2018 Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List

Halloween is such a fun time for kids young and old. We get dressed up, fill our bags with candy and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Trick-or-treating with celiac disease or any other food allergy isn’t quite so simple. Don’t forget to do your research before sending your little goblins out to show off their cute costumes in exchange for some delicious and potentially dangerous candy or the memories you make, might not be so happy!

There are a lot of options for what you can do with the non-gluten free candy your little one brings home. You can create a “mommy and daddy pile”, donate the candy to nursing homes, the YMCA, or your local Ronald McDonald house. You can even give some or all of the candy to the Switch Witch and she will use her spell to “Switchcraft your candy for a special surprise!” You can learn more about this Halloween tradition (much like Elf on a Shelf) here http://switchwitches.com/

If you want to take candy out of the equation altogether, The Teal Pumpkin Project might be your best bet.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is a movement to make Halloween safer for all children with food allergies. Homes that are part of the Teal Pumpkin Project provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. These treats can be anything non-edible, like pencils, Halloween erasers, bubbles, glow sticks, spider rings, stickers, etc.

Some people opt to pass out both candy and prizes and simply let the children decide which they’d like. If you chose this option vs just passing out just prizes, keep the candy and prizes in separate bowls to avoid cross-contamination.

The point of The Teal Pumpkin Project is to make trick-or-treating as inclusive as possible for kiddos with food allergies or intolerances. Participation is easy and can be done in four simple steps:

  1. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home or a picture of a teal pumpkin in your window to alert passersby that you have non-food treats available.
  2. Add your name to The Teal Pumpkin Project map by visiting https://www.foodallergy.org/education-awareness/teal-pumpkin-project/map to let those nearby know that you are participating.
  3. Share the information about The Teal Pumpkin Project with your neighbors, friends, and family.
  4. Provide non-food treats to the adorable ghouls and goblins knocking on your door Halloween night!

At some point during the Halloween Season, your bound to cross paths with candy so I’ve compiled a gluten-free Halloween candy list of some of the top candies out there and their gluten-free status.

As you know, ingredients can change at any time, so you should always read the label before eating anything. This list should only be used as a guide. I am not a dietician or medical professional. I am simply the mom of a daughter with celiac disease, who did some research to try and prevent any accidental gluten consumption.

GLUTEN-FREE HALLOWEEN CANDY LIST

Annie’s Fruit Snacks
Annie’s allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “Annie’s uses Organic ingredients that taste great without relying on artificial colors or flavors. Certified organic, these vegan and gluten-free bunny-shaped fruit snacks are made with real fruit juice and packed with 100% Daily Value of Vitamin C. You and your kids can happily agree on this tasty, portable snack.”

Ferrara
Ferrara does not have a specific gluten-free list. Ferrara’s allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “For gluten-free, product-specific information, please contact Ferrara Candy Company, Inc. Consumer Relations by completing the Contact Us form. Due to changes that may occur in the manufacturing and packaging environments, Ferrara Candy Company, Inc., does not provide allergen or gluten-free lists on this site.”

Ferrara products with no gluten ingredients listed:

  • Atomic Fireballs
  • All gummies (Black Forest, Ferrara, Sathers, Trolli)
  • All jellies (Gum Drops, Orange Slices)
  • Bob’s Sweet Stripes
  • Boston Baked Beans
  • Brach’s Wild ‘N Fruity Gummi Worms
  • Brach’s Cinnamon Disks/Imperials
  • Brach’s Jelly Bean Nougats (processed in a facility that processes wheat)
  • Brach’s Lemon Drops
  • Brach’s Halloween Mellowcremes (processed in a facility that processes wheat)
  • Cherry Sours
  • Fruit Snacks (Ferrara, Black Forest, Trolli)
  • Gumballs
  • Jawbreakers/Jawbusters
  • Jelly Beans
  • Juju’s
  • Jujy’s
  • Lemonheads
  • Tropical Chewy Lemonhead
  • Chewy Lemonhead & Friends
  • Berry Chewy Lemonhead
  • Cherryhead
  • Grapehead
  • Now & Later
  • Red Hot’s

Hershey’s
From Hershey’s Website on 10/11/18 –  “The best way to determine if our products contain a gluten ingredient is to read our product label. This label includes an accurate, current listing of the ingredients in our products. Because, on occasion, the list of ingredients can change, we strongly encourage you to check the ingredient label on the package each time before you make a purchase.”

GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS from Hershey’s Website – Last updated February 26, 2018:

  • Almond Joy Candy– All Except Almond Joy Pieces Candy
  • Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Snack Bars
    • Brookside Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bar Cherry with Pomegranate Flavor and Other Natural Flavors
    • BrooksideDark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bar Cranberry with Blackberry Flavor and Other Natural Flavors
    • BrooksideDark Chocolate Fruit & Nut Bar Blueberry with Açai Flavor and Other Natural Flavors
  • DagobaProducts – All
  • HeathBars – All
  • Hershey’sKisses (Only those listed below)
    • Hershey’sHugs Candy (REGULAR Hugs only)
    • Hershey’sKisses Milk Chocolate Filled with Caramel
    • Hershey’sKisses Milk Chocolate Filled with Cherry Cordial Crème
    • Hershey’sKisses Filled with Vanilla Crème
    • Hershey’sKisses Dark Chocolate Filled with Mint Truffle
    • Hershey’sKisses Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candies
    • Hershey’sKisses Milk Chocolate
    • Hershey’sKisses Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate
  • Hershey’sNuggets (Only those listed below)
    • Hershey’sNuggets Milk Chocolates
    • Hershey’sNuggets Milk Chocolate with Almonds
    • Hershey’sNuggets Special Dark Chocolate with Almonds
    • Hershey’sNuggets Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds
  • Hershey’sMilk Chocolate Bar
  • Hershey’sMilk Chocolate Bar (1.55oz only)
  • Hershey’sMilk Chocolate Bar with Almonds (1.45oz only)
  • Hershey’sMilk Duds – All
  • MoundsBars – All
  • PaydayCandy – All (Includes PayDay Snack Bites)
  • Reese’s
  • Reese’sFast Break Bar
  • Reese’sNutrageous Bar
  • Reese’sPeanut Butter Cups – All EXCEPT Seasonal Shaped Items
  • Reese’s Pieces Candy – All EXCEPT Reese’s Pieces Eggs
  • Rolo® Caramels in Milk Chocolate Candies – All EXCEPT Rolo® Minis
  • Skor Toffee Bars – All
  • York Peppermint Patties – All EXCEPT York Pieces Candy, Sugar Free Peppermint Patties, York Minis, and York Shapes (5 oz.)

Jelly Belly
Jelly Belly’s allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “Jelly Belly jelly beans are gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, fat free and vegetarian friendly.”

Just Born
Just Born’s allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “We offer many gluten-free products under the MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES®, PEEPS®, GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®, TEENEE BEANEE® and JUST BORN® brands and we are in the process of updating package labels to include gluten-free statements where appropriate.  The modified food starch that we use in our candies is corn starch.  However, because some of our products may be manufactured and/or packaged in a facility that may also handle non gluten-free products, we encourage consumers to read the labels carefully for the most up-to-date ingredient and allergen information.  For further questions, please call our Consumer Relations Team toll-free at 1-888-645-3453.”

Mars
Mars Chocolate does not have a specific gluten-free list. Mars allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “At Mars, we take food allergies very seriously because they affect our consumers. We have an extensive allergen management program which includes staff training, evaluating our ingredients and validating our cleaning procedures.

In order to avoid an allergic reaction to food, we know you must avoid the allergen. To do so, you count on the ingredient statements on food labels to be truthful and accurate. We want you to be able to trust the information on our labels. At Mars, our goal is to provide safe, high quality food products for our consumers. Therefore, we have developed strict rules about the labeling of allergens on our products. The label is the best source in determining what is in the product. The ingredient listings and allergen statement provide information on ingredients that may be of concern to you.”

Mars products with no gluten ingredients listed:

  • Dove Chocolate (only the following flavors)
    • Almond & Dark Chocolate
    • Caramel & Milk Chocolate
    • Dark Chocolate
    • Milk Chocolate
    • Mint & Dark Chocolate Swirl
    • Mocha Latte & Dark Chocolate Swirl
    • Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate
    • Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate
    • Sea Salt Caramel & Dark Chocolate
  • Dove Fruit Blueberries (milk & dark)
  • Dove Fruit Cherries (milk & dark)
  • Dove Fruit Cranberries (milk & dark)
  • Dove Fruit Mixed Berries (milk & dark)
  • M&M’s Almond
  • M&M’s Chocolate Bar
  • M&M’s Dark Chocolate
  • M&M’s Dark Chocolate Peanut
  • M&M’s Milk Chocolate
  • M&M’s Peanut
  • M&M’s Peanut Butter
  • Milky Way Midnight Bar (NOT the original Milky Way Bar)
  • Milky Way Caramel Bar (NOT the original Milky Way Bar)
  • Snickers Bars (all flavors)
  • 3 Musketeers Bars (all flavors)

Nestle
Nestle does not have a specific gluten-free list. Their allergy statement from Nestle Website on 10/11/18 states, “To help you make informed choices, major allergens present in a food are labeled in the ingredients list of this food, according to the local legislation and following our internal Nestlé rules even if present in small quantities.”

Nestle products with no gluten ingredients listed:

  • Baby Ruth
  • Bit-O-Honey
  • Butterfinger Bar (original flavor only)
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Goobers
  • Nips
  • Oh Henry!
  • Raisinets
  • Sno-Caps
  • Wonka Pixy Stix
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip

See’s Candies
See’s allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “ALL SEE’S PRODUCT DO NOT CONTAIN GLUTEN”.

Smarties
Smarties allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “All Smarties® candy made by Smarties Candy Company is gluten‑free and safe for people with Celiac Disease.”

Tootsie Roll
Tootsie’s allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “At this time, all of our confections are gluten free. We do not use wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt or any of their components and that includes our dusting on our conveyor belts. We do use corn and soy products in the manufacturing of our products.”

Welch’s Fruit Snacks
Welch’s allergy statement from their website on 10/11/18 states, “While most of Welch’s products are gluten-free, Welch’s Filled Licorice, available in Strawberry and Grape flavors, contains wheat as an ingredient.”

Wrigley (a subsidiary of Mars, Inc. – see allergy statement above)

Wrigley products with no gluten ingredients listed:

  • Lifesavers (traditional and gummy)
  • Skittles
  • Starburst

*Miscellaneous candies with no gluten ingredients listed:

  • Sour Patch Kids (No gluten containing ingredients but produced in a facility that produces wheat)
  • Sour Patch Kids Xtreme (No gluten containing ingredients but produced in a facility that produces wheat)
  • Sour Patch Watermelon (No gluten containing ingredients but produced in a facility that produces wheat)
  • Swedish Fish (No gluten containing ingredients but produced in a facility that produces wheat)

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Kim Rozsa
The Gluten Free Style

Welcome to The Gluten Freestyle. My name is Kim Rozsa. I began baking gluten free more than 20 years ago, when my daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. In 1997, gluten free was nearly unheard of, and as you can imagine, gluten free foods were not readily available at your local grocery store. Telling my two-year-old that she could no longer have bread, crackers, pasta or cookies was heartbreaking. I knew that something had to be done, so my adventures in gluten free baking began! Now, with more than 20 years of gluten free baking and experimenting with recipes under my belt, I am always excited to share my delicious recipes with others. It is not at all uncommon for someone to eat one of my baked goods and ask me, with a surprised look on their face, if I’m sure what they are eating is gluten free. Everyone deserves to eat delicious foods and I am thrilled to be able to help you do just that!

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