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Review of Home Free Peanut- and Dairy-Free Cookies

Food Review: Home Free Cookies

When I first cracked open a box of Home Free's peanut-free, tree-nut-free, egg-free, and dairy-free cookies, I thought: what poor person has all of those food allergies combined? I couldn't quite figure out the target market. But now I think I have it figured out. These organic cookies are meant for moms who want to serve treats guaranteed safe for any kid, whatever her allergy.

I'm skeptical about how big that audience really is, but for healthy sweets, these were pretty impressive. I tried two varieties: the soft oatmeal cookies and the mini chocolate chip cookies. Both had minor faults, but they were also much tastier than I expected. For my thoughts,


The oatmeal cookie was pretty sizable and had a nice, chewy-oat texture with just enough sweetness. One cookie has 120 calories and four grams of fat with almost all organic and whole-grain ingredients, so I felt good about eating them. Each box contains three pairs of individually packaged cookies (why? so wasteful!), and unfortunately, each pair of cookies stuck together and didn't look pretty when I pulled them apart.

The mini chocolate chip cookies had a totally different vibe: crunchy and sweeter, much like a Famous Amos. While the oatmeal cookies tasted more like health food (which I liked), the chocolate chip ones could easily be served to kids who probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Each serving of six mini cookies has 140 calories and six grams of fat, but you could also just eat one for a little sweet treat.

Home Free sells all of its cookies online here, including a chocolate-chocolate chip flavor (full size and mini) and a full-size version of the chocolate chip. If you have food allergies (or just lots of paranoia about them), these are definitely worth taking a bite of.

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Eh they sound okay.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
Would love to give these a try :) Definetly good for my vegan friend.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 8 years
These are also a good choice for parents that need to bring treats to their child's school. There are so many different allergies and these ensure that every child will be able to enjoy them.
traciepwns traciepwns 8 years
As the others have mentioned, these would definitely appeal to vegans as well. We're always on the lookout for yummy dairy & egg free cookies :)
erinlikestoplay erinlikestoplay 8 years
My nephew is allergic to all 4 of those things. It's great when we can find something that is not only edible for him, but something the whole family can enjoy -- he feels less left out that way, and we don't have to be careful what we can share with him.
bananapancake84 bananapancake84 8 years
I'm vegan and allergic to peanuts. While I can definitely eat most vegan cookies, I'll totally check these out!
steen steen 8 years
Aww, I wish I had known about these sooner! A friend of mine's son has both Celiac disease and a ton of allergies; her doctor recommended putting him on a nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free diet --- which doesn't leave a whole lot --- so they could slowly introduce foods back to him and possibly get rid of some of his minor food allergies. She had a terrible time trying to come up with sweet treats! Thankfully, now, he's a lot better. His allergies are under better control and, while his diet is still limited, he can certainly eat a wider range of foods.
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