A brown belt for Big Guy – not that it’s important
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Peanut-free haystacks
Sunday, 20 Dec, 2009 – 13:24 | Comments Off
Peanut-free haystacks

Yes, it is possible to get sick of chocolate. And after making chocolate fudge, chocolate-raspberry fudge and chocolate cookies, I’d reached that point.
So I decided to give haystacks a try. But definitely not the chocolate …

Egg-free, peanut-free fudge
Friday, 19 Dec, 2008 – 21:06 | Comments Off
Egg-free, peanut-free fudge

I knew marshmallows were supposed to contain egg. I was spoiled, though, the first two years of Big Guy’s egg allergy by having never run into a grocery-store variety with egg in it.
So I blithely …

Product review: Yummy Earth lollipops
Monday, 1 Dec, 2008 – 20:22 | Comments Off
Product review: Yummy Earth lollipops

They’re dye-free, gluten-free, corn-free, peanut-safe and organic. And right about now you’re thinking they’re going to be disgusting, aren’t you?
Wrong. Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops might well be the best on the planet — and the …

Guittard offers peanut-free chocolate
Monday, 1 Dec, 2008 – 0:26 | Comments Off
Guittard offers peanut-free chocolate

Once in a while, my obsessive-compulsive label reading pays off. Saturday was one of those once in a whiles, when I found Guittard chocolate chips.
Baking chips have become a problem as late, as first Hershey …

Simple gifts: Caramel corn need not be disgusting
Saturday, 29 Nov, 2008 – 2:29 | One Comment
Simple gifts: Caramel corn need not be disgusting

Caramel corn is a good gift with a bad reputation spawned by the turbo tins you see everywhere this time of year. I suspect some of them were manufactured when I was in high school.
People …

Trick or treating gets trickier
Sunday, 8 Jun, 2008 – 6:14 | Comments Off

Originally publish Oct. 28, 2007, thehive.modbee.com

When I was a kid, a neighbor who handed out a few marquee candies could win admiration and extra smiles for an entire year M&Ms, Snickers and Reese cups always were high on the list.

As a parent of an allergic kid, I can spot that terrible trio the second we step onto someone’s drive way. At least I’ve learned not to cringe.

Another Halloween, more candy to confiscate.

I’m lucky in a way that Big Guy has been allergic to peanut and egg from virtually the beginning. He’s never eaten Snickers, Reese cups or Three Musketeers, so he doesn’t miss them. He’s used to me sorting his candy the second we get home, so that’s no big deal either.

And there’s always been enough left to keep him