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Does anyone know if the Dove dark chocolate ice cream bars are gluten free?

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If these are the ingredients:

CREAM, SKIM MILK, MILK, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, NATURAL FLAVOR, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, CAROB BEAN GUM, GUAR GUM, EGG YOLKS, CARRAGEENAN, BETA CAROTENE. COATING: SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS), COCONUT OIL, PALM OIL.

I would consider it safe.

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Thank you for your replies. I always read the ingredients, but I'm still trying to learn them all. I just was in the mood for one.

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Mmmmm... love those! (Actually I love any ice cream - hehe).

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Me too, but since my favorite which is Stroh's Caramel Nut Cluster can't guarantee CC, I've sort of been eating Edy's. I just don't like it as well.

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Those particular one's probably are, but I'm 99% sure my wife bought me a Dove flavor recently that wasn't. Had Malt Flavoring (often to thing to watch for in Ice cream and other sweets.)

She is pretty careful when shopping, lucky me, so often I don't even double check if it makes it on my gluten free shelf, or the fridge (which is entirely gluten free except for bread and salad dressings). For whatever reason I checked, and was glad I did!

Geoff

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Good to know that. I'm hooked on the dark chocolate covered vanilla ones. I didn't see malt flavoring on the list of ingredients.

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If these are the ingredients:

CREAM, SKIM MILK, MILK, SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, NATURAL FLAVOR, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, CAROB BEAN GUM, GUAR GUM, EGG YOLKS, CARRAGEENAN, BETA CAROTENE. COATING: SEMISWEET CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS), COCONUT OIL, PALM OIL.

I would consider it safe.

I would not consider it safe, as chocolate can easily have undeclared barely malt (think of the old labeling on Lindt chocolate). Since barley is not one of the "Big Eight" allergens, it's not required to be disclosed if present in any amount, as wheat is.

However, Dove is made by M & M/Mars which does have a policy of declaring gluten on its labels. Knowing this, I would eat it.

But I won't consider any chocolate safe without resolving the labeling/barley malt issue.

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If you never ate chocolate with barley malt in it keep in mind that it has a distinctive flavor - there's a underlying grain flavor in the chocolate so if you get malted chocolate by error keep that in mind. I noticed German chocolates use the barley additive.

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I got cramps recently after eating a Dove dark chocolate ice cream bar (I'm choosing to blame it on the ice cream bar)--the ingredients are still all gluten free. Maybe there is cross contamination from another flavor that has barley malt? Haagen Dazs ice cream bars are all labeled gluten free, so I try to stick to those if possible.

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It is highly doubtful that there is cross contamination. Did you eat anything else that day? Large amounts of sugar can cause gut flora issues such as bacterial overgrowth syndrome. 

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If you are new to the diet you may also be having trouble digesting dairy.  Keep in mind also that gluten reactions can be delayed sometimes even for a couple days. It isn't always something you just ate or even ate that day.

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It took me a while to figure out that it was not gluten sneaking into my diet that was making me sick--it was milk and ice cream.  All other dairy is fine.  The dietician at my clinic told me that all diary is not created equal!  Ice cream and frozen yogurt are common digestive trouble-makers.  Once I switched to a lactose-free milk at breakfast, things definitely improved. 

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