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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?

    Is Jello Instant Pudding Gluten-Free? - 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 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 Pumpkin Spice Pudding & Pie Filling
    • 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
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    • Jell-O Sugar Free Fat Free Instant Reduced Calorie
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    • 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. 

    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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    Vickie, any food item containing wheat, barely or rye in any form should be off limits to those endeavoring to eat gluten-free. This would include things found in ingredient labels such as "starch" and "modified food starch" unless the source source is specifically stated to be not from wheat, barley or rye. Also included would be things like "malt flavoring" and "malt extract" since malt is made from either barley or wheat. Wheat starch is commonly used as a thickener and texturing agent. Because of that, most canned soups and even most soy sauces contain wheat. Be a dedicated food label reader.

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    7 hours ago, Guest Vickie said:

    The ingredients on the Oreo Cookies and Cream instant pudding says it contains wheat. I am not 100% sure as I am new to gluten-free but I don't think I should eat that. 

    Yikes!    It DOES contain wheat.  Wow!  I would be worried about their other mixes being cross contaminated.  I assume (not verified) that Kraft would use the same manufacturing line.   So, what to do?  Be like me and make your own pudding from scratch.   I use gluten free (labeled) corn starch.  You have to cook the pudding on the stove.  Stirring constantly and then allowing it to boil for two minutes.  The goal is to not let anything stick to the bottom of the pot.  You can find plenty of recipes on the internet.  Cheap too.  My kid just made some yesterday morning.  Her boyfriend was amazed at the taste.   He grew up eating those fake Snack Pac school box lunch puddings.  Chock full of preservatives.  Yuck!  

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    On 7/1/2020 at 1:13 PM, cyclinglady said:

    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/

    Just want to update my comment.  The  Kraft instant pudding line now has a version that includes wheat (thanks, Guest Vickie).    Always, always read the label.   I think the jello gelatin is still fine. 

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    I was glutened by the pistachio pudding. It was unmistakeable, and the ingredients appeared safe. They do not verify the flavorings and such are safe from cross contamination. This is an irresponsible post to make, saying they’re safe because they don’t contain gluten ingredients. That’s not how celiac works. 

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    With cross contamination, individual celiac responses will vary tremendously. And the amount of cross contamination will likely vary from batch to batch since it is incidental. It will also depend on how much of the item you eat which is something we don't see talked about in celiac circles very much. We talk about parts per million standards but in reality, it's how much gluten you get total when you eat something.

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