Everyone needs a little sweetness in life. For those of us with food allergies, safe sweets can be hard to find. Luckily there are some allergy-friendly companies that are making baked goods and candies that are so wonderful even your friends without allergies will want them.
We received more nomination in this category than in any other. †These seven sweets were the top nominees. Vote for your favorite safe treat!
Sweet Alexis Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sweet Alexis makes a variety of baked goods in a dedicated facility free of tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, and dairy. Judging from the number of nominations we received, people love these chocolate chip cookies.
Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans
Surf Sweets candies are made with¬†natural colors and flavors and without corn syrup. Their jelly beans and other candies are made in a dedicated¬†facility free of wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts.
Glee Gum is free of the big eight food allergens, artificial colors and flavors. It is manufactured in a facility free of dairy, eggs, peanuts, wheat, and tree nuts. Glee Gum also makes sugar-free gum sweetened with natural xylitol.
Home Free Cookies
Home Free cookies are made in a dedicated facility free of peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and dairy. In addition, some flavors are also free of soy or are gluten free.
Dare Canada Whippet Cookies
An "icon to the glory of pleasure," Dare Whippet Cookies are a peanut-free, nut-free †Canadian favorite. They are manufactured in a dedicated facility and marked with a special peanut-free logo on the packaging.
Mi-Del Bite Size Caramel Chocolate Cookies
Mi-Del Caramel Chocolate Cookies are gluten-free as well as free of milk, eggs, and artificial colors and flavors. They are not made in a dedicated facility, but are routinely tested to assure absence of gluten.
Sun Cups are organic chocolate cups filled with sunflower butter. They are made in a dedicated gluten-free, nut-free, and peanut-free facility.
Voting is open from February 22, 2012 - March 21, 2012. Winners will be announced March 30. You can vote once per day in each category. For more information about the About.com Reader's Choice Awards, visit awards.about.com