Easter Aches: Alternatives for Allergy Sufferers

Image Source: NY Daily News / Andrew Schwartz
Image Source: NY Daily News / Andrew Schwartz

Don’t let food allergies ruin you Easter festivities. Whether you are the host or the one who suffers from allergies, you’ll be glad you stumbled upon this article for ways to avoid your celebration being ruined. There are plenty of sweet treats for those with gluten, dairy, nut and food dye intolerances without losing any of the taste.

All it takes is a little planning to make sure you have the goods on hand a head of time. Did you know there are so many gluten free dessert options now? You can get them in the form of macarons, marshmallow chicks and more. It just takes a bit of research. Go nuts with nut-free Easter egg-shaped sugar cookies or get your faux chocolate fix with a vegan peanut butter Easter bunny. If you are the host, you can ask your guests ahead of time if they have allergies, but it is always a good idea to keep some of these items (especially gluten-free) on hand in case someone shows up with a plus one who has allergies.

If you are a guest with allergies, it isn’t impolite to show up with your own cookies, or dessert if you know you have a food allergy. Just make sure to let the host know why you aren’t having any of the cake she slaved away to make.

Food allergies affect nearly 15 million Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and that number is on the rise. “Everyone knows the anticipation and pure bliss of digging through your Easter basket, but what if you were allergic to sugar, dairy or even chocolate? It wouldn’t make for a very festive holiday,” says Jodi Feinhor-Dennis, who started a confection company which specializes in dairy-free goodies that feature tasty flavor combinations from a mix of ingredients like coconut, almond, sea salt, mint lime and vanilla chai.

Happy Easter!

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