When it comes to large holiday gatherings and food allergies, only you can determine your comfort level with the host and his or her ability to manage
food allergies. Hosts often have the best intentions, but simply don’t understand how easily foods may be cross contaminated by using the same serving plates or serving utensils. I generally always offer to bring a dessert since my daughter has a peanut allergy and desserts are often the most likely place to find peanuts in a meal. I always try to do something to make the dessert look a bit different from any other desserts that may be available to help insure that there is no confusion. This could simply be adding some colorful sprinkles to a batch of brownies or doing something more creative like this recipe for Chocolate Scotcheroos which uses sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter: http://sunbutter.com/recipes/scotcheroos/ (the Vermont Nut Free company has a fantastic selection of baking chips, including butterscotch). This recipe has become a favorite among even the most hardcore peanut butter fans and a mainstay in my house not only during the holidays, but throughout the year!
Please feel free to share some ideas with our food allergy community! As we pack up our Halloween decorations and look ahead to the winter months, we wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season!
Here are links to five other articles that provide helpful tips for food allergies and the holidays: