Remember when you were little? Remember all the fun holiday candy? The red, white, and green wrapped Hershey’s kisses? The foil wrapped Easter eggs or holiday bells? The mini peanut butter cups wrapped in gold foil?
It wasn’t even that all that candy was really that good, it’s just that it was fun. Right? Yes, it was chocolatey and sugary, but the part that most of us remember is that it was a fun thing that was available around the holidays. Shiny foil wrappers with mini chocolate candies meant that it was the holiday time. Time to slow down, enjoy treats, and enjoy family and friends.
It can be frustrating to give up that element of fun when you have food allergies as a part of your holiday celebration. But there is a really easy way to make your own allergy friendly candy, and to make it fun and festive, too!
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The very simplest way to make fun allergy friendly candy is to get some allergy friendly chocolate chips like these by Enjoy Life or these by PASCHA Chocolate, melt them, and then pour them into candy molds. You can find candy molds at JoAnn’s, Michael’s, or on Amazon.
- If you are new to melting chocolate, you can either do it in the microwave, in a microwave safe glass bowl, or on the stove in a double boiler.
- To melt chocolate in the microwave, start out with about a cup of chocolate chips and microwave for 60 seconds. Stir the chocolate, then microwave in 15 second intervals until fully melted.
- To melt chocolate in a double boiler, put water in the bottom of the double boiler, and about a cup of chocolate chips in the top, and stir until the chocolate is melted.
- Once the allergy friendly chocolate is melted, pour into the candy molds. Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm, then remove from the molds and wrap in foil or foil candy wrappers.
This is where it gets really fun – you can get candy molds in so many interesting shapes and sizes!
These silicone molds work incredibly well, and are really easy to clean. Wilton makes plastic molds that are easy to use, and you can find them at many craft stores. These tombstones are so fun for Halloween. This assortment for Christmas is very cute with snowmen and trees.
Foil candy wrappers come in a wide variety of colors. Gold and silver is always available at the craft store, or check Amazon for foil wrappers in many colors.
Melted chocolate in candy molds is the most basic way to make allergy friendly candy. However, if you want to get fancier, you do have some options! There are a lot of things you can add to the chocolate to get different flavors of homemade candy. Try:
- a little sunbutter
- coconut flakes
- pumpkin seeds
- dried fruit
- melted dairy free white chocolate
- peppermint extract
Simply add your extra ingredients to the melted chocolate and then pour the chocolate into the molds. If you want to get fancy with different designs with light and dark or white chocolate, this article has some good tips.
You can also make your own hard candy and suckers…but that will be a topic to tackle another time!
These allergy friendly chocolates are great for Halloween treats, Easter baskets, Advent calendars, party favors, or any other occasion you can think of! They’re fun to make and even more fun to eat. This is just a simple, low stress way to make the holidays fun for you and your family. Enjoy!