Chicago bakery serves treats for kids with allergies

In all the hubbub of creating and consuming decadent holiday treats, it can be easy to overlook people who can’t partake–those kiddos (and adults!) with life-threatening food allergies.

If you go

Callie’s Cuties

16108 State Route 59, Unit 110, Plainfield

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But with ER visits for severe allergic reactions tripling in the last five years alone, chances are good you know someone who has to take a pass on the classroom party, office shindig and holiday get-together.

Enter Callie’s Cuties, the first completely nut-free bakery in the western suburbs that gladly accommodates dairy and egg allergies, too.

Owner Laura Meehan, mom to the real-life Callie, was inspired to open the bakery because of her daughter’s allergies and inability to join in with sweet treats.

If you have a food-allergic kid, here’s something they’ve likely never attended: Callie’s Cuties will hold four all-ages gingerbread house workshops on Sundays through December. Located in the party room of Aurelio’s Pizza in Plainfield, the events will include a holiday lunch buffet, completely allergen-safe candy and safely baked gingerbread houses for decorating. (They can provide egg-free ones, too; just ask.)

And what’s a Christmas shindig without an appearance by Santa Claus himself? He’ll be there, too. (Make those reservations now because these classes are popular.)

Callie’s Cuties is selling pre-decorated gingerbread houses as well as gingerbread men and women decorating kits, proving that, especially at the holidays, few things are sweeter than inclusivity.

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