What Valentine's Day Sweets to Buy Your Nut-Allergic Sweetie

What Valentine’s Day Sweets to Buy Your Nut-Allergic Sweetie (VIDEO)

Valentines Day is around the corner. The day of love – or most appropriately the day of chocolate. I have hated this day for so long – not just during my single more bitter days but waaaaay back to childhood. The reason isn’t because of loneliness or lack of love it is because:


Do you know how sad that is?! As a six-year-old or even now? This is one of the realities I’ve accepted by living with a nut/peanut allergy. It is hard to enjoy chocolate-filled holidays. Generally, not eating dessert is an accepted fact for me. But over the years I’ve grown and softened to this holiday and have actually learned to enjoy it – although it is still hard to find chocolate to eat.

I’d be happy to get anything as a present for Valentine’s but the cliche present of chocolate is a challenge to receive with an allergy – especially fancy gourmet chocolate. Most boxes of chocolate are full of nuts and if they are not they say “may contain nuts” which is essentially the same thing. So what sweet can you buy your nut/peanut allergic partner?

Here are my suggestions to have a sweet and safe Valentine’s Day with your nut allergy. And remember you can buy yourself chocolate- this is a day for fun and all kinds of love, self-spoiling included!

 1. Buy Cupcakes Instead

Sorelle and Company Nut-free cupcakes

If you can’t get chocolate that is safe, get cupcakes or other baked goods. Toronto has some quality nut-free bakeries that carry cakes, cookies, brownies- anything a normal bakery would carry. Some of my favourites are: Sorelle and Company (which is super Instagram-worthy, but pricey) Cakes by Roberts did my unicorn birthday cake which I absolutely adored! I haven’t been to Yonge and Eglinton in ages but I remember The Cupcake Shoppe being amazing. So, if classic chocolate fails I’m sure there is a nut-free bakery in your city.

2. School-Safe Chocolate

School Safe Kid Friendly Valentine's Chocolate

Kid or school-safe chocolates can often be found at grocery stores, drug stores or even dollar stores. However, the shapes won’t be very fancy or romantic – think Darth Vader, princesses and cartoon characters. But you’ll likely be able to find the classic heart-shape as well. Scan the aisles for a peanut-free/nut-free label. On the downside the chocolates are generally cheap and drug store quality at best – but they will work as a gesture.

3. Laura Secord has a nut-free line!

Laura Secord Nut-Free Chocolate

Laura Secord does have a line of gourmet chocolate bars and fancy boxes of nut free chocolate. They are definitely of a higher quality and more romantic than the school-safe chocolate. But, it is hard to find a store and most of the specialty nut-free products are only in store. My boyfriend has come home with fear in his eyes more than once at not being able to find a box of chocolates for me.

4. Shop Local

For me Laura Secord is local, as a Canadian company I grew up with it. Although I didn’t grow up eating their chocolate, I believe the nut-free line is a newer development. Another option is to shop local, maybe your local independent chocolatier can make you a special order? It can’t hurt to ask.

5. Make it yourself!

If all else fails (or even if it doesn’t) you could always bake yourself and you’ll know it will be safe! You could make your sweetie dessert or a batch of nut-free cookies. They will be one of a kind and from the heart and that is always king!

Please share your nut-free recommendations with me! I’m always looking for new ways to satisfy my sweet-tooth!

Laura Secord Cameo Chocolare
Picnic layout

ChocoSol Chocolate

I get extremely excited when I discover new nut free products, especially when they are chocolate based. I discovered ChocoSol Traders when I went to the Dufferin Grove farmers market to research for an article I was writing. I am also a sucker for pretty and skull based marketing so when I saw this chocolate it was a given I’d buy some.

Package Free Chocolate - ChocoSol

Girl holding Picnic Basket

As an added bonus the chocolate can come package-free and the wrapping is paper – so they are pretty green. Yes, I can feel ethical when eating chocolate!

The chocolate is definitely real and cacoa- based so if you want a something that tastes like an Aero bar you’ll be disappointed. But it will satisfy your sweet tooth and make a perfect (and cute) picnic addition (especially if you grab it from the farmers’ market then find your picnic spot). I hear they also make cookies and hot chocolate so I’ll visit the store to try those next. 

ChocoSol Traders Chocolate

Shakespeare in High Park

Watching Queen Lear (not King Lear) at Shakespeare in the Park.

Cinderella's Castle

Nut-Free Magic Kingdom, Disneyworld!

I was ecstatic to discover that Disneyworld is amazing for allergies. Going on vacation and being on edge and afraid to eat is a horrible feeling. There is always new and interesting food (and sweets) that I want to try; especially at theme parks. But more often than not eating is out of the question when you’re deathly allergic. Below is my Disneyworld Magic Kingdom, Florida food journey.

But before I do anything I need tea (Disneyworld Starbucks). So happy Starbucks has introduced coconut milk!

Starbucks Disneyworld

Cinderella’s Royal TableBreakfast at Cinderella's Table

A few days prior to our visit we went online to get restaurant reservations to discover you apparently have to book these things 180 days in advance (WHAT?!). Luckily we arrive early the Monday morning and there is room at Cinderella’s Castle (we are her special guests). It was the most expensive and magical breakfast I’ve ever had. When you enter the castle you first meet Cinderella; later they usher you upstairs for breakfast.

First of all, the restaurant has an allergy specific menu. Hallelujah! They start breakfast with a tray of pastries, some are Mickey-shaped of course, and I can actually eat them! Do you know how rare that is? I could have just kept eating the pastries, but it came with a full bacon and eggs breakfast as well. You also had coffee/tea and a goblet of juice. The food was actually great and a higher quality than I expected (especially the pastries) and the service was incredible. They were extremely aware of allergies and very attentive.

Cinderella's Breakfast Allergy-Friendly Menu

Nut-free Disneyworld pastries

During breakfast four other princesses circulate and greet you; and they NEVER break character. Totally worth the money!

Cinderella Notebook

Breakfast at Cinderella's Castle

Gaston’s TavernGaston's Cinnamon Bun
I have a cinnamon bun obsession. So when I was researching Magic Kingdom and saw a picture of one at Gaston’s Tavern, I prayed I could eat it. Unlike Cinderella’s Royal Table, Gaston’s is a counter service place, so it isn’t a sit down restaurant. It is dimly lit; but you can sit in Gaston’s chair.

When I enquired about the cinnamon bun the server was kind enough to search through the ingredient binder for me…and I could eat it! Oh happy day! This was the biggest cinnamon bun I’ve ever seen; look at it, it is as big as my head. It is a twist on the classic cinnamon bun; there is a caramel syrup throughout it. T and I liked them so much we also took one each to go (bows head in shame).

Mickey StrawT is getting grumpy so we get a drink at the Starlight Cafe. A safe icy drink, complete with Mickey straw.

Tony’s Town Square
By 6:00 p.m. we just wanted to get dinner reservations anywhere. The only sit-down spot available was Tony’s Town Square (the Lady & the Tramp restaurant) at 8:30 p.m. Sadly we missed the parade because we were eating. Like Cinderella’s Castle they had a special allergy-friendly menu. Italian is my favourite food so this was a perfect ending. I got spaghetti and meat balls, so the meal was fairly ordinary, but still good. But, drum roll please….this restaurant serves WINE!Disneyworld Allergy-Friendly menu

Lady and the Tramp Spaghetti and Meatballs

I’m already dreaming of my next Disney adventure. Where did you eat at Disneyworld, any recommendations for my next trip?

Sweet Trolley Bakery

It was a brisk day and the snow was melting. After brunch, my boyfriend, bestie and I walked around the Junction area and what do I spot, but a giant ‘nut-free’ sign in the window. I am attuned to such signs and can always spot them out of the corner of my eye. Sweet Trolley Bakery is right next to Bunners on 3056 Dundas Street West; I’ve never seen two nut-free places right beside one another (it’s like seeing a unicorn)!



I walk through the store suddenly famished! It’s not glamourous inside; but this likely helps to keep prices down. The prices were reasonable and I think they only take cash.  I was so excited and made such a fuss that the owner let me take a photo with the nut free sign.  I bought an assortment of sweets: rhubarb pie, cupcake, cinnamon bun, cannoli and one of every cookie they make. That’s not too much, right? They are famous for their cinnamon buns; but I preferred the rhubarb pie and cannoli. I don’t think I’ve actually ever eaten a cannoli before; I’ve been missing out!


I will for sure go back here for special occasions; like birthdays and Tuesdays.


Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!




I have never been a big fan of tarts; they always seemed boring and nut-filled to me. But as I was buying  a mattress I was happy to stumble upon Tartistry . There are not a lot of cute cafes in Etobicoke; yet alone one that can accommodate a nut allergy AND be gluten-free. They aren’t a nut-free facility; but I ate there without a problem.

The shop is a mixture of cafe and antique/knick-knack shop. It is as if your grandma put all of her cherished belongings on the wall – the kitsch and mismatching is a perfect setting! The owner is also a sweetheart.


The second time I visited Tartistry I planned my perfect high tea outfit to match the decor.




Blouse – Jacob (retails stores are sadly now closed)
Cardigan – Jacob Junior (also closed and bought at a vintage show)
Skirt – Forever21 (it has pockets!)
Fishnets from my collection
Pointed Nude Heels – Call it Spring


Note: All allergy sufferers know before you eat you must always ask about ingredients. Please take my reviews as information only; never forget to ask your server about ingredients before you eat. Happy nut-free snacking!