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“Free-From” Business Spotlight: Surf Sweets, Organic, Non-GMO, Allergy-Free Candy

The Allergy Free Wife with Surf Sweets Allergy-Free Gummy Bears

While I am guilty of having a sweet tooth, I do try to make smart choices when indulging in treats, especially candy. I’ve made it a rule to stay away from anything with high fructose corn syrup which immediately eliminates most brands of candy, until I stumbled upon Surf Sweets last year in Whole Foods.

Surf Sweets Gummy Bears, Nut-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, and More

Surf Sweets candies are gluten free, nut-free, soy-free, GMO-free, casein free, organic, and allergy friendly (free of the most common food allergens including wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish)! All Surf Sweets candy is produced and packaged in a dedicated nut-free facility (thank you!), and there are even six candies flavors that are vegan. I was lucky enough to speak with the President and Owner of Surf Sweets, Bert Cohen, about sourcing allergen-free ingredients, what Surf Sweets does to give back to the environment, how new candy flavors are dreamed up, and more! As a bonus for my readers, I’m also giving away a goodie box of Surf Sweets candy. Scroll to the bottom of the post for more information.

Surf Sweets Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Organic Gummy Bears

AFW: All Surf Sweets candy are free of the most common food allergens (wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, shellfish) and are produced and packaged in an dedicated nut-free facility. Is it difficult to source allergen-free ingredients?
Yes, it can be! We have to be very careful in working with our suppliers. Adding our organic and non-GMO requirements makes it even more challenging.

Surf Sweets Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Sour Berries

AFW: What’s your favorite Surf Sweets candy?
Bert: It’s tough to say, but the Sour Berry Bears are probably still my favorite. They’re just the right balance of sweet and sour for me.

Surf Sweets allergy-free candy

AFW: I’ve seen some amazing, creative recipes crafted using Surf Sweets products. What’s been the most creative one you’ve seen?
Bert: Colorful cakes colored with beet juice and decorated using our candies!

1% for the planet 

AFW: I love that you’re a member of 1% for the planet, which means that you donate a minimum of 1% of the sales from your products to a number of organizations that support environmental causes, including The Rozalia Project, Sustainable Surf, Climate Cycle, and Healthy Child Healthy World. What inspired you to want to give back?
Bert: Having two young children, I’m very concerned with how we leave the planet for them and their children. I wanted to do something tangible to make sure we are contributing to keeping the environment clean. I’m very proud of these partnerships and believe that we will be able to make an even greater impact in the future.

Surf Sweets Peach Rings, Allergy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Candy

AFW: How do you decide on what your new products will be?
We have a product development team that meets monthly to discuss just this! We rely heavily on consumer feedback as well as take into account our own sweet preferences!

I topped my favorite dairy-free ice cream with Surf Sweets gummy bears for an allergy-free treat!

AFW: What are the plans for Surf Sweets in the future?
Bert: We want to continue to expand our product line and distribution, grow our support of environmentally-related causes, and increase our team size!

AFW: Describe Surf Sweets Candy in three words
Bert: Delicious, Inclusive, Fruity!

Thanks to Bert for taking the time to speak with me!

Strawberry and Vanilla Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Cupcakes

In the spirit of spring I used Surf Sweets to top my Strawberry & Vanilla Gluten-Free, Nut-Free Cupcakes, the perfect spring treat! Recipe is below.

Allergy Free Vanilla Cupcakes

The Allergy Free Wife’s Strawberry & Vanilla Allergy-Free Cupcakes


  • 1/2 Cup Salted Butter (Use Earth Balance to make dairy-free)
  • 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar (A healthier alternative is Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar which can be used as a 1-1 substitute for traditional granulated sugar )
  • 2 large eggs (Use egg substitute Ener-g to make egg-free)
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour (my favorite is this brand)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of milk (Use rice or coconut milk to make dairy-free)

allergy-free vanilla cupcakes 


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Whip butter & sugar together until it’s light & fluffy
  • Add eggs, beat together well
  • Sift in gluten-free flour, baking soda, and baking soda
  • Stir in vanilla & milk
  • Divide batter into either a 6-section muffin pan for large cupcakes, or 12-section muffin pan for smaller bite-sized cakes
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes for 6-section muffin pan, or 12-15 minutes for 12-section muffin pan
  • Remove from oven, cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely
  • Once cooled, frost with allergy-free frosting (I recommend Wholesome Organic Kitchen Vanilla or Strawberry), and top with your favorite Surf Sweets candy. Enjoy!

As a special sweet treat for my readers, I’m giving away a goodie box filled with a variety of Surf Sweet candy! Enter below!
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39 Comment

  1. My husband and I have a serious gummy sweet tooth

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      The peach rings are my favorite! Thanks for your kind words!! 🙂

  2. Gwendolynftw says: Reply

    We love them! Great potty training treats too 🙂

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Glad you love them too!

  3. My 2 year old is allergic to peanuts and I’m always looking for treats that are safe for her! It’s such a relief when you can trust that a company’s product is safe!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      I know! The trust you get is priceless from knowing a food is 100% safe.

  4. I want to try the watermelon rings.

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Love those!

  5. i love watermelon and peach so i’d love to try the rings!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Yes! My personal favorites!

  6. I want to try the gummy bears.

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Yum! I love their regular & sour bears!

  7. Emily Miller says: Reply

    Yummy. The watermelon ones look amazing!!!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      They’re pretty great! The peach rings are A++ too!

  8. I really like Jelly Beans, so I would like to try them first.

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Their jelly beans are amazing! And not full of any of that gross artificial colors & flavoring!

  9. My son and I love them all, we are allergic to corn and soy and for a kid, these little gems are a life saver! Thanks for writing this post!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      No problem, so happy Surf Sweets are able to be a safe sweet candy for you and your son!!

  10. I really need to get some of these for my allergy boy!! Those berry bears look yummy!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      They are!!! And safe for your son too!

  11. Your pictures are just yummy! I want to run out right now and start baking. But, it is late night and my bed is calling.

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Thank you for your kind words!! 🙂

  12. Over from fb. Love the gummy bears!!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Yum! Welcome to the website!

  13. Laurajj Jacobson says: Reply

    Oh I would love to try the Peach Rings!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      My personal favorite 🙂

  14. the gummies look so great

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      They are!!!

  15. Would love to try these!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply


  16. I would like to try the Watermelon Rings.

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Love the watermelon rings!

  17. Ashley Keinath says: Reply

    Sour gummies!!!!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      Yum! Can’t go wrong with those!

  18. i love gummy worms so i would want to try those!

    1. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

      They’re delicious!!

  19. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

    It’s hard to choose a favorite!

  20. The Allergy Free Wife says: Reply

    Yum! Perfect for the whole family!

  21. Surf Sweets are my all time, favorite candy

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