The ingredients (I think?) are in eight different languages in a font size only a seven year old ninja could see (don't ever underestimate the eyesight or hearing of a child) when finally we find the English version staring at us at the very top of the list. "May contain traces of peanuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, pinenuts and every other $#%&!@ nut you wish never ever came into existence." You throw it back like someone just threw a ticking bomb into your hand (the five second rule applies, right? Probably not, so it is always a good idea to wash your hands after incidents like this.)
Oh trust me. I know this mix of anxiety and desperation, which has led to crazily scanning the backs of every foreign chocolate you could possibly find that looks plain and nut-free because you KNOW Hershey doesn't seem to wanna change their soy lecithin policy and those rashes (or worse) from lecithin are just not worth it.
If you have a nut allergy, the risk of anaphylactic shock is always at the forefront of your mind.
Well, after that trip to CVS, you probably feel itchy, annoyed and frustrated. Why does soy lecithin have to be in everything? Well, its an emulsifier and its cheap. *rolls eyes*
I'm here to tell you that you don't have to go through that nonsense anymore.
If you don't already know of the amazing company, Enjoy Life, you must be fairly new to soy allergies or nut allergies, which is okay--Most of us have been there. Enjoy Life sells candy bars,
semisweet chocolate chips for baking, cookies and lots of other yummy goodies in a dedicated soy-free, gluten-free and nut-free facility. Their chocolate is the perfect ingredient for most recipes (I've used it to make cookies and chocolate chip pancakes!) and most of all, it's safe. Buy these chips and make your own chocolate candy at home; this is the safest way to go and your friends and family will definitely thank you for it! Choose your fudge recipe or make fondue--just click on the picture of the soy-free nut-free sweet decadence of your choice for the recipe on my Pinterest page!
If you're looking for something different, Abe's Market is the way to go. But be forewarned; smaller companies are more likely to have undeclared allergens so if you have anaphylaxis to peanut, I'd recommend sticking with Enjoy Life or bigger companies that are a dedicated nut-free facility. Abe's Market also has a lot of gluten-free mixes which are likely safe, but unfortunately we can never be truly sure, even with allergen labeling.
I took some time to read some brand ingredients on the Abe's Market website and here's what I found:
So far, these are all I could find, so feel free to suggest others you know of and love!
Also, here is a recipe for soy-free and nut-free Brownie Hearts by Martha Stewart! Sooo cute!!
Tired of chocolate? Try this Meringue With Chantilly Cream Recipe!!!
If you're on Pinterest, my name on there is Mayashappyplace =) Be sure to add me for my latest recipe finds and so much more! If you're not on there, JOIN - its free and you will find SO many recipes and tips for soy-free and nut-free living as well as alot of Do It Yourself (DIY) projects, which I love.