Going Gluten-FreeAugust 17, 2010

Cool Finds for Food-Allergic Kids

Joseph Mondello enjoys an allergy-friendly pushup pop.

It’s hot outside—but my children aren’t complaining. My 2-year-old has vanilla ice cream dripping down her face, hands, arms and shirt. My 7-year-old son sits next to her, happily licking his ice cream and giggling with his sticky sister.  Me? I just can’t stop humming that old Van Halen tune, “Ice Cream Man.” The sheer joy of watching my children enjoy pushup pops has me singing “… all flavors and pushups, too!”

Unlike other families in my neighborhood, my summer is not filled with sprints to the ice cream truck or visits to the ice cream parlor. We don’t stroll down the frozen dessert aisle in the grocery store either.  All these summertime traditions spell danger for my son Joseph, who is severely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, egg and soy.

But this summer, Joseph can savor pushup pops for the first time, thanks to Jokari Cool Cones. This pushup gadget is wonderful. It’s easy to scoop our homemade ice cream into the colorful pops and enjoy! I’m so excited to give my son the chance to experience a little slice of ice-cream-truck joy. 

Another find this summer is our own version of Magic Shell. This is Joseph’s favorite. I drizzle melted Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips over dairy-free ice cream and it instantly hardens into a yummy, chocolate shell. The other night, we had it as a topping on our homemade brownie sundaes. The magic of the hardening chocolate is pretty cool to a 7-year-old boy.

We don’t focus on the things Joseph can’t have, like the frozen desserts from the ice cream truck. Instead we delight in the treats he can safely enjoy. The little things we discover add extra fun and flavor to our summer time. My children’s smiles make it worth it. Now, if only I could get that song out of my head!

 

Comments (4)

Oops - Sept 6th comment was posted by Paula W

Posted by: Paula W | September 6, 2010 8:44 PM    Report this comment

This message is to Nana Donna. I thought you may want to check with the doctor about the 3yr old. I have a young child who has severe nut allergies and can have coconut. It seemed strange that the FDA suddenly added that to the list - Our allergist knows he has coconut as well. Just a thought to hopefully open a door for the child. I understand restriction, my son has four other catargories we have to avoid.

good luck

Posted by: Paula W | September 6, 2010 8:43 PM    Report this comment

Hi Donna, thanks for your interest in the ice cream. The recipe that works for us: 2 cups dairy-free milk (I use Vance's DariFree milk); 1 cup sugar; 3/4 cup Vance's DariFree milk powder; 2 tsp gluten-free vanilla. Mix the sugar and powder together, then blend in the milk and vanilla. Once blended, pour into an ice cream maker and let it mix for 20 to 30 minutes. Add any mix-ins, such as dairy-free chocolate chips, cut up cherries, allergen-free brownie chunks etc. during the last 5 minutes of mixing. Freeze for a few hours. (It can be eaten right away, but will be very soft.) Hope this helps! Wendy

Posted by: Wendy M | August 19, 2010 12:11 PM    Report this comment

Wendy, Would you please share your homemade ice cream recipe? A child dear to my heart, almost 3, has all 8 major food allergies. She drinks Rice Dream as her dairy substitute. Most ice cream recipes that would be safe for her substitute coconut milk which is out because coconut has been classified as a tree nut. Thank you!! Nana Donna

Posted by: Donna C | August 19, 2010 8:38 AM    Report this comment

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