Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments – A Year in Review

The past 365 days have been a whirlwind of new ventures, memories and milestones for our team, and we can’t wait to embark on another successful year in 2017. But before we get ahead of ourselves, we’d like to share some of our favorite highlights of 2016.

Without further adieu, here are our sweetest moments of 2016!

Providing Sweet Experiences for All

Bert Cohen founded Surf Sweets in 2008 with one mission in mind–to offer delicious and guilt-free sweets for anytime enjoyment by anyone, regardless of food restriction. Since then, nothing brings bigger smiles to our faces than when we receive letters telling us how our allergy-friendly, clean-ingredient treats are bringing safe snacking options to homes like yours. From providing a child living with food allergies with safe-to-eat jelly beans, to offering a recovering patient their first sweet treat in months, we’re honored to hear and see the ways in which our squiggly sweets facilitate magical memories for our community.

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in ReviewOur 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

Fun Fan Art

 

We love seeing the creative ways our fans weave Surf Sweets into the lives of their families. The stories, posts and pictures that you share with us online truly brighten our days. One of our most imaginative fan creations of the year came from Kathy Thornburg. We love her cinematic candy creations featuring our Watermelon Rings and Peach Rings. What do you think?

Raising Allergy Awareness

 

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

As a supplier of top 10 allergen-free treats, we love looking for opportunities to support and promote allergy awareness, a cause near and dear to us. Did you know that 15 million Americans live with food allergies? This fall, Surf Sweets partnered with Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and their annual series of FARE Walks to raise awareness and funds for individuals living with food allergies. FARE’s mission is “to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies, and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.” We were honored to join forces with this worthy cause and help serve up some fun, games, education and a few sweet surprises just in time for Halloween!

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

Fun Blogger Creations

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

Throughout the years, we’ve scoured the internet and have discovered truly impressive blogs that offer everything from party planning tips, to creative parenting hacks and allergy-friendly recipe ideas and more. These bloggers and their helpful insights have brought warmth, deliciousness and increased productivity to our days. And, we especially love when they incorporate Surf Sweets treats into their content, like these delicious Dark Cocoa Brownies from Heartbeet Kitchen and these Teacher Appreciation Day Treat Labels from Casa Moncada.

Surf Sweets Touches Down at Target!

2016 was a year of big announcement for Surf Sweets, but this one was definitely one of our personal favorites! On April 10th, Surf Sweets became available for purchase at participating Target stores across the United States. Seeing our Fruity Bears and Gummy Worms dot the aisles of one of the USA’s most popular retailers was truly unforgettable–and only eclipsed by the excitement of our fans!

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

Our Famous Fans

 

Superstars need super snacks. That’s where Surf Sweets comes in! This year we were elated to see some of our most followed fans share their love and Surf Sweets with their online and IRL [“in real life”] communities.

Christian Covington, Defensive End for for the Houston Texans, handed out our allergy friendly goodies to lucky boys & ghouls on Halloween.

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

Stand-out soccer team, The Chicago Red Stars, stocked their locker room with organic Fruity Bears during the season, proving these incredible athletes run on clean ingredients.

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

The former queen of Bayside High, Tiffani Theissen, told the Love With Food community that it was impossible to eat just one of our jelly beans. P.S. She was right!

And reality star, Kourtney Kardashian, spread her love of better-for-you candy on Snapchat!

Our 2016 Sweetest Moments - A Year in Review

2016 has been a year of exceptional memories. What were some of your sweetest moments in 2016? Let us know by connecting with Surf Sweets on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

gluten free snacks for school

Gluten-free Snacks for School

The easy spontaneity of summer has given way to the more rigid routine of the school year, and with your child’s academic schedule comes a need to put some thought into the snacks they will carry to school each day. Unfortunately, nutrition can often be the first thing to go in the chaos of a new school year. The good news is healthy, gluten-free snacks are readily available to give children the fuel they need to learn and grow. Whether your children are on a strict gluten-free diet or you are just seeking to remove some of the harmful elements from their diet, these gluten-free snack ideas can add variety and healthfulness to their school day.

Plucked From the Vine or the Tree

Often a healthy, gluten-free snack is as close as your refrigerator, and with a little bit of creativity you can make everyday grocery items into creative, appealing school snacks for your kids. An excellent starting point is fruit, which is naturally gluten-free and adds vitamins and nutrients to your children’s diet. If they don’t love more traditional fruit options, try these alternatives:

  • Mix several types of berries together in a small container and sprinkle cinnamon on top
  • Find new varieties of dried fruit that appeal to your child – apple chips, dried mangos, flavored dried cranberries or banana chips, to name a few. If your child likes coconut, mix some flakes in with the dried fruit for an added touch.
  • Look for unique and kid-friendly fruit options in the grocery store, like clementines, doughnut peaches or grapples.
  • Freeze bite-sized snacks like grapes and then pack them in lunchboxes; they will thaw a bit but still be delightfully cold and a bit crunchy by snack time.

Do-It-Yourself and Gluten-free

An efficient grocery trip is the first step toward assembling a winning week of school-day snacks. If you keep the right gluten-free elements on hand, you can easily assemble some delicious snacks like these:
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  • Hazelnut-chocolate spread on gluten-free bread
  • Greek yogurt cups with gluten-free granola topping or fruit or both!
  • Celery slices filled with peanut butter and raisins
  • Popcorn with parmesan cheese or cinnamon topping
  • Hard-boiled eggs, peeled and salted lightly
  • Steamed edamame in the pods (it’s more fun for kids to pop out the edamame themselves!)

When You’re Looking For Something Special

We live in an age where gluten-free eating is more accessible than ever, and snacking options range from the ordinary to the exceptional. In the latter category, we have plenty of options for you. Send your kids to school with a few bears or worms or a combo of the two, and they’ll have a tasty treat that is free of not just gluten but also high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and the top ten allergens. It’s not for every day, but now and again you’ve got to go for a special treat! 

What are your favorite gluten-free snack options? Any favorites we missed? We’d love to hear them!