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Fyi: Brach's Candies
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Thank you for your interest in Brach's and for contacting us about the

gluten free status of our Brach*s candy products. For your information, we

do not consider any of our products gluten free at the present time. Please

be advised that we do plan to undertake a project to determine the gluten

status of each and every one of our products.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Yours truly,

Linda O' Connell (linda.oconnell@brachs.com)

Brach's Consumer Relations

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Awesome! Thanks for posting that. I'm crossing my fingers for the Butterscotch, the Spice Drops and the Chocolate Stars.

:)

Nancy

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Thank you for your interest in Brach's and for contacting us about the

gluten free status of our Brach*s candy products. For your information, we

do not consider any of our products gluten free at the present time. Please

be advised that we do plan to undertake a project to determine the gluten

status of each and every one of our products.

Thanks again for contacting us.

Yours truly,

Linda O' Connell (linda.oconnell@brachs.com)

Brach's Consumer Relations

Well that is an interesting change. Brach's has always been a company to "brush us off". They just have always had the blanket statement of "Nothing is safe for you here". It's good to hear that they are getting smart and realizing that gluten free information might actually HELP their company. I'm glad that they will be compiling some lists soon.

-Jessica :rolleyes:

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