Safe Halloween Treats

October 24, 2011
Dave for Gluten Free

Dave, Gluten Free Advocate

Halloween can be a scary time if you have children who are on the gluten free diet, I have been trying to navigate the major candy companies websites looking for information about which if any of their products are gluten free and all you get is a basic description of what you cannot eat such as wheat, barley, rye, etc… Hershey’s for instance does not have a gluten free candy list, they simply say that they will list any gluten containing ingredients, or possible cross contamination on their label. Mars Chocolate makes M&M’s, Dove, Snickers and other products. The company urges gluten-free consumers to check labels, even if a product normally is gluten-free; in busy times of year (such as Halloween), Mars uses alternative facilities to make its candy, and some of those may introduce cross-contamination risks. The company says it will label any gluten ingredients or cross-contamination. Nestle USA considers “gluten-free” to mean “no gluten ingredients are in the product, whether directly added, or potentially present due to cross-contact. If a product label has an allergen advisory statement such as ‘made on equipment’ or ‘facility that also processes wheat etc.,’ we do not consider that product to be gluten-free. So in short the theme seems to be always read the label weather you have bought the product before or not. Here is a list of products that are said to be safe by their manufacturers.

  • 3 Musketeer’s Fun Size
  • Act 2 Popcorn Ball
  • Almond Joy Fun Size
  • Baby Ruth Fun Size and Original Size
  • Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks
  • Blow Pops
  • Bubbalicious gum
  • Butterfinger Fun Size and Original Size (not king size)
  • Charleston Chews Fun Size and Original
  • Chewy Atomic Fireballs
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Dove Chocolates (Dark, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Caramel)
  • Dots Gum Drops
  • Dum Dum Lollipops *
  • Fun Dip and Fun Dip Sour
  • Heath Bar Fun Size and Original
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar
  • Hot Tamales *
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
  • Jolly Rancher’s Hard Candy
  • Jolly Ranchers Hard Candy Stix, Lollipops, and Fruit Chews
  • Jr. Mints
  • Juji Fruits
  • Laffy Taffy