Dye-Free Holiday Treats Plus A Shirt Giveaway

Hi guys, I hope you all are doing alright.  It’s been a painful weekend around here, with lots of tears, prayers, and difficult discussions.  The horrifying events of last week in Connecticut really shook me up and made me even more thankful for what I still have.

I would like to thank you for all that you do for your kids every day.  You love your kids unconditionally, advocate for their health and safety, and you give them your knowledge and support…in both obvious and unseen ways.  And yet we parents always feel guilty for the missteps, and feel like we can do better.  We try.  We fail.  We get up and try again.  We never give up.

I was really hoping to connect with you all today just because it’s the holidays, we are all still hurting, it’s gray and wet here, and I wanted to spread the tiniest piece of cheer.

I’d like to hear from you all what kinds of treats and stocking stuffers you’ll be sharing with your kids for the holidays this year.  Tell everyone what you bought or made, and where you found the items or ingredients.  For instance, we love Honey Acres dairy-free peppermint patties, Indie Candy Christmas tree gummies, and Yummy Earth lollipops – all of which I can find on Amazon

I’ll randomly pick 4 folks who have posted comments below to receive one free “Die, Food Dye!” t-shirt each.  I’ll announce the winners tomorrow morning around 12:00 p.m. (Noon-ish) EST.

Add your shirt sizes in the comment too.  I mostly have adult shirts left, with very few kids shirts , so leave both your adult and kid sizes in a comment and I will try to accommodate the winners’ needs as best as I can.

Post up pictures of your holiday treats on the Die, Food Dye! Facebook page for all to see.  We all love to share food ideas, right?  And your comments right here will help out loads of people who stumble upon my blog while searching for dye-free goodies for their kids.

Thanks for spreading the word about how to care for these precious bodies with dye-free living – one comment, one shirt, and one beloved child at a time.  You are planting seeds in young minds.



33 Responses to “Dye-Free Holiday Treats Plus A Shirt Giveaway”
  1. Beth says:

    We bought some Ghrardelli chocolate squares and Annie’s Bunny Graham’s for the stockings. We’ll be making some chocolate chip cookies for Santa and chocolate cupcakes with blue vanilla icing (homemade natural dye) and white chocolate snowflakes.

  2. Beth says:

    We bought some Ghrardelli chocolate squares and Annie’s Bunny Graham’s for the stockings. We’ll be making some chocolate chip cookies for Santa and chocolate cupcakes with blue vanilla icing (homemade natural dye) and white chocolate snowflakes. Adult Medium and child’s small

  3. Karen says:

    I’m having a terrible time here as we’re just beginning to weed out dyes in our home. We have several Christmas food traditions that are not conducive to being dye free, especially in the town we live in! For instance, there is no natural food dye to be found here. I’m still searching for reasonable quantity/prices on-line. Ugh! So, I’m caving on a few things, eliminating some, and purchasing as many naturally dyed treats as possible for our gingerbread men/ houses!

    • chocolatecraftkits.com has a great 6-color powder kit for $11 plus $6 shipping. Powder lasts longer than the liquid ones (the India Tree ones I got on Amazon expired within 6 months.) Or buy a beet and make your own red, and juice some spinach for green.

    • We’ll get candy canes from Whole Foods for Hubby’s traditional candy cane meringue cookies, and hopefully find some BHT-free Chex-like cereal for our traditional Chex Mix. Got bags of Unreal mini candy bars and TJs has individually wrapped mini chocolate covered peanut butter cups (like vanillin-free mini Reese’s.) Should be plenty of junk for her stocking.
      Also found peppermint bark chips at TJs to use as ice cream toppings, and maybe for baking. And of course TJ’s Candy Cane JoeJoe’s and Peppermint white chocolate-covered pretzel thins! YUM! I’ve been slowly doling those out as lunch and dessert treats.

  4. Emily says:

    First, I LOVE your blog! It helps me stay sane!

    Stocking stuffers are fruit, Unreal Candy (which is so awesome just because you can buy it a regular store for a fairly decent price), toothpaste, small toys, and yummy earth lollipops.

    The t-shirt design is awesome! I hope you will put more in your store. I missed purchasing our own when they originally went on sale. Our child size is small; our adult size is also small.

    I hope you have a merry Christmas!

  5. Jen says:

    My kids will be getting Trader Joes chocolate (including chocolate coal), UnReal candies from BJs, and Organic candy canes from Whole Foods in their stockings.

    So far our dye free experiences have included a gingerbread house from Trader Joes (delicious and worth every penny- tasted much better than those artifically flavored/dyed ones). We loved every bite, until our dog also decided she wanted to try some and somehow knocked it off the counter… We also made sugar cookies in the shapes of Christmas trees, stockings, mittens, snowmen etc, and used natural dyes ordered online to decorate them, UnReal Candies, chocolate coal, ghiradlli chocolate chips, and India Tree natural dyed sprinkles! We were happy to share the experience with some friends!!!

  6. We’re making gingerbread boys this week- each of my boys will get one in his stocking, along with a book, and some homemade candy. The gingerbread boys are basic – we’ll decorate them with incing tinted with blended freeze-dried fruit. I just tried it for the first time and it works great to make light colors.
    A friend just came to town and brought a box of Annie’s fruit snacks. We’ve never tried them but they seemed ok on the box. If I give them those, it’ll be their first fruit snacks ever. Pretty sure they’d go over we’ll.

    For our ‘homemade candy’ I just melt safe choc chips and make sunflower seed butter. I take a ball of sunflower seed butter and cover it in chocolate. Homemade Reece’s cups. This year I might pick up a Christmas themed candy mold- usually I just make round ones.

    I guess I’d be a large, no clue about my son. He’s 4, maybe a small. How small is small? (sorry, here the clothes are labelled by height. He wears a 110). We have a tailor that can remake t-shirts for a few bucks, though, so any size could work for him.

  7. Lisa says:

    Well I went the easy route – I bought the Feingold goodie baskets that are loaded with yummy items. They may still have some left (www.feingold.org) For the 1st time in over 5 years of perfect attendance, I’ve had some sick children & a sick hubby also. It was like dominoes – about the time one was better the next one was starting to feel bad. I’ve managed to stay healthy so far. Plus, there is a surgery scheduled for one of us in the next few days. Anyway, I’m a medium adult & probably a large youth would work for my youngest child’s size.

  8. DyeDiet says:

    I would like you to consider the fact: At least fourteen recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs. There have been 109 wounded and 58 killed.
    Now take a look into this: “School shootings: How Can American Food Lead to American Blood” at the Dye Diet.
    Being informed is critical for making vital decisions. Wish all of you the best!

  9. Bridget says:

    Adult small
    Child medium

    We put nuts and oranges into our children’s stockings.

  10. Bridget says:

    Adult small
    Child medium

    We put nuts and oranges into our children’s stockings. And they think juice boxes (100% fruit juice) are a treat.

  11. Kristin says:

    Santa Claus will be leaving my loves some wonderful dye-free treats! For my older two (5 & 7) they will get Unreal candies (they LOVE the “real” M&M’s), Tru Organic Candy Canes, and Yummy Earth Gummy Bears and Lollipops. The candy canes, gummy bears, and lollipops came from Amazon.com, while the Unreal candies are purchased regularly at CVS Pharmacy. For my six month old, she will receive Plum Organics Vegetable puffs, Baby MumMum rice crackers, and a new sippy cup! Her items were easily found in the baby department at Target, and can be found in almost any grocery store or value store.

    For the person who cannot find natural food dyes, you may try to make your own! I hear that beet juice extract is simple to reduce, I have also read that chlorophyl drops (found in the health department or at a local health store) makes a great green! Also, you can use powdered puree’s for tinting icings, although they won’t be as vibrant. We like just strawberries powder from justfruit.com!

  12. Kim says:

    We are only about 6 weeks into our no food dye quest so I’m very new to this. We are making dehydrated fruit and natural sugar cookies using beet juice as our dye for the very first time! Wish us luck!

  13. Tina says:

    Surf Sweets organic candy canes, Unreal “M&Ms”, Ghiradelli Chocolate Bars…and MANY nonfood goodies. :o)

  14. Tina says:

    Surf Sweet organic candy canes, Unreal brand candy coated chocolate bits, Ghirardelli chocolate bar and lots of misc non-food items for stocking.

    Sugar cookies made with India Tree colorings and sprinkles, and homemade oldfashioned from scratch fudge and caramels.

    This week, “grahamcrackerbread” houses “glued” with peanutbutter and decorated with golden and red raisins, craisins, white and chocolate chips, pretzles, cereals and coconut for snow!

    • Darara says:

      Tina, I love the idea of the grahamcracker bread house. This is the first time I have been on this site, wonderful to get ideas from other parents. Thanks for your ideas. I bought a gingerbread “kit” so just getting some ideas for alternatives for decorating.

  15. Wendy says:

    We shopped at the Natural Candy Store online this year. We ordered Carnival Sprinkelz so we can have safe colored sprinkles on our Christmas cookies. I also ordered Choco Rocks, Mini Chocolate Santas, and Sunbursts Natural Candy Coated Sunflower Seeds for stocking stuffers. We also ordered some TruJoy Organic Candy Canes for the tree and snacking. They are SO good – sweet but not too sweet (sweetened with evaporated cane juice and brown rice syrup), with the perfect amount of peppermint. Adult large and child’s small.

  16. Stacey Bochner says:

    i am grateful for your blog. I am a Feingolder at 41 have finally stopped the cycle. I would love a shirt I am a sixe xl in mens and a 2xl in womens.
    My life has turned around and my behavior has changed. I spread the word even to those that never listen. I just hope someday our country bans them.

  17. Teri Potts says:

    I made my son some marshmallows for his homemade hot chocolate. He hasn’t had any marshmallows in over three years since we have changed his diet. I don’t like marshmallows so I never missed them but he has so I made some. Pretty simple and I didn’t use a candy thermometer. My husband says they taste very fresh but have the consistency of a stale marshmallow more dense< I probably used too much gelatine. Of course it's all sugar but its a special treat and my boy doesn't react to sugar, just all the other crap.

  18. Stacey Bochner says:

    i am grateful for your blog. I am a Feingolder at 41 have finally stopped the cycle. I would love a shirt I am a sixe xl in mens and a 2xl in womens.
    My life has turned around and my behavior has changed. I spread the word even to those that never listen. I just hope someday our country bans them.
    I buy the choc angel mints from the natural candystore.com I also use the choc chips from Enjoy life foods to melt and make holiday chocolates! works great.. I can bag them or foli wrap them.

  19. Mindy says:

    First of all, I have to say thank you for helping us not feel so alone in our journey. You have great information on your site, and I truly appreciate being able to use it as a resource in dealing with my daughter’s intolerance.
    I finally came across organic cast canes at our local health food store, so I will be putting those in my daughter’s stocking. Hopefully the store will have another box, because ever since I bought them, DD has eaten one every single day! She is really excited to be able to enjoy candy canes for the first time in two years. I will also be sorting green and reddish-purple (haha) Unreal m&ms and putting them in a small candy cane container for her. I know she will be happy about that, because she wanted the regular m&m filled candy cane so much. Also, our family enjoys the big Lindt Christmas bears, so one of those will be added as well. I will fill the rest of her stocking with small toys and a pair of Mickey Mouse birthstone earrings.
    We will be baking sugar cookies and using India Tree colored icing. I have not found any dye-free sprinkles, as I do not live near Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc. so we will probably just ice Santa’s cookies this year.
    Hoping my daughter gets a shirt – youth small. I believe it would make her feel special, instead of always feeling left out for being
    “different”. It’s hard to see her sad so often, but I believe she is starting to understand – she’s only six. I wear an adult small, and obviously would love a shirt, but if we win, I wouldn’t mind you gifting my shirt to another child. I know you said you have limited youth sizes, but I think the kids would be happy to receive something special.
    Thanks again!!

  20. Tara says:

    I’m just doing little presents in stocking, no candy. But we also love Yum Earth lollipops and have recently found that DD loves their sour beans. Thank you so much for the other ideas we are still in the beginning of our journey! So glad to have found your blog!

    Adult XL
    Child S (size 6, so I assumed S) 🙂

    • Tara says:

      I also want to thank you so much!! DD (age 5) misses her peppermint patties (hoping they don’t have vanillin though as we have reactions on that). Off to look on Amazon – which is where we get the Sour Beans by the way and we get our lollipops from Albertson’s if that helps anyone out.

      • Tara, the York ones do have vanillin. My daughter reacts too. 🙁 Trader Joe’s has some yummy chocolate covered honey mints, but they have gooey centers. Whole Foods has some crazy good ones, and it sounds like Indie Mama found some from a company called Honey Acres.

  21. Indie Mama says:

    Thanks SO much for sharing your treat ideas with everyone! This will help so many folks.
    Congratulations to our four winners Emily, Lisa, Stacey, and Mindy! I will be e-mailing you for your mailing addresses soon.
    I am sure I will be giving away more shirts in the near future.

    As for our own stash…I bought Glee Gum and mini allergy-friendly candy canes from NaturalCandyStore.com, green lime flavored Christmas Tree gummies from Indie Candy through Amazon, Honey Acres honey mint patties (nothing yucky, very few ingredients, dairy-free), and dark chocolate coins. Found Cocomels dairy-free coconut milk caramels at a local shop, Surf Sweets swirl gum drops online, and Justin’s dark chocolate peanut butter cups at Kroger. For the school party, we are decorating cupcakes with the Surf Sweets gum drops plus India Tree sprinkles found online and Unreal m&m candies found at CVS.

    Happy shopping!

  22. OH! And I found an additive-free gingerbread house kit at Trader Joe’s as well! And chocolate advent calendars.

  23. Melissa B says:

    I purchased all-natural decorating sugars from Williams Sonoma! Hooray we can have pretty Christmas cookies and not be wired!

  24. Allison says:

    I have found some great recipes for homemade gummy fruit snacks on Pinterest. We are using citrus fruit grown by my grandfather (for the fruit juice), gelatin, and raw/unrefined honey to make chewy and natural snacks. No dyes, preservatives, or artificial flavors. There is another recipe we like that involves unsweetened apple sauce, frozen berries, water, gelatin, and we add one packet of Stevia for a bit of sweetness. Again, no dyes, added preservatives, flavors, etc.

  25. Paula says:

    A huge congratulations to all of you for your efforts for your kids—and for educating Santa on dye free treats. He needs to get on this dye free express too.
    Our dye free “kids” are adults now so we concentrate on the baked goodies–pizzelles and other cookies with no icing or sprinkles needed. the natural section at Wegmans has safe choc chips in milk and white chocolate….we didnt suspect Vanillin as trouble for a long time and finally it was an Ah-ha moment.
    My husband can be part of basic cheese and crackers now that we found the Late July brand, a Ritz like cracker without annatto. Such a simple thing to enjoy but he’s been hesistant on all crackers since a Ritz reaction.
    Again, wishes for a wonderful Christmas as we hug our kids (big and small) a little tighter this year…

  26. Noreen says:

    Yummy earth lollipops from Fred Meyer
    Go naturally pomegranate drops from marshals (clothing store)
    Unreal candy from target
    Mamba from dollar spot at target
    Meant to buy trader joe taffy and candy canes but never made it. We made dye free candy canes instead, posted recipe on my blog if interested.

  27. Noreen says:

    Yummy earth lollipops from Fred Meyer
    Go naturally pomegranate drops from marshalls(clothing store)
    Unreal candy from target
    Mamba from dollar stop at target
    Meant to but trader joes taffy and candy canes but never made it. Instead we made dye free candy canes instead. The recipe is on my blog if anyone is interested.

  28. imamommy says:

    I know I missed the chance to win a free “Die, Food Dye!” shirt, but i would still like one so i can spread awareness about food dye. I would like another chance to win a shirt, i think it is so important to spread the word! 🙂

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