Nearly 6 million -- or 8 percent -- of children in the U.S. have a food allergy. Their parents know how difficult it can be to confidently dine out if you’re never quite sure what’s in the food.

Kathryn Ernst knows the struggle -- she suffers from food allergies and limitations, and always had a hard time finding a place that could accommodate her dietary restrictions. She’d often have to make all her own food at home, and this is how Twist Bakery & Cafe was born.

Twist, which has locations in Millis and Burlington, was recently named USA Today’s #1 Gluten-Free Bakery in the Nation. Not only are they gluten-free, but they are free of the top eight allergens, too. The bakery is also completely nut-free (except coconut), and mostly dairy-free and soy-free. Everything is color coded so parents and kids can easily know what they can and cannot eat. Score!