|Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 3:31 am: || |
yummyearth.com candy ingredients page:
|Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 8:28 pm: || |
Kendra, here are some candies that may also work:
Mostly additive free:
Enjoy Life chocolate bars (contains traces of corn in processing)
Some chocolate eggs with colorful frosting at Costco (don't know brand name so check labels)
Completely corn additive free:
Reed's Ginger candies
St. Claire's candies
Kosher for Passover candies (some)
|Posted on Monday, March 15, 2010 - 10:36 am: || |
Kendra, I just read over the information on the web site for yummyearth. It reads very well. The tapioca syrup because of processing could be a question, although it says "no sulfites added" the processing can free up glutamic acid. What are the particular problems with your children. I didn't see that listed. They also say citric acid, not from corn, but from beets. Some have problems with beet sugar since there is a lot of glutamate in beets. I must say this is a very interesting site with what looks like some good options, but it is always a "try it and see thing with all new foods." That may be what you will need to debate with yourself. I hope you can find some candy for your little ones. If all else fails, check out Deb's recipe for homemade chocolates. You can make butter cream centers or peanut butter centers (If your children aren't peanut sensitive) and then dip them in safe chocolate. Instead of ball shapes, you can probably do egg shapes. You could then decorate them with frosting. You can make your own confectioners sugar by food processing regular sugar with a bit of flour, recipe in Deb's book. Good luck and let us know how you make out. Maybe others here will be able to give you more info than I can. By the way, yes I had the same experience with deodorant and I find that my breath is always fresh now as well since eliminating free glutamic acid. Mariann
|Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 3:41 pm: || |
Kendra, I find that I can tolerate the cornstarch in confectioner's sugar as long as I don't eat it often. If you are extremely sensitive, put about 1 and 1/2 cups of cane sugar and 2 T. of flour in the blender, and process until powdery. Taste for smoothness. It will not be as smooth as commercial confectioner's sugar, but it works. My daughter makes blonde brownies and uses an egg shaped cookie cutter to cut them out. The kids love them. She also buys them them swimsuits for their baskets. Sometimes, it's a shorts set for spring and summer.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 5:49 pm: || |
I melt safe chocolate chips (I buy the EnjoyLife chocolate chips), then pour them into candy molds and allow to cool. Then my daughter can have chocolate candy that relates to the holiday. For Easter I just bought flower molds.
|Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 6:01 pm: || |
When mine were little I always included toothbrushes for every holiday (stockings, easter baskets) and sunglasses and swimsuits were always popular for easter baskets. Even before I knew about all the additives, I hated for them to get all candy.
I love the blondies idea (that is our favorite dessert) and the enjoy life chocolate chips and candy bars are usually available in Kroger or larger grocery stores. I've seen the candy molds in Michaels and even Walmart.
Kendra, I totally understand about the ordering. I just moved from the middle of nowhere. I still don't have a trader joe's or whole foods nearby.
The yummy earth candy is very popular with the corn allergic because of the clean label. They had a problem last year with the source of their ascorbic acid, but after complaints were able to find another source that is corn-free.
For Xmas, I made my own candy from a safe cocoa powder (I love this one: http://www.amazon.com/Navitas-Naturals-Chocolate-Organic-16-Ounce/dp/B001E5E0Y2?&camp=212361&linkCode=wey&tag=arcbit-20&creative=380733) with raw honey (use organic honey or trusted local honey since some conventional honey can be contaminated with corn syrup). I added a pinch of ground vanilla beans and salt and just stirred it together. You could use sugar if you wanted, but it is easier to use honey because there is no heating and the consistency is automatically great. I added shredded coconut ( I buy it by the gallon from from tropicaltraditions.com because I know it is safe) to some of it and rolled it into balls. I added pecan halves to some and rolled into football shapes. I added peanut butter to some of it and made it into button shapes. It got rave reviews. The peanut butter was especially popular with the kids.
If anyone is interested, here is a list of corn-free foods: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pbOHAWYuqvDFcCqPaPqmYUw Anything that is corn-free will most likely be free from fga additives of any kind (most are made from corn).
|Posted on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 10:11 pm: || |
Please read my article about the cover-up of hidden MSG and feel free to pass it along to anyone you wish: http://www.naturalnews.com/025066.html
|Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:50 pm: || |
Kendra, Here is the link to the raw cacao powder that we use: http://www.amazon.com/Navitas-Naturals-Chocolate-Organic-16-Ounce/dp/B001E5E0Y2?&camp=212361&linkCode=wey&tag=arcbit-20&creative=380733
My daughter reacts to every other chocolate and cocoa so we tried the raw cacao powder and it works for her. It is really delicious, too. Fresh ginger root is in the produce section of most grocery stores. It is the best stuff ever.
|Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 7:50 pm: || |
I am sending you an email. Let me know if you don't get it.
|Posted on Saturday, March 20, 2010 - 8:23 am: || |
Heirloom seeds: I purchased all of my heirloom seeds from Victory Seed Company this year. They have a great reputation on gardening forums, have a huge selection (for heirloom companies) and their prices were good too. http://www.victoryseeds.com/
So far 99% of the seeds I have planted from them have germinated! I'm growing 6 different heirloom tomato varieties and 5 or 6 different pepper varieties from them this year. They are all growing well and seem very healthy.
What kind of kid recipes are you looking for? Is there a particular recipe you are looking for? I have a 2 year old daughter and she enjoys most (not all) of what we usually cook. I'd be happy to share any of our recipes with you, here is my recipe blog with some of our recipes: http://savoryseasonings.blogspot.com/
Good luck, Emily