So, you may have read this horrendously selfish piece on HuffPo from a mother who was sick of working around food allergies when sending treats to class for birthdays. You see, she likes cake. And if killing a few kids gets in the way, well someone is going to have to help them realize they are odd and different, as one brilliant commenter put it. Thanks. I’m sure my nut allergic daughter has never recognized that she is different.

I have said it all in the comments and I might say more here later, but does it really need to be said? Again?

Here’s a refresher regarding treats in the classroom. I’ve kept it very simple, so you all can understand.

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And to go to her leading question, “What is gluten, nut, and egg-free AND also store-bought that I can serve at a kindergarten class party?,” here’s my response:

Ask an allergy parent. Or check a website. Google. There are probably 50 easy things to take. Here are a few so you never have to write an article like this AGAIN.

-Rice Krispy treats for example.
Annie’s Gluten Free Snickerdoodle Bunnies
Enjoy Life treats of almost any kind
-Almost anything from Vermont Nut Free Chocolates
-Swedish Fish
-Gluten Free Pretzels, Marshmallows, and Fruit for Chocolate Fondue with melted Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
-Apples with Safe Caramel Dip
-Bananas with SunButter Sunflower Seed Spread
-Apple Crisp made with oats, sugar, butter topping (Not store bought, but another idea!)
-Gluten Free Cake/Brownie Mix made with Egg Replacer
-Rice Pudding made without Eggs
-Tapioca Pudding made without Eggs
-Safe Kettle Corn or Caramel Corn
-Strawberries and Whipped Cream
-Most Popsicles
-Chocolate Covered Strawberries (with Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)
Van’s Gluten Free/Egg Free Waffles with Ice Cream or Sorbet (no gluten or eggs in it of course)
-Hot Cocoa with Marshmallows and Whipped Cream

Need more? Because I can keep going if you like. And if you don’t want to go to the trouble of including everyone, keep your damn treat at home and send in an activity. Sing a song. Let the kids make a t-shirt. Be unique and creative. That is a skill allergy parents have to use all the time. Maybe you should talk to us once in a while. We are generally very nice people. Unless you write garbage like the article linked to above which suggests our children’s lives aren’t as valuable as your children’s cupcakes. Sounds ridiculous when you read it that way, doesn’t it?

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