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#1 maryanno

 
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 06:20 AM

Is Ghirardelli Chocolate gluten free?
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:35 AM

I recently read a post somewhere in gluten-free-land that some of their items are gluten free and some are not.
Don't hold me to these specific items but it went something like, Ghirardelli chocolate squares were NOT gluten free but their chocolate chips were OK.

I'd contact Ghirardelli (go to their home page and click the Contact Us button) and ask directly.

This is an older post (2008), but worth a look:
http://glutenfreewor...ot-gluten-free/
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 07:38 AM

I recently read a post somewhere in gluten-free-land that some of their items are gluten free and some are not.
Don't hold me to these specific items but it went something like, Ghirardelli chocolate squares were NOT gluten free but their chocolate chips were OK.

I'd contact Ghirardelli (go to their home page and click the Contact Us button) and ask directly.

This is an older post (2008), but worth a look:
http://glutenfreewor...ot-gluten-free/


That's what I read as well- they produce a chocolate bar with malted crisps on the same lines as their other chocolate bars and squares so there is potential for CC. The chocolate chips and cocoa powders are produced on a separate gluten-free line and are safe.
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 08:11 AM

Go to the website. Don't speculate. Ingredients change over time.
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 04:05 PM

Latest I heard was 'no,' although some people might feel that the risk is acceptable. The change, I understand, is that they no longer have a dedicated gluten free line for their chocolate. They now have a chocolate that has barley in it on the same line, although it is cleaned in between different chocolates, of course.

There's a forum discussion post on it from 2008:
http://www.celiac.co...elli-chocolate/
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Posted 01 July 2010 - 06:44 PM

I eat their chocolate chips with no problem and I'm pretty sensitive.
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 07:25 AM

I eat their chocolate chips with no problem and I'm pretty sensitive.


Yep, I've baked with the chips and had no problems. I won't buy the chocolate bars though. I don't eat things made on shared equipment with gluten ingredients.
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 08:38 AM

Yep, I've baked with the chips and had no problems. I won't buy the chocolate bars though. I don't eat things made on shared equipment with gluten ingredients.

Ditto. And if you're looking for some good chocolate treats, heck, majority of Godiva chocolates and truffles are gluten free.
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 08:45 AM

Ditto. And if you're looking for some good chocolate treats, heck, majority of Godiva chocolates and truffles are gluten free.


So are Scharffen-Berger, Dagoba, and Vosges chocolate bars (check labels on the latter because not all are gluten-free but they clearly label the ones that are). Yum.
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 09:48 AM

the squares are NOT gluten free but the baking chips are ... i eat those like candy with no problems at all. :)
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 10:47 AM

Hm, I eat the bars all the time with no problem...is the only chocolate they make with barley the Luxe Milk Crisp?

I can't find it on this list: http://www.ghirardel...ts_allergy.aspx

Why is it not listed?
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 11:35 AM

Hm, I eat the bars all the time with no problem...is the only chocolate they make with barley the Luxe Milk Crisp?

I can't find it on this list: http://www.ghirardel...ts_allergy.aspx

Why is it not listed?


Probably because FDA standards don't require manufacturers to worry about barley, only wheat (and only because of allergies, not celiac disease or gluten intolerance). The companies that label gluten are going above and beyond what they are legally required to do.
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 05:32 PM

Thanks for all the replies to my post! I did call Ghiradelli directly and received a call back. The lady told me all their chocolates are gluten free except the ones with crisps since they're made with barley. They throw out the first 2 batches on each line in case of CC.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 11:46 AM

It would be so helpful if we each CAPITALIZED or ENLARGED THE DATE OF OUR POSTS, as the posts from several years ago are often inaccurate today. Unless a post is very recent, we just cannot assume it is true anymore. In fact, when I contact companies, I often learn old posts are not accurate.

JUNE 24, 2011

I received this response today from Ghirardelli, which I had read was a safe chocolate, was eating it (and as a result getting horrible confusion and poor memory, which is my primary reaction: 9 days of profound stupidity, missing appointments, etc.).

The Ghirardelli company wrote:

Thank you for contacting Ghirardelli Chocolate. Ghirardelli currently offers one product which contains an gluten ingredient. Our Luxe Milk Crisp Squares and Bars, containing barley malt as an ingredient. As a result, the line on which our chocolate bars and Squares are produced, share a common line with barley gluten.

The chocolate chips (60% Bittersweet, Semi-Sweet, and Milk Chocolate) line and powder line (hot chocolates and baking cocoas) will remain free of gluten ingredients.

Ghirardelli takes the following measures to reduce cross contamination on our production lines: lines are cleaned between the changing from one product to the next. The first two batches of any product made are disposed of and not packaged.

Sincerely,
Consumer Service

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
1111-139th Avenue
San Leandro 94578-2631
+1 510 483 69 70
http://www.ghirardelli.com
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 05:26 PM

Okay, you want bold ? Fri June 24, 2011 -What in the world is WRONG with GHIRADELLI for SCREWING UP THEIR CHOCOLATE BARS LIKE THAT over ONE LOUSY FLAVOR ?!!!!
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