I haven't yet got myself organised for Easter 2014. However, as Easter this year is from Friday 18 to Monday 21 April, I'm optimistic that I still have time to stick to my New Year's resolution to spare myself a frazzled Good Friday dash around Sainsbury's, hunting for the last remaining Kinnerton eggs.
It seems like some of you are already beginning to stock up on nut free Easter chocolate treats. So here's a list of the nut free Easter egg options I've come across so far. This list is compiled from the chocolate brands featured on the Nutmums nut free food directory and the great tips shared on the Nutmums facebook page on Tuesday (big thank you everyone!).
As always, please do check the labels each time and contact the manufacturer if you are at all unsure whether something is safe.
The Cadbury website lists certain chocolate products as "nut absent". Of their many Easter products, only the regular Creme Eggs are shown as nut absent. The mini Creme Eggs and the "Mini Eggs" (the little ones in the shells!), for example, are labelled "may contain nuts".
"Choices" by Celtic Chocolates
Celtic Chocolates do not use nuts in their factory and none of their ingredients contain nuts. Their products are available online from Free From For Kids and I've seen them on the Sainsbury's website too.
D&D Chocolates produce dairy free chocolate and carob, which is also "Gluten Free, Nut Free and Egg Free". There are Easter eggs, mini eggs and lollies (all in either chocolate or carob) available to order from their website.
Holland and Barrett
I've heard that Holland and Barrett sell nut free eggs, however, at the time of typing their website only shows "Eco Eggs" by Montezumas (which "may contain nut traces") and "Hazelnut Crunch" eggs (say no more). It may be that your local branch has nut free eggs in stock. Last year, they were selling nut free Celtic Chocolate "Choices" eggs through their website, so they may yet reappear for 2014.
Think nut free chocolate, think Kinnerton. Famous for their nut safety promise, they produce a range of Easter products (eggs, eggs with buttons, eggs with bars, eggs with mugs, eggs with mugs and plates...) in a variety of different characters (for example, Peppa Pig, Doc McStuffins, Thomas and Something Special).
Luckily, my 3 1/2-year-old son and soon to be 2-year-old daughter are still firmly in the Thomas and Peppa demographic, so I think Kinnerton have probably got it sewn up for our family again this year. For those of you with older children, you might want to check out their adult egg (pictured below), which is dairy, egg, gluten and nut free. According to the Kinnerton website, it's stocked by Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco, although there is limited availability.
Malteser (made by Mars)
As with Cadbury Creme Eggs, with the "Malteaster" range, the nut status varies from product to product. Whilst the Malteaster Bunny 5 pack lists only egg as a "may contain", the Malteaster Luxury Easter Egg, for example, may contain nuts.
Mini Milk have brought out an ice cream van Easter egg this year, which includes four lollipops:
Nut Free Chocolate People
Nut Free Chocolate People make "Delicious chocolates without any nuts or nut traces", available to order from their website. Scroll down on their Seasonal delights page to see their selection of eggs and Easter themed chocolates.
Plamil products are made in their "own factory which never uses dairy, gluten or nuts". They are stocking both full Easter eggs and half eggs for 2014.
Sainsbury's have confirmed that their Freefrom dark chocolate easter egg is nut free.
Tasha's Dairy Free Delights
Tasha’s Dairy Free Delights has a range of handmade Easter chocolates (including some lovely looking Easter gift tins). Tasha’s use both Plamil and Moo Free chocolate. Plamil is a dedicated nut free brand. Moo Free chocolate may contain nut traces. I understand that you can specify that they use Plamil when you place your order.
... Any more?
If I've missed any, please do post a comment below. Happy Easter!