.
For my apple slices, I wanted to make them easier to eat and grab, and also include different ingredients. I used my handy apple slicer and cut up two giant green apples and one red apple. Then I melted caramel and chocolate chips in separate bowls, and drizzled them on the apples. Some apples I did not drizzle caramel on, as I cannot eat dairy. After that, I had some fun and sprinkled different ingredients on my apples – shredded coconut, salt, and mini chocolate chips. The apples were a big hit, and easy to snack on throughout the night.
For my witch hats, I bought chocolate filled Oreo cookies, Hershey kisses, and orange frosting. The hats could not be any easier, with simply setting a Hershey kiss on top of the Oreo, and piping the orange frosting on the Oreo, around the Hershey kiss. At the last second, I found some Jelly Belly’s (which are now peanut free!!!) in my pantry, cut the yellow Jelly Belly’s into pieces, and set them on the orange frosting to look like a buckle. While the Hershey kisses do have milk in the ingredients, I am fortunate enough that a couple of kisses will not bother me!
Halloween can be a bit of a tricky holiday for people with food allergies.
I think that’s why I have never been the biggest fan of the holiday – getting dressed up as a kid, trick-or-treating around the neighborhood, and coming home just to throw or give most of your candy away – it’s a bit anticlimactic.
Food allergies should not be one reason that Halloween is scary. I believe that these days people are more aware of the prevalence of food allergies, and there are a lot of options for children that are trick-or-treating, or recipes that do not include top allergens. I recently came across this article “Making Food Allergies Less Scary at Halloween” that gave some great information and tips on the struggle with food allergies during Halloween. I hope this could make anyone’s Halloween a bit easier!