My children go to a church “kids club” every Wednesday night. They love the group and I like it too. For the first time this year, they started serving snacks. I am friends with the lady in charge of snacks and she is so kind to always inform me of what is on the snack calendar. Because I always bring a snack for my son, she asked for some suggestions for large group snacks that are allergy friendly, affordable, and easy to serve in large quantities. Bringing in my own snack gives me more peace of mind, but I do appreciate the sentiment and think it is a good idea to think on such things. As your children may be gearing up for Christmas parties, this list might be useful for those parties as well.
This list includes some, but not all, of the top allergens in every snack, as it is not as common for children to be allergic to all the top foods.*
- Mike Sell’s Puffcorn, Original
- Oreo Cookies
- Teddy Grahams
- Homemade Trail Mix without Nuts (pretzels, sunflower seeds, raisins, other dried fruit, oyster crackers, coconut, marshmallows, etc.)
- Fruit, chopped
- Apple Sauce
- Lunch Meat, diced into chunks
- Fruit Snacks
- Chips & Salsa
- Raw Veggies & Dip
- Hummus with Chips, Veggies
- Cold Cereal (like Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, Cheerios, Lucky Charms)
- Popcorn, Air-popped
- Make-Your-Own Smores (no need to melt) with Graham Crackers, Marshmallows, & Chocolate — allows allergy kids to leave out chocolate or graham crackers
*As always, check all package ingredients every time. You never know when a company may change their ingredients or production lines. You must also take into consideration cross-contamination for homemade snacks.
Are there any group-size, allergy-friendly snacks that you can add to this list?
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