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Gluten-free and Gluten-safe Halloween Candy 2011

Celiac.com 10/18/2011 - Once again, Halloween is around the corner and that means parents of children who must avoid gluten are wondering which candies, especially seasonal and Halloween candies, are safe for kids on a gluten–free diet?

As awareness of celiac disease and gluten–free diets grows, Photo: CC-wwarbymore parents are demanding gluten–free products, and more manufacturers are responding with gluten–free products.

Also, more candy makers are clearly marking their candies as gluten–free or containing wheat, gluten, etc. This gives parents and trick–or–treaters a wider range of choices.

This makes it easier for parents to find gluten–free candies from reliable makers as close as the corner grocery store.

But, with such a vast array of treats on parade for Halloween night, it can be a challenge to know which ones are safe.

Below, we feature an updated list of gluten–friendly and gluten–free candies currently available.

Below that we feature a list of unsafe, NON–gluten–free candies, as well as a partial list of manufacturers with links to their company websites.

Remember, the list is just a guideline, and should not taken as authoritative or comprehensive. Before consuming any candy on the list, be sure to gauge your purchases according to your own sensitivity levels, or those of your children.

Gluten–Free  and Gluten-Safe Halloween Candy and Treats

3 Musketeers fun size
3 Musketeers Mint with dark chocolate

Act II Popcorn Balls
Albert’s Gummy Eyeballs
Albert’s Iced Halloween pops (lollipops)
Almond Joy fun size bars
Amanda's Own Confections Chocolate shapes and chocolate lollipops
Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit snacks
Applehead, Grapehead, Cherryhead

Baby Ruth original and fun size
Barrels of Candy
Bazooka Big Mix (includes bubble gum, bubble gum filled candy, candy chews, and bubble gum filled lollipops)
Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot Wicked Webs Berry Wave mini feet
Betty Crocker Halloween fruit flavored snacks, including Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll–ups, and Mini Rolls
Butterfinger original and fun size
Big Blow bubblegum
Black Forest Gummy Tarantulas
Black Forest Gummy Fun Bugs Juicy Oozers
Bubbly lollipop and gum

Candy Checkers (made for Target)
Caramel Apple Pops (made by Tootsie Roll)
Charleston Chew original and fun size
Charms Blow Pops and Blow Pop Minis – may contain milk or soy
Charms Candy Carnival Package  – Blow Pops, Sugar Babies, Zip a Dee mini pops, Sugar Daddy, Pops, Sugar Mama Caramel, Tear Jerkers sour bubble gum, Blow Pop Bubble Gum – may contain milk or soy
Charms Fluffy Stuff Spider Web cotton candy
Chewy Atomic Fireballs
Chewy Lemonheads and Friends
Child’s Play
Colombina Scary Eyeballs bubblegum
Colombina Fizzy Pops
Comix Mix Candy Sticks – Tom and Jerry, Flintstones, Scooby
Doo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Popeye
Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts

Disney Halloween Candy Mix – jelly beans, gummies, candy bracelets and characters from Cars, Tinkerbell and Toy Story
Dove pieces – Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate
Dots Gumdrops – including Candy Corn Dots, Ghost Dots, and Bat Dots
Dubble Bubble bubblegum – may include milk or soy
Dum Dum Lollipops (including Shrek Pops) –  no peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. Manufactured on dedicated equipment.
Dum Dum Chewy Pops –  no peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. Manufactured on dedicated equipment.

Farley’s Kiddie Mix - Smarties, SweetTarts, Now and Later, Jaw Breakers, Super Bubble and Lolli-pops
Ferrara Pan Caramels - may contain milk or soy. Distributed in a facility where peanuts and tree nuts are used to make other products
Ferrara Pan Lemonhead & Friends candy mix – including Applehead, Cherryhead, Grapehead, Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, Chewy Atomic Fireball, and Red Hots
Florida’s Natural Healthy Treats Nuggets, Sour String, Fruit Stiks
Fright Fingers Popcorn Kit
Frankford’s Bugs Gummy Candy* – reported issues
Frankford’s Gummy Body Parts* – reported issues
Frankford’s Marshmallow Pals* – reported issues
Fun Dip
Fun Dip Sour

Game Night boxes of candy game pieces (includes Operation, Sorry!, Monopoly, Life, and Clue)
Grave Gummies (Yummy Gummies)
Gummy Pirate Choppers

Heath milk chocolate English toffee bar and snack size - does contain almonds
Hershey’s Bliss (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Meltaway Center, White Chocolate with Meltaway Center, Milk Chocolate with Raspberry Meltaway Center, Dark Chocolate)
Hershey’s Kisses (Candy Corn flavored candy, Caramel, Caramel Apple flavored filling, Milk Chocolate, Chocolate Meltaway, Pumpkin Spice, Hugs, Hugs & Kisses, Cherry Cordial Creme, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Special Dark)
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bars and snack-size bars
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds snack-size bars
Hot Tamales
Humphrey Popcorn Balls

Jelly Belly beans – gluten–free, dairy–free
Jolly Rancher hard candy and Doubles Candy
Jolly Rancher Hard Candy Stix, Lollipops and Fruit Chews
Jr. Mints fun size – may contain eggs
Just Born marshmallow treats

Kellogg’s Spongebob Squarepants fruit flavored snacks
Kraft Jet–Puffed Boo Mallows marshmallows

LifeSavers Gummies including Big Ring Gummies, Sweet ‘n’ Sour, and Scary Assortment

M&M’s – original, peanut, peanut butter
Mars M&M's – except pretzel M&M's
Mars Dove chocolate products
Mars Munch Nut bar
Mars Snickers, Snickers Dark bars, fun size and mini’s – may contain almonds
Mallo Cup
Marvel Heroes Candy Sticks (Hulk, Spiderman, Wolverine)
Melster Peanut Butter Kisses
Milk Duds
Mike and Ike
Mini Mentos
Mini Sour Dudes Straws
Monstaz Pops (jack–o–lantern lollipops)
Monster Hunt plastic monster eggs filled with candy bones, skulls and pumpkins (made for Target)
Mounds dark chocolate fun size bars –  made on equipment that processes almonds, in a facility that processes peanuts
Mr. Goodbar – does contain peanuts

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Necco’s Sky Bar 4 in 1 chocolate bar
Necco Wafers
Necco Mary Janes
Necco Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses – does contain peanuts
Necco Sweethearts Conversation Hearts (available for Valentine's Day only)
Necco Canada Mint & Wintergreen Lozenges
Necco Haviland Thin Mints and Candy Stix
Necco Clark Bars
Necco Skybars
Necco Haviland Peppermint & Wintergreen Patties
Necco Candy Eggs
Necco Talking Pumpkins (available at Halloween only)
Necco Squirrel Nut Caramels and Squirrel Nut Zippers
Necco Banana Split and Mint Julep Chews
Necco Ultramints
Nestle Milk Chocolate fun size bars
Nestle Baby Ruth
Nestle Bit–O–Honey
Nestle Butterfinger (NOT Butterfinger Crisp or Butterfinger Stixx)
Nestle Goobers – does contain peanuts
Nestle Nips (both regular and sugar–free)
Nestle Oh Henry!
Nestle Raisinets –  made on equipment that processes peanuts
Nestle Sno–Caps
Nestle Wonka Pixy Stix
Nestle Wonka Laffy Taffy
Nestle Wonka Lik–M–Aid Fun Dip
Nestle Wonka Spree
Nik-L-Nip wax bottles with juice
Now and Later

Operation Gummy Candy

Palmer Peanut Butter Cups – does contain peanuts
Pay Day peanut caramel bar snack size
Peanut M&M’s
Pearson’s Bun candy –  maple and roasted peanuts
Pearson’s Mint Patties,
Pearson’s Nut Goodies
Pearson's Salted Nut Rolls
Peeps Jack–o–lanterns, Ghosts and Chocolate Mousse Cats – “Gluten Free”
Pez candy – “Gluten Free”
Pop Rocks
Pixie Stix

Rain Blo Bubble Gum Eyes of Terror
Razzles candy gum
Red Hots
Reese’s Fast Break candy bars and snack size
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups snack size and miniatures
Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins
Reese’s Pieces
Reese’s Select Peanut Butter Cremes
Reese’s Select Clusters
Reese’s Whipps
Rolo chocolate covered caramels

Skeleton Pops (lollipops)
Skittles includes Original, Sour, Wild Berry, Fizzl’d Fruits, and Crazy Core, including fun-size
Smarties – the small pastel–colored candies sold in rolls, not Nestle’s chocolate version) – “Contains NO: gluten, milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soy.
Snickers Fudge bar
Sour Patch
Starburst Fruit Chews and fun-size
Starburst Gummibursts and Sour Gummibursts – “Gluten Free”
Sugar Babies
Sugar Daddy Caramel Pops
Super Bubble bubble gum
Swedish Fish
Sweethearts conversation hearts Forbidden Fruits (candy packaging of The Twilight Saga, New Moon the movie)
Sweet’s Candy Corn Taffy

Tootsie Pops – original and mini
Tootsie Rolls Midgies and snack bars
Transformers Canpeasron's salted nut rolldy Mix – gummy shields, fruit chews, candy shields, gum rocks

Warheads – Extreme Sour hard candy and Sour QBZ chewy cubes
Wonka Bottlecaps
Wonka Chocolate Laffy Taffy
Wonka Giant Chewy Nerds Jelly Beans
Wonka Giant Pixy Stix
Wonka Gobstopper Everlasting
Wonka Gobstopper Chewy
Wonka Laffy Taffy Ropes
Wonka Mix–Ups
Wonka Monster Mix–Ups – SweetTarts Skulls and Bones, Spooky Nerds, Howlin’ Laffy Taffy
Wonka Nerds – carry a cross contamination warning on the Spooky Nerds orange and fruit punch flavors
Wonka Pixy Stix
Wonka Runts
Wonka Runts Chewy
Wonka SweetTarts
Wonka Sweetarts (regular)
Wonka Sweetarts Chew
Wonka Sweetarts Giant Chewy
Wonka Sweetarts Mini Chew
Wonka Sweetarts Chewy Twists
Wonka Sweetarts Shockers
Wonka Tart N Tinys,
Wonka Tart N Tinys Chew
Wonka SweetTarts Boo Bag Mix – SweetTart Chews OK, but other packages had a cross–contamination warning!

X–scream Mouth Morphers Fruit Gushers

York Peppermint Patties Pumpkins

Zed Candy Skulls and Bones

With all these selections, finding some good, gluten–free candy should be a snap. As always, be sure to read labels, as some ingredients can vary.


Airheads Xtremes Rolls contains wheat flour

Rocky Road – contains barley malt and wheat flour

All Brach's candy should be considered NOT gluten–free

Kit Kat – contains wheat
Reese's Minis
Twizzlers – contains wheat
Whoppers –  contains barley malt and wheat flour

Milky Way –  contains barley malt
Twix –  contains wheat

Butterfinger Crisp or Butterfinger Stixx  –  contains wheat flour
Crunch –  contains barley malt, “made on equipment that also processes wheat.”
Hundred Grand Bar –  contains barley malt, “made on equipment that also processes wheat.”
Wonka Oompas and the Wonka Bar are NOT gluten–free.

RUSSELL STOVER'S  – Products have been produced on shared equipment with peanuts, tree nuts, eggs and wheat.

Sweetarts Gummy Bugs –  contains wheat/gluten
Sweetarts Rope –  contains wheat/gluten
Wonka Bar

A more comprehensive list of unsafe candies for Halloween can be found at celiacfamily.com.

Here is a partial list of major candy manufacturers and how to contact them:
Hershey's – 800–468–1714
Jelly Belly – 800–522–3267
Just Born – 888–645–3453
Mars Chocolate – 800–627–7852
Necco – 781–485–4800
Nestle USA – 800–225–2270
Pearson's – 800–328–6507
Tootsie Roll – 773–838–3400

Other resources:

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Lynn Peterson
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19 Oct 2011 10:32:03 PM PDT
Helpful, timely and informative article. I love this Halloween Candy article so much that I put a link to it on my latest blog post!

Susan P
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23 Oct 2011 3:56:40 PM PDT
Wow--alphabetical order-- so very helpful for those of us staring at the loot!

monica mccarthy
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24 Oct 2011 9:39:38 AM PDT
Enjoyed and helped on the candy.

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24 Oct 2011 1:57:03 PM PDT
Thank you! This is very helpful.

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24 Oct 2011 4:23:05 PM PDT
Just a warning Snickers is not made on dedicated machines, and has made me sick before.

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24 Oct 2011 5:38:57 PM PDT
Thanks so much for this extensive list... I too am going to put a link to it in the comments of my blog post addressing Halloween. A note of caution for those living above the border... often times a confectioner will use different ingredients to those in the US counterpart manufacturers. A list is a great start - but ingredients, I'm afraid still need to be watched. Grazie!!

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24 Oct 2011 6:37:06 PM PDT
Thank you for the wonderful information. Helps a lot when you have a child that has celiac disease.

Sharon Onweller
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25 Oct 2011 10:13:39 AM PDT
Thanks so much for this info.

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26 Oct 2011 12:04:03 PM PDT
When was the last time you guys checked out the Hot Tamales? I used to love that candy. On the box, it says, "Also produced in a facility that processes wheat and uses wheat flour in it's products just like twizzlers. Let alone, I am also allergic to corn, yeast,milk, nitrates, chocolate, and wheat. So multiple allergens in one. How current is this list?

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26 Oct 2011 12:48:47 PM PDT
The list is based on ingredients of the candy is updated each year.

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26 Oct 2011 7:50:20 PM PDT
The newer boxes of Hot Tamales now say gluten free on them. These were also one of my favorites, but I ate Mike Ike's instead because they were gluten free. I recently checked a box of Hot Tamales and they now say gluten free.

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26 Oct 2011 3:50:12 PM PDT
The Milky Way Midnight and Simply Caramel bars should be ok. Not sure about the mini sizes, though.

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27 Oct 2011 10:22:34 AM PDT
Reese's miniature peanut butter cups contain maltodextrin and should be avoided by celiacs.

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27 Oct 2011 1:37:36 PM PDT
Maltodextrin is made from corn and is gluten-free.

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27 Oct 2011 6:43:26 PM PDT
Necco products are NOT safe for those with celiac. The product itself is gluten free however they dust the conveyer belts with flour after the candy is made.

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28 Oct 2011 7:49:41 PM PDT
Thank you so very much for this informative article

Chris Vollert
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The list is very helpful and the comments are extremely helpful.

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Very helpful. Carmello is also gluten free. I eat them all the time without any problem.

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24 Oct 2012 12:30:16 PM PDT
Thank you so much for this list! It is obvious that it took much time and effort. I started a gluten-free diet three weeks ago. About a year-and-a-half ago, I had a stroke-like condition that has left me quite disabled in a variety of ways, including an increase in my migraine headaches. I have had migraines for years, but this new illness was a shock to say the least. I researched and found that gluten could cause migraines. I further researched and found that gluten can cause, not only celiac disease, but also another situation called gluten ataxia which attacks the neurological system with stroke-like effects. I have had dozens of tests to find out exactly what was the cause of my neurological crises (MRI, CAT, EEG, blood, etc., etc.,). All tests came back normal. When I read that gluten can cause stroke-like effects in sensitive people (not everyone--don't get alarmed!), I immediately went on the gluten-free diet. It's only been three weeks and I already feel SO much better. My headaches have lessened as well as other neurological symptoms. I can think better, I'm not having panic symptoms as much and my brain isn't sending out as many weird signals and symptoms to the rest of my body. I plan to have the gluten blood test. Unfortunately, I've heard that you have to be eating gluten to have these tests, so I will have to go back on gluten for the test and then off again. I just want everyone to know that after a year-and-a-half of suffering, I may finally be getting some answers. For some people, gluten is poison.

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24 Oct 2012 1:57:35 PM PDT
WARNING: This list is NOT accurate. Please do not give your gluten-free children anything on this list before checking in with the manufacturer and scrutinizing the ingredients list. At a quick glance, I saw SEVERAL items that I know to be gluten-containing. I'm sure there are many more.

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30 Oct 2012 11:00:36 AM PDT
Rather than making a blanket statement about the whole list, why not contribute examples of your opposition to the list being comprehensive instead of dismissing the whole thing.

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24 Oct 2012 6:54:01 PM PDT
Thank you for your up to date trustworthy research on ALL gluten-free products - this is especially yummy!

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24 Oct 2012 9:58:40 PM PDT
Hershey's website states that their peanut butter cups are gluten free, with the exception of the holiday ones. This means don't eat the special Halloween pumpkin peanut butter cups.

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25 Oct 2012 5:09:11 AM PDT
I have been staying away from candy bars, now I know more of what I can eat.

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