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Are Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Gluten Free Or Not?


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#1 jebby

 
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:40 AM

I just got off of the phone with a customer service representative from Hershey's. They do have a gluten free list, but do not post it on their website and are unable to email a printed copy because it changes so often. As of today, the only Hershey's candies which are gluten free are:
1. Hershey's kisses
2. Hershey's 1.55 ounce chocolate bar
3. Hershey's chocolate bar with almonds

I specifically asked about Reese's peanut butter cups, and was told that they are not gluten free. Just wanted to get the word out.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:18 AM

That stinks! Did they used to be gluten free and now they are not? No Reeses, no Twix, no Kit Kat. Good thing I can still have Snickers...or can I???
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:33 AM

That stinks! Did they used to be gluten free and now they are not? No Reeses, no Twix, no Kit Kat. Good thing I can still have Snickers...or can I???


There is always confusion with these since some of the special holiday shaped Reese's are not gluten free. I hope that this was the case with the person you spoke with. According to the packaging I have never saw a regular Reese Peanut Butter Cup that was not gluten-free.

Or they could have changed the formula - which I hope is not the case!!!!
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:34 AM

Did they give you any specifics to what changed?
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:43 AM

Do we know if they actually contain gluten, or are just "not gluten-free?"

Read more about "not gluten-free" here.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:48 AM

Do we know if they actually contain gluten, or are just "not gluten-free?"

Read more about "not gluten-free" here.

I suspect this is the case here.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 12:43 PM

I suspect this is the case here.



I tend to agree. Haven't they always been a little 'reserved' when it comes to saying something is gluten-free or not?
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:05 PM

Good afternoon fellow Celiacs (and non-Celiac gluten free-ers). Hope everyones having a nice day. We're having a small ice storm here in Big D.

Now down to business. I'm looking at a Reeses PB Cup ingredient label. I eat them fairly often. Not only are there no gluten ingredients listed, there's not anything that might remotely be of questionable nature. Therefore, for me, it is gluten free.

No offense to anyone that believes otherwise, but I wouldn't put two cents worth to anything someone that answers a phone would have to say about it. Chances are they are not knowledgable about the issue, or know near as much about it as I do. And in the remote case where they might know something, they are only going to give a legally driven answer which is going to be useless by design.

I've been on a gluten-free diet for over four years and haven't felt the need to make even one phone call. I really don't understand the thinking behind it. Everything I need to know is on the ingredients label. Now if I had a small Celiac child that was problematic, and I had prescription medicine that didn't list the ingredients, yes of course I would call.

I've been following this forum for over four years, and it seems most of the time there's a topic that starts out as "such & such is NOT gluten-free", and there's a phone call involved, there's never any real concrete evidence given to contradict the ingredients label.

That's my story. Peace to all. :)

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:39 PM

Good afternoon fellow Celiacs (and non-Celiac gluten free-ers). Hope everyones having a nice day. We're having a small ice storm here in Big D.

Now down to buisness. I'm looking at a Reeses PB Cup ingredient label. I eat them fairly often. Not only are there no gluten ingredients listed, there's not anything that might remotely be of questionable nature. Therefore, for me, it is gluten free.

No offense to anyone that believes otherwise, but I wouldn't put two cents worth to anything someone that answers a phone would have to say about it. Chances are they are not knowledgable about the issue, or know near as much about it as I do. And in the remote case where they might know something, they are only going to give a legally driven answer which is going to be useless by design.

I've been on a gluten-free diet for over four years and haven't felt the need to make even one phone call. I really don't understand the thinking behind it. Everything I need to know is on the ingredients label. Now if I had a small Celiac child that was problamatic, and I had prescription medicine that didn't list the ingredients, yes of course I would call.

I've been following this forum for over four years, and it seems most of the time there's a topic that starts out as "such & such is NOT gluten-free", and there's a phone call involved, there's never any real concrete evidence given to contradict the label.

That's my story. Peace to all. :)

best regards, lm



http://www.zeer.com/...-Cups/000025736


Reese's Peanut Butter Cups


Ingredients

Milk Chocolate (Milk Chocolate contains Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Nonfat Milk, Milk Fat, Lactose, and Soya Lecithin and PGPR (as Emulsifiers)Peanuts, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, and TBHQ and Citric Acid (to Preserve Freshness)


Hershey has been notorious in support of their proprietary suppliers, rather than the customers who buy their product.

I try to avoid purchasing their products for that reason alone.

I do agree with lm, reading labels generally works for me. And your information is only as good as your customer representative.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:21 PM

I believe it because I got sick as a dog eating 2 over t giving break (my treat while everyone else got pies)
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:24 PM

There's nothing in those ingredients with gluten.

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 05:59 AM

I'm with LM on this one. I have family members who work for Hershey Co. and have been told directly that they won't claim gluten free but their products don't contain gluten ingrediants. If they changed their formula to something that did contain those ingrediants, they'd be obligated by the FDA to put that on the label. I eat these and many of their other non gluten ingrediant candy with no issues. Never once has it made me have any form of a reaction.

To each his own! Unless they clearly put a gluten ingrediant on there...I'm not giving up their deliciousness.
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#13 jebby

 
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 08:29 AM

Thank you all for your responses and comments. I called Hershey's because I have had my usual celiac symptoms after eating a regular sized peanut butter cup on two separate occasions in the past year (and no, I am not lactose intolerant, soy intolerant, or have any problems with emulsifiers or any of the other ingredients in them). I am extremely sensitive to cross-contamination, though, and have had reactions to other products which manufacturers have stated have "no gluten ingredients,'" but I have later found out are produced on shared lines after I have had reactions, i.e. Tostitos.
I agree that, per the packaging, that there are no gluten-containing ingredients in Reese's peanut butter cups.
When I called Hershey's main phone number to speak with a customer service regarding gluten, the rep who I spoke with had much more knowledge about gluten than I expected. The three Hershey's candies which are "gluten free" are the only ones which are produced on dedicated lines and do not risk coming in contact with gluten-containing products during manufacturing.
It would be interesting to see if others who call Hershey's get conflicting information.....
I am envious of those of you who do not get sick from cross-contamination and are able to use and trust ingredient labels. Unfortunately, that is not the case for all of us!
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#14 larry mac

 
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 02:53 PM

Yes it's very unfortunate that some people are extremely sensitive to very small amounts of gluten. I feel for you as it must make life even more difficult.

For practical purposes however, we need some way to identify products that contain gluten ingredients, and those that don't. An additional (but separate) category are products that do not contain gluten ingredients, but are made on shared lines, or in a facility that also processes wheat.

The regular and snack size RPBC would be in the first category. They do not contain gluten ingredients and therefore should be safe for most celiacs. If the phone representative is to be believed, they potentially could be risky for extremely sensitive Celiacs due to being processed on shared lines.

Potential cross contamination. Now that's a whole nuther subject!

best regards, lm
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Posted 10 February 2011 - 04:40 PM

Ok good. I thought my night was going to be ruined. :-)
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