thankful our school has a peanut free classroom policy. In theory, that mean no nuts should
ever reach the classroom via treats, snacks or other classroom projects. This does not
however, mean that school functions or even the lunch room is peanut free. There’s at least
one regular classroom party plus a school assembly and other outside parties. Each of these
situations can be like walking through a field of land mines for food allergies.
for a school celebrations. Our school serves treats family style after assemblies or church
gatherings. All of the desserts are laid out on a table with plates to grab treats. Although my
son is now 6 years old, he’s still a kid and can forget to ask before grabbing or ask his teacher
for the for his special treats.
have and demonstrates just how deadly a simple peanut butter cookie can be.
allergy. She knows to carry his Epi-pen with her at all times. Ashlyn was at her son’s last
football game of the year. The coached congratulated the team on fun season, posed for a
few pictures and then shouts “Time to EAT!”
display of colorful treats and football shaped cookies. Her son knows he is allergic to peanuts.
He knows better than to eat food without asking an adult first. He knows he should wait
for his parents. He isn’t one to just grab at food… BUT… He is also just 4 years old. In
all the excitement, kids forget manners, habits and live in the moment.
her son just in time to see him take one bite of a cookie She snatched the cookie
away and immediately suspected it contained peanut butter. She took a bite to confirm her
worst fears. He immediately got hives and started vomiting. She bravely administer the first
epi-pen and called 911.
- 1/2 bag of circular gluten free pretzels (I used EnerG)
- 15 caramel pieces- for Vegan Dairy Free use Forks & Beans
- 1 bag dark chocolate allergen chips (I used Enjoy Life)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees, place a baking sheet lined with parchment paper inside.
- Cut caramel pieces to quarters. Set aside.
- Take very warm baking sheet out oven and turn off.
- Spread out the pretzels on sheet and place a caramel on each one. Place back into oven for 5-10 minutes or until caramel softens.
- Melt chocolate in a dish in the microwave. Melt half of the chips first and then add the remaing half and mix until all melted.
- Pull out the warm caramels and gently press down to fill the pretzel. Turn over and press again if you want a ‘belly button’ shape.
- Coat in chocolate and allow to dry.
- Wrap them in wax paper and enjoy!
more importantly for social situations.
to consider bringing in a NUT FREE treat to help limit the possibility of an allergic
reaction. I know this takes more time (and possibly money) to read the label or to
create a treat using an alternative to peanut butter, like sunflower butter. But it could
help save a child’s life.
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