What are the top five gifts that come to mind when you think of Valentine’s Day? For me it’s flowers, cards, jewelry, lingerie (yes I said it) and…chocolates! Outside of Halloween, I think Valentine’s Day is the next most celebrated holiday with candy. As a food allergy mom, all holidays are challenging but holidays that focus heavily on candy are extra challenging.
If you’re like me, then you always have non-food treats and/or “safe” treats on hand for your food allergic children during these holidays. My little men always bring home a bag or box filled to the brim with Valentine’s Day cards and candies. We carefully go over each piece of candy trying to determine whether or not it is “safe.” For the unsafe candy, they trade it in (to the trash can) for something safe.
I’m incredibly thankful for companies like AllerMates, Divvies, and Peanut Free Planet (just to name a few) for always offering allergy-friendly holiday-themed treats. Often times I will purchase a fun holiday-themed gift set for my little men, but I also do lots of baking around the holidays.
Since you can’t think of Valentine’s Day without envisioning heart shaped chocolates, let me share with you a simple and fun way to create your own allergy-friendly heart shaped chocolates.
It’s seriously so simple that you’ll find yourself creating these little beauties throughout the year. This recipe is top 8 allergen-free. It’s free of dairy, soy, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, and wheat/gluten.
Tools You’ll Need:
- Heart Shaped Candy Mold (or any other shaped mold)
- Decorating Pen (Or Ziploc baggie with corner cut off)
- Microwave-Safe Bowl
- Depending on how many chocolates you want to make, pour Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips into microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute at 50% power.
- Remove and stir.
- Continue to microwave at 50% power in 15-second increments, stirring in between, until all the chocolate has melted. Takes between 3-4 minutes depending on amount of chocolate and microwave.
- Once the chocolate has melted, pour into decorating pen or Ziploc bag. If using a Ziploc bag, snip off a tiny bit of the corner.
- Using the decorating pen, or Ziploc bag, carefully fill each heart shape with chocolate.
- Once finished, gently tap the candy mold on the counter to evenly distribute the chocolate.
- Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove and turn the candy mold upside down on a clean plate and gently tap on the heart shapes and the chocolates will fall out.
Be sure to read all of your labels. I have found many spices and other products (i.e. garlic powder) that include additional ingredients like soy.
Known Allergy Information (containing the major 8): None
**Disclaimer: Please note that every child’s sensitivity to their given allergen(s) varies. Some of the items that I use do contain “natural flavoring” and “spices” which is hard to determine if it is 100% allergy free. You should always check with the manufacturer to confirm that your child can have their product(s). The products that I list are items that I’ve been using for awhile and have proven to be safe for my boys (their allergies are dairy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish and sesame).**