In an effort to get kids down from their sugar high and preserve their pearly whites, we've decided to turn our attention to all things sweet. Or semi-sweet. Made with love by independent brands.*
De Kleine Keuken
Before the arrival of our first child I was convinced that we would stay clear from pureed, store-bought baby food. I had planned to make everything from scratch. By myself. Organic. Biological. With love. Then reality came knocking and the premade baby food slowly but surely entered our lives. As did De Kleine Keuken. Their delicious, all-natural purees and pastas made me feel less guilty about feeding my kids anything but homemade grub. And the good news is that in recent years this Dutch brand has expanded both its range and points of sale. And so chances are your local grocer sells their peanut butter and chocolate paste, which are free from all things sugary and nasty and have therefore become a staple in our kitchen cupboard.
In recent years the amount of sugar-free, organic candy has increased dramatically and most supermarkets stock at least one or two ‘alternative’ candy brands. Most kids like them…that is until they discover ‘the real deal’ and then you can’t seem to persuade the little buggers to eat the locally-sourced-organic-biodegradable-slowly-cooked-and-awful-looking-strawberries that double as candy. And that’s why I love Hey Yum! This Danish brand of organic candy is free from artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives, but it looks and tastes just like ‘ordinary’ candy and so these puppies go down like…well, a treat!
Tante Toos Suikerloos
This Rotterdam-based brand, which loosely translates to Aunt Tess Sugarless, was set up by Elze Schaap. The candy she makes is free from sugar, gluten and other unnecessary additives. Instead Elze works with fruit, vegetables and herbs, sometimes adding some sweetness like honey, maple syrup or dates. Most ingredients are sourced locally – the apples and pears come from a nearby farm – and preferably organic.
Okay, this one’s more for the moms than the kids (although my kids love them). Ridiculously Good is a delicious treat made from the best raw chocolate from Ecuador with a coconut filling. Organic, fair trade and free of sugar so you don’t have to worry about adding post-pregnancy pounds 🙂 Not a coconut fan? They also come in Pretty Orange & Pecan and Brilliant Brownie.
*this article was first published on The Mom