In previous years for Halloween, our son was young enough to get away easy on Halloween. We would hit up one or two houses that we knew weren't doing candy and then came back to her house to hand out our little Halloween toys to trick or treaters.
I don't like how the holiday (as well as other holidays, including Valentine's and Easter) revolve around candy. Americans spend an absurd amount of money on candy for this holiday and it's making us sick.
My husband and I feel that it is important for us to teach our son that holidays don't have to be about candy. We can still very much enjoy the holiday without it. But don't get me wrong, we will still likely be making spider cookies from Against All Grain Celebrations cookbook.
But for trick or treating, this year is a different story. My son is fully aware of what's going on. Luckily we found an awesome group of like-minded individuals and will be going to a trunk or treat where only allergy-free, healthy foods, and little toys are given. And the cool part is that kids won't know the difference. It's about the thrill not the candy!
So we came up with this gluten-free play dough recipe that will be allergy-free (Play-Doh is made with wheat). As far as texture, you wouldn't know the difference between this and the “real” stuff.
Here is the recipe I used for the playdough as well as pdf printable labels that you can download and use! Enjoy!
1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water
2 tsp activated charcoal (like this)
Mix ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Once it starts to boil, it will start to clump. Keep stirring until it forms a ball.
Remove from heat. I spread mine out on parchment paper and kept flipping and kneading until it was cool. Be careful — it will be hot!
Once cooled, keep in airtight container. Can also be kept in the fridge. Lasts up to approximately 30 days.