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    Is Jello Instant Pudding Gluten-Free?

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      Is Jell-O Pudding gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease?


    Jell-O is a favorite dessert. Image: CC BY 2.0--twodolla
    Caption: Jell-O is a favorite dessert. Image: CC BY 2.0--twodolla

    Celiac.com 06/25/2020 - Jell-O Pudding and Jell-O Instant Pudding are manufactured by Kraft Foods, and while Kraft does not specifically label Jell-O pudding products as gluten-free, nearly all of them are made without gluten ingredients, and so we regard them as gluten-free, and safe for people with celiac disease.

    Officially, Celiac.com puts Jell-O Pudding and Jell-O Instant Pudding in the Gluten-Safe category. Gluten-Safe products are products that do not contain gluten ingredients, and for which we have not received any credible complaints of gluten-contamination. While not officially labeled "Gluten-Free," Gluten-Safe products are very unlikely to contain gluten, and are likely safe for people with celiac disease on a gluten-free diet. We consider gluten-safe products to be gluten-free unless shown otherwise.



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    Gluten content can almost always be determined from the label, and the most accurate information can be found by checking the ingredient list on our packages. For labeling purposes, Kraft products list all sources of gluten, including gluten-containing grains (wheat, barley, rye, oats, triticale, spelt, kamut, mir, farina) and other ingredients (e.g. “natural flavor (contains rye)”). Kraft has a rigorous protocol to ensure that products bearing a gluten-free claim meet the FDA requirement (less than 20ppm gluten). However, you should know that we do not guarantee that our products are gluten-free because we sometimes purchase flavoring, color or spice ingredients from suppliers who do not list every possible source of gluten beyond what is required by law.

    That said, please do read ingredients carefully, and check the Kraft Foods website regularly, as ingredients and product formulations can change. Also, one exception we found was Jell-O Instant Cheesecake Pudding & Pie Filling, which contains barley in its flavoring ingredients, and so is not gluten-free and not safe for celiacs.

    Jell-O Instant Pudding Flavors with No Gluten Ingredients

    The following Jello Pudding products do not contain gluten, and are regarded as gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease:

    • Jell-O Banana Cream Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Caramel Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Butterscotch Instant Pudding Mix
    • Jell-O Chocolate Fudge Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Banana Cream Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Banana Cream Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Butterscotch Pudding & Pie
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Chocolate Fudge Pudding
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Chocolate Pudding & Pie
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Coconut Cream Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Lemon Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Cook & Serve Vanilla Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Cook and Serve Chocolate Pudding
    • Jell-O Cook and Serve Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding
    • Jell-O Instant Banana Cream Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Butterscotch Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Cheesecake Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Chocolate Fudge Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Chocolate Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Chocolate Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Coconut Cream Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Devil's Food Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant French Vanilla Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Oreo Cookies 'n Cream Pudding & Pie
    • Jell-O Instant Pumpkin Spice Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Cheesecake Pudding & Pie
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Banana Pudding
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Butterscotch
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Chocolate
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Chocolate
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Chocolate
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Chocolate
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Chocolate
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Chocolate Fudge
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Pistachio Pudding
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Fat-Free Vanilla Pudding
    • Jell-O Instant Sugar-Free Lemon Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Instant White Chocolate Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Lemon Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Oreo Cookies n' Creme Instant Pudding Mix
    • Jell-O Pistachio Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Red Velvet Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Simply Good Banana Pudding
    • Jell-O Simply Good Caramel Pudding
    • Jell-O Simply Good Chocolate Pudding
    • Jell-O Simply Good Vanilla Pudding
    • Jell-O Strawberry Creme Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Strawberry Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Reduced Calorie
    • Jell-O Vanilla Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie Filling
    • Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
    • Jell-O White Chocolate Sugar-Free-Fat-Free
    • Jell-O Tapioca Fat-Free Cook & Serve Pudding & Pie

    Jell-O Instant Cheesecake Pudding & Pie Filling Contains Gluten

    Once again, Jell-O Instant Cheesecake Pudding & Pie Filling contains barley in its flavoring ingredients, and so is not gluten-free and not safe for celiacs. It is the only Jell-O pudding product we found to list wheat, barley or rye ingredients. And, yes, we double-checked on both versions of Jell-O Oreo Cookies n' Creme Instant Pudding Mix, and neither contain gluten ingredients.

    For reference, please check the Kraft Foods website and beyondceliac.org

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    3 hours ago, Rangerred said:

    I recently called Kraft and asked about the safety of their instant pudding and jello products and was told that if I had celiac disease they were not safe for me.

    Kraft has a policy of just disclosing ingredients and will not, for legal reasons, guarantee that their products are gluten free (they do not test).  But jello is safe.  If you are still worried, consider a homemade version.  You have to cook it on the stove top though.  It is so, good and worth the stirring constantly!  
     

    https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/homemade-chocolate-pudding/

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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.


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