Booooooooo! Who…Has Gluten-Free Halloween Candy?

Booooooooo! Who…has gluten-free Halloween Candy? My family loves a Halloween party, Halloween costume, costume in general, party in general, treats in particular and fun…always!
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As the holiday approaches, it just so happens that I’ve been digitizing some of my old photos. If you look through a stack, you’d think every day was Halloween at our house. On regular days, Ben and James spent most of their time as cowboys, often in real leather chaps & vests, but sometimes they posed as army men, kings, and alien creatures in cardboard spaceships.
On Halloween the costume parade expanded to feature rodeo clowns, Native Americans, and Rambo.
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Rambo
Like the kids in my current neighborhood, the boys loved going door to door extorting candy from our friends. We would start early, stay out late, and then gleefully sort through the candy haul. Of course, way back then none of us worried about gluten in the candy; all we had to fear was the mythical razor blade.

Now we’re very gluten conscious. Every year, I review the information available from the Hershey’s, Jelly Belly, Just Born, Mars, NECCO, Nestle, Sweets and Tootsie Roll websites to make sure that items on the following list are still gluten-free. The past two years, all of the sites have been helpful. This year, there’s a change at Mars where the consumer is encouraged to read labels, and Nestle which vaguely talks about being responsive to the public’s request for gluten-free options.

I agree with Mars that reading labels is important, but in the dark, in a mask, on someone else’s porch may not be the best time to expect a child to read. And once the kids come home with a plastic pumpkin full of candy, you’re not going to want to take the time to read labels either. Besides that, the special Halloween candy bars may not contain all the information on each individual package. To prepare your children in advance so they can selectively grab from a candy tray, use the following list which contains candy identified as gluten-free by its manufacturer.

(While there may still be gluten-free options available from Mars and Nestle, I’ve removed those listings just to be safe and included only the items that should definitely be avoided. If you want to read the labels on their other products, make sure there’s no wheat, wheat starch, rye, barley, malt, malted milk, oats unless specified as GF, flour (unless made from a GF grain), graham flour, cookie chis, or cookie dough included. Avoid candy containing edible starch, edible coatings, edible film, maltose, stabilizers, flavors, natural flavoring, malt flavoring, glucose syrup, and brown rice syrup unless the specific components are listed and are all GF.)

Booooooooo! Who…has gluten-free Halloween Candy? They do:

From Hershey’s
Enjoy:
Almond Joy (except Almond Joy Pieces)
HERSHEY’s Milk Duds (all)
HERSHEY’s Nuggets
HERSHEY’s Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Almonds
HERSHEY’s SPECIAL DARK Dark Chocolate with Almonds
HERSHEY’s Nuggets Extras Creamy Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds
HERSHEY’s Milk Chocolate Bar
HERSHEY’s Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds
HERSHEY’s Air Delight
Heath Bar
Milk Chocolate Kisses
Mint Dark Chocolate Truffles Candy Kisses
SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Kisses
Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candy Kisses
Caramel Filled Chocolate Kisses
Cherry Cordial Creme Kisses
Vanilla Creme Chocolate Kisses
MOUNDS (all)
PAYDAY (all)
REESE’s Peanut Butter Cups (except for Unwrapped Minis and Seasonal Shapes)
REESE’s PIECES (all except REESE’s PIECES Eggs)
ROLO Caramels (all except ROLO Minis)
Scharffen Berger
Skor Toffee Bars (all)
YORK Peppermint Pattie (all except YORK PIECES, YORK Minis and YORK Shapes)

Avoid:
Almond Joy Pieces
HERSHEY’s Extra Dark Chocolate
HERSHEY’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme Bar
HERSHEY’s Milk Chocolate Drops
HERSHEY’s Miniatures
HERSHEY’s Special Dark Bar
Mr. Goodbar
REESE’s Peanut Butter Cups unwrapped Minis and seasonal shapes,
REESE’s PIECES eggs
ROLO Minis
Symphony Bar
Kit Kat
YORK PIECES
YORK Minis and YORK Shapes

From Jelly Belly
Enjoy:
All jelly beans are gluten-free and dairy free
Jelly Belly Candy Corn

Avoid:
Any mix containing malt balls
Chocolate Bridge Mix
Licorice Bridge Mix
Chocolate Malt Balls
Licorice Buttons
Licorice Pastels

From Just Born
Enjoy:
Seasonal Peeps as noted on package
Mike and Ike’s – Berry Blast
Italian Ice
Jolly Joes
Lemonade Blends
Original Fruits
Redrageous
Tangy Twister
Tropical Typhoon
Zours
Hot Tamales
Goldenberg’s Vintage Peanut Chews

Avoid:
Any Peep not labeled GF

From Mars Chocolate
Avoid:
M&M pretzel flavor
Some packages of M&M White Chocolate, Mint, and M&M Coconut flavor
Maltesers
Mars Bar
Mars Combos
Milky Way Bar
Twix

From NECCO
Enjoy:

Candy Buttons
CANADA Mints
CANADA Wintergreen
Banana Splits Chews
Mint Julep Chews
Haviland Thin Mints
Haviland Wintergreen Patty
Mary Jane
Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses
NECCO Wafers
NECCO Chocolate Wafers
Sky Bar
Sweethearts

Avoid:
Clark Bars
Haviland Bridge Mix
Haviland Real Chocolate Covered Raisins
Haviland Real Chocolate Double Dipped Peanuts
Mighty Malts
Peach Blossoms
Red Hot Cinnamon Bat-Wing Wafers
Slap Stix
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Sweethearts Mummy Hearts
Zombie Hearts

From Nestle
Avoid
(some are processed in a facility that processes gluten containing items, read label):
100 Grand Bar
Butterfinger Crisp Bar
Butterfinger Giant Bar
Butterfinger Snackerz
Butterfinger Medallions
Butterfinger Jingles
Butterfinger Hearts
Butterfinger Pumpkins
Chewy Spree
Everlasting Gobstopper
Nestle Crunch Bar
Sweetarts
All flavors of Wonka Bars
Wonka Nerds
Wonka Gummies
Wonka Kazoozles

From Sweets
Enjoy:
Chocolate Jelly Sticks
Gummy Bears are all certified GF
Jelly Beans
Salt Water Taffy

Avoid:
Candies packaged by Sweets, but not made by Sweets. Read labels.

From Tootsie Roll Industries
Enjoy:
All Tootsie Rolls and Charms products with the exception of Andes cookies.
The following Tootsie Roll products are also peanut and nut product free:
Andes mints
Crows
Celia’s Milk or Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
Charleston Chew
Charms Squares
Charms Sour Balls
Charms Candy Carnival
Frooties, Dots
Tropical Dots
Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy
Junior Mints
Junior Caramels
Caramel Apple Pops
Fruit Smoothie Pops
Pops Galore
Tootsie Pops
Tootsie Peppermint Pops
Tropical Stormz Pops
Zip-A-Dee-Mini Pops
Child’s Play Tootsie Roll Assortment
Fruit Rolls
Tootsie Rolls
Sugar Babies
Sugar Daddy
Sugar Mama

Avoid:
Andes Cookies

From Mars Wrigley
Avoid:
Altoids Smalls Peppermint Mints
Altoids Chocolate Dipped Covered Mints

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There are enough choices to ensure your gluten-free kid can get a sugar high before the night is over so put the finishing touches on your costume and head out for some fun!

Stewart can’t decide if he wants to be a bidnessman or Elvis. Which do you think he should be?
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Happy Halloween!

If you require additional information, you can contact these candy companies at the following numbers:
Hershey’s 800-468-1714
Jelly Belly 800-522-3267
Just Born 888-645-3453
Mars Chocolate 800-627-7852
Necco 800-225-5508
Nestle USA 800-225-2270
Sweet’s 855-772-7720
Tootsie Roll Industries 773-838-3400
Mars Wrigley 800-974-4539

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Additional resources:

http://www.necco.com/FAQs.aspx
http://www.tootsie.com/search/?q=gluten%20free
http://www.specialtyfood.com/organization/company/8077/

One Comment to “Booooooooo! Who…Has Gluten-Free Halloween Candy?”

  1. Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List makes it easy to find the candies you can eat and those you cannot, especially if you have kids trick or treating.

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