Maplehurst Bakeries Peanut-Free Cupcakes GIVEAWAY!

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* This giveaway has ended, but read on to hear about how much we love these peanut-free cupcakes! :)

A couple weeks ago, I had a day of repeat appearances. I went into my girls' school to do some volunteer prep, then hit Lowes Foods grocery store to buy some cupcakes, went back to school to volunteer and have lunch with Little Sis, then back to Lowes Foods to get more cupcakes and then back to school to have lunch with Big Sis. Whew!! I was so glad be finally done with all that madness!

Why so many trips to buy cupcakes you ask? Well, these were *special* cupcakes to celebrate Big Sis' birthday with her classmates!! On my first trip, I had bought just enough for Big Sis' class, but they were Buy One Get One Free at the time and the more I thought about it, the more I NEEDED. And you bet I am willing to make multiple trips to Lowes Foods just to get these Peanut-Free cupcakes, because, let me tell ya, Peanut-free store-bought cupcakes are not easy to come by. I've found that a majority of grocery store-bought cupcakes say they may contain peanuts and tree nuts. 

A couple years ago, Little Sis had a scary allergic reaction to Chinese food that didn't specifically contain peanuts but was most likely cooked in the same pan as another dish with peanuts. These particles landed her in the pediatrician's office for 3+ hours for a breathing treatment and close monitoring. Then several months later, she had a reaction to candy corn of all things, which said they "May contain peanuts and tree nuts." We now avoid anything "May contain". That means when other kids bring in cupcakes to school to celebrate birthdays, my girls don't eat them. Instead they get something out of their "special treat baggy" I sent to school in the beginning of the year for just that purpose. They also don't eat most cakes and cupcakes served at birthday parties unless we KNOW they don't contain nuts, which just doesn't usually happen, so we bring our own. That's why I was SOOOOOO ecstatic when Nana happened upon these a few years back at Lowes Foods. I couldn't believe my eyes and now that's all I get! Thanks, Nana! (Updated 2/27/13: Just remembered it was Nana that stumbled across these for us!)

Check out my loot that day. I took a picture of these beauties in the back of my car while parked in the school parking lot. I totally could have opened up shop! :)

And though there are only 24 kids and 1 teacher in Big Sis' class, I bought all these for a few reasons:
  1. To share w/ the awesome office staff who are always so good to my girls, all our family members that come in to visit and the hubby and me!
  2. To stick in the freezer for later use, mostly for those birthday parties I mentioned earlier. It really works like a charm: just take one cupcake out of the freezer when it's time to leave for the party and by cake time, they are perfectly thawed. 
  3. Because I want *some*, I mean one, too. :)
Though I'd love to supply my family with homemade cupcakes all the time, that just isn't always possible due to time constraints and even school policies where homemade baked goods are no longer allowed to be shared in classrooms. This is a good thing, mind you, so you actually KNOW what's in those baked goods, but difficult at the same time if you are trying to provide a food-allergen-free treat that you know is safe for your kid. And, to be honest, sometimes my girls just prefer the store-bought stuff!

That is why these cupcakes are so completely awesome. They are so very moist and taste soooooo good. They are beautiful to look at and they are PEANUT-FREE! They are manufactured by Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC which is based in Brownsburg, IN and packaged under the name "From the Heart Cupcakes" or "Everyday Favorites" with a clear Peanut-Free logo on their label. Update (2/27/13): You can typically find them in the bakeries' freezer case/section.

Of course, I had to ask them whether they are tree nut-free, too, since the two don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. Case in point: Big Sis is severely allergic to tree nuts but can eat peanuts and well, I already told ya about Little Sis. She's supposedly not allergic to tree nuts, but I've never dared to test that out myself. Maplehurst Bakeries was very quick to respond (like within 30 minutes!) with: "Due to lack of accurate and reliable testing for tree nuts, we can't claim our products are tree nut free."

And I've noticed they provide seasonal cupcakes, too. These were from Valentine's Day. Just.Love.That. :)

They make cute little cupcakes, too! Sometimes these are just the size you need.

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So be sure to tell your family, friends, teachers, your kids' classmates' parents, co-workers and anyone else you can think of about these awesome peanut-free cupcakes!! Not only because they're delicious, but because more and more people are affected by nut allergies these days and even if neither you nor your loved ones have nut allergies, there are so many people today who do, that you are sometimes asked to avoid them at various places, ie schools in particular. I've noticed lots of preschools starting to go completely nut-free. For that, I am sorry, but grateful too. Thank you!

So bring 'em in for class parties! Buy 'em for birthday parties! Take 'em to sports celebrations! Whatever! Or just get 'em because they're so good.

Here are some grocery stores across the country that carry these cupcakes. Hopefully there's one near you, but if not, bug your local grocer to start carrying them! :)

ACME Foods Pennsylvania
BI-LO Farm Fresh 
Giant of Carlisle 
Giant of Maryland 
Lowes Foods 
Market Basket 
Shoppers Food Warehouse 
Stop & Shop 

And LASTLY, if you don't believe me, try to win some for yourself! With that, I am SOOOO excited to announce the Maplehurst Bakeries' Peanut-Free Cupcake Giveaway!!

Isn't it so completely awesome that Maplehurst Bakeries has so generously offered to host this giveaway of not one but TWO prizes so YOU can go to one of the grocery stores near you and try some for yourself!

1st prize: $30 Visa check card
2nd prize: $20 Visa check card

Now THAT's a lot of cupcakes!!!

Contest Rules:
For US residents only
Must be 18 and older to enter
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Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC - thank you SOOOO much for providing me and so many other consumers a delicious, beautiful, Peanut-Free cupcakes that my daughters can safely (and gladly) eat!

Thanks so much for stopping by and please feel free to make my day by leaving me a comment, joining my blog in the top right corner or liking my on Facebook at MyEpicureanAdventures - the more the merrier! :)

Christine, aka happyvballgirl :)


Jenn Christ said...

Yummy looking cupcakes! How wonderful that they make them nut free!

Karen Q said...

We had some at a birthday party no too long back and they're WONDERFUL!

Marie H said...

This must be really yummy.

Kendra Peterson said...

Too bad about the artificial colors :(

Lau-raw said...

This is a great giveaway! Yummy! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing your information.

TammyS said...

Thanks for your generosity!

Anonymous said...

Love these! Thank you for sharing!

Stacey L said...

I'm going to look for them at Giant in MD. I have never seen them and could really use them for my nut-allergic daughter.

Anonymous said...

I gots to have one!

Venia | Organized Bites said...

Those look amazing! And, now I want cupcakes. :/

Anonymous said...

yummie looking, pick me pick me.. i need more energy for working late at night (drooling)

Lise said...

The cupcakes look delicious! I hope they have plans to go food dye free in the near future!

Eileen Shows said...

MMM cupcakes. So hard to find nut free for schools everything is made in a factory that handles nuts :(

Cristi said...

My little girls love pinkalicious cupcakes! So sweet that these are nut-free too!

Kee Yoon said...

Wow, these nuts-free cupcakes were made by a nuts-free factory! So, my grand-daughters finally can eat worry-free cupcakes! Thanks to Maplehurst Bakeries!

Rachel S said...

How nice to have found these. My daughters both have peanut free schools due to allergies of their classmates. This would be a great treat.

Anonymous said...

My 2 gals attend a nut-free school and I'm glad to learn of other resources.

Michelle | Creative Food said...

I love cupcakes! :)

S Denton said...

That is so cool my school stopped birthday treats for this reason

Sandy said...

Beautiful blog. My kids have nut allergies too. I love volleyball too!

Rina @ Bento School Lunches said...

We LOVE cupcakes and thanks for hosting this generous giveaway! :)

Mamabelly said...

The cupcakes look so good! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Laura said...

These look amazing - thanks for the giveaway!

Crystal Shook said...

What a wonderful thing to find! They look delicious.

Crystal Shook said...

What a wonderful thing to find! They look delicious.

Keitha said...

Those look yummy!

Anonymous said...

Looks so pretty and yummy!

Karen said...

As the mom of a child with a peanut allergy I'm always on the lookout for peanut-free treats. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

These look fantastic. Thanks for sharing, and for hosting the giveaway!

Jessie McCusker said...

Those look tasty! And nut free cupcakes from a store is awesome. SO hard to find!

Shannon @ Mollys Lunch Box said...

Smiling is my favorite....but those cupcakes look so good that I might like them more!!!

Heather Winters said...

Hooray for delicious peanut free cupcakes! :). This post made me want to eat some **one** too! :D. Love the blog!! Of course I'm following' you! :)


Tammy Petschke said...

thank you! we always want to get cupcakes for my sons preK class but we can never find peanut free. Can't wait for St Patricks Day!

Anna Adden said...

Great giveaway! I would love to try these cupcakes!

Anonymous said...

gotta love my nieces to pieces! Next time I'm over, we must play school! :)
<3 Auntie Kris

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Keeley McGuire said...

You KNOW I'll actually buy cupcakes with my giftcards too, haha, I love them! :)

Elizabeth Campbell said...

They look so yummy and pretty!

Rachel B. said...

Oooh, sweet giveaway! Thank you!