The first time I had to try and find allergy free Easter eggs, it was so hard. I remember having to order dairy and nut free eggs months in advance from overseas just to get what we needed. Fortunately it is so much easier to find safe Easter treats now. I can often buy just what I am looking for at our local supermarket with the grocery shopping. However with limited stock it still pays to be organised in advance. And I usually do order something special online just to make sure.
We’ve put together a list of our favourite allergy free chocolate Easter eggs as well as some fun ways to make your own if you can’t get hold of something to suit your food allergies.
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Sweet William Easter eggs and bunnies
Sweet William is our go to Australian brand for allergy free chocolate. Their chocolates are made in a dedicated nut free facility which is important for us with peanut and tree nut allergies. Sweet William is also dairy free, gluten free and vegan, but does contain soy. It’s also delicious!
When we first started our allergy journey, the small Sweet William bunnies were one of the few allergy friendly options we could find locally. Since then, they have expanded the range to include foil wrapped hollow eggs (single and double packs) and now a gorgeous large hollow Easter bunny too. It’s so good to be able to give our child with allergies the equivalent colourful foil wrapped Easter Eggs as everyone else. I’ve already stocked the cupboards with our Sweet William stash for this year. You can buy Sweet William online at:
- Aussie Health Foods – stocks the whole Sweet William Easter range including Chocolate Easter Bunnies, Chocolate Easter Egg Gift Box, Hollow Chocolate Easter Egg and the large Chocolate Easter Bunny;
- Love Your Health – also stocks Sweet William Chocolate Easter Bunnies, Chocolate Easter Eggs Gift Box, Hollow Chocolate Easter Egg and large Chocolate Easter Bunny.
You can also find Sweet William products at supermarkets.
Moo free Easter eggs
Moo Free chocolate is one of our favourites. It tastes just like chocolate made with milk. And they have fantastic range of Easter products in a variety of flavours. Moo Free’s allergy friendly Easter eggs come in original dairy free chocolate, “Bunnycomb” (honeycomb), Cheeky Orange, Sour Cherry and Cool Mint. Our favourite is definitely the Bunnycomb. Made in the UK in a dedicated milk free facility, Moo Free chocolate eggs are dairy free, soy free, gluten free and vegan. They do however have a “may contain” warning for hazelnuts that you should be aware of if you have a tree nut allergy.
Here in Australia I can sometimes find Moo Free Easter eggs at our local supermarket (Foodland) or at specialty allergy friendly or vegan food stores.
Plamil So Free Easter eggs
Plamil is another great allergy friendly brand from the UK. Their allergy free Easter eggs are milk, wheat and gluten free and vegan as well. There is a may contain warning for soy though. These 125g foil wrapped eggs come in milk chocolate alternative, white chocolate alternative and they also have a no added sugar dark chocolate egg.
Nomo Easter eggs
“No Missing Out”. That’s the slogan of Nomo chocolate (by Kinnerton), another UK brand making allergy free Easter eggs for everyone to enjoy. Nomo chocolate is free from dairy, egg, gluten and nuts and vegan. The fantastic Easter collection includes Creamy Chocolate, Fruit Crunch Caramel Sea Salt and Hazelnot Crunch (made with nut free hazelnut flavour and rice crispies). I haven’t managed to get hold of all of the flavours yet, but we love the plain chocolate bars and can’t wait to try some more.
Nomo is widely available in the UK, but a little harder to find here in Australia. We have seen Nomo at BigW, Woolworths and you can find it online at some specialty allergy and vegan shops.
Make your own allergy free Easter eggs and treats
If you are having trouble sourcing allergy free Easter eggs, or finding ones that are free of your particular allergens, a fun way around this is to make your own.
Making your own chocolate treats
We used to make our own chocolate eggs in the hard plastic chocolate moulds, but these days you can find lots of bunny, chicken and Easter egg moulds made from easy to use silicone.
All you need to do melt your usually allergy safe chocolate, spoon into the moulds and cool in the fridge.
The best way to melt chocolate is in a glass bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water and stirring regularly. This stops the chocolate from burning. If you are in a hurry, you can cheat and use the microwave. Just be sure to microwave on low heat for short bursts at a time and stir in between to melt evenly.
You can experiment with allergy friendly white chocolate and food colourings. Or try adding your own flavours.
Silicone moulds make it so easy to turn out the cooled chocolates, and cleaning is much easier too.
Another safe way to make allergy safe Easter treats is to fill your own hollow plastic eggs. These are fantastic for an Easter egg hunt. What you decide to put inside your hollow eggs is completely up to you. This could be safe chocolate, lollies or candy, or fun non-food Easter treats. The plastic eggs can also be reused again and again for your annual Easter hunt.
If you are short of time, you can even buy pre-filled eggs. Check out Etsy for sellers who will fill your eggs with a mix of non-food treats for boys or girls.
Staying food allergy safe at Easter
Like other holidays and festive occasions, Easter is a time when allergic reactions can increase. A study reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in 2020 found that children’s rates of anaphylaxis to unknown nuts increased by around 60% at Easter. Often we are celebrating with family and friends by sharing food. And gifting chocolates, which unfortunately may contain nuts or other allergens even if not used as an ingredient. It is really important to remind your friends and family of any food allergies, make sure to check food labels carefully and stay vigilant to keep everyone with food allergies safe. If you or child has been prescribed an EpiPen, make sure you always carry two with you: find out more about making friends with your EpiPen.
Wishing everyone a allergy free, safe and happy Easter!