Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

  • Announcements

    • admin

      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

      This Celiac.com FAQ on celiac disease will guide you to all of the basic information you will need to know about the disease, its diagnosis, testing methods, a gluten-free diet, etc.   Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts What are the major symptoms of celiac disease? Celiac Disease Symptoms What testing is available for celiac disease? - list blood tests, endo with biopsy, genetic test and enterolab (not diagnostic) Celiac Disease Screening Interpretation of Celiac Disease Blood Test Results Can I be tested even though I am eating gluten free? How long must gluten be taken for the serological tests to be meaningful? The Gluten-Free Diet 101 - A Beginner's Guide to Going Gluten-Free Is celiac inherited? Should my children be tested? Ten Facts About Celiac Disease Genetic Testing Is there a link between celiac and other autoimmune diseases? Celiac Disease Research: Associated Diseases and Disorders Is there a list of gluten foods to avoid? Unsafe Gluten-Free Food List (Unsafe Ingredients) Is there a list of gluten free foods? Safe Gluten-Free Food List (Safe Ingredients) Gluten-Free Alcoholic Beverages Distilled Spirits (Grain Alcohols) and Vinegar: Are they Gluten-Free? Where does gluten hide? Additional Things to Beware of to Maintain a 100% Gluten-Free Diet Free recipes: Gluten-Free Recipes Where can I buy gluten-free stuff? Support this site by shopping at The Celiac.com Store.

Hershey's Chocolate
0

47 posts in this topic

I have read on here many times that all kinds of hershey's chocolate bars are safe, for example: eat more, oh henry, reese's peanut butter cups, and hte list goes on and on. But i wanted to contact hershey's to make sure and when i phoned she said she could mail me the list of gluten-free hershey products. So i was excited... until i got the list yesturday which lists "chipits - semi sweet baking chocolate, hershey chocolate syryp, hershy kisses chocolate, hershy milk choc. bar and milk choc. bar with almonds, and jolly rancher hard candy." This is great to have some things, but now I am wondering if all those other hershey products are not safe. I am wondering if anyone can shed any light on this from what they know or have researched. Thanks :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I can't tell you about Canada. A lot of the responses you've seen might have been about Hershey USA.

richard

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Campcour,

I am surprised by the response you received from the Hershey company.

I called the Hershey company myself because my son had an allergic reaction one afternoon, and I could not pin down what had caused it. I supspected perhaps the Reese's pieces I had purchased in their box, out of a cafeteria vending machine. The lady on the phone assured me it would NOT have been the Reese's pieces that caused the reaction, as they are definitely gluten free. She took my personal information in order to contact me if she discovered anything contrary to that information. A couple of weeks later, my son received a package in the mail from the Hershey company. The package contained a letter that restated that their Hershey's products (specifically the Reese's Pieces) are gluten free, and expressed sympathy for his allergic episode, a denim baseball cap that said Hershey's on it, a nice Tee-shirt that had an animated Hershey Kiss character on it, and a bag of Hershey's kisses. I was quite impressed with Hershey. I've called plenty of other companies, some of whom have said, something to the effect of, "While that product doesn't have wheat in it specifically, it IS run through lines which have previously had wheat in them, although they are washed between products" with no apology, no sympathy, no concern what-so-ever. Just an emotionally flat, dry statement of the facts, in a "cover-my-butt" sort of manner.

I am in Ontario.

Does this help answer your question at all?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also received that list but they also told me that they wouldn't hide gluten under labels. I was also very impressed by Hershey's and the way I was treated by them. I'm not sure about their policies on gluten-free products in Canada but here in the US they won't hide it.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has someone posted this list? I'm looking around for what candies I can have at a party we are having.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Has someone posted this list? I'm looking around for what candies I can have at a party we are having.

Hershey is one of the awesome companies that will clearly list gluten in the ingredient statement. If the ingredients look safe, the product is safe. :)

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I think most companies won't call anything gluten free unless it is made in a factory that doesn't use the same equipment with wheat. I think they'd always wash down the line but there's always the chance that there could be something in the first product off the line. Lots of companies are putting information about the factory on their label like, "Made on equipment in a facility that also processes XYZ".

I was reading up on how manufacturer's get the "Kosher" approval. It is very stringent about the manufacturing process having much higher standards than run-of-the-mill manufacturering. So I was thinking that if you found something that didn't have gluten in the contents and was also kosher you would have a better chance of getting something without gluten contamination.

Personally, I don't think I'm so sensitive that I need to only eat things made on dedicated equipment. But everyone is different.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love Hershey's because they won't hide anything; which saves me a lot of work.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hershey's chocolate bars taste really good and dark chocolate is good for health.I have heard that they are good for the heart.How many of you have tried Belgian chocolates ?

Belgian Chocolate-Gorgeous hand finished Belgian Chocolates, delivered in beautiful individually wrapped packaging.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hershey's has recently changed hands and moved some of the company out of the USA, so I don't think I would be so trusting anymore. Just as so many of us found with our Cadbury Eggs, they were gluten free for so many years, now they contain gluten. The single egg has such tiny wording on it, I would not beable to read it, and thankfully, I read here about the gluten free status having changed BEFORE I found them in the store, or I would have been glutened, simply because I trusted Hershey. If I were you, I would be calling for a new list now!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Hershey's has recently changed hands and moved some of the company out of the USA, so I don't think I would be so trusting anymore. Just as so many of us found with our Cadbury Eggs, they were gluten free for so many years, now they contain gluten. The single egg has such tiny wording on it, I would not beable to read it, and thankfully, I read here about the gluten free status having changed BEFORE I found them in the store, or I would have been glutened, simply because I trusted Hershey. If I were you, I would be calling for a new list now!

They didn't change hands, they wanted to cut costs, so they moved productions to other areas outside the company. It is still under the same management.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am very disappointed in Hershey's. The only Hershey's products that are safe for people with celiac disease are their plain chocolates and jolly ranchers. They will not tell you, even if you call with the IPC number, if any product with natural flavors is gluten free. The phone reps don't have the information. This makes me really mad because I know I have called Hershey's multiple times, including just before Halloween, and I was told that they disclose gluten. However, the phone rep I spoke to said their natural flavor policy has been this way ever since she's worked for Hershey's--since August! I have given my son Reeses Peanut butter cups on numerous occasions! :angry:

I called Master Foods (Mars) and they still disclose gluten. As does Nestle and Wonka.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Excuse me--things have changed within the company and things have already started changing. Many celiacs are already complaining. I can't find the link I wanted to post about Hershey closing plants here in the US, and putting people out of work, one plant alone was over 600, which is a bad thing. I find that one good reason to stop supporting them.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My response from the company... 10% of the products are going to be manufactured in Mexico.

I don't feel comfortable with the changes. I would like to know which products are being manufactered in Mexico, and what the companies statement on gluten free status for those products are.

Laura

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Excuse me--things have changed within the company and things have already started changing. Many celiacs are already complaining. I can't find the link I wanted to post about Hershey closing plants here in the US, and putting people out of work, one plant alone was over 600, which is a bad thing. I find that one good reason to stop supporting them.

I live in Hershey, I know things are changing, most of us stopped supporting them when they started closing the factories. Hershey is a small town, and the plant was the biggest employer...many are without jobs here. I only ever bought the mini-eggs. The rest of their chocolate bars were starting to taste bad. Plus they have raised the prices sky-high lately...now a regular sized bar costs 80 cents in a grocery store. That is outrageous.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This makes me so sad! I grew up in PA and went to Hershy Park a few times - Hershey was the home-town chocolate. I always tried to avoid buying Nestles, becuase they had awful practices with a formula-company they owned, giving free samples to third-world moms, who's milk would dry up, and then they couldnt afford the formula, so they'd water it down with unclean water ... . and they didnt stop after it was exposed. So i'm so sad about Hersheys going down hill!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As many have noted, Hershey will NOT disclose the source of their "Natural Flavors" due to it being outsources and they consider that information "Propriety" and not subject to disclosure.

ALL of Hershey products that contain "Natural Flavor" are NOT considered gluten free, as per the company's customer service supervisor.

Pity <_<

Hershey should be removed for the company safe list of those who will clearly disclose.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

et tu Hershey?

I'd pay the 80 cents for a Hershey 's candy bar if it was made in US and I knew it was gluten free.

However, I have to say that their chocolate quality has dipped in the last few years....their product tastes waxy.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
et tu Hershey?

I'd pay the 80 cents for a Hershey 's candy bar if it was made in US and I knew it was gluten free.

However, I have to say that their chocolate quality has dipped in the last few years....their product tastes waxy.

The taste has changed a lot in the past few years. What happened to the creamy milk chocolate I used to remember as a child?

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

There is a horrible after taste too....

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I have read on here many times that all kinds of hershey's chocolate bars are safe, for example: eat more, oh henry, reese's peanut butter cups, and hte list goes on and on. But i wanted to contact hershey's to make sure and when i phoned she said she could mail me the list of gluten-free hershey products. So i was excited... until i got the list yesturday which lists "chipits - semi sweet baking chocolate, hershey chocolate syryp, hershy kisses chocolate, hershy milk choc. bar and milk choc. bar with almonds, and jolly rancher hard candy." This is great to have some things, but now I am wondering if all those other hershey products are not safe. I am wondering if anyone can shed any light on this from what they know or have researched. Thanks :)

I got the same response last year and i am also from canada....

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
As many have noted, Hershey will NOT disclose the source of their "Natural Flavors" due to it being outsources and they consider that information "Propriety" and not subject to disclosure.

ALL of Hershey products that contain "Natural Flavor" are NOT considered gluten free, as per the company's customer service supervisor.

Pity <_<

Hershey should be removed for the company safe list of those who will clearly disclose.

I know i am late to this thread...but just to be clear in my nervous head (I get no gluten reaction whatsoever, it is a silent killer for me, so I have to go by labeling only to know if there is gluten in something):

If we read the label on a Hershey's product and it does not list "natural flavors" or any other gluten derivatives of course, can we consider it safe? In other words the only thing Hershey's is not being held accountable on is the "natural flavors'?

Sorry, but I try to be as specific as possible otherwise I can be a nervous wreck. The Hershey's products I was eating until I read this thread of course, did not have "natural flavors" listed.

Thanks-

Nancy

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As you know, Hershey US would be required by law to list wheat if an ingredient. Barley, malt and rye can be hidden in "Natural Flavors", or specific . This is not to say that Hershey products that do have "natural flavors" may be gluten free, but they refuse to clarify it's gluten status.

1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm hearing a lot of extranious issues that have nothing to do with gluten-free or not gluten-free.

My take on Hershey's. I will occasionally eat a Reeses peanut butter cup (with some hot buttered microwave popcorn), and I also use a little Hershey's syrup in my chocolate milk. Other than that, they've really got no other products I'm interested in.

I like Snickers, Butterfingers, and Almond Roca.

If there's no gluten listed in the ingredients, I don't worry about it.

best regards, lm

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hershey - chocolate only an American could love. :P

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      103,588
    • Total Posts
      918,276
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Last posted 2013 - Improving health
      I am glad you are feeling so much better!  Your posting will encourage others.  Thank you!
    • Last posted 2013 - Improving health
      When I first started this journey, roughly 11 yrs ago with symptoms, I had no clue. Eventually, having no luck with doctors (hypochondriac or psychosomatic), I googled my symptoms over and over looking for something... ANYTHING... that would give me a clue. Among other issues, my insides would not move, I was turning gray, felt like death, and had a persistent cough. I can't remember who but someone had posted on the forum and I found some of my symptoms. Eureka, I immediately began a gluten-free diet to see if it made any difference. Of course that was a journey, not realizing what products contained gluten. Long story shorter – first I went gluten-free, symptoms began to reappear, then it was soy (first organic was okay, then not), symptoms reappeared, took out corn, symptoms reappeared, then it was all grains. So the last couple of years I have been grain-free plus no sulphates. Actually, truth be told, my Celiac pharmacist gave me the recipe for health. I asked her if she liked a certain product. She answered, “I don't know, I have never tried it.” I asked her what she did use. She replied, “Nothing out of a box, a bag, or a bottle.” And that has pretty much been my life for the last couple of years. There is the odd product I try but it always has an after effect and I have to way the consequences against the enjoyment of it. I am one of those who react to 1 crumb in the butter, flour dust in the air, sulphates in anything, sometimes things that don't even seem like they would be a problem, like avocados and blueberries when I am contaminated. January 2016 I began this recitation. It is now May 5th, 2016 - Here I am 4 months later and I feel like screaming to anyone who will listen, “Things are improving!! My gut is healing!!” So what happened?? Someone suggested digestive enzymes. My insides were so compromised that I couldn't eat much besides fruit, veggies, and meat; all plain, all without being touched by people other than me. I could barely stand salt at times when I was compromised. Haven't been to a restaurant in years since I am not in a city that would have one to cater or understand this much of a problem. I started digestive enzymes but I read the label wrong and started with 5 first thing in the morning. Whatever... I began to notice improvements in what I could eat. Not anything different but just that I could eat without feeling ill or having my gut shut down. I stayed on those for a month and a half.. then I picked up a parasite from someone living in a very unclean apartment and visiting there and helping to clean. Well, that was a huge battle. I had to eat to discourage parasites. But in the process my insides began to heal dramatically. I was eating blackberries, drinking garlic keefir (which I couldn't have done 5 mths ago and gave me the first clue my insides had improved substantially), drinking oil of oregano or peppermint oil drops in a glasses of water, eating cabbage and green roughage. Drinking water with apple cider vinegar in it and Aloe Vera juice. After a couple of weeks my insides were a whole different story. I had a feeling of wellness that I hadn't had for years! I FELT like trying to eat something different. So I decided to try Gluten-free Rice Chex. Haven't had them in years.... and I am so happy! I can eat them!! (Not to say they are healthy, cause they are processed crap) but I didn't get sick and that was the amazing part. So now I am beginning to try a few things that would have set me back previously, I have made my own crème brulee because I have always been able to eat eggs. But the sugar was causing problems, but now it's okay. The issue I have now is that I want to try things too fast so I am having to exercise restraint. So here is it – parasites are very common, everyone has them however whether they cause problems depends on your immune system. Does it not makes sense that they would cause leaky gut? An over abundance in the gut would destroy gut tissue and take nutrients from a person and possibly put holes in the gut leading to food reactions? Digestive enzymes help to destroy the protective coating around parasites. Foods that discourage them or kill them are blackberries, garlic, cabbage, oil of oregano, peppermint oil, aloe vera juice, Braggs apple cider vinegar and more (google to find). I found medication didn't do anything so I turned to all the other. So this is how it is today. I don't suggest it is the answer to anyone else's problems but when I found this site, hidden in the posts was the beginning of the answers for me.  I may still be gluten, soy, corn intolerant but I am feeling so good now and I just thought I would tell someone.  I just wanted to share. Thanks for reading.
    • Endoscopy in 9 days after being low-gluten for a year. What to eat?
      Not to mention my hips and knees are killing me and I have really bad calf pains and horrible bloating after just 3 days of glutening. I don't think I could live like this for a whole week.
    • Endoscopy in 9 days after being low-gluten for a year. What to eat?
      I saw my gi today and he said to not worry about eating gluten. I have abdominal pain in the small intestine area and referred pain in my back, indicating pretty bad damage. So I'll just go without the gluten and do the genetic testing if needed.
    • Vagus Nerve Attack
      Hello All: I came across this series of posts from as Google search on "Wheat Vagus Nerve". I find all of your replies very interesting and would like to add mine for those searching for information but with differing symptoms. I have struggled with the vagus nerve impact to breathing as Maria mentioned in the original post, but only an impact to breathing and nothing else.  But my symptoms were brought on not only by wheat, but also by other ingredients such as dark chocolate, probiotics, caprylic acid, mustard, fluoride in toothpaste/mouthwash just to name a few.  I found when I sat down my breathing would return to normal, but as soon I got up, the impact would return. The impact to breathing would come 4-6 hours after ingestion and last for about the same amount of time.  At times I could not even take ten steps without having to stop, not being able to breath even moderately.  The symptoms now are decreasing in severity but not in duration. My doctor checked my blood for celiac and results were negative. A number of chest x-rays to rule out COPD.  I am waiting on an appoint with an allergy specialist in a few weeks to see what they have to say.  Needless to say, it is difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Thanks for your posts, and I hope my contribution is of benefit to others also.
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

    • celiac sharon  »  cyclinglady

      Hello cycling lady, have you noticed my picture is showing up as you?  Have no idea why but it's rather disconcerting to see my picture and your words 😉  Do you know how to fix it?  You seem to have far more experience with this board than I do
      · 1 reply
    • Larry Gessner  »  cyclinglady

      Hi There, I don't know if there is a place for videos in the forum. I just watched "The Truth About Gluten" I think it is a good video. I would like to share it somewhere but don't know where it should go. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      Here is the link if you have never watched it.
      https://youtu.be/IU6jVEwpjnE Thank You,
      Larry
      · 2 replies
    • ChiaChick  »  Peaceflower

      Hi Peaceflower, Just wanted to say thank you for the chat.
      · 0 replies
  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      60,683
    • Most Online
      1,763

    Newest Member
    Rainbow60
    Joined