Feb
02

Gluten-Free Valentine Candy

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Last update Feb. 2012

I’ve updated the Valentine Candy List. I made some changes to the list, as I did to the Halloween Candy list last October.

How I created my list. 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, then that is the last date I actually read the label. If there is no date, then I reviewed and/or updated the information last month. If you see any statements in quotation marks, that means I have taken the wording 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. But, since I am concerned solely with gluten, I don’t always list all of the allergens. 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.

I’ve reorganized the Valentine Candy List like the Halloween Candy List. 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 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 tell anyone on a gluten-free diet to avoid. The packaging labels clearly state that the candy has gluten in the ingredients.

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 5+ 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. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day Candy!

Gluten-Free (Safe) Candy and Treats

  • 3 Musketeers cherry with dark chocolate mini’s (Feb. 2011)
  • Andes creme de menthe Valentine Sweet Heart Assortment (Feb. 2011)
  • Albert’s Luv Pops, Sweet Swirl Suckers, and Heart Blossoms (Feb. 2011)
  • Almond Joy snack size (Feb. 2011)
  • Animal Planet fruit-flavored lollipops (Jan. 2010)
  • Baby Ruth (Feb. 2011)
  • Betty Crocker Valentine Fruit by the Foot – “Gluten Free” (Jan. 2010)
  • Bottle Caps Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Butterfinger hearts – contains peanuts. “Made on equipment that also processes nuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Cella’s Cherries, milk chocolate covered cherries (Feb. 2011)
  • Charms Blow Pops and Valentine Pops (Feb. 2011)
  • Charms Zip-a-dee mini pops (Feb. 2011)
  • DeMets Turtles – “Contains pecan, milk and soy ingredients. Made on equipment that also processes other nuts and peanuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Disney Lollipop Rings -Flix Candy (Jan. 2010)
  • Disney lollipops packaged with Valentine cards (including Tinkerbell, Cars, and Toy Story characters) The ones I found this year did not have any warning of gluten. (Feb. 2011) Last year’s packages had the following statement: “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and egg products.”
  • Dots - including Valentine Dots (Feb. 2011)
  • Dove Heart Promises, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark chocolate and cherry swirl, and caramel candy (Feb. 2011)
  • Dum-Dums lollipops “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Everlasting Gobstopper Heartbreakers – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Florida’s Natural Au’some Sour String, Nuggets, and Stiks (Feb. 2011)
  • Fun Dips – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Galerie Candy Jewelry Making Kit (Jan. 2010)
  • Galerie Diamond Ring with candy treats (Jan. 2010)
  • Galerie Marshmallow Cupcake lollipops (Feb. 2011)
  • Ghirardelli chocolate squares, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, caramel and dark chocolate with raspberry (Feb. 2011)
  • Gimbal’s Cherry Lovers Fruit Chews (Nov. 2013)
  • Hershey Bliss chocolates including dark chocolate, milk chocolate, milk chocolate with meltaway centers, and milk chocolate with raspberry meltaway centers “Manufactured on the same equipment that processes peanuts and tree nuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Hershey Kisses (includes milk chocolate, filled with caramel, cherry cordial creme, with almonds, Hugs, Hugs raspberry, and Valentine Card Kits) – These appear to be gluten-free, and my family has never noticed a reaction to eating them. However, I have gotten emails and comments from several people who say they have had reactions from eating them. (Feb. 2011)
  • Hot Tamales – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Hershey’s Pot of Gold, including Premium Chocolates, Pecan Caramel Clusters, and Truffles (Feb. 2011)
  • Hubba Bubba Max bubble gum, and bubble tape (Jan. 2010)
  • iCarly Valentine Candy Card Kit – cards and lollipops (Feb. 2011)
  • Jelly Belly conversation beans (Feb. 2011)
  • Jolly Rancher candy – including heart-shaped lollipops (Feb. 2011)
  • Juicee Gummee Baby Bears (Feb. 2009)
  • Junior Mints Heart-Shaped (Feb. 2011)
  • Laffy Taffy, small and long sticks – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Life Savers hard candy and lollipops, including Candy and Card Valentine Pack (Feb. 2011)
  • Life Savers gummy candy, including Gummies, Big Ring Gummies, Candy and Card Valentine Pack (Feb. 2011)
  • The Madelaine Chocolate Company milk chocolate hearts (Feb. 2011)
  • Market Pantry’s Valentine Fruit Snacks distributed by Target (Feb. 2011)
  • Marvel lollipops (as found Feb. 2009)
  • M&Ms – fun size and mini’s packages, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter. Do not eat the M&M Pretzel variety. (Feb. 2011)
  • Melster Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Hearts – “Manufactured on equipment that produces peanut and milk products.” (Feb. 2012)
  • Mounds snack size (Feb. 2011)
  • Palmer foil-wrapped chocolate hearts (Feb. 2011)
  • Peeps marshmallow shapes, hearts and I?U, including Vanilla Crème, Raspberry, Dark or Milk Chocolate Covered, and Sugar-Free – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • PEZ (Feb. 2011)
  • Pixy Stix – Wonka (Feb. 2011)
  • Pop Rocks popping candy (Jan. 2010)
  • Reese’s peanut butter cups, snack-size treats, miniatures, and peanut butter hearts, but not the individually, foil-wrapped small hearts or the unwrapped mini cups (Feb. 2012)
  • Reese’s Pieces (Feb. 2011)
  • Skittles, including Candy ‘n Stickers Valentine Exchange Packs – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Smarties Valentine Love Hearts candy rolls “Contains none of the following: gluten (from wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk, egg, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts or soybeans.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Snickers fun-size and mini’s (Feb. 2011)
  • Starburst - Original Gummibursts and Sweet Fiesta Fruit Chews are labeled “Gluten-Free” on their website. Other products and flavors do not list any gluten-conatining ingredients. (Feb. 2012)
  • Sunny Seed Drops candy chocolate covered sunflower seeds – “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts/nuts.” (Feb. 2011)
  • Surf Sweets Gummy candy – “Gluten Free” (Feb. 2011)
  • Sweetheart Conversation Hearts including chocolate flavored hearts, large hearts, Dazzled Tarts, Twilight Saga New Moon Forbidden Fruits heart packages, and heart bracelet packages (Necco) [The large packages I found looked fine. However, I found some small boxes of these that had cross-contamination warnings.] (Feb. 2011)
  • Toblerone (Feb. 2011)
  • Tootsie Rolls and Tootsie Pops, including snack bars, and vanilla and cherry fruit rolls (Feb. 2011)
  • Warheads Extreme Sour candy (Feb. 2011)
  • York Peppermint Pattie Hearts (Feb. 2011)
  • Zachary Valentine Corn - nutritional information – “Contains Egg. Manufactured in a facility that processes products containing soy, milk, coconut, and peanut/tree nut ingredients.” (Feb. 2012)

 


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

  • Air Heads “Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat flour.”
  • All Brach’s candy I found, including conversation hearts, state “Packaged on equipment that also packages products containing traces of milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and/or soy protein.”
  • Bubblicious Bites “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and eggs.”
  • Choxie chocolate candy “May contain tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and egg.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Disney lollipops packaged with Valentine cards (including Tinkerbell, Cars, and Toy Story characters) The ones I found this year did not have any warning of gluten. Last year’s packages had the following statement: “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and egg products.”
  • Dove milk chocolate Rose on a stick – no gluten listed in ingredients; however, it does state “Allergy Information: May contain peanuts, tree nuts, and wheat.”
  • Dove dark chocolate raspberry Truffle Hearts – no gluten listed in ingredients; however, it does state “Allergy Information: May contain peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, and eggs.”
  • Godiva chocolates including the Gems – All Godiva packaged products I have found, as well as the chocolates displayed in their stores, have a warning: “May contain tree nuts, peanuts and wheat.”
  • Guylian chocolates – “May contain traces of nuts and gluten.”
  • Hershey’s Hearts Assortment, including milk chocolate, special dark, and extra creamy milk chocolate seem to be gluten-free. However, the Reese’s peanut butter hearts that may be in the same package with these, are NOT gluten-free.
  • Hershey Kisses (includes milk chocolate, filled with caramel, cherry cordial creme, with almonds, Hugs, Hugs raspberry, and Valentine Card Kits) – These appear to be gluten-free, and my family has never noticed a reaction to eating them. However, I have gotten emails and comments from several people who say they have had reactions from eating them.
  • Hollow Milk Chocolate Bear (http://www.barry-callebaut.com/) “Contains milk and soy. Made in a facility which also processes wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs.”
  • Jube Jel Cherry Hearts (Brach’s cinnamon jelly hearts) – “Allergen Information: “Milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and soy may be present in the manufacturing or packaging area.”
  • Littlest Pet Shop lollipops “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat (Jan. 2010)
  • Love Duck with conversation heart candy (found at Target) “May contain milk, soy, peanut, tree nuts, wheat and egg.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Nerds, boxes and ropes (Wonka) “Made in a facility that also processes wheat and egg.”
  • Russel Stover chocolates – Every package I found had a cross contamination warning, whether it had gluten or not in the ingredients. “Products have been produced on shared equipment with peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and wheat.”
  • Sassy Hearts treat packs (Brach’s) – “Allergen Information: Milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy and fish may be present in the manufacturing or packaging area.”
  • Spongebob Squarepants Heart Shaped Gummy Krabby Patties – “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, wheat and eggs.”
  • Spongebob Squarepants lollipops “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, milk, wheat and egg products.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Sweetheart Conversation Hearts including chocolate flavored hearts, large hearts, Dazzled Tarts, Twilight Saga New Moon Forbidden Fruits heart packages, and heart bracelet packages (Necco) [The large packages I found looked fine. However, I found some small boxes of these that had cross-contamination warnings.]
  • SweeTart Hearts (Wonka) “Made in a facility that also processes egg and wheat.”
  • Treat Street Google Critters – “Processed in a facility which also processes milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy protein, eggs.”
  • Whitman’s Chocolates – “Products have been produced on shared equipment with tree nuts, eggs, and wheat.”
  • Wonka Valentine Mix Ups – Bottle Caps and Laffy Taffy seem to be gluten-free, however the Nerds in these packages have a cross-contamination statement that states “Made in a facility that also processes wheat and egg.”
  • Wild About You Chocolate Decorative Hearts – “Made in a facility which also processes wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg.”

 


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

  • Any chocolate candy with crisps is likely to have wheat flour or barley malt, so check carefully.
  • Crunch (Nestle) snack-size and hearts contains “barley malt“; “Made on equipment that also processes peanuts, nuts and wheat.”
  • Disney Princesses Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Dora and Diego Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Ferrero Rocher contains “wheat flour.”
  • Ghirardelli Luxe Milk Premium Assorted Chocolates in a heart box – contains “barley malt
  • Harry London assorted chocolates – Contains “wheat flour, gluten
  • Hershey’s Miniatures “Contains malt.”
  • Hershey’s Cookies ‘n Crème snack size treats – contains “wheat flour
  • Kit Kat contains “wheat flour
  • Lindt chocolate candy contains “barley malt powder
  • Reese’s peanut butter filled chocolate hearts (this refers only to the small, individually foil-wrapped hearts) Contains “wheat flour.”
  • M&M’s pretzel candies contain “wheat flour, malt
  • Spongebob Squarepants Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.”
  • SweeTart Hearts Gummies contains “wheat
  • Transformer Crispy Chocolaty Hearts contains “malt extract“; “Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and wheat.” (Jan. 2010)
  • Twix contains “wheat flour
  • Twizzlers cherry pull ‘n peel candy – contains “wheat flour
  • Whoppers contain “barley malt and wheat flour” and egg products.”

Didn’t find a candy on the list? I can’t possibly be prepared to know the gluten content for every candy my kids might get. When something new comes home with no ingredient label, I go to the Internet and try to look up the manufacturer online. Many will list the ingredients of their products online. But if you can’t find the list of ingredients, be sure to check out their FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) page. I often find that companies will address the gluten-free question there. And, if you’re lucky enough to have a phone number for the company, give them a call. If they can’t answer your question, then don’t eat it. Better safe than sorry, don’t you think?

Try my lists for Halloween Candy or Easter Candy.

38 Comments

1

Thanks for your site! I did a search for gluten free valentine’s candy anticipating the upcoming parties. (I have 3 boys (5,3,1) who are all gluten free including myself.) So glad I found your list. You list it out so nicely. In the past I’ve had to dig deep to get candy lists. Thanks, and I’m bookmarking your site!

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Allison – Glad you have found it to be helpful. Good to know the time and effort is worth it! Have a sweet Valentine’s day.

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Great post! Love the detail and you obviously put a lot of time and care into this.

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Thank you so much for doing the research. What a lifesaver.

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Thank you! My son and I went grocery shopping yesterday and he ate some Reese Candy Hearts. Last night, he had symptoms of gluten ingestion and I thought these were the suspect! Thank you for posting :).

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Anna – Sorry to hear your son got gluten. You’ve probably found, as we have, that the original Reese’s PB cups and foil-wrapped miniatures are still OK to eat. But darn those little foil-wrapped hearts! Hope he’s feeling better soon.

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[...] There are many lists of ’safe’ and ‘unsafe’ Valentine candies. I particularly like this list because the maker personally examined the ingredient labels of all [...]

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[...] Hearts” are gluten-free, thank goodness!  For other candies, Celiac Family put together this comprehensive list.  Do NOT buy Godiva for your GF Valentine- it contains gluten!  Ghirardelli is mostly safe. [...]

12

I miss Lindt chocolate. Sad they have to add the barley malt. I bet they will get with the gf program if they want some customers back.

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Thanks for doing the work and compiling this list, Heather! I’ll be sharing the link with my support group today. I know it will be greatly appreciated as most folks tend to indulge just a bit for Valentine’s Day. ;-)

Hugs,
Shirley

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Awesome! Heather, thanks so much for putting this together. I just saw it posted on gfe’s Facebook page and am going to post it on mine as well. Good to hear that reminder about Reese’s PB hearts not being GF. It’s weird how their regular PB cups are GF, but whenever they make a special shape for a holiday, it usually contains wheat flour. Need to talk to my daughter about that……thanks again!

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Thank you so much for organizing and sharing this list! It is so helpful!

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Thank you, heather. If you don’t mind, I will put a link on my site that takes them here for info. Appreciate you putting all this together!

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I noticed on your Halloween list that Almond Joy was included in the fun size, but it isn’t on the Valentine’s Day list. Do you know for sure if Almond Joy candy bars are GF? I’ve seen it posted elsewhere that it is.

Thanks for the time and effort you gave to this project! It’s wonderful!

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Thank you for these lists!
I was enjoying some Hersey’s Miniatures (dark chocolate) when I noticed the word “Malt” on the ingredient list. No symptoms, but huge bummer if I cannot eat these anymore….

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Thanks for your list. You have some candies on it that do bother me however. I do no eat ANYTHING with corn syrup unless the company has guaranteed it GF. Many corn syrups are processed with wheat as a binding agent.
I know it is difficult for children to be left out in the holiday fun, but so is getting Ill.
Good luck moms.

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I didn’t include them in the Valentine candy list simply because they weren’t in the holiday candy aisle. However, I did check them out this week while I was at the store. I didn’t see any gluten in the ingredients in the Almond Joy or the Mounds fun-size candy, so I’ve added them to the list.

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Paula – I can certainly appreciate your cautious attitude to avoid eating candy with gluten. However, I am surprised to hear that you consider corn syrup to be a concern. I have never read anywhere that corn syrup may contain gluten. I suppose nothing is 100% guaranteed, but some very reputable and trusted sources (University of Chicago Celiac Center and Celiac.com) believe corn syrup to be free of gluten and safe for people with Celiac Disease to eat. If you have further information or sources that dispute that, please send it my way. I’d be happy to research it further. Thanks for your input.

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I just wanted to add that if a candy contains wheat or is derived from wheat in any form, wheat must be shown on the label per the FALCPA that went into effect in January 2006. Rumors and myths about hidden gluten continue, but if wheat is not shown as an ingredient, that’s not a concern. Obviously, the FALCPA did not solve all our concerns since it doesn’t require manufacturers to label for barley or rye, but it did take away the wheat as a hidden ingredient concern. In some cases, even when wheat is shown on the label, it is not a concern, namely when glucose syrup is listed and wheat is shown in parentheses after it. Gluten-Free Living did an article about this subject some time ago and addresses it briefly in its listing of ingredients here: http://www.glutenfreeliving.com/ingredient.php Glucose syrup derived from wheat has also been addressed elsewhere. Here’s an article by Alison St. Sure of Sure Foods Living: http://surefoodsliving.com/2008/09/is-glucose-syrup-gluten-free/ I agree that we probably don’t want to be consuming lots of products with corn syrup, HFCS, and such, if at all, but it’s not because they contain hidden wheat.

Shirley

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My husband was just asking me what kind of candy he could get me for Valentine’s Day. I’m going to show him this list. Thanx so much!

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Shirley – Thanks for your additional input. Can never have too much info!

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Just wanted to thank you for this wonderful list! My kids are not gluten free, but each one has classmates that are. This list made Valentines day much happier for us knowing we aren’t leaving someone out by purchasing inappropriate candy for them. We are making an effort to make snacks and treats as allergy-free as possible for friends and this list (and your others!) are a HUGE help for us. Thanks!!!!

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Amy – Glad you found it so helpful. How great of you to find candy that is safe for everyone in the class!

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Heather, I’m searching desperately to find out exactly what has glutened me this week. My only unusual thing has been the red/pink Valentine variety of M&M’s (Peanutbutter)–the company says they are GF but I’m wondering if the special bags may have some chance of cross contamination? I’m super sensitive even to cross contamination.
Have you heard anything?
I have been trying to post on a board on Celiac.com after registering but can’t figure out how for the life of me, so I came here hoping to get some feedback. I really don’t trust the company on this, I eat peanut butter all the time and have eaten peanut M&Ms and regular ones without any trouble. This is the first time I’ve had peanutbutter M&Ms since my dagnosis in May and I’m truly so sick today I can hardly move.
xo

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Robin – So sorry to hear you’re sick. I know how frustrating it can be to figure out the cause. I have not heard of any problems with M&M’s, but it’s always important to read the labels on the special holiday packages of any candy. Often the holiday candies are manufactured in different facilities or are packaged in different facilities where cross-contamination can occur. Another thought: Were the M&M’s in original M&M packaging, or was it purchased from bulk bins at a candy store or grocery store? Those in bulk bins may also have a higher chance of cross-contamination. Please let us know if you find out anything more. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

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[...] Family created a list of safe candies for Valentine’s Day that will help you choose the perfect candies for your family. [...]

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Thanks. A good friend of mine is GF. I only wish she could have Brach’s. They are my favorite!! Sweethearts are gross!

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