I was at Target last week and made the classic mistake of picking up a few bags of Halloween candy early (they’ll be long gone by mid-October). But buying the candy really put me in the Halloween mood and got me looking forward to costumes and fun decorations.
I always forget, though, that there are many parents who dread this holiday. Nut allergies can make this time of year a nightmare for some kids, especially those who suffer from the most severe forms of it. Even candies that appear to be nut-free must be avoided because there’s always the danger of cross contamination. I know of many kids who end up feeling left out and frustrated during this holiday.
It’s a heartbreak that two Larchmont moms, Lani Steinberg and Rachel Farscht, are well aware of; their sons both have severe nut allergies, and after experiencing several traumatic Halloweens and countless upsetting birthday parties, they decided to start a new candy business, Bo & Ty Sweets, which sells only certified nut-free candies.
As Lani explained to me, the only truly safe candy are ones processed in a dedicated facility that doesn’t allow cross contamination of any kind. “That type of candy is very hard to find,” Lani said. “Also, once nut-free candy comes in to contact with ‘unsafe’ candy, our children cannot eat it. All of these reasons led us to create our company’s mission statement, which is to make children with nut-allergies feel safe but not singled out.”
Bo & Ty Sweets isn’t just for nut-allergic families — it’s also a great option for parents who are planning parties and want to serve candies that all the guests can safely enjoy. Their line of candies includes chocolates, gummies, sour candies and jelly beans in various sizes and packages. Plus, there’s free local delivery on orders over $30. Check out what’s offered on the Bo & Ty Sweets website.