Alexander’s Bakery was created with one simple premise – EVERYONE should be able to enjoy delicious baked goods safely. Food allergies and sensitivities affect millions of children and adults in the United States. There are 8 major food allergies; peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy, eggs, shellfish, and wheat. “Researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom” (www.foodallergy.org/facts-and-stats, 2017). My son, Alex, is one of those people.
Alex’s story… Shortly after his first birthday, Alex and I were in the kitchen making dinner. He was sitting in is high chair and I was chopping vegetables. I was snacking on a piece of celery with peanut butter and Alex pointed to it and indicated that he wanted some. So, I broke off a piece of bagel, put some peanut butter on it and gave it to him. I went back to chopping vegetables when I heard the bagel hit the floor and Alex start crying. The area on his face around his lips had turned bright pink and hives were starting to form. I had read about food allergies in one of my baby books but this was the first time I had ever experienced it. Immediately I called the pediatrician and they advised giving Benadryl and keeping an eye on his symptoms to make sure they didn’t worsen. I asked what I needed to watch for and they said gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea, vomiting) and/or trouble breathing. If any of these happened, I should take him to the emergency room. That was the scariest night of my life as a new mom. He developed a rash all over the front and back of his torso and cried most of the evening. When he finally went to bed, I ‘slept’ on the floor in his room constantly checking to make sure he was breathing. We were lucky, some reactions are much worse… Alex was diagnosed with severe food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts and peas. My life became devoted to learning everything there was to know about food allergies and keeping him safe. Alex is now in high school and as a family, we have learned how to manage life with food allergies.
We are a family that enjoys sweets and we quickly learned that Alex could not eat food from traditional bakeries. I had always loved to bake, but now I was doing it for a different reason. Over the years I have created many delicious desserts for family and friends. I had always dreamed about opening a bakery but it wasn’t until I told my sister about it, that my dream became a reality. Together, we present Alexander’s Bakery. We are ready to share delicious, allergy friendly baked goods with you.
So, welcome to our story. We are so glad you are here on this journey with us.
~ Vicki & Kristen