Diabetic halloween help
Hi all. I am an avid baker, but have always subscribed to the theory that baked goods should be treats, and always use real sugar, and fat. This Halloween, I have joined a booing grab bag. What you do is drop off a caldron full of treats to friends, along with a card, stating "you've been booed." I have picked a family whose son is diabetic. I know they make sugar free candy (which I have noticed can cause digestive disturbance), and I will fill the bags with a couple small toys/stickers, but I really want to bake some special treats. I have no clue about diabetic friendly treats, and need some recipes/suggestions. Any help would be great. Thanks so much.
do you know if the son is type 1 or type 2 diabetic? From your post I got the idea that he is young and therefore more likely to be type 1 and insulin dependent, statistically speaking. If he is indeed insulin dependent, it's likely that he and his parents know how to adjust his dose to allow him to have controlled amounts of treats. If you really want to make sure that whatever you make is appropriate for him, though, I would suggest contacting the family and getting their input. Less surprise, but I would guess they would appreciate your efforts to ensure the whole family can enjoy your cauldron o' treats.
Rather than sweet stuff, why not make some spiced nuts? Roasted pecans, almonds, or peanuts are tasty, enjoyed by kids and adults, and look good in a small bag. Plus they're diabetic-friendly. Toss melted butter, seasonings, and nuts together and toast in the oven until fragrant & browned.
Cheese straws/coins made with whole wheat flour is another low-glycemic-index baked good that appeals to kids & adults.
My son is a type 1 diabetic, and when he was young, Halloween was a big issue. One of our neighbors always made a point of having a snack bag of Pepperidge Farm goldfish, or raisins for him, and we really appreciated it.
If you want to make a homemade treat that your neighbor's son would enjoy, I would suggest pretzels. Indeed, better than just dropping the pretzels off, invite him to help you make them. That would be a big hit, I am sure.
I, too, am Type 1 and I'm familiar with the Spooking or Booing phenomenon. The fun of it is someone ringing your doorbell and you opening the door to find a bag of treats left by.... whom? Kids love it.
Twizzlers has some yummy sugar-free strawberry licorice that you can find at CVS (it's hard to find elsewhere - I love the stuff). Put in some sugar free gum & lollipops (none of which should cause the gastrointestinal distress mentioned above) and those little bags of halloween microwaveable popcorn. Tie curly ribbon on each item and then add halloween pencils and stickers or whatever else is age appropriate and non-food. It's amazing how festive curly ribbon makes stuff appear to kids (in halloween colors of course).
Very thoughtful of you to go to such trouble to find the right thing for him! As long as the stuff isn't too sweet and he has insulin, his parents can adjust his dosing to accomodate sweets in moderation. Happy Halloween!
One more thought: You might include some regular candy that is high in sugar but low in fat such as Twizzlers, jelly beans, or gummy bears. Any one with Type 1 diabetes has to deal with occasional bouts of low blood sugar, and typically keeps some snacks on hand that have a high sugar content (but no fat because the fat will slow down the metabolism of the sugar). In fact, one of the great advantages of Halloween is that you can find such snacks in individually wrapped packages, which makes them much easier to keep in a purse, bookbag, etc.
Xylitol is a sweetener suitable for diabetics and can be used to replace sugar in recipes, but more than a quarter cup can cause digestive issues.