That time of year is here again so I thought I would put together a list of some of the best allergy-friendly free from advent calendars on the market.
There are lots of options out there and no reason why our little ones with food allergies and intolerances should miss out on all the festive advent fun.
Moo Free – £3.50
My kids love Moo Free chocolate and it is one of the first allergy-friendly brands I came across. Each advent calendar is made in their UK factory which doesn’t manufacture milk chocolate or any other milk-based products. Their dairy-free chocolate is made using a combination of natural, organic and ethically sourced ingredients.
Ingredient list: Cocoa* [45%] (cocoa butter, cocoa mass), sugar* [35%], rice powder* [20%], emulsifier (sunflower lecithin) & natural flavouring. *Organic ingredients.
Allergy advice: May contain traces of hazelnuts. Dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, soya free, vegetarian & vegan.
Plamil – £4.95
This organic dairy-free milk chocolate alternative calendar is made in their own factory which never uses dairy or gluten. Available by the calendar or in a case of six.
Ingredient list: raw cane sugar # (36.5%), cocoa butter #, rice powder # (rice syrup powder #, rice starch #, rice flour #) (16.3%), cocoa mass # emulsifier: sunflower lecithin, natural vanilla flavouring #. Cocoa solids 45% minimum
# = organic ingredient
Allergy advice: May contain traces of soya, no dairy, no lactose, no peanuts *no nuts, includes no nut in our factory and strict ingredient control of EU listed nuts. Gluten-free – suitable for coeliacs. Vegan
This calendar contains Montezuma’s best selling house blend of Organic Dark Chocolate but in a more child-friendly box (with slightly less chocolate per day). This colourful Christmas themed advent calendar even has a gorgeous picture to colour in on the back of the box, so it’s fun even after the chocolate has all gone!
Ingredient list: Organic Dark Chocolate (Organic Cocoa Solids (73%), Organic Sugar and Organic Vanilla).
Allergy advice: Vegetarian. may contain traces of nuts, peanuts & sesame seeds. Organically grown free from gluten, soya, preservatives, colourings and GM.
Holland and Barrett – £3.99
The Holland & Barrett Chocolate Advent Calendar is filled with 24, organic and dairy-free chocolates. perfect for vegans and those with lactose intolerances; just don’t eat them all at once!
Ingredient list: Cane Sugar (35%) Cocoa Butter, Rice Powder (rice syrup powder, rice starch, rice flour) Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier- Sunflower Lecithin.
Allergy advice: May contain traces of Soya. Organic, certified Fairtrade, dairy-free, vegan friendly.
Haribo – £7.00
This Haribo advent calendar contains a mixture of fruit and cola flavour chewy sweets, marshmallows, liquorices and gums. Cute and colourful packaging and varied Haribo treats each day. Kids will love this and I always feel my kids are safe with Haribos.
Ingredient list: https://www.haribo.com/enGB/consumer-information/jellies/ingredients.html
Allergy advice: Contain gluten. Not suitable for vegans as the sweets contain gelatine.
The Jelly Bean Factory – £8.94
Not an advent calendar but a great alternative! It has five festive flavours and a bonus bag with all 36 amazing flavours. You can even include your own personalised message on the box.
Ingredient list: sugar, glucose syrup, maize starch, water, fruit juice from concentrate (apple, orange, pineapple), acids (malic acid, citric acid, fumaric acid), glazing agents (shellac, beeswax, carnauba wax), natural flavourings, acidity regulator (sodium citrate), colours (anthocyanin, titanium dioxide, copper complexes of chlorophyllins, calcium carbonate, curcumin, vegetable carbon, mixed carotenes, paprika extract, lutein, chlorophyll), caramelised sugar, concentrate of spirulina.
Allergy advice: https://www.jellybeanfactory.com/ingredients-nutirtion
The supermarkets all do their own free from advent calendars too. Find them in the free-from aisle.
* INGREDIENTS CAN CHANGE SO ALWAYS READ THE LABEL *
Have you come across any good allergy-friendly calendars that aren’t listed above? comment below…