Vermont Nut Free Chocolates was founded in 1998 by the mother of a little boy with a potentially life-threatening peanut allergy. Gail and Mark Elvidge first learned of their son Tanner’s allergy when he suffered a reaction at 8 months old. They were shocked, concerned and frightened to see this reaction in their baby.
To ensure their son’s safety, they began to thoroughly read ingredient labels and discovered that the hardest product to find for a nut allergic child was chocolate. Many chocolate companies manufacture products that contain or may contain nuts due to cross-contamination on shared production lines and facilities. This leads to the rest of the manufacturer’s products to be unsafe for those with a peanut and tree nut allergy. Not wanting Tanner to miss out on a classic childhood indulgence, Gail began making her own homemade chocolate that was 100% guaranteed nut free and safe for Tanner.
The combination of love for her son and passion for chocolate inspired Gail to create a company that is dedicated to making quality peanut and tree nut free confections. For the first two years, Gail and Mark ran their business out of their Vermont home hand making all the chocolates in their kitchen. Previously located in the beautiful Lake Champlain Islands for the past 20 years, they’re proud to continue their production in a 100% nut free facility in Colchester, Vermont with over 30 devoted employees. In addition to ordering online, customers can now find our products in over 500 stores nationwide.
We are committed to providing quality chocolates and treats that are fun, safe and delicious for those with peanut and tree nut allergies. From chocolate covered pretzels and gourmet truffles to granola bars and trail mix, we truly believe that those with and without nut allergies will find our gourmet chocolate to be among the finest they have ever tasted.
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates has received accolades from Food Network, The Boston Globe, Medium Magazine, and many local news platforms. Although these are great, our greatest achievement is our commitment to the community of people who make our nut free confections possible.