Guidelines and Suggested Options

There is an increasing number of students enrolled in HCA who have food-related allergies to products containing peanuts and/or tree nuts. Reactions can include anaphylactic shock and death. One of the goals of HCA is to build a safe environment for all of our students. We ask that all party treats be nut free.

In order to assist you with this, we have compiled a list of known nut-free snacks. Snacks on this list are known to be safe; however, labels and ingredients are constantly changing. Therefore, we ask that you always check the labels and watch out for manufacturer’s disclaimers on their products, such as “made in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts” or “may contain trace amounts of nuts.”

Snacks should be in the original container, it must be labeled with the brand name. For example, just marking it “pretzels” is not sufficient. Rold Gold Pretzels are peanut-free, while Snyders pretzels contain trace amounts of peanut dust.

*Please serve items with serving gloves which should be available at school. Please wash your hands with soap and water before you serve food at the party.


  • Any chips fried in peanut oil
  • Candy or cookies with peanuts or peanut butter
  • Check all labels for chocolate candies
  • Orange crackers (cheese/peanut butter)
  • “Little Debbie” brand snacks


Local bakeries (supermarkets, Missouri Bakery, Lubeley’s, Federhofers, Sam’s Club, Walmart, COSTCO, Schnucks etc.) cannot guarantee their products will be safe from cross contamination. Items brought in from these stores are not considered safe UNLESS A LABEL IS PROVIDED.

SAFE BAKERIES: (Always check labels to be sure)

1. Divvies 

2. Whole Foods 

3. Entenmann’s

4. Dierbergs

5. Shop n Save

6. Hostess 

7. Sara Lee



Fruits, Vegetables, Cheese & Dairy:

- All fresh fruits and vegetables (and dips) are acceptable.

- Applesauce cups (assorted variety fruit flavored as well)

- Dole or Del Monte fruit or gel bowls

- Raisins (plain) or Craisins and other dried fruit

- Yogurt in cups or tubes

- Pudding in cups, cans, or tubes

- String cheese or other cheeses

- Drinkable yogurt or smoothies

- Quaker rice cakes

- Kraft Handi-Snack dips with cheese

- Bagels (read label), cream cheese

- Cereals (no nut varieties or nut ingredients)

- T. Mazettis Caramel apple dips with apples 


- Chips-A-Hoy

- Honey Maid and Keebler graham crackers

- Honey Maid cookies (oatmeal)

- Enjoy Life brand cookies or bars

- Vienna Fingers

- Fig Newtons

- Nilla Wafers

- NutriGrain breakfast bars, Special K bars

- Pop Tarts

- Rice Crispy treats (plain)

- Teddy Grahams

- Annie’s brand snack mix, grahams

- Kraft Handi Snacks OREO dippers

- Jet Puffed Marshmallows

- Goldfish graham snacks

- Nabisco Barnum Animal Crackers, Oatmeal and Iced cookies

- Keebler cookies (EL Fudge, Fudge Stripes, Grahams, Fudge Shoppe)      

- Fudge Sticks, Scooby Snacks, Bug Bites

- Oreos (regular, golden, minis, Fudgees)

- Entenmann’s donut holes, little bites, brownies, Crème Filled choc or Golden

- Pepperidge Farms Milano, Chessmen, shortbread, gingerbread & sugar cookies

- Hostess (Twinkies, Cup Cakes, Ho Ho’s, Ding Dongs, Honey Bun)



- Rold Gold pretzels (plain, honey, cheese)

- Triscuits, Wheat Thins, Vegetable Thins (all flavors)

- Ritz crackers (NOT Ritz bits or sandwiches)

- Town House, Club, Toasteds crackers

- Cheez-Its, Cheez-It party mix, Cheese Nips, Better Cheddars

- Saltines, Oyster crackers

- Wheatables, Air Crisps, Munch’ems, Keebler Snack Stix

- Kashi Tasty Little Crackers (TLC)

- Town House Pretzel crackers

- Keebler Club crackers (not sandwich crackers)

- Shop ‘N Save house brand snack mix

- Kraft Handi Snacks cheese and crackers

- Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos, Tostitos (all flavors)

- Krunchers, Lays, Pringles, Jays, Cape Cod and Ruffles brand potato chips

- Popcorn (Pop Secret, Orville Redenbacher, Vics, Healthy Choice, Pelican Bay)

- Bugles, Sun Chips, Pringles snack stix

- Annie’s brand snack mix

*- Utz Holiday Pretzel Shapes (Sam’s) for Halloween and Christmas

Snyder's of Hanover® pretzels made in any of the company's peanut-free facilities will have packaging clearly marked with a peanut-free icon and allergen information.


- Popsicles

- Minute Maid, Tropicana Juice Bars

- Dole whole fruit bars

- Good Humor Fudgesicles, Scribblers

- Edy’s Fruit and Outshine Bars

- Original Bomb Pop

- Icee squeeze up tubes

- Orange push-ups

- Breyer’s brand

- Turtle Mountain and SO Delicious brands

- Blue Bunny brand varieties (no peanut or nut flavors)

- Shoppers Value Strawberry Shortcake

- North Star ice cream sandwiches

- North Star Chocolate Éclair Bars

- North Star Totally Tobular Orange Sherbet Treats

- North Star- Lotta Juice (popsicle) and Krispy Krunch

- North Star Ice Cream Cups- Vanilla, Chocolate Sundae, Orange Sherbet, 

- North Star Ice Cream Sandwiches and Mini Sandwiches

- North StarTriple Choc Ice Cream Sandwich and Neapolitan Ice Cream Sandwich

- North Star: Ice Cream Bar, Malt Krunch, Dream Bars, Fudge Bars, Lotta Fruit 

- Stoneridge: Ice Cream Sandwiches, Ice Cream Bars, Krunch Bar

- Popsicle Brand: Jolly Rancher, Orange Cherry Grape, Twin Pops, Bubble Gum,

- NO EDY’s Brand Ice Cream


- Fruit snacks 

- Air Heads

- Blow pops

- Dum-Dum suckers

- Gummy bears / worms/ DOTS

- Hersey Kisses – Milk Chocolate

- Hersey Kissables

- Jolly Ranchers

- Junior Mints

- Laffy Taffy

- Life Savers (hard and gummy)

- Mike & Ike’s

- Milk Duds

- Necco Sweethearts boxes (candy hearts)

- Nerds

- Pixie Sticks

- Ring Pops

- Rolos

- Runts

- Sixlets

- Skittles

- Smarties

- Spree

- Starburst

- Swedish Fish

- Sweet Tarts (regular and chewy)

- Tootsie Rolls

- Tootsie Roll Pops

- Twizzlers licorice

- Whoppers

- Bottlecaps

NO Mars, Ghirardelli, or Wonka Brand chocolate, M&Ms plain or peanut


Check the label on all items before bringing into the school


*Revised: March 23, 2017