San Diego Bakery Re-Introduces Their Allergen-Free Sugar Cookies as Alternative Halloween Treats

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Starry Lane Bakery owner Jaime Schwartz re-introduces sugar cookies to parents to be used as healthier substitutes for Halloween candy treats. Starry Lane's mission is to rid the fear of allergic reactions brought on by nuts, dairies and gluten often experienced by young children, children like 2-year old Brennan Maltbey from Wisconsin.

“Halloween is a rite of passage for many children. It’s very isolating for them to be left out of activities that all of their friends and neighbors are engaging in just because they have allergies,” Schwartz says.

She explains, “Most of the candy given out at Halloween either contains known allergens or is contaminated by them. Almost all chocolate uses soy lecithin as a binder, so these could be potential allergy triggers as well.”

Halloween is an occasions when children are exposed to many dangerous allergens. These include makeup, dusty costumes, fog machines, and candy treats. The US Department of Health and Human Services prepared a report indicating many possible allergy risks during this time and the most common risks are the ingredients gelatin, tree nuts and peanuts found in candies.

Parents are advised to look into the ingredients of all the Halloween treats their kids will receive. This is very important if a child is allergic to tree nuts or peanuts as many candies have these ingredients. It is also possible that these candies were made in a room or with machinery that was exposed to these ingredients commonly used in manufacturing confections. It is recommended for candies without a list of ingredients to be thrown out or given away.

Schwartz states, “Many parents of kids with food allergies have come up with alternative coping strategies for their children such as replacing collected candy with safe candy or going on a family activity instead of trick-or-treating.”

“As an alternative, parents of allergic children can celebrate an allergen-free Halloween by giving out allergen-safe treats,” she points out.

Starry Lane Bakery offers allergen-free baked goodies that are perfect as Halloween treats including their very popular gluten free sugar cookies. Originally presented with simple white sugar frosting, these famous gluten free cookies can be custom-designed for special occasions, like Halloween. Customers can ask for these cookies to be shaped like pumpkins or witch’s hats.

“Our sugar cookies have always been our store’s best seller. These gluten free cookies can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. to be enjoyed by our customers outside of San Diego,” Schwartz says.

She adds, “This is ideal for out of state customers who are looking for allergen-free goodies for October 31.”

The San Diego Bakery also offers chocolate orange biscotti, which has the perfect colors for a tasty Halloween treat. Their sweet orange macaroon is another goodie available that’s perfect as a candy treat substitute.

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