Chocolate itself is a rare allergen, but few people want to eat raw cacao beans. Allergies to dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, corn, or fruits, however, are all potential roadblocks to giving your sweetheart traditional Valentine's Day candies. Here are some dos and don'ts to consider when you're shopping for allergy-safe Valentine's candy.
Do be wary of filled chocolates, unless you've verified they're free of your allergens. Most pure chocolate is free from nuts and wheat, for example, but fillings are far more likely to contain these allergens.
Don't buy chocolates that indicate they were prepared on the same lines as allergens you're trying to avoid, even if the ingredient list is otherwise safe. Cross-contamination in manufacturing lines can potentially cause reactions.
Do favor chocolates that affirmatively indicate they're free of the allergens you're trying to avoid, if you can find them.
Don't buy assortments that include a mixture of safe and unsafe fillings. Even if they include a legend, it's too easy to make a mistake.
Do consider buying candy from a manufacturer that specializes in making allergy-safe chocolates. Doing so will give you peace of mind.
Do call customer service numbers if you have questions about ingredients or manufacturing lines. Asking before you buy is the safest policy.