Valentine’s Day Ideas

January 31st, 2017

valentine-linkValentine's Day can be tough on the GFCF diet if you don't know where to go for the good stuff. Below are some ideas, tips and resources to make your Valentine's Day special and yummy! As always, please check the ingredients to ensure that items listed are in fact gluten and casein free.

Candy

Chocolates

Soy Free GFCF Candy

Candy Making Supplies

Recipes

School Party Tips

GFCF Candy That You Can Pick Up Just About Anywhere

Willy Wonka Candy

  • Gobstoppers
  • Bottle Caps
  • Pixy Stix
  • Nerds
  • Runts

Charms Blow Pops, Charms Pops, Mason Dots, Dubble Bubble

Dum Dum Pops

Skittles

Starburst

Pez

Create your own personalized Fruit Roll Ups!

Chocolates

http://www.naturalcandystore.com/

Amanda's Own Confections

Edward & Son's

Chocolate Covered Fondants - Orange Mint chocolate dipped similar to Junior Mints

Tropical Source

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Semi-Sweet Chips dairy free
  • Expresso Roast dairy free
  • Wild Rice Crisp
  • Toasted Almonds
  • Red Raspberry Crush
  • Sundried Jungle Banana
  • Mint Candy Crunch
  • Hazelnut Expresso Crunch

Chocolate Emporium

  • Clusters
  • Creams Chocolate Fudge, Coconut Patty, Crème de Menthe, Marshmallow
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Fudge - Chocolate, Chocolate Walnut, Peanut Butter, Raspberry
  • Dipped Chocolate Cordials
  • Truffles - Black Forest, Chocolate, Hazelnut, Mocha, Orange, Rum, Raspberry
  • Mint Lentils (similar to M&M's - mint flavored)
  • Chocolate Lentils (similar to M&M's)
  • Rainbow Raisins (chocolate covered raisins in a fruity candy shell)
  • Chocolate non-pareils (large "snowcaps")
  • Assorted Chocolate Pops for Kids
  • Chocolate Chips

Oppenheimer

  • White Chocolate Chips

Whizzers

  • Chocolate Beans (like M&M's)

Guittard

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Decoratif Sprinkles

Giambri's Candy

  • Homemade Candy... Fresh Natural Ingredients. Specify gluten & Casein free when ordering.

Soy Free & GFCF Candy

Soy Free Sales (GFCF Chocolates)

  • Dark French Chocolate
  • Dark, Semisweet Chocolate Drops
  • Coffee Chocolate Chips
  • Economy Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Candy Making Supplies

Candyland Crafts -molds, sucker sticks, wrappers and boxes

Kitchen Krafts - molds, candymaking ingredients, boxes

Get Suckered - stainless steel molds for candy

Recipes

*** Heart cupcake molds are great but if you don't have them it's as simple as putting a marble between the muffin tin and muffin liner

Chocolate Cake

EVERYONE needs a chocolate cake recipe. Your friends will NEVER KNOW it is GFCF!

1 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup sorhgum flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup CASEIN FREE cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum or guar gum

Mix these ingredients in a bowl, then add:

1/2 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup rice milk or other milk substitute
1/2 cup hot water
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla

Stir until mixed, grease and flour an 8 x8 inch pan, pour batter into pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Can be doubled to make a sheet cake or two round cake pans or 24 cupcakes. For cupcakes bake for 20 -25 minutes

Basic White or Yellow Cake

*** Use a natural red food dye to make this recipe into Red Velvet Cake

6 T. CF margarine
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs or 3 egg whites
1 cup rice flour or GF flour mix ( I use the mix because it tastes better and is not so gritty)
6 T potato starch flour
2 T tapioca flour
1 t guar gum
1/4 t. baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup CF milk substitute with 2 t. apple cider vinegar or 2 t lemon juice
1 t. GFCF vanilla extract
(If you use Vanilla Almond Breeze milk drink you will not need the vanilla)

Mix together margarine, eggs and sugar until blended. In a separate bowl combine flours, guar gum, baking powder, soda and salt. In a separate measuring cup prepare milk and mix with vanilla extract. On low speed add dry mix to egg mixture alternating with milk. Mix just until combined. Spoon batter into pans. Bake at 350 for around 30 minutes.

Basic Frosting

1 1/4 GFCF powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Mix together. Add strawberries, cocoa, or anything else that you'd like!

Find more GFCF recipes

Or buy a cake mix and use ideas from the various cake mix websites for ideas to enhance them.

Namaste Chocolate Cake Mix

Gluten Free Pantry

School Party Tips

If at all possible bring GFCF treats for the entire class.

If your child brings home treats that he/she cannot have, offer to trade them out for acceptable treats, small toys or even money!

Remind the teacher beforehand of your child's dietary needs and offer a list of acceptable easy to find store bought treats for the entire class.

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