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Dairy Free Advent Calendar?

(22 Posts)
CouthyMowWearingOrange Thu 27-Sep-12 00:43:18

I have started to think about Advent calendars for my DC's for Christmas. My older DC's are 14, 10 and almost 9yo. They have had an advent calendar every year since their second Christmasses. Two of them (the 14yo & the 9yo) have SN's, and will NOT understand if they don't have one.

The issue is that DS3, currently 20mo, will be 23mo by Christmas, can't have the ones in the shops. And he will go NUTS if he sees them have one every day but not him. He has just noticed that they eat things that he can't, and is finding it difficult to understand (because, well, he 's not even two yet!)

Where can I find a CMP, soy and nut free Advent calendar from?!

Help!

Maz007 Thu 27-Sep-12 01:42:05

Not sure what the statement re nuts will be - suspect it may be a 'may contain' but if that's ok it's not bad chocolate either
www.moofreechocolates.com/dairy-free-chocolate/products/dairy-free-advent-calendar.php

kinnerton also do one which is nut free but it looks like you have three days to get the order out!

Hope that helps.

Maz007 Thu 27-Sep-12 01:42:41

Kinnerton may have soya - sorry... do check.

Could you make your own with those re-usuable cloth/wooden calendars? Or a playmobil/similar one (though the pieces and small and they can be quite ££££) might be worth considering in the future.

EugenesAxe Thu 27-Sep-12 05:24:58

Why don't you just get one with pictures and not chocolate at all? If you want to give them a daily treat just have a bag of suitable sweets that they can take one from.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Thu 27-Sep-12 07:14:37

Because the two older ones have Autism, and changing a Christmas routine they have had for 13 years in DD's case, and 7 years in DS2's case would, frankly, be disastrous.

Hence the question. The sweets one wouldn't work because it would be different to what the older ones have, it needs to be the same. Will check the Kinnerton one and the Moo one, thank you.

Tbh, the may contain nuts is ok, he is more allergic to CMP than nuts.

3duracellbunnies Thu 27-Sep-12 07:20:43

Buy a normal chocolate advent calendar, carefully open the bottom, get out the plastic tray, pop out all the chocolate and eat it wash the plastic mould really well. Then melt some appropriate dairy/soy/nut free chocolate and leave to set in mould. Carefully put it back, making sure it's the right way round.

Some advent calendars have glue on the back so are harder to separate than others.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Thu 27-Sep-12 07:27:17

Will have to be the Kinnerton one, the other one may have traces of nuts and soy.

THANK YOU, oh wise ones!!

CouthyMowWearingOrange Thu 27-Sep-12 07:28:29

3duracellbunnies - he's severely allergic to the point of separate plates/utensils etc, cross contamination is a problem for him.

Gut and wash a normal advent calendar as duracell says, then wedge a haribo starmix in each slot, they are good for multiply allergic child treats as they contain no actual food ingredients. They are also about the size of an advent calendar choc.

If you're worried about cross contamination, colour photocopy an advent calendar front, stick it on card to make a front, cut out the "doors", tape haribo behind each one.

3duracellbunnies Thu 27-Sep-12 07:42:53

Never mind, mine were all really bad when tiny, to the point that I had to exclude from my diet, but thankfully by the time advent calenders were an issue they had began to grow out of it. Ds is nearly 3 now and he can drink 3 or 4 cups of milk now, wouldn't have believe possible a couple of years ago. Really hope he grows out of it soon. Hope the Kinnerton one arrives ok.

CouthyMowWearingOrange Thu 27-Sep-12 07:43:17

He can't chew Haribo yet, he chokes on them.

AnitaBlake Thu 27-Sep-12 08:09:39

We got the moo-free one last year, DD loved it, and this year she'd be old enough to notice something was different if she had one that wasn't like DSDs. I totally get where you are coming from Couthy.

babybarrister Thu 27-Sep-12 14:14:37

My DS allergic to nuts and dairy - never had any problem with Moofree ...

CouthyMowWearingOrange Thu 27-Sep-12 14:29:41

It's the soy that's the issue with the moo free. sad

babybarrister Thu 27-Sep-12 18:58:20

Fwiw DS also had an issue with soya but as previous threads have discussed, it is very unlikely to be the soya lecithin used as an emulsifier that would trigger a reaction

trixymalixy Fri 28-Sep-12 18:01:19

this one?

Depends on whether you avoid may contain labels.

Happygirl77 Tue 02-Oct-12 15:55:32

Not read the whole thread but ds (9 months) and I (bf) are dairy- and soy-free due to his allergies. I know from experience that Montezuma's dark choc (may be an issue for a tiny one!) is frequently free from both and some Green & Black's is also ok (check ingredients).

Happygirl77 Tue 02-Oct-12 15:58:46

Re: soya lecithin, my ds is allergic to dairy and soya and I isolated dark choc (containing soya lecithin) as a source of his pains one day. A friend also told me that it was unlikely to cause any reaction but the paediatric dietitians told me he could very well react to it (and does!)

flyingma Tue 02-Oct-12 16:01:12

Hope this is not completely OT but how about the Playmobil (as previously suggested) or Lego ones? I am completely into toy advents at the moment and just wish they were more commonplace so I could have one more suited to my DS' age group (preschooler) but he'll have to live with the Lego City ones.

Lego City, Lego Friends and Lego Star Wars ones are 3 for 2 at Boots and Argos (last day today). Playmobil ones on Amazon were discounted a few days ago.

Completely allergy free and healthy smile

dinkystinky Tue 02-Oct-12 16:02:08

Get a pocket one or choo-choo train one and put in your own suitable treats for him? If he was older, I'd say go for a playmobile one - he'd be the envy of the house

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