Living with one food restriction is difficult. However, trying to manage multiple food restrictions proves especially daunting. These brands make top 8 allergen free snacks, which are also gluten free.
What are Top 9 Food Allergens?
The top 8 food allergens include eggs, dairy, peanut, tree nut, sesame, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish. These account for 90% of all food allergies. However, anyone can have an allergy to anything. The FARE fact sheet notes that “40 percent of children with food allergies are allergic to more than one food.”
*Sesame joined the list of top 8 food allergens in January of 2023. Some of the items on this list may be free from the top 8, but include sesame.
What is FALCPA?
The Food Allergen Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) requires brands to label for these top 9 allergens. This must declare this in the ingredients OR a contains statement. “Contains” statements are not required. Also know that “may contain” statements are not required nor regulated by the FDA. They are not a good predictor of whether a product actually contains an allergen / gluten.
Wheat vs. Gluten
FALCPA declares wheat as an allergen, but not gluten. Please note that rye and barley are not required to be labeled. Therefore always read labels for words such as rye, barley, malt and Brewer’s Yeast. (Brewer’s Yeast is often spent material after making regular beer.) Always, always read food labels.
Below is a list of products that contain none of the top 8 allergens as ingredients. Most products bear a gluten free certification logo. Certifying organizations in this list include GFCO and the National Celiac Associaton. This post includes Amazon affiliate links, which gives me part of the sale for advertising. It does not impact the price you pay.
Top 8 Allergen Free Snacks – Seeds and Such
That’s It Snacks
That’s It Snacks are free from the top 12 food allergens. They offer fruit snacks bars, a dried fruit and seed snack mix, and dried fruit truffles. All gluten, dairy, and soy free! Shop directly from their website, or Amazon.
Greater Knead Bagel Chips
Possibly best known for their bagels, The Greater Knead also makes gluten free bagel chips. They maintain a strict gluten free facility and products go through ELISA testing for gluten. Find the Greater Knead Bagel Chips on Amazon.
Top 8 Allergen Free Snacks – Cookies
Cybele’s Free to Eat Cookies
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Cybele, the owner of Cybele’s Free to Eat, for years. Her snickerdoodles are amazing! They are certified thru GFCO. Find her cookies (and pasta!) on their Amazon landing page. The cookies are available at many Walmat stores, and the pasta is available at Kroger.
Rule Breaker Snacks*
On the Rule Breaker Snacks website, they state that they do not use soy. However, their FAQ page warns that when they tested for soy, results came back at 274 parts per billion of soy. (Testing rules are usually PPM, not PPB.) Therefore families who restrict soy may want to consider this info. Order Rule Breaker Snacks on Amazon or thru their website. They are certified gluten free thru GFCO.
Top 8 Allergen Free Snacks – Other Baked Goods
All Free Bakery
For those who love O’Dough’s bread, they started a new gluten free brownie line called All Free Bakery. Like their breads, they are certified gluten free thru GFCO. Order directly from the All Free Bakery website or buy at Fresh Thyme or Meijer.
Red Plate Foods
Red Plate Foods products are gluten free, vegan, and free from the top 9 food allergens. They offer whoopie pies, cupcakes, cookies, muffins and more. In Michigan you can find their products at Better Health, Fresh Thyme, Meijer, and even NCG cinemas!
Top 8 Allergen Free Snacks -Frozen Treats
Better Bites Bakery
Better Bites Bakery, based in Austin Texas, started due to their own food allergies. Their cupcakes, Do Bites, and cake balls are certified thru GFCO. Order directly from the Better Bites Bakery website or buy at Whole Foods or Super Target.
Top 8 Allergen Free Bars and Other Treats
Free Yumm Foods
Free Yumm Foods products do not bear a separate gluten free certification label. However, they are produced in a dedicated gluten free facility. The Free Yumm website states that they use purity protocol oats in their bars. Find Free Yumm on Amazon.
Zego Foods prides itself on being free from the top 8, as well as glyphosates and pesticides. Certified thru GFCO, they make bars and sell purity protocol oats. Find Zego on Amazon or order from their website.
Made Good Foods
Made Good Foods is another faithful camp contributor. Certified thru GFCO, they make crispy rice treats, mini cookies and granola products. They state that they use purity protocol oats. Find Made Good Foods on Amazon and in stores.
Blake’s Seed Based
My cousin’s husband bought these Blake’s Seed Based Crispy Treats while we were in Seattle, and I LOVED them. Blake’s also sells sunflower seeds, seed bars and granola bars. Their products are free from the top 9 allergens, including sesame. Find them in stores, or on Amazon.
88 Acres products are free from the top 9 allergens, and them some! They also contain no sulfites, no corn, no GMOs, no palm oil, and no artificial sweeteners. They make snack bars and nut free spreads. Their chocolate sunflower seed spread is my FAVORITE. Find them in stores, and on Amazon.
Top 8 Allergen Free Candy and Chocolates
The Surf Sweets organic line is owned by Wholesome Sweeteners. They make gummy treats and jelly beans, including vegan options! Find the Surf Sweets Halloween Treats, pictured above, on Amazon, or at Target. They are certified thru GFCO.
Free 2 B
Free 2 B makes top 8 allergen free chocolate dessert cups, chocolate chips, and more. Famous for Sun Cups, they also make a dairy free caramel cup! They are certified thru the National Celiac Association. Order directly from the Free 2 B website
No Whey Chocolate
I previously mentioned No Whey Chocolates in my Easter Candy blog post. Their products are made in a top 8 allergen free and gluten free facility, per their website. Order thru there of find No Whey Chocolates on Amazon
Pascha Chocolate makes a large line of top 8 allergen free chocolate bars, certified thru GFCO. Their website states soy is present in their facility, but not in their products. Order directly from the Pascha Chocolate website
Top 8 Allergen Free Pantry Staples
Recently SunButter released a snack pack that includes their creamy SunButter and gluten free bagel chips! Of course, I’ve also been known to eat it by the spoonful as a snack! Order Sunbutter on Amazon or thru their site. **Note – Their new Jammies sandwiches are NOT gluten free.
While bread isn’t technically a snack, BFree Foods products are free from the top 8 allergens, and are certified gluten free thru GFCO. Find their breads at Meijer or order BFree Foods pita bread and other items on Amazon.
Looking for more than just snacks? Check out my post of easy top 8 allergen free meals, sides and desserts! From chili, to buddha bowls, to donuts, you’ll find something that everyone can indulge in! Know of any top 8 free snacks I missed? Please leave a note in the comments!