Another big holiday, a lot more holiday candy. Once again the stores are inundated with all of the marketing and holiday candy aisles. So what are some safe gluten free options that you can add to your kids Easter baskets (or enjoy yourself)?
Cadbury Creme and Mini eggs- Although they are technically gluten free, in that they do not contain any ingredients that have gluten, they say there is a strong risk for contamination in their factories. So eat at your own risk.
Dove chocolate products- Like the Valentine's products, Dove is again a really safe choice. All of their chocolate products are gluten free so there is little risk of cross contamination as well. So find those Dove chocolate bunnies and enjoy!
Easter themed M&Ms- All the M&Ms (except for the pretzel kind) are gluten free.
Hershey's chocolate kisses- The plain milk chocolate kisses are gluten free.
Reese's- The Reese's pieces Candy Carrot and Reese's Pieces Pastel Candies are confirmed as gluten free. The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup eggs contain no gluten ingredients, but are produced in a facility with wheat. So there is potential for cross contamination. Eat at your own risk. I know I did already this year and enjoyed them immensely :)
Jelly Belly jelly beans- All of the Jelly Belly beans are gluten free including all of their specialty Easter candy packages.
Starburst candies- All of the Starburst jelly beans and Easter wrapped Starburst products are gluten free.
Tootsie Rolls- All of the Easter themed Tootsie rolls and Tootsie roll products including: Tootsie pops, Charms Blow pops, and Dubble Bubble Easter egg shaped bubble gum.
Peeps- All of their marshmallow treats are gluten free.
Easter Candy that is NOT gluten free-
Brach's Speckled Jelly Bird eggs
Cadbury's Creme eggs (See note above)
Cadbury's Mini Eggs (Again see note above)
Cadbury's Chocolate Bunnies
Ghirardelli chocolate Easter eggs
Hershey's Chocolate Bunnies
Hershey's Easter egg candies
Jolly Rancher's jelly beans
Lindt Chocolate bunnies
Russell Stover Chocolate bunnies
Whopper's Robin eggs
Hope this helps. Unfortunately, the conflicting information online about some of these candies and cross contamination does not help. So just to be safe if you know you are quite sensitive you might want to steer clear of the Hershey's products since that seems to be where most of the speculation comes from. Just to be clear in the US that means
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