The Best Snacks for Kids with Food Allergies

We put gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free treats and products to the test. Here, our favorite picks for kids with food allergies.

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Courtesy of Vermont Nut Free

Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

There's no telling which nuts may lurk within a box of chocolates -- that is, unless they're Vermont Nut Free Chocolates, which are all produced in a completely nut-free facility so there's no risk of cross-contamination.

Good for: Kids with peanut and tree nut allergies
Find it: At specialty stores and online

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LesserEvil Krinkle Sticks

Even though potatoes are safe for people with gluten allergies, potato chips aren't always (some seasonings may contain gluten). Our testers loved this tasty solution from LesserEvil: a totally gluten-free potato snack called Krinkle Sticks, with a "crunchy, airy texture." With only 2.5 grams of fat per serving (and no trans or saturated fats), these sticks are a healthy, safe chip swap. Available in Cheddar, Veggie, Sour Cream & Onion and Original Sea Salt!

Good for: Kids with gluten allergies
Find it: At select grocery and specialty food stores nationwide

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Courtesy of Cherrybrook Kitchen

Cherrybrook Kitchen Mixes

These yummy box mixes come in 10 different peanut-, dairy-, egg-, and nut-free varieties (everything from brownies to pancakes) and seven gluten-free mixes. Even better, they're super easy to whip up and taste so good you'll hardly notice they're allergy-free. As one tester/baker noted, "it took less than five minutes to get the chocolate chip cookies in the oven, and I couldn't stop licking the bowl while cleaning up!"

Good for: Kids with gluten, dairy, egg, and nut allergies
Find it: At select grocery and health food stores nationwide and their online shop

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Courtesy of Snikidy Snacks

Snikiddy Snacks Puffs

These organic and gluten-free puffs (they're made from corn) come in fun flavors like "Pizza Pie," "Grilled Cheese," and "Rockin' Ranch" -- and our testers devoured them all. One called them "a totally delicious snack."

Good for: Kids with gluten allergies
Find it: At select retailers (check their Web site for a full list)

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Courtesy of Enjoy Life Foods

Enjoy Life Natural Brands Granola

Perfect for breakfast or an after-school snack, Enjoy Life's granola is made from brown rice instead of other grains, making it a delish treat for kids with gluten allergies. It's also totally nut-free. One tester noted that it's not quite as crunchy as regular granola, but still had great cinnamon-y taste. Also available in Very Berry Crunch and Cranapple Crunch.

Good for: Kids with gluten and nut allergies
Find it: At select grocery and health food stores nationwide

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