Safe Snack Guide

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List of Snacks Free of Peanuts, Tree Nuts and Eggs
to Keep These Allergens Out of the Classroom and Your Home

Below is a link to our list of commonly available snacks that we continually update throughout the year. The list is intended as a guide for schools, youth sports leagues, scouting groups, clubs, parties, play dates and other events where snacks may be consumed in the presence of children with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts or eggs.

School Map Social Media This list provides an effective tool for thousands of schools seeking to enforce their allergen exclusion policies and is relied upon by tens of thousands of parents, teachers and school nurses nationwide.

Before you rely on any snack list or compile your own, understand that it due to flaws in US labeling rules, it is impossible to tell whether a product is safe from the label alone. We spend a great deal of time checking labels, researching products,  and contacting manufacturers to keep this guide up to date, and we have recently introduced an initiative whereby we partner with directly with manufacturers to have them provide us with information regarding the exposure of each of their products to 11 allergens during manufacture.

How the Safe Snack Guide is Organized

The Guide is grouped into categories including:

Pretzels Rice Snacks Peanut Butter Alternatives Chocolate
Popcorn Crackers Cakes/Muffins Candy
Cheese Snacks Corn Chips Granola/Trail Mixes Flours/Mixes
Potato Chips Cookies Nutrition/Cereal Bars Frozen Desserts

Entries may carry a special designation as follows:

  • Items with a green check mark () insignia are explicitly advertised by their manufacturers as peanut, tree nut and egg-free on their packaging, in promotional literature, on their website, or in writing to us;
  • Items with a green triangle () insignia are explicitly advertised as peanut and tree nut free, but contain egg or are manufactured in a facility that processes egg;
  • Items listed in boldface have been verified as free of these allergens by direct participation of their respective manufacturers in the SnackSafely.com Manufacturer Partnership Initiative.

Each copy of the Guide is stamped with 3 dates located at the top of the front page:

  • The date the content was last updated;
  • The date this copy was downloaded from our site;
  • The date this copy expires. After this date you are encouraged to download a fresh copy to ensure that you never rely on information that is out of date.

Part of Your School’s Policy to Prevent Anaphylaxis

Many schools have no policies regarding snacks in the classroom leaving children with food allergies at risk of contact reactions including anaphylaxis. Still others rely on lists that are old, outdated or assume that the consulting the label alone is sufficient to ensure that a food product is safe. We encourage schools to adopt our guide as part of their respective allergen exclusion policies.

We have a number of resources that can be used in conjunction with this guide to help drive school policy:

  • Why Your Child Can’t Bring Peanut Butter to School (And What You Can Do About It) – This is a widely distributed open letter to parents which describes the need for allergen bans in a non-confrontational manner. We encourage you to use it as a template for your child’s specific circumstances and ask the school to distribute it to fellow parents;
  • A Moms Perspective: A Guide to Registering Your Food Allergic Child for Kindergarten – This is our complete guide to engaging your school on behalf of a child with food allergies. Even if your child is older, this article suggests many policies that should be adopted by schools to help protect children from anaphylaxis.
  • Tools for Schools – Everything a teacher, school nurse, principal or PTA organization needs to implement a successful nut-free classroom policy. Resources include website badge, emergency action plan template, nut-free school/classroom signs, etc.

Subscribe for Updates and Product Advisories!

We update this guide frequently and encourage you to subscribe via e-mail to make sure you don’t miss out on important product advisories, new additions or new features. We do not share e-mail addresses with third parties and generally restrict our mailings to 2-3 times per month. Simply use the form at the top right to subscribe.

Warning

Even though a great deal of time is invested researching and keeping the Guide up to date, never rely upon it as a sole resource for protecting a child with food allergies. Always read the label before purchasing a product because manufacturers may change their ingredients and processes at any time.

Your use of the Safe Snack Guide means that you have read and understand the disclaimers and warnings on the front page and agree to the Terms of Service. It is always up to the parent or guardian to consult with the manufacturer and make the final determination that a snack is safe for their child!

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42 Responses to Safe Snack Guide

  1. Starstarfish says:

    I agree with the sentiment that while the severity of the reaction to some allergens might generally be stronger, that varies from person to person. There are some kids who react as strongly to things besides nuts or eggs, like fish or shellfish. But you don’t see a ban on tuna (Which would be easy to add, how many kids seriously like it.)

    If we are going to embrace a no-allergy policy, we should work against the top 8. Not focus on peanuts at the exclusion of other concerns.

  2. lisa says:

    Hi I just found out my daughter is allergic to milk, soy and eggs and im lost on what she can eat. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Mary says:

    I have a suggestion. Why not divide the cafeteria with one of those accordian type dividers? They are not expensive. Have those that allergic to something on one side and those that are not on the other side? Each can have what they need and prefer to eat.

    I see and understand both sides and wonder if this could be a good compromise?

  4. Janet says:

    What about safe cereals? Can you add that too?

    • Dave says:

      We’re working on it! See the entries from Enjoy Life and Freedom Foods. Contact your favorite cereal manufacturer and ask them to join our Manufacturer Partnership Program!

  5. Cheryl says:

    This is a great site! I have a child that is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, barley and has Oral Allergy Syndrome. It is a constant struggle to find safe foods and have him eat healthy. Thank you for being a resource

  6. Mag says:

    I just want to know if there are any safe Candy Canes for kids with peanut/tree nut…..Anyone????

    Thanks!!!!!!

  7. Miss N says:

    Two things one: Just because your kid isnt diagnosed could just mean they have a neglectful dr, as I had.
    Now I am diagnosed with dairy, peanut, walnut, casein, corn, tomato, tilapia, shellfish and other allergies. So you may one day be on the other side of the fence, are you still going to feel the few dont matter when they are getting in life threatening states. Although I would have preferred to be diagnosed then, get hives, turn red and purple, shake,, vomit, faint and suffer from abdomenal pains that caused me to eat lunch in the girl’s bathroom out of embarrassment, if more people were aware of allergy signs I might have been sent to the hospital the times I fainted in school, instead of feeling sick, embarrassed and uncomfortable til as a teenager I reached an allergy so bad I left school.
    2nd: allergy suffers are no more happy about giving up foods, show a little sensitivity Beth & the arrogant masses who think like her. One day you may be watching a grandchild with an allergy hooked up to oxygen and rushed to the ER due to a reaction and I doubt you will think so little of the safeties put in place for the few (which by the way is a few million, yes million allergy sufferers worldwide) Some are not peanut allergies, some are not the most common but yes there is a high rate of allergies in the world, just because you have been sheltered thus far, does not mean it will be forever and when a loved one is ill, you may rethink inconivence.

    • Natalie says:

      It is never fun too have to restrict your child’s diet because it makes them sick. It doesn’t help that manufacturers are not required to label foods as having trace allergens or manufactured in a facility that also manufactures said allergens (I’ve complained to the FDA who recommends going to local government for that change to happen).

      It also isn’t fun for your own children to have to accompany you to the ER for severe allergy attacks.

  8. Ada says:

    I love this site as it helps make decisions for my kids school bday.
    My only complaint about reading the comments is that those with allergies need to be sensitive to those without also. I was told by a teacher I cannot let my son eat peanut butter or eat nuts at home anymore due to his classmates allergy. They complained his breath smelled and could cause problem.
    There are limits you know!

    • J says:

      Dear Ada,
      There are so many other choices of food to serve your son when he is around nut allergic children. Possibly choose to serve peanuts/ nuts to your child at evening meals & weekends were he will have washed hands & face / brushed teeth so there is no accidental exposure to another. Some nut allegies are airborn. I don’t think anyone would want to cause a fatality over a peanut sandwich. People don’t just get a rash – they can die.

  9. Heather says:

    I am lucky, my children have no food allergies, but a child in my daughter’s class has a peanut allergy. We are also lucky that this child only reacts when they consume peanut products. I came across this list while looking for safe snacks to send in for the classroom and am so glad I found it. I will definitely be sharing this site with my family as I have a young cousin with severe food allergies, eggs, dairy and nuts. For those of you complaining, whining and pouting about your kids not getting to have their PB&J at school shame on you. You are horrible. I wish you could experience one day of what these children go through just to stay alive.

  10. Lindy says:

    I am sorry that some of you think that you or your children are being inconvenienced by nuts being banned at school. Having a grandson allergic to tree nuts is a full time battle keeping him safe. Put yourself in the place of these parents instead of whining. This is a teaching moment for your own healthy children in empathy and consideration for others. Eating a trigger food is just the tip of the iceberg for any of these allergies. Think about something as simple as stopping at a Subway for a “safe” sandwich and not realizing that the person making that sandwich (with gloves on) had recently handed another customer a macadamia cookie. Then imagine a four year old breaking out in hives, iching, crying, vomiting, eyes puffed and closing, and finally choking and gasping for air ten minutes after eating some of his nut free/safe list sandwich. No one is thrilled to live like this, so get over yourself and be thankful you don’t have to constantly scrutinize every single thing your child comes in contact with. Be thankful that you can send him/her off to school and know that whatever he eats without you around won’t send him into anaphylactic shock without you being there to help him.

  11. Lili says:

    OK seriously, some of these comments are so ridiculous I can’t even believe the ignorance. My child has a SEVERE peanut/tree nut allergy, wears a medic alert bracelet, carries an epipen, benedryl (as does everyone else that cares for her grandparents, friends, school classroom, lunchroom, girl scout leader, coaches…) She knows how to use her epipen. Just because she has one and carries it with her DOES NOT mean we want her to have to use it, because someone else sent their child to school with nuts and there was cross contamination. REALLY???

  12. Michele says:

    @beth
    Ridiculous comments….we vaccinate kids from diseases that possibly kill….why not protect kids from a food that can kill?
    What about the kids that aren’t aware they have the allergy and get exposure?
    I am GF and have a GF child…I think all public places should be nut free for sure…

  13. Yolonda says:

    The above comments show just how ignorant and uneducated people are. Being allowed to eat peanut butter in school is not an American right just like smoking cigarettes in public isn’t a right. Children can die from being exposed to peanut butter/nuts!!! It’s a shame that us parents with children who have serious allergies have to fight with other parents so our children can be safe!!! If it was your child you would feel differently!!! My child is more important than a lunch preference!!!

  14. Sana says:

    I would like to say to those parents who do not have a child with any allergies to such things as peanuts and eggs etc….you have no idea what that’s like I found out my baby who is 2 is allergic to peanuts and how wrong things can go if she comes in contact with peanut products and the night I had to rush her to the emergency room with anaphylaxis so please don’t judge and try to understand if it were your child would u feel the same and u will never know unless u are in our shoes we should all have the right to protect our children and if that means leaving out such foods that cause these allergic reactions so be it it’s a life and death situation and seconds count so before being judgmental read the facts on anaphylaxis and then ask yourself what you would want

  15. Nicole says:

    For those that are against the no peanut policy in schools; I was just like you. I thought why should my daughter not be allowed to have a peanut butter sandwich just because a few are allergic. Then I had my son and at 4 months I almost lost him all beacause of a peanutbutter sandwich (we had no knowledge of his allergy until this incident). With out my consent my niece gave my son a bite of her sandwich which he actually didnt even swallow he spit it out. With in seconds his eyes swelled shut and he was gasping for air. Luckly for me the hospital was across the street and they were able to stop the anaphylactic reaction. My son is so allergic to peanuts that all he has to do is touch a surface that contains microscopic peanut protiens on it and he will have a severe reaction. Every school day I worry if my son will be exposed and go into anaphlatic shock and possibly die. It scares me how naive I was of this horrable allergen and to think that there are thousand of others out there just like i was carelessly exposing my child to poison because they don’t understand the severity of the allergy. Please Don’t hate the no peanut policy. we just want are children to be safe at school, just like yours.

  16. Beth Taylor says:

    I do not agree with stopping other kids from eating foods that they are not allergic to at school. Peanut butter is a stable of American school lunches. There are times when is May be the only lunch at home to be made, but you would rather they eat a groverment paid for lunch, then one bought for and earned by these children’s family’s. What is good for the few, is most often not good for the many. Our school has gone Nut-Free, without asking the parents of our school dist. What they want or think about this policy, this is wrong in a free America, this is where we talk about what is right and best for all, not just the few.

    • Megan Wooden says:

      Beth Taylor — I’m so sorry to hear that you feel that way. Your comments indicate your children have no food allergies; I am happy for you because the food allergy life style can be very stressful and emotionally taxing. Ultimately though, I’m glad you are “here” on this site learning more about food allergies. Maybe this link will be of interest to you:
      http://snacksafely.com/2011/11/why-your-child-cant-bring-peanut-butter-to-school/
      -Megan

    • Johanna Luna says:

      You clearly do not understand that a child could die from coming in contact with peanut butter. Sorry for intruding on your deep American heritage but you post is really insensitive

    • Beth Taylor and others with her mentality, you are ridiculous! So, instead of having your child eat something like a Sunbutter and jelly sandwich (made from sunflowers seeds and very much like PB) to ensure the safety of their friends/classmates/schoolmates… you’d rather make someone ill or die? You couldn’t be more selfish! I would give my life to save another’s child… no one is asking you to give your life though… just don’t send something to school that could hurt another child… you know, like how we ban GUNS and knives and other weapons from school that can harm people? Wait, maybe traumatizing your child is what you want. Imagine the emotional damage that will happen when YOUR child witnesses a child get exposed to their allergen… that child starts to salivate everywhere, mucous from the nose and eyes watering, it looks like they are choking as they begin to turn red, then, they violently, projectile vomit everywhere as their tiny little body tries desperately to get rid of the toxin they came in contact with, they start to turn purple as they are gasping to get air through their swelling and closing throat. Hives appear on their faces and bodies… they don’t look like they did just a minute ago… it’s scary. Then, their blood pressure drops and this tiny, innocent child collapses. If someone is trained with the EpiPen and gives it, everyone will pray it works… but sadly, EpiPen can be given in a timely manner and it WON’T work… the child will still die. The next day, week, month… your child will ask: Mommy… how come my friend isn’t in school any more? What do you mean he/she’s in heaven? Why did you make me bring that peanut butter sandwich to school? Yeah… I’ve watched my son have reactions… it’s NOT pretty and is very traumatizing for the child it happens to AND the people around him/her. Grow up and realize it’s ALL of our responsibility to keep ALL of the children safe… or are you the type of parent that protests the ramp being built for the child in the wheelchair too? Pitiful!

    • Lori says:

      Beth, it is a shame that you feel this way. It is too bad that peanut butter is such a staple in your home that you cannot think of other healthy foods to send with your child for lunch. Keeping your child from having a peanut butter sandwich for lunch will NOT kill your child, but sending peanut butter (or any treenut butter) into a school with an allergic child could kill that child.. put yourself into the shoes of the parent that has to send a child off to a school environment that could risk their life because of other ignorant parents who would rather not be inconvenienced. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  17. Norma says:

    This is a great start…but I agree with the other posters, this would be a great help if all of the 8 were included!

  18. Pat says:

    I am forced to use this because of the school that my children attend. I feel sorry for kids these days, No homemade treats Ridiculous…why don’t we ban them from eating anything at all at school.

    • Nicole says:

      Are you serious? Are you aware that one out of 15 children suffer from food allergies and can die as a result from accidental ingestion! Make whatever you want in your own home but ALL kids have the right to be safe while in school.

      • Geneva says:

        I’m new to Peanut/Tree nut Free policy! I hate! Parents with children with peanut allergies, how do you take them out in public? Do you have them wear a mask to go to stores and restaurants?

        I do have a son with allergies and carries an epi pen and knows how to use it!

    • Diane says:

      We are just trying to keep our children safe and alive.

    • Shannon says:

      I actually think that all food related snacks should be banned from, for example, birthday parties at school. There are a million other “favors” that can be handed out. Also, my son is severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and eggs and could die from peanut/peanut products. I spent ten years as a public school teachers and I can attest to you that the teachers and admin are not always on top of things. I think having bans – anything to keep these kids safe – is a great thing. We make accommodations for so many things, why not food allergies? Also, this is considered a DISABILITY by law. It’s amazing how many people lack compassion but want it for themselves if something happened to them.

  19. Kathy says:

    Just learned of this website and Safe snack list! This is fantastic! I have a child with a Peanut and egg allergy. This is a great resource!

  20. Erin says:

    This list is amazing, I also agree, would it be possible to create one with the 8 major allergens. Having a son with severe allergies to more than just nuts, I would love to have this list. I would not let him eat anything brought into school by others anyway, but at least I wouldn’t worry about their crumbs and hands.

  21. amy says:

    I love to see such an easy guide to share with classroom parents/teachers. However, as a mother of son with a severe dairy allergy– it is not so useful for us. It would be great to include the 8 major allergens in a list like this, to make the guide even more useful and user friendly for classrooms with multiple allergies.

    • Lee says:

      I AGREE. We are dairy free, nut and treenut free, egg free, some seeds and shellfish. It would be great for the schools to have a list free of the top 8 allergens.

    • Traci says:

      I agree with you. Why ignore the other allergies? My daughter is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, & eggs. I’m thankful that there are restrictions about bringing peanut butter sandwiches to school, but why are kids still allowed to sit next to her and eat, for instance Nutella-type spreads, made with hazelnuts? I don’t get the logic….

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  23. LR says:

    we are gluten and egg free. Err have many nut free friends and it is incredibly challenging to find products, including fits and baking mixes. that are both GF and NF. I would love it if you would add a demarcation to this list for items that are also GF.

  24. Tess says:

    Just what I was looking for, thank you so much. :)

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