As an elementary school teacher, I see a lot of candy. While I have a strict “No Candy for Snack” policy in my classroom, I can’t control the sweets that room parents bring in for parties or candy that children carry to the cafeteria in their lunch boxes. I plan student birthday parties 30 minutes before dismissal, because once the junk has been consumed, the learning day is over. If parents want to send crap into my classroom, they can enjoy the results.
I know that candy is part of life for a kid, but I’ve seen its impact on behavior, learning, and attention, and I wish I could ban it completely from schools. Don’t get me wrong, treats are a wonderful part of life. But the treats I see students eat often make me shudder.
And then there’s the pseudo “healthy fruit candy”.
I remember when the fruit rollup craze transitioned to “fruit” pieces in the highly popular shape of dinosaurs. I was teaching first grade at the time and tried a package that was brought in for a child’s birthday. (How were fruit pieces and Hi-C fruit punch juice boxes ever on a birthday party menu? I have no idea.) Within minutes, there were wavy lines in my vision, buzzing in my ears, and a pain in my head that sent me face down on my desk. I finally connected my migraines to the red fruit pieces after a few more samplings of festive first grade treats.
Artificial flavors and colors have long been linked to allergic reactions, dermatitis, eczema, and hyperactivity. And parents who are cognizant of the dangers of artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, and food dyes may find themselves at a loss as to how to provide their children with safe candies that actually taste good.
I’ve found a company that does it right.
Indie Candy is a company in Mountain Brook, Alabama that makes natural, gourmet sweets that are allergen free. In fact, Indy Candy is free of the Big 8 allergens: eggs, peanuts, treenuts, wheat, soy, dairy, fish, and shellfish. There are no Big 8 allergens in their kitchen at all. Also, the majority of their ingredients are organic. When I heard about this company, I knew I needed to try them. Now, lest you think these candies must resemble tree bark, take a look.
I’m not a big candy person, but I am definitely a fan of all things cute, and these candies are adorable.
Indie Candy products are free from TBHQ, BHT, and BHA as well as artificial colors and flavors, so while just looking at the red fruit chews caused flashbacks to my red dye migraine days, these are safe. No migraines for me, because these candies are flavored with fruit, vegetable, and spice extracts.
I tried two lollipops, the flower and the bear, a chocolate bear lollipop, and fruit chews – sweet, delicious, and made from a short list of ingredients that I can pronounce.
And then there was the chocolate bear pop. While I can live without candy, I am not sure I could live without chocolate. This chocolate is delicious. I’m usually anti-food-that-comes-on-a-stick, but I just can’t resist this chocolate bear pop!
Have you tried Indy Candy? Do you have other natural candy companies that you like? Please share!
(Disclaimer: I have no connection to nor was I paid by Indie Candy Company. I did receive complimentary samples sent for me to taste and review. I do not give positive reviews just because the product was free but will always give my honest opinion.)