Pandemic or not, love is always in the air come Valentine’s Day. Allergic Living rounds up the best of the allergy-friendly Valentine offerings to delight your bubble buddies during these stay-at-home times.
We’ve got two lists that follow:
- List No. 1 is our candy list, devoted to treats made without top allergens, with many (as noted) are produced in dedicated facilities.
- List No. 2 has our top picks of fun and food-free treats for every age.
Made in a dedicated, Top 8-free facility, chocolate from Amanda’s Own is just the thing for your sweethearts this Valentine’s Day. Choose a bag of individually wrapped chocolates, in pink, multi-color or food-allergy appropriate teal (made in partnership with FAACT), and brighten everyone’s day.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten, lupine, mustard, sesame and sulphites
Available via Amandasown.com (U.S. & Canada).
Amore di Mona
Made from high-quality dark chocolate, these elegant bonbons are perfectly suited to adult tastes. The fact that the kids might let our more sophisticated palates indulge, plus the fact that they’re Top 8-free, is exactly why we love them.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, corn, gluten, lupine and sesame
Available at major U.S. retailers such as Whole Foods Market and select Nordstrom Ebar locations. Also via Amoredimona.com and Amazon.com/amoredimona (U.S. & Canada).
Enjoy Life Foods
Snack smart, but deliciously, on Valentine’s Day with brownie-inspired Cocoa Loco Soft Baked Chewy Bars from Enjoy Life Foods. Top 8-free and made without refined sugars, these are a must if you’ve got chocolate on the brain.
For A+ reviews from the family, go one step further and make Allergic Living’s heart-shaped cake with chocolate ganache or some dipped strawberries using Enjoy Life Foods’ chocolate chips, chunks or morsels.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, casein, gluten, lupine, mustard, sesame and sulfites
Available at major U.S. retailers including Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s and, in Canada, at Loblaws and Metro. Also via Enjoylifefoods.com (U.S. only) and, in Canada, via Amazon.ca and Well.ca.
If your cravings veer toward sweet heat, you’ll want to stock up on Gimbal’s Cinnamon Lovers Gourmet Jelly Beans. Made with real cinnamon oil, these Top 8-free candies pack an addictive, fiery punch.
No Whey! Foods
If you’re looking for gifting greatness, meet No Whey! Foods’ chocolate-filled gilded hearts. Packed with luscious, Top 8-free chocolates and truffles, in flavors including Grand Marnier Ganache, Mint Cream and Raspberry Ganache, the Everything Good Heart is a sure way to make your sweetie feel special.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten and sesame
Available via Nowheychocolate.com (U.S. & Canada)
Eaten straight out of the package or used for baking, Pascha’s Vegan White Bar is a favorite, Top 8-free treat that’s also made in a dedicated facility. Each dairy-free bar is made with organic rice milk, organic cocoa butter and more. Available individually or in packs of 5 or 10, you’ll want to stock up on these luscious, vanilla-scented bars for the months ahead.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, celery, gluten, lupine, mustard, sesame and sulfites
Available at major U.S. retailers such as Kroger, Natural Market and Whole Foods Market. Also via Amazon.com and Pascha.com (U.S. only)
Fill little hands with treats, and little hearts with love, with a special Valentine’s Day gift bag from Safe Sweets. Each Chocolate “Be Mine” Heart Bag comes with 8 individually wrapped chocolate hearts produced in a dedicated nut-and dairy-free facility.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, gluten and sesame. (Marshmallow products contain soy.)
Available via Safesweets.com (U.S. only)
Made in a dedicated facility, aside from allergens, these fruity bears do not contain artificial flavors, colors or high-fructose corn syrup. Sweetened with organic fruit juice and organic cane sugar, these bright bears pack a fruity punch the whole family will love.
Free of: Top 8 allergens and gluten
Available via Wholesomesweet.com (U.S. only)
The new line of vegan dark chocolate truffles from That’s it is the Top-8-free indulgence you and your COVID valentine crave. The truffles come in four fruit-filled flavors, including Dark Chocolate Banana and Dark Chocolate Fig. They’re made from only four organic ingredients, and each delectable morsel delivers the kind of chocolaty jolt you want come Valentine’s Day.
Vermont Nut Free
Perusing Vermont Nut Free’s website is enough to make any chocoholic’s heart sing. From the company’s assorted boxes to a selection of barks, caramels and an enticing Valentine array, there’s a peanut- and nut-free surprise for every recipient on your list. Lil’ Sweetheart Gift Packs, each with 15 mini chocolate hearts, the cutest of heart pops and a crispy chocolate bar, are ideal for your dearest little darlings.
Free of: peanuts and tree nuts
Available via Vermontnutfree.com (U.S. & Canada)
Host an indoor scavenger hunt by stashing individual bags of YumEarth’s Organic Valentine’s Day Giggles around your home. Made in a dedicated, Top 8-free facility, each box comes with 10 or 15 seasonal bags of treats in lemon, orange, green apple, strawberry and grape flavors. Write a sweet note on each bag and watch the kids delight in revealing each one.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten and sesame
Available at major U.S. retailers such as Target, Wegmans and Whole Foods Market. Also via Yumearth.com (U.S. only)
If you prefer a sweets-free Valentine’s – or a gift to complement one of the candy selections above – Allergic Living has got you covered. Following is our 2021 list of great food-free treats for every age. Gift these trendy treats and the kids’ adoration will know no bounds.
If you’ve got kids who thrive on all things cute, glittery, colorful or bejeweled, iScream is a lifesaver. You’ll find pages of items to browse, each filled with decor details, fashion finds, stationary staples and more. Whether you need cute masks for the kids or want to surprise them with a slew of heart-shaped treats, iScream has it all. Pair Hearts Bath Confetti with a Smiley Heart Embroidered Sticker Patch for a one-of-a-kind gift.
Kid Made Modern
Gift this kit and watch the hours magically melt away. With washi tape, sticker gems, glitter, googly eyes, fuzzy stickers, colored paper and more, Kid Made Modern’s Valentine’s Day Craft Kit offers hours of crafting fun in one convenient spot.
Plan an indoor beach party celebration with the surprise of mesmerizing Kinetic Sand. For a special Valentine’s Day gift, choose a Secret Smash tin, complete with your own personalized message. The non-toxic product is 98% sand, and 2% dimethicone (a silicone) and olive oil.
Choose among neon pink, blue, red or purple sand and gift the kids (over age 3), and yourself, hours of calm.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten, sesame, corn, and latex
Available via Kineticsand.com (U.S. only).
Kiss Freely’s heart-shaped lip glosses bear sweet messages and impart a subtle shine. Free of the Top 8 allergens, each 3-pack can be divided up or given as is. In need of more charming treats? You can also buy Kiss Freely’s Valentine’s Day conversation lip glosses in packs of 10 or 20.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten, sesame, corn, sunflower seeds, beeswax, coconut, shea butter, parabens, petroleum and phthalates.
Available via Kissfreely.com (U.S. & Canada).
Kids will jump at the chance to write Valentine notes with Etch Art Valentines from Mello Smello. Perfect for giving to family members or for coronavirus-safe dropoffs to friends. Choose from unicorns to sharks or zoo animals. Then the kids can get creative, etching the surface to reveal each beautiful image.
Available via Amazon.com (U.S. only).
Few gifts are as Valentine’s Day appropriate as Ooly’s Heart to Heart Stacking Crayons. Will kids spend more time rearranging, clicking, and shuffling their new toy than coloring? They just might, but that’s half the fun.
Stay home in ultimate comfort with super cute PJs from Primary. Made of OEKO-Tex certified fabric, each Primary garment is free of more than 300 chemicals and known irritants. Organic Sunburst Heart PJs, in sizes for the whole family, will help everyone have a happy, love-filled day.
Available at Primary.com (U.S. only).
Bonus! Allergy-Friendly Valentine’s Desserts:
Vanilla Heart Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate Brownie Hearts with Raspberry Buttercream
Triple Chocolate Brownie Cones