Whether you’re 5 or 85, Valentine’s Day is no time to take chances with food allergies. To help out, Allergic Living has a list of allergy-friendly treats along with food-free goodies. Here’s everything you need to make the day special – whether you’re hit by Cupid’s arrow or a flood of affection from your tiniest sweetheart. Update: See our 2021 list here.
Note: Always read labels to make sure ingredients haven’t changed.
Once you find your true love, you never let it go. That’s how we feel about Amanda’s Own, where each Top-8 free item is decadent, safe and ready for gifting! Handmade on dedicated lines, the company’s treats, from chocolate lollipops and bark to individually-wrapped chocolate conversation hearts, will ensure a happy Valentine’s Day for all.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten, sesame, mustard, sulfites and lupin. Several products are also free of corn.
Available via Amandasown.com (U.S. & Canada).
Enjoy Life Foods
Show your family a little love this Valentine’s Day with indulgent, dairy-free, truffle-like Protein Bites from Enjoy Life Foods. Each pouch is packed with eight grams of protein, as well as bright pops of raspberry and smooth dark chocolate flavor.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten, sesame, lupin, casein, sulfites and mustard
Available at major U.S. retailers including Shop Rite and Giant Eagle and, in Canada, at Goodness Me! Also via Enjoylifefoods.com (U.S. & Canada).
Bo & Ty Sweets
Bo & Ty Sweets offer a variety of brightly colored morsels made for tiny mouths and hands. From allergy-friendly gummy bears to fruit-flavored Sweet Hearts, you’ll be ready for Valentine’s Day playdates, parties, surprises and more.
Free of: peanuts, tree nuts, egg, fish, shellfish, sesame and mustard. Several products are also free of dairy, wheat, soy and/or gluten.
Available via boandtysweets.com (U.S. only)
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
Whether your Valentine’s Day is an intimate affair or a group gathering, Vermont Nut Free has just the thing to make hearts sing. From decorative pails bursting with milk or dark chocolate drops to gift baskets piled high with nut-free fudge, assorted chocolates and other favorites, there’s something here for every sweetheart on your list.
Free of: peanuts and tree nuts
Available via Vermontnutfree.com (U.S. & Canada).
Wrapped in the color of Valentine’s Day, each semisweet chocolate in the “Lots of Love” bag is made in a dedicated nut- and dairy-free facility. With 17 pieces in each, the elegant, decorated, organza bag ensures there’s plenty of love, and chocolate, to go around.
Free of: Peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, wheat, fish, shellfish, gluten and sesame. (Marshmallow products contain soy, but are manufactured in a separate, contained area.)
Available at Safesweets.com (U.S. & Canada)
Any tongue-tied admirer will tell you that actions speak louder than words. Gifting giant-sized Smarties Love Hearts on the big day, with messages like “My Angel” and “Be Mine,” is sure to speak volumes! Even tiny tots who haven’t fully grasped the written word are sure to love these tasty, teeny, Top-8 free treats.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten and sesame
Available at via Smartiestore.com (U.S. only)
Amore Di Mona
When a serious relationship calls for serious chocolate, Amore di Mona has the solution. Sleek packaging meets sophisticated flavors, think cherry truffles and sea salt-kissed bonbons in assorted, heart-shaped collections. Gift them with confidence, knowing they require the type of commitment anyone can handle.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, sesame, gluten, lupin and corn
Available at major U.S. retailers such as Whole Foods and select Nordstrom eBar locations. Also via Amazon.com/amoredimona (U.S. & Canada).
No Whey! Foods
With a vast array of Top-8 free treats, No Whey! Foods has gifts for every valentine. The company’s new Everything Good Heart collection is filled with dairy-free, nut-free chocolate goodies that are nestled in a golden-hued box.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten and sesame
Available via Nowheychocolate.com (U.S. & Canada).
Show kids just how much you care with treats made from organic ingredients from Wholesome. Each bag of Heart Lollipops holds 30 colorful, tasty pops in cherry and watermelon flavors. What you won’t find? Synthetic dyes, chemicals – or the Top 8 allergens.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten and corn
Available at Wholesomesweet.com (U.S. & Canada)
Starburst Heart Shaped Jellybeans
Starburst Heart Shaped Jelly Beans are perfect for filling candy bowls or decorating cakes or cupcakes. Top-8 free and bursting with cherry and strawberry flavors, these cute confections will disappear in a flash.
It’s hard to find a better selection of whimsical pencils, erasers, notepads and more than at Raymond Geddes. Opt for lovable, squishy Marshmallow Bear Pens or Valentine Love Pencils with giant erasers and you’ll have a food-free gift that kids will love.
Available via Raymondgeddes.com (U.S. & Canada).
Kiss Freely’s adorable free-from, heart-shaped lip gloss come in packs of three, ten or 20. For those who might balk at anything too cutesy, opt for individual lip balms in scents ranging from citrus and peppermint to vanilla and lavender.
Free of: Top 8 allergens, gluten, sesame, corn, sunflower seeds, beeswax, coconut, shea butter, parabens, petroleum and phthalate.
Available via Kissfreely.com (U.S. & Canada).
The company that knows little ones creates a slew of products perfect for Valentine’s Day crafts. Surprise the kids with Crayola’s Model Magic Heartstring Garlands kit or Valentine’s Day Mailbox craft kit and watch the hours fly by.
Treat any sticker lover to special edition, collectible heart stickers from Mrs. Grossman’s. Printed in honor of the company’s 40th anniversary, the Forty Hearts for 40 Years pack includes a colorful assortment of designs dating back to 1979. From rainbows to roses, there’s a heart here for every mood.
Available via MrsGrossman.com (U.S. & Canada).
Melissa & Doug
Is there any sweeter sound than the happy hum of entertained kids? Delight the whole family with the Created by Me! Heart Beads Wooden Bead Kit featuring more than 100 beads in various shapes and colors along with five cords for crafting one-of-a-kind creations.
Available via Major U.S. retailers including Target. Also via melissaanddoug.com (U.S. & Canada)
Bonus! Allergy-Friendly Swoon-Worthy Valentine’s Desserts:
Vanilla Heart Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Chocolate Brownie Hearts with Raspberry Buttercream
Triple Chocolate Cherry Pie