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BacktoSchoolBreakfastSince writing about Gluten-Free Breakfasts a few weeks ago, I’ve had a couple more ideas I wanted to share with you.

Don’t forget to take your vitamins!

I’m surprised I didn’t even think about vitamins when writing about Back-to-School Breakfast ideas. So many people take supplements or vitamins in the mornings, especially kids! I neglected to mention it, probably because we haven’t been taking vitamins at my house until recently. With my kids getting so busy in sports, I realize that I really need to make sure they are getting all the nutrition they need.

HKvitaminI was intrigued by Hakuna Matata, a chewable multivitamin and natural fruit and veggie supplement.   Healthy Pride Supplements was nice enough to send me some samples to try out on my kids. (I hate paying big bucks for vitamins, just to find out the kids won’t eat them!) I tried the vitamins, too. I prefer the chewable vitamins because I think they’re easier on my tummy.

The great thing about these vitamins is that they are gluten-free, wheat-free, and egg-free, with no artificial colors or sweeteners. They also do not contain meat, yeast, starch, or preservatives. And, check out the natural sources of all the vitamins and minerals:

  • FRUITS AND BERRIES: strawberry, banana, raspberry, melon, pineapple, black currant, apricot, cherry, tagerine, kiwi, grape, apple, tomato, peach, papaya, guava, and mango.
  • VEGATABLES: broccoli, carrot, spinach, beet greens, asparagus, onion, garlic, alfalfa, barley grass, artichoke, peas, and summer squash.
  • ALGAE: spiralina blue-green algae, klmath blue-green algae, chlorella, kombu green algae, and cytoseira green algae.
  • Other ingredients: Dextrose, orange juice flavored crystals, natural flavors, stearic acid, turmeric color, magnesium stearate, silica, citric acid, alfalfa juice and carmine color.

So what was our final analysis? We like them! They aren’t bitter, and don’t upset our tummies. I LOVE all the natural ingredients. I like to think that my family is eating healthy, but sometimes I worry that we aren’t getting enough of the good stuff.

Where can you buy them? You can order the vitamins online or through a select group of stores and pharmacies. For more vitamin options, check out the list of the Top 100 Children’s Vitamins, as reported by Vitamin-One.com.

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Chex Gluten-Free Oatmeal

I happened to notice in the grocery store this month, a new arrival — Chex Gluten-Free Oatmeal. I grabbed a box to check it out, then noticed another shopper grabbing a box. She said it was really sweet and her kids loved it. So, I bought it, and took it home. My kids never did get to try it. My husband and I ate all of it.

The shopper was right: It is sweet. Maple Brown Sugar sweet. Just like the packages of instant oatmeal we used to eat when we were kids. Each box contains 6 individual packages. You simply pour the cereal into a bowl, add 2/3 cup water or milk, and microwave for 90 seconds. Yum!

I have only seen the Maple Brown Sugar variety in the stores. However, I found Apple Cinnamon and Original flavored varieties at Amazon, if you’re interested.  You may find them in the cereal aisles at your store. I’ll be watching ours to see if they arrive. A variety pack might be nice. :)

Ingredients: Whole Grain Oats, Sugar, Salt, Natural Flavor. Each pouch/serving: 170 calories, 0.5 g saturated fat, 180 mg sodium, 12 g sugars.

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Yes! There’s still time to order last-minute Christmas gifts!  All of these cookbooks are available on Amazon, and can be shipped in time for Christmas. In fact, if you are a Prime Member on Amazon* (as I have been for several years), you can get free two-day shipping and still get your packages there by Christmas. You just need to order your gifts by Sunday (Dec. 22, 2013)! So, on to the cookbooks….


The 163 Best Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes: 100% Gluten-Free
If you’ve been interested in trying a Paleo diet, but were worried about how much time and effort it would take to do it, this may be just the cookbook you need to get started. Who doesn’t love the convenience of a slow-cooker dinner? This cookbook has a variety of intriguing meals to try. Try recipes for Spicy Tamari Almonds, African-Style Chicken in Onion Gravy, Mussels in Lemongrass Tomato Broth, Chinese-Style Braised Pork, and Chocolate Flan with Toasted Almonds.


Easy Everyday Gluten-Free Cooking: Includes 250 Delicious Recipes
Heather Butt and Donna Washburn put together another fabulous gluten-free cookbook. This large, and very thick paperback cookbook is filled with 250 recipes including Breakfast, Quick Breads, Soups, Salads, Main Entrées, Bread Machine Recipes, and Desserts. I love the format of the book, with each recipe including tips and nutritional values per serving in the margin. I’m looking forward to trying the Almond Sponge Cake!


Gluten Free Goes Gourmet
In this beautiful hardback cookbook, author Vicky Pearl creates elegant recipes that are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Corn Free, Low Glycemic, and Kosher. I LOVE that each recipe includes a full-page photo of the finished product. I love to see how a recipe is supposed to look, and also get ideas for a nice presentation. There’s nothing missing from this cookbook: Drinks, Salads, Soups, Meat & Poultry, Fish, Sides, Breads, and Desserts. I am personally excited to try out the  ”Magnificent Mock Dairy” recipes.


Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread: (Biscuits, Bagels, Buns, and More)
This paperback book was written by Nicole Hunn, author of her first cookbook Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap and website blog of the same name. This cookbook gives great details to help you recreate the mouth-watering breads pictured in the book. It also includes information about different flours to use, and a whole chapter on what to expect from gluten-free bread. I just got a copy of this in the mail, and I can’t wait to give it a try!


Green Smoothies for Every Season: A Year of Farmers Market–Fresh Super Drinks
This small hardcover book would be a great gift for someone who likes to detox after the holidays and make healthy New Year Resolutions. The book begins with an introduction to drinking green smoothies, the health benefits, and the importance of rotating the greens you eat. The variety of recipes is incredible, and is organized by the season you can find the produce. Try the Strawberry Fields or Star Fruit smoothie in the Spring or the Pomegranate Pop in the Fall. There are also recipes for the Stomach Soother, Brain Booster, Honeymoon Healer, Lemon Liver Cleanser, Heart Starter, Bone Builder, and some many more!


Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free: Allergy-Friendly Vegan Desserts: 100 Recipes Without Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, or Refined Sugar
This paperback cookbook is comprised entirely of sweet treats made without gluten, eggs, dairy, or refined sugar. Author Ricki Heller also shares recipes at RickiHeller.com (formerly Diet, Dessert and Dogs) and in her last cookbook called Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar.


Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes
Elana Amsterdam has created another wonderful cookbook for the gluten-free community. And this one is also grain-free, dairy-free, and perfect for a paleo diet. Like her past cookbooks, it is a smaller paperback book, but full of wonderful recipes. You’ll find a variety of recipes for Breads and Breakfast, Vegetables, Entrées, Desserts including pastries and cookies, and drinks. The Rosemary Lemon Chicken has been a winner at our house, and we’ve even modified it to make Cilantro Lime Chicken.


Sweet Cravings: 50 Seductive Desserts for a Gluten-Free Lifestyle
Author Kyra Bussanich is a pastry chef and owner of the gluten-free bakery, Kyra’s Bake Shop. She was also the first gluten-free contestant and winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network. This hardback cookbook begins with a guide to the ingredients, and discusses possible egg and dairy substitutions in her recipes. It also reviews the different gluten-free flours, and offers some baking tips. Besides all the wonderfully sweet recipes, I appreciate how this cookbook  labels each recipe as one of three different levels of difficulty: easy, intermediate, and advanced. Most of the recipes are either easy or intermediate, so you’ll have plenty of practice time to work up to the advanced recipes. :)

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FallcornsnacksI love eating popcorn for snacks in the fall (or anytime of year, actually). We know that popcorn is naturally gluten-free, so it’s also great to serve to friends and family who aren’t on a gluten-free diet. Isn’t nice when we can all eat the same things? Unfortunately, we do still need to be cautious because some popcorn products have added flavorings that have gluten, or become contaminated due to processing.

popcornsnacksHere are some yummy popcorn products we’ve safely eaten at home lately. Some of the products were purchased by me, some were given to us, and one (Cosmos) was sent to us by the company to sample. All of the products clearly state “Gluten Free” on the packaging. Love that! It makes it so nice for people who are not gluten free, but want to buy something gluten-free to offer friends and family who are. (Sometimes I think reading nutrition labels can be a difficult skill to learn.)

Angie’s Popcorn

Angie's Cinnamon Sugar Kettle Corn

Angie’s Cinnamon Sugar

Angie’s is a great popcorn product. I first saw Angie’s kettle corn at Target. You can buy it in a large bag, or a package of single-serving size bags. I think it’s a nice combination of salty and sweet. Angie’s also makes other flavors: Salted Caramel, Movie Pop, White Cheddar, Sweet & Spicy, Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt, as well as some seasonal flavors. My son loves the cinnamon flavor we bought to give out at Halloween. “Ingredients: Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, Evaporated Cane Crystals, Sea Salt. Vegan. Certified Gluten-Free”

Cosmos Creations Baked Corn

Cosmos Salted Caramel Puffed Corn

Cosmos Salted Caramel

Cosmos is not actually popcorn. It’s a puffy, baked corn product. So, there are no kernels or hulls to worry about getting stuck in your teeth. I tried the sea salt and butter, and loved the strong buttery flavor. However, it doesn’t have the crunchy popcorn texture I like. The Salted Caramel flavor definitely has the crunch I was missing. The wonderful sweet, buttery caramel coating gave it a delicious crunch and a wonderful aroma. My kids were not as crazy about the Salted Caramel, but it was my husband’s favorite. Since it is made with dairy, I only took a small sample and let him enjoy the rest with his co-workers, who also loved it. My son preferred the Cinnamon Crunch, and my daughter preferred the Sea Salt & Butter. Salted Caramel Ingredients: Cane Sugar, Butter (cream, milk, salt), Corn Syrup, Degerminated Yellow Corn Meal, Sea Salt, Molasses, Vanilla Extract, Baking Soda.”

Skinny Pop Popcorn

Skinny Pop Popcorn

Skinny Pop Popcorn

There is nothing fancy about Skinny Pop, but that’s what I like about it. Nothing added but oil and salt. Free of gluten, dairy, and nuts. I can buy a big bag at Sam’s or find individual-sized bags at Sprouts. I like to pop my own popcorn at home, but this is really convenient when I need to grab a quick snack for the kids. Great for after-school snacks and to pack in lunches. No need to add lots of butter, my kids love as it is. However, it would also work great in some of the recipes listed below. “Ingredients: All Natural Popcorn Sunflower Oil and Salt.”

Redenbacher Kettle Corn

Orville Redenbacher’s new Kettle Corn

Orville Redenbacher’s Kettle Corn

This Orville Redenbacher product is a lightly sweetened kettle corn. A nice snack as is, or with other snacks stirred in: chocolate candies, nuts, etc. Just what you would expect from a kettle corn. Other OR popcorn flavors available: Sharp White Cheddar, Farmhouse Cheddar, and BBQ. “Ingredients for the Kettle Corn: Popcorn, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, contains less that 2% of: Salt, Soy Lecithin. Contains: Soy. Gluten Free”

Looking for Recipes to Make Your Own Popcorn Snacks?
Use some of the products above, or simply pop your own at home to make these snacks.

Caramel Corn Puffs Recipe -- gluten-free, dairy-free

Caramel Corn Puffs Recipe — gluten-free, dairy-free


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If you’re looking for a more complete list of Gluten-Free Halloween Candy, check out the updated Gluten-Free Halloween Candy list, which also includes a list of unsafe candies. These are just a few new gluten-free products I thought deserved a little more explanation:

candycornStarburst Fruit-Flavored Candy CornEvery year I’m on the hunt for gluten-free candy corn. The usual brands I find in the stores (Brach’s, for example) are exposed to gluten through cross-contamination. And with our systems already being stressed by the increased amount of sugar in our bodies, I don’t want to risk consuming even traces of gluten. This year, I ran across these fruit-flavored candy corn from Starburst. It doesn’t have the flavor I was looking for, but it certainly has the shape and texture. My kids love the fruity flavors: Cherry, Strawberry, Lemon, and Orange. For that expected candy corn flavor, try the Jelly Belly brand.

suncupsSun Cups are a great option for gluten-free friends who are also peanut/nut-free. Sun Cups are made with a sunflower butter instead of peanut butter and are produced in a gluten-free and nut-free facility. It’s great for those with nut allergies, but it does contain dairy. Sun Cups sent me some samples so I could try the different flavor varieties I’ve had trouble finding in the stores: Milk Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups, Dark Chocolate Sunflower Butter Cups, Milk Chocolate Caramel Cups (which my kids love!), and Dark Chocolate Mint Cups.

sixletsSweet Works is a great resource for gluten-free candy. I was recently introduced to their website where I found a wide array of gluten-free candies: SixletsGumJawbreakers, and more. Click on any of the candy products on their site to find a complete ingredient list, as well as notations about allergens. Be sure to look for the “Allergen Info.”, as well as the “Gluten Free and Made in a nut free facility” notation in “Additional Info.” in the details on each product.

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Safe Gluten-Free Halloween Candy!

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Oct. 26, 2013 - I didn’t scour the shelves to make updates to the Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List this year. However, I did make updates as I came across new products and reviewed ingredients labels on candy previously listed. Scroll down for the Complete Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List and unsafe halloween candy list. Check out a few of the new ones I recently found:

candycorn

Starburst’s new Fruit Flavored Candy Corn

suncups

Sun Cups Gluten-Free and Peanut-Free Chocolate Candy

sixlets

Sweet Works Gluten-Free and Nut-Free Candies

Details and links about these items can be found at More Gluten-Free Halloween Candy Information.

October 25, 2012 - You can read the 2010 update below for the details about the organization of the list. The short version is this: The green listing is for candies I believe to be gluten-free and safe to eat. The orange listing is for candies that don’t have gluten ingredients listed, but may have gluten due to cross-contamination or other possible concerns. You may want to avoid candies in the orange listing if you are a celiac and/or are strict about adherence to a gluten-free diet. The red listing is candy that contains gluten and should not be eaten by anyone on a gluten-free diet.

We all want to make the best decisions we can for ourselves and our families. So, as I’ve said in the past: If you find additions or corrections to make to the list, please put them in the comments so that others may benefit from the information and discussion. Thank you, and have a safe and happy Halloween!

Gluten-Free (Safe) Candy and Treats

  • 3 Musketeers Mint with dark chocolate Bar and Fun size (Oct. 2012)
  • Act II Popcorn Balls (Oct. 2009)
  • Albert’s Gummy Eyeballs (Oct. 2009)
  • Albert’s Iced Halloween pops (lollipops) (Oct. 2009)
  • Almond Joy fun size bars “Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts.”
  • Angry Birds Fruit Gummies and Fruit Snacks “Nut Free — Gluten Free” (Oct. 2012)
  • Baby Ruth bars and fun size
  • Barrels of Candy by Treat Street (Oct. 2010)
  • Bazooka Big Mix (includes bubble gum, bubble gum filled candy, candy chews, and bubble gum filled lollipops) (Oct. 2012)
  • Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot (Oct 2012) Wicked Webs Berry Wave mini feet (Oct. 2011)
  • Betty Crocker Halloween fruit flavored snacks, Screamin’ Strawberry Tattoos (Oct. 2012) Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-ups, and Mini Rolls – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2011)
  • Bit•O•Honey (Oct. 2009)
  • Big Blow bubblegum (Oct. 2012)
  • Black Forest Fruit Snacks Little Monsters (Oct. 2012) “This product was manufactured in a facility where milk, tree nuts, peanuts and soy are used in the production of other products.”
  • Black Forest Gummy Tarantulas (Oct. 2010)
  • Black Forest Gummy Fun Bugs Juicy Oozers (Oct. 2010)
  • Bloody Bones candy by Oak Lear – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2013)
  • Bloody Skulls candy by Oak Leaf – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2013)
  • Bubbly lollipop + gum (Oct. 2009)
  • Butterfinger original bar and fun size (Oct. 2012) “Contains peanut, milk and soy ingredients.”
  • Candy Checkers (made for Target 2009)
  • Caramel Apple Pops (lollipops made by Tootsie Roll) (Oct. 2011)
  • Charleston Chew fun size (Oct. 2011)
  • Charms Blow Pops and Blow Pop Minis “Milk and Soy may be present.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Charms Candy Carnival Package (Blow Pops, Sugar Babies, Zip a Dee mini pops, Sugar Daddy, Pops, Sugar Mama Caramel, Tear Jerkers sour bubble gum, Blow Pop Bubble Gum) (Oct. 2009)
  • Charms Fluffy Stuff Spider Web cotton candy (Oct. 2009)
  • Chewy Lemonheads and Friends (Oct. 2012)
  • Child’s Play “Produced in a facility that does not use peanuts, tree nuts, eggs or gluten.” (Oct. 2011)
  • Colombina Scary Eyeballs bubblegum (Oct. 2009)
  • Colombina Fizzy Pops (Oct. 2009)
  • Comix Mix Candy Sticks (Tom and Jerry, Flintstones, Scooby Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popeye) – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2009)
  • Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts (Oct. 2012)
  • Disney Halloween Candy Mix (jelly beans, gummies, candy bracelets and candy characters from Cars, Tinkerbell and Toy Story) “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts, milk and soy.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Dove pieces (Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate) (Oct. 2011)
  • Dots Gumdrops – including Candy Corn Dots (candy corn flavored), Ghost Dots (assorted fruit flavored), and Bat Dots (blood orange flavored) (Oct. 2013)
  • Dubble Bubble bubblegum “Milk and Soy may be present.” (Oct. 2011)
  • Dum Dums Lollipops (including Shrek Pops-2010) – “This product does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Dum Dums Chewy Pops – “This product does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Farley’s Kiddie Mix (includes Smarties, SweetTarts, Now and Later, Jaw Breakers, Super Bubble and Lolli-pops) (Oct. 2009)
  • Ferrara Pan Caramels “This product contains milk and soy. This product distributed in a facility where peanuts and tree nuts are used in the production of other products.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Ferrara Pan Lemonhead & Friends candy mix (includes Applehead, Cherryhead, Grapehead, Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, Chewy Atomic Fireball, and Red Hots) (Oct. 2012)
  • Florida’s Natural Healthy Treats Nuggets, Sour String, Fruit Stiks – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2009)
  • Fright Fingers Popcorn Kit (Oct. 2009)
  • Frankford‘s Bugs Gummy Candy (Oct. 2009) *reports of quality issues in 2010, see comments below*
  • Frankford‘s Gummy Body Parts (Oct. 2009) *reports of quality issues in 2010, see comments below*
  • Frankford‘s Marshmallow Pals (Oct. 2009) *reports of quality issues in 2010, see comments below*
  • Fruit Ninja Sour Gummies “Nut Free — Gluten Free” (Oct. 2012)
  • Game Night boxes of candy game pieces (includes Operation, Sorry!, Monopoly, Life, and Clue) (Oct. 2009)
  • Ghoulish Gourmet Popcorn Balls (found at Walmart) “Gluten Free” “Nut Free” Contains soy. (Oct. 2012) 
  • Gimbal’s Harvest Mix jelly beans (Oct. 2013)
  • Grave Gummies (Yummy Gummies) (Oct. 2013)
  • Gummy Pirate Choppers (Oct. 2009)
  • Haribo Gummi-Bears including original and Gold-Bears minis (Oct. 2012)
  • Heath milk chocolate English toffee bar snack size “Contains almonds.” (Oct. 2012)
  • HERSHEY’S Gluten-Free Listing - Be sure to check the unsafe lists below for Hershey’s candy that may contain gluten.
  • Hershey’s Kisses (Candy Corn flavored candy, Caramel, Caramel Apple flavored filling, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Meltaway, Pumpkin Spice, Hugs, Hugs & Kisses, Cherry Cordial Creme, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Special Dark) (Oct. 2012)
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and snack-size bars “Manufactured on the same equipment that processes almonds.” (Only the 1.55 oz. size in on Hershey’s gluten-free list. Oct. 2012)
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds bars and snack-size bars (Only the 1.45 oz. size in on Hershey’s gluten-free list. Oct. 2012)
  • Hot Tamales – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2012)
  • Humphrey Popcorn Balls - “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2012)
  • Jelly Belly jelly beans
  • Jelly Belly candy corn “Manufactured in a plant that processes peanuts.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Jolly Rancher hard candy and Doubles Candy (Oct. 2011)
  • Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Stix, Lollipops and Fruit Chews (Oct. 2012)
  • Jr. Mints fun size “Milk and eggs may be present. Nut Free, Gluten Free, Peanut Free” (Oct. 2012)
  • Jujyfruits (Oct. 2009)
  • Kellogg’s Spongebob Squarepants fruit flavored snacks (Oct. 2012)
  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Boo Mallows and Ghost Mallows marshmallows (Oct. 2011)
  • Lemonheads (Oct. 2012)
  • LifeSavers Gummies including Big Ring Gummies, Sweet ‘n’ Sour, and Scary Assortment (Oct. 2012)
  • Lightning Bugs gummy candy “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, milk and soy.” (Oct. 2012)
  • M&M’s (original, peanut, peanut butter) Check the unsafe lists below for which M&M products to avoid. (Oct. 2012)
  • Mallo Cup (Oct. 2009)
  • Marvel Heroes Candy Sticks (Hulk, Spiderman, Wolverine) – “Gluten Free.”
  • Melster Peanut Butter Kisses ”Contains peanuts, milk, soy.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Mike and Ike including Original Fruits, Red Rageous, and Zours – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2012)
  • Milky Way Midnight Bar (Original Milky Way Bars are NOT gluten-free. See the Red Unsafe List below.) Contains milk, egg, and soy. “May contain peanuts.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Mentos (Oct. 2012)
  • Mini Sour Dudes Straws (Oct. 2009)
  • Monstaz Pops (jack-o-lantern lollipops) (Oct. 2009)
  • Monster Hunt plastic monster eggs filled with candy bones, skulls and pumpkins (made for Target 2009)
  • Mounds dark chocolate fun size bars “Manufactured on the same equipment that processes almonds. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts.” (Oct. 2011)
  • Necco’s list of gluten-free products (Oct. 2012)
  • Necco’s Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses “Contains peanuts and soy. Manufactured in a facility that also processes tree nuts, milk, and eggs.” (Oct. 2011)
  • Necco’s Sky Bar 4 in 1 chocolate bar (Oct. 2009)
  • Nestle Milk Chocolate fun size bars (Oct. 2009)
  • Nestle Raisinets (milk chocolate) fun size “Made on equipment that also processes peanuts.”
  • Nik-L-Nip wax bottles with juice
  • Now and Later (Farley’s & Sathers) (Oct. 2011)
  • Operation Gummy Candy (Oct. 2009)
  • Palmer Peanut Butter Cups (Oct. 2009)
  • PayDay peanut caramel bar snack size
  • Peanut M&M’s (Oct. 2012)
  • Pearson’s Bun candy (maple, caramel, and vanilla) (Oct. 2012 – Pearson’s FAQ’s indicate “Gluten Free”)
  • Peeps Jack-o-lanterns, Ghosts and Chocolate Mousse Cats – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2011)
  • PEZ candy – “PEZ candy is tree nut, peanut and gluten free.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Pop Rocks (Oct. 2012)
  • Rain•Blo Bubble Gum Eyes of Terror (Oct. 2009)
  • Raisinets (Oct. 2010)
  • Razzles candy gum
  • Not all Reese’s candy is gluten-free. Seasonal-shaped candies may contain wheat starch, or gluten. Read labels carefully.
  • Reese’s Fast Break candy bars and snack size (Oct. 2012)
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups snack size and miniatures (Oct. 2012)
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins (Oct. 2011)
  • Reese’s Pieces (Oct. 2012)
  • Reese’s Select Peanut Butter Cremes (Oct. 2011)
  • Reese’s Select Clusters (Oct. 2011)
  • Reese’s Whipps (Oct. 2011)
  • Ring Pop (Oct. 2012)
  • Sixlets - “Gluten Free” “Made in a facility that does not process nuts.” (Oct. 2013) Does contain whey/milk. 
  • Skeleton Pops (lollipops) (Oct. 2009)
  • Skittles includes Original, Sour, Wild Berry, Fizzl’d Fruits, and Crazy Core – “Gluten Free”
  • Smarties (this is the small candies sold in rolls, not Nestle’s chocolate candies) – “Contains none of the following: gluten (from wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soy beans.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Snickers original bars, fun size and mini’s - Contains milk, soy, peanuts, and egg. “May contain almonds.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Snickers Almond - Contains milk, soy, almonds, and egg. “May contain peanuts.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Snickers Peanut Butter Squared fun size – Contains milk, soy, peanuts, and egg. “May contain almonds.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Snickers Fudge bar mini’s (Oct. 2009)
  • Snickers Dark – Contains milk, soy, peanuts, and egg. “May contain almonds.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Sour Patch Kids candy (Oct. 2012)
  • Spooky Eyes Bubble Gum – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2013)
  • Starburst Fruit Chews includes Original, Sour and Sweet, and Tropical – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2012)
  • Starburst Fruit Flavored Candy Corn (Oct. 2013)
  • Starburst Gummibursts and Sour Gummibursts – “Gluten Free”
  • Sugar Babies caramel candies – “Nut free, gluten free, peanut free. Contains soy and milk. Egg may be present.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Sugar Daddy Caramel Pops  - “Nut free, gluten free, peanut free. Contains soy and milk.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Sun Cups (including milk chocolate sunflower butter cups, dark chocolate sunflower butter cups, milk chocolate caramel cups, and dark chocolate mint cups) - “Does not contain gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, corn or soy. Our facility is nut and gluten-free. Contains Dairy.” (Oct. 2013)
  • Super Bubble bubble gum (Farley’s & Sathers) – (Oct. 2012)
  • Swedish Fish (Oct. 2012)
  • Sweethearts conversation hearts Forbidden Fruits (candy packaging of The Twilight Saga, New Moon the movie) (Oct. 2009)
  • Sweet’s Candy Corn Taffy – “This product is Gluten Free. Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and tree nuts.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Timebomb Jawbreakers – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2013)
  • Tootsie Pops (original and miniatures) - “Nut free, gluten free, peanut free. Contains soy and milk.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Tootsie Rolls midgies and snack bars - “Nut free, gluten free, peanut free. Contains soy and milk.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Transformers Candy Mix (gummy shields, fruit chews, candy shields, gum rocks) (Oct. 2009)
  • Trolli Gummy Candy Mix including Classic Bears, Big Bold Bears, and Sour Brite Crawlers (Oct. 2012) *Trolli Sour Frite Crawlers did have a cross-contamination warning on packages in 2010.
  • Wack-O-Wax lips and fangs (Oct. 2010)
  • Warheads Extreme Sour hard candy and Sour QBZ chewy cubes (Oct. 2012) *Warheads Sour Twists contain Wheat Flour.
  • Wonka Bottlecaps – (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka Chocolate Laffy Taffy (Oct. 2009)
  • Wonka Gobstoppers – (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka Pixy Stix (original and giant) (Oct. 2011)
  • Wonka Laffy Taffy (original, Howlin’ Laffy Taffy, and Ropes) (Oct. 2013)
  • Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka Sluggles Gummies – Made on equipment that also processes milk. (Oct. 2012)
  • X-scream Mouth Morphers Fruit Gushers – “Gluten Free” (Oct. 2009)
  • York Peppermint Patties Pumpkins – on Hershey’s Gluten Free List (Oct. 2012)


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Use Caution with these treats. (May contain traces of gluten.)

  • AirHeads – On packaging: “Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat flour.” (Oct. 2011) On Airheads.com FAQs: “Airheads do not contain gluten; however, they are processed in a facility that uses wheat flour in other items, so Perfetti Van Melle does not claim that Airheads are gluten free.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Autumn Mix – Contains soy. “Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Candy Corn – Contains milk and soy. “Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Caramel Apple Candy Corn -  Contains milk, soy, and natural flavor. “Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Caramel Candy Corn - Contains milk, soy, and natural flavor. “Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Chocolate Caramel Candy Corn – Contains milk, soy, and natural flavor. “Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Halloween Mellowcremes - Contains soy and natural flavor. ”Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Indian Corn - Contains soy. “Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Mellowcreme Pumpkins - ”Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Sweet and Salty Mix - Contains milk, soy, and peanuts. “Made on equipment that processes milk, egg, and soy. Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and soy may be present in the manufacturing and packaging area.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Brach’s Milk Maid Royals Nougats  “Manufactured in a facility that also manufactures products containing traces of wheat, peanuts and/or tree nuts.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Chuckles Ju Jubes – “Packed on equipment that also packages products containing traces of milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and/or soy protein.” (Oct. 2009)
  • Farley’s Harvest Mix and Candy Corn – This product is made by Brach’s. See the Brach’s listings.
  • Flash Pop Ring! – Contains High Maltose Syrup. “This product may contain traces of gluten, soy, peanuts, tree nuts and seed.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Hershey’s Bliss (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Meltaway Center, White Chocolate with Meltaway Center, Milk Chocolate with Raspberry Meltaway Center, Dark Chocolate)  (Oct. 2012 – Although I found no gluten ingredients, this is not on Hershey’s gluten-free list 2012.)
  • Hershey’s Nuggets (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds, Special Dark, Special Dark with Almonds) There does not appear to be any gluten in the ingredients, nor does the packaging have a statement warning of possible cross-contamination. Hershey’s claims that these have no gluten in them. (2012) There were, however, some readers who commented in 2010 that they had reactions to these. That doesn’t mean these candies do have gluten, but if you are like some other readers, you may experience similar reactions.
  • Hershey’s Mr. Goodbar fun size (Oct. 2012 – Although I found no gluten ingredients, this is not on Hershey’s gluten-free list 2012.)
  • Hershey’s Rolo chocolate covered caramels (Oct. 2012 – Although I found no gluten ingredients, this is not on Hershey’s gluten-free list 2012.)
  • Milk Duds (Oct. 2012 – Although I found no gluten ingredients, this is not on Hershey’s gluten-free list 2012.)
  • Palmer Fright Bites (vampire teeth) – “Manufactured on equipment which also processes peanuts, wheat, and tree nuts” (Oct. 2009)
  • Palmer Bag of Boo’s fudge bars – “Manufactured on equipment which also processes peanuts, wheat, and tree nuts” (Oct. 2009)
  • Palmer Tricky Treats (mix of Googly Eyes, Boneheads, and Pumpkin Patch chocolate candies) – “Manufactured on equipment which also processes wheat, peanut butter and tree nuts.” Be very careful with these Palmer candies. I found another package labeled Palmer Trick or Treat Mix that contains barley malt.
  • Russell Stover’s Assorted Chocolates – “Products have been produced on shared equipment with peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and wheat.” (Oct. 2009) Statement on the Russell Stover website: “Most of our products do not contain gluten from added ingredients. Those that do contain wheat gluten, such as S’Mores and the Cookies and Cream Rabbit, clearly show the presence of wheat in the ingredient listings. However, please be aware that products containing wheat are produced on equipment that’s also used to make our other products. So, we can’t rule out the possibility of cross-contact, despite efforts to prevent it. Because of that possibility, we do not declare any of our products to be gluten-free.
  • Spongebob Squarepants Gummy Krabby Patties – “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, wheat, and eggs.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Trolli gummy candy Sour Frite Crawlers“Packaged on equipment that also packages products containing traces of milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and/or soy protein.” (Oct. 2010) 
  • Wonka Spooky Nerds – “Made in a facility that also processes wheat and egg.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka Chewy Runts – Contains egg. ”Made in a facility that also processes wheat.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka Chewy Spree – Contains egg.  ”Made in a facility that also processes wheat.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka Shockers - ”Made in a facility that also processes wheat.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka SweeTarts Boo Bag – Packages of SweeTarts, SweeTarts Twist and Mini Chewy SweeTarts were labeled with “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Wonka Mix-Ups (SweeTarts Skulls and Bones, Bottle Caps, Spooky Nerds, Howlin’ Laffy Taffy) The Laffy Taffy did not have a warning, but the other candies were labeled with this warning: – “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Wonka Monster Treats (SweeTarts Skulls and Bones, Spooky Nerds, Howlin’ Laffy Taffy) The Laffy Taffy did not have a warning, but the other candies were labeled with this warning: – “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Wonka Giant and Mini Chewy SweeTarts – “Made in a facility that also processes wheat.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Wonka Nerds – “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.” (Oct. 2013)
  • Wonka SweeTarts – “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.” (Oct. 2013)
  • Wonka SweeTarts Variety Mix – “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.” (Oct. 2013)
  • Zed Candy Skulls and Bones (fruit flavored hard candy) (Oct. 2009) Not sure if these candies are out this year (2010). Last year, there were news reports of recalling this candy due to foreign material being present. To be clear, I saw no indication of them containing gluten.


Unsafe Candy and Treats (Do not eat these if you cannot tolerate gluten in your diet.)

  • 100 Grand – contains barley malt “Made on equipment that also processes peanuts, egg, and soy.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Butterfinger Crisp – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2012)
  • Chex Mix – contains wheat (Oct. 2012)
  • Clark Bar Wicked Mix (includes mini Clark, Dark Clark, Clark Coconut and Clark Peanut Butter Crunch) – contains malt flavoring, peanuts, milk, soy, wheat and barley. “Processed in a facility that also processes eggs and tree nuts.” (Oct. 2009)
  • Farley’s Chewy Mix (includes Caramel Creams, Bit-O-Honey, Slo Poke and Assorted Toffees) – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2009)
  • Frankford Fun Size Mix (Peanut Butter, Caramel and Crispy Chocolate Covered Candies) Crispy Candies contain malt extract. Contains milk and peanuts. (Oct. 2010)
  • Goetze’s Caramel Creams – Contains wheat flour, milk, and soy. (Oct. 2010)
  • Good & Plenty – contains wheat flour. (Oct. 2012)
  • HERSHEY’S gluten-free list
  • Hershey’s Cookies & Creme snack size bars – contains wheat flour “Manufactured on same equipment that processes almonds.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Hershey’s Kisses Cookies and Creme – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2010)
  • Hershey’s miniatures – contains malt (Oct. 2010)
  • Hershey’s Take 5 Bar – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2010)
  • Keebler Gripz Chips Deluxe cookies – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2009)
  • Kit Kat snack size – “Contains milk, wheat, and soy. Manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Licorice – Almost ALL brands of licorice and licorice flavored candy contain wheat flour.
  • Lindt milk chocolate with smooth filling truffle balls with jack-o-lantern wrapping – contains barley malt powder (Oct. 2010)
  • Milky Way bars, fun size and mini’s – Contains milk, egg, soy, and malted barley. “May contain peanuts.”
  • Mini Oreo packs – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2010)
  • Nestle Crunch bars and fun size – contains barley malt; “Made on equipment that also processes peanuts, nuts and wheat” (Oct. 2010)
  • Nestle Crunch Crisp – contains wheat flour and barley malt (Oct. 2010) “Contains milk and soy ingredients. May contain peanuts, nuts and wheat.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Palmer Double Crisp Googly Eyes – contains barley malt; “Manufactured on equipment which also processes peanuts, wheat, and tree nuts” (Oct. 2009)
  • Palmer Double Crisp Monster Munny – contains barley malt; “Manufactured on equipment which also processes peanuts, wheat, and tree nuts” (Oct. 2009)
  • Palmer Ghostly Goodies – contains barley malt; “Manufactured on equipment which also processes peanuts, wheat, and tree nuts” (Oct. 2009)
  • Palmer Trick or Treat Mix – contains barley malt “Manufactured on equipment which also processes wheat, peanut butter and tree nuts.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Pepperidge Farm Goldfish cheddar crackers – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2012)
  • Quaker Chewy Fright Night Chocolate Chip granola bars – contains rolled oats, malted barley, whole grain rolled wheat, whole wheat flour (Oct. 2009)
  • Reese’s Sticks wafer bars – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2009)
  • Rice Krispies Treats mini squares – contains malt flavoring (Oct. 2009)
  • Riesen Chocolate Caramels – “Contains milk, wheat, and soybeans. Processed in a facility where peanuts, hazelnuts, almonds, and other tree nuts are found.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Ritz Bits peanut butter sandwiches – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2009)
  • Snyder’s Pretzel snack sacks – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2012)
  • Stauffer’s Animal Crackers – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2009)
  • Teddy Grahams packs – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2009)
  • Toad-Ally Snax Popcorn Plus – contains wheat flour and malt “May contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, soy, wheat, and eggs.” (Oct. 2010)
  • Twix fun size – “Contains milk, soybean and wheat products. May contain peanuts.” (Oct. 2012)
  • Twizzlers (twists and rainbow twists) – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2012)
  • Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel Candy – contains wheat flour (Oct. 2012)
  • Utz Halloween Pretzel treats – contains wheat flour and malt syrup (derived from barley) (Oct. 2009)
  • Warheads Sour Twists contain wheat flour. (Oct. 2012)
  • Whoppers – contains barley malt and wheat flour (Oct. 2012)
  • Wonka Kazoozles – Contains wheat flour. “Made in a facility that also processes egg. (Oct. 2011)

 

[Oct. 23, 2010 - The candy list is updated! I made some changes to the list because I get so many questions and comments. First of all, you should know that the category I put the candy in is determined by me, a concerned parent, based on reading the ingredients, allergy statements, and cross-contamination warnings on candy packages I find in the stores in our area. I also review websites for product information and contact companies if necessary. If you see a date after the product, that is the last date I actually read the label. If you see any statements in quotation marks, that means I have taken it directly from the packaging. If, while I’m shopping, I read allergy statements that refer to other allergens, I may include them in my list for people avoiding them. It's always best if you can check the ingredients of the candy yourself because it can vary if they were packaged or manufactured in different facilities or on different dates. But let’s face it, there is a lot of different candy out there. So, I hope this helps some of you.

Second, I’ve reorganized the candy list a little. The first green section is candy that I believe to be safe for people avoiding gluten. I didn’t find any questionable ingredients on the labels, nor did I find cross-contamination warnings. Or, I was able to confirm with the company through their website or emails that the candy is safe. The second section I created is for questionable candies. These are candies that appear to have no gluten in the ingredients. However, I feel uncertain about its gluten status, or the candy packaging may include a statement that warns of possible cross-contamination with gluten. Whatever, the case, I have listed the reason for being in this section so you can determine what you are comfortable eating. I personally do not allow my kids to eat any candy unless it is in the safe, green section. The last red section is for the Unsafe Candy. This is the candy that I would not recommend to anyone on a gluten-free diet. The packaging labels clearly state that the candy has gluten in the ingredients. I color-coded the sections to make it easier to determine which list you were reading. Let me know if you think that it makes it easier to read or worse.

Now, my disclosure statement: I’m not a doctor, nor an expert about candy or gluten. I’m simply someone who has been trying to keep gluten out of my family’s diet for 7+ years. I hope that the information I’ve provided helps other families, too. If you find additions or corrections to make to the list, please put them in the comments so that others may benefit from the information. Thanks. I hope you have a Happy Halloween!]

History of my Halloween Candy List:

Ever since my kids started getting candy from trick-or-treating, I’ve been trying to figure out which candy has gluten and which doesn’t. It was easy in the beginning because they didn’t really get much candy, and I could always just throw it out (or give away to non-celiacs) without them realizing it. Then, I found the list that circulates around the web every year. It’s a list that Melonie Katz and many other parents of celiac children put together. They combined resources to look up ingredients and call companies to get a list of safe and unsafe candies for celiacs. Here is the 2009 GF Candy List .

Then, my kids started having Halloween parties at school, and getting more candy from trick-or-treating. Sometimes, they would get some unusual candies that you only see at Halloween time. They are a little more difficult to look up online. As a result, I just started reading all the packages of candy in stores. I started doing it just casually, out of curiosity. Then, I started to write it down, so I could better remember come Halloween night. Now, I go to several stores (grocery, discount, dollar, etc.) to see what candy our neighbors and classmates might be offering for Halloween treats. Since not everyone is as crazy as me, I thought I would share with you my findings.

 

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