Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Yes, You Can Have Chocolate!

I admit it. I am a chocoholic. So naturally it’s a high priority for me to find allergen-free chocolate products. The good news is, that even if you are allergic to eggs and milk and soy and wheat, you too can still have chocolate!

One of the things you will notice about the suggestions I share here is that when there’s a choice between vanilla and chocolate, I choose chocolate. When there’s an option to add ingredients to baked goods, I add chocolate chips. Heck, I add chocolate chips even if the recipe doesn’t suggest it.

And the chocolate chips I use?

My favorite allergy-free chocolate chips are Tropical Source from Sunspire. Make sure you buy the package that is labeled ‘dairy and gluten-free’. The ingredient list is simple: evaporated cane juice, unsweetened cocoa butter, soy lecithin, and ground vanilla beans.

Even those allergic to soy protein will likely be okay with the soy lecithin. Soy lecithin is a by-product of soybean oil. Most food allergies are to the proteins in the food. Check with your doctor if you’re not sure!


AllergyMentor said...

Unfortuneatley we are allergic to chocolate now, which is hard on a chocoholic mama! I was alarmed by the 'may contain' label on the suspire carob chips, so I am happy to hear that the chocolate chips are allergy safe. HomeFree also offers some very tasty chocolate chips that are allergy safe, and it is a company founded by an allergy mama like us. We moms will find a way to put chocolate back into life! ;)

Colette said...

Allergy Mama -- Oh no!! Life without chocolate... I feel for you!