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Esther Sparhawk

Updating My Candy List Before Halloween Gets Here

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Don't you hate it when Halloween rolls around and you're wondering which candies your gluten-free kid can eat? Well, I've decided to post my list and ask for everyone out there in cyberland to help me verify. Which of these candies have you called lately? Which ones need to be removed or added? Isn't this what a celiac forum is all about? Helping each other out? ;)

So here's my gluten-free candy list from last Halloween (Meaning these candies and gums were all gluten-free as of last fall, to the best of my knowledge):

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I just wanted to make sure you note that the altoids mints are gluten free, but the gum is not safe.

Sorry I cant be of much help:)

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I just wanted to make sure you note that the altoids mints are gluten free, but the gum is not safe.

Sorry I cant be of much help:)

Yeah, that's exactly why I posted this, Maceroni. I send this list to family, friends, school, etc... I want to make sure it is easy for anyone to follow, even if they know nothing about celiac disease. Thanks for pointing out that discrepancy. I'll fix that on my master copy.

Anyone else see something that needs altered? :)

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Also the Hershey's Miniatures chocolate bars (plain, with almond, special dark) are not safe.

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Are Dots gluten free?

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Thanks for this! Unfortuantely, we are also casein free which eliminates the chocolate stuff and other things you wouldn't think would contain milk. I might also put together a Gluten-free Casein-free list, if that would be helpful for anyone else. There's a great place in my town called Chocolate Emporium which is run by a jewish family and they make Gluten-free Casein-free candy and chocolate.

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Thank you for posting this this. I'm new to the gluten-free diet for my 6 year old and was dreading halloween coming because of the caramel coloring thing that I'm still not clear on, and the dusting of candy with flour...its all so overwhelming, but this board helps a lot.

I'm glad she'll still get to enjoy lots of halloween, but not too much candy as that gives her a tummy ache!

Thanks for posting the list.

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Also the Hershey's Miniatures chocolate bars (plain, with almond, special dark) are not safe.

Are the miniatures the smallest ones that come in a bag mixed with other kinds? Does anyone know about the small Hershey bars that aren't as small as the mini's? I hope someone knows what I am talking about! I can't think of another way to describe them!

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Are the miniatures the smallest ones that come in a bag mixed with other kinds? Does anyone know about the small Hershey bars that aren't as small as the mini's? I hope someone knows what I am talking about! I can't think of another way to describe them!

fun size?

snack size?

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I don't have much to add, but I do believe that Airhead EXTREMES have wheat in them. I almost bought them for my children once and happened to check the ingredients ... wheat flour was listed twice. I think the airheads are okay.

Last year I gave my children the miniatures (not the krackles with rice krispies in them) and I'm pretty sure they made them sick. I guess it's either a cross contamination thing (in the bag or on the lines).

The only other thing I have to add is to be careful of the special holiday shapes of some candy that might normally be gluten-free. I know I've seen wheat or malt in Reeses cup in special shapes last year (bells at Christmas time I believe). Just a thought!

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Hi,

If anyone has a gluten-free/CF halloween candy list I would sincerely appreciate it. This is our first gluten-free/CF halloween and I am a little overwhelmed at the thought of it all.

Thank you

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Not sure about this- I think what you're wondering about are the milk chocolate hersheys nuggets- and boy do I hope they're gluten-free because I eat them every day for my chocolate fix. They are from what I can tell, but I'm a newbie. If anyone knows, please let me know. thanks

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