Today I would like to welcome my friend Karon Thackston of  glutenfreeproductlist.comkaron-78x72

Karon is guest blogging for me today, and she has some really good information for you here.   She has some great ideas on Gluten Free Easter Baskets.  Karon has a very informative website full of  everything gluten free.  Thank you Karon for sharing your expertise on gluten free Easter baskets.

Living gluten free can be hard for adults, but if you have kids with Celiac disease, the challenge is even greater. With so many things they can’t enjoy with their friends, you might feel like the Wicked Witch of the West for saying “no” so often. Christmas cookies are out. S’mores are off limits. Boisterous birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese’s are a no-no. Even the kid-food staple, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, carries a serious risk if not carefully prepared using only gluten free ingredients.

Easter, the Gluten Free Holiday

 There is one holiday that lets you be Super Mom, though – Easter. Do you remember the baskets the Easter bunny used to bring when you were little? They were probably full of chocolate rabbits, Tootsie Rolls, and Marshmallow Peeps. You didn’t know it at the time, but those sweet treats are all gluten free. In fact, so are lots of popular candies, which makes Easter a very happy holiday for your gluten intolerant children.

A gluten free Easter basket can be stuffed with all these favorites: Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Marshmallow Peeps, Junior Mints, Sugar Babies, Tootsie Pops and Tootsie Rolls, Baby Ruth, Bit-O-Honey, Goobers, and Raisinets. Aside from the obvious sweet choices, don’t forget that a well-planned Easter basket can contain other items as well. Small toys, books, and other gifts are a fun addition.

However, if you purchase from a mainstream store, remember that even gluten free candies are at risk for cross contamination if they are produced in factories which also make foods containing wheat, rye, or barley. In the United States, food manufacturers are required to indicate the possibility of cross contamination on the label, so be sure to take the time to carefully check each item before including it in your child’s basket. You can also contact the candy manufacturers if you have questions.

Gluten Free Easter Baskets without All the Work

Easter is just around the corner. This year it falls on April 4, 2010.  If you don’t have the time to build your own gluten free Easter basket, or if you’re planning on giving the basket as a gift and would rather stick with “certified” gluten free products, then purchasing a premade basket is the best choice. You’ll find a lot of options on the Internet, but use caution. Just because an item is gluten free doesn’t make it a good choice.

Many manufacturers have tried to redesign traditional favorites into gluten free alternatives by substituting ingredients. Sometimes the results are delicious, but often what you end up with is not only expensive, but nearly inedible. No gluten free Easter basket is going to be well-received if the treats don’t taste good. The safest and least time-consuming alternative is to shop sites that only offer top-rated gluten free products. You’ll save yourself, and your little ones, a lot of disappointment on Easter morning.

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