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Celiac.com 10/11/2010 - Halloween is upon us again, and for parents of children who must avoid gluten, a simple walk down the store candy aisle can present a daunting challenge: How to know with certainty which candies, especially seasonal candies, are safe for kids on a gluten-free diet? The good news this year is that awareness of gluten-sensitivity and gluten-free issues is on the rise, and more parents are demanding gluten-free candy choices. Also, more manufacturers are now identifying their candies as gluten-free, giving parents and trick-or-treaters a wider range of choices. It's easy to find gluten-free specialty candies from a reliable source. But, since more mainstream treats are common on Halloween night, it's helpful to know which ones are safe. Below you will find the latest gluten-friendly and gluten-free lists of candies which were current as of the date of this article. Below that you will also find a list of unsafe, NON-gluten-free candies, and a partial list of manufacturers with links to their websites. Remember, the list is meant to be used as a gauge, and is not meant to be authoritative or comprehensive. Adjust your vigilance according to your own sensitivity levels, or those of your children. Gluten-friendly and Gluten-Free (Safe) Candy and Treats for Halloween 3 Musketeers fun size 3 Musketeers Mint with dark chocolateA 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, B Baby Ruth 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 – “Gluten Free” Bit•O•Honey Butterfinger fun size Big Blow bubblegum Black Forest Gummy Tarantulas Black Forest Gummy Fun Bugs Juicy Oozers Bubbly lollipop + gum C Candy Checkers (made for Target) Caramel Apple Pops (lollipops made by Tootsie Roll) Charleston Chew fun size Charms Blow Pops 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) 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) – “Gluten Free” Cracker Jack caramel coated popcorn and peanuts Disney Halloween Candy Mix (jelly beans, gummies, candy bracelets and candy characters from Cars, Tinkerbell and Toy Story) Dove pieces (Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate) D Dots Gumdrops – including Candy Corn Dots (candy corn flavored), Ghost Dots (assorted fruit flavored), and Bat Dots (blood orange flavored) Dubble Bubble bubblegum Dum Dum Lollipops (including Shrek Pops) – “This product does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment.” Dum Dum Chewy Pops – “This product does not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment.” F Farley’s Kiddie Mix (includes Smarties, SweetTarts, Now and Later, Jaw Breakers, Super Bubble and Lolli-pops) Ferrara Pan Caramels Ferrara Pan Lemonhead & Friends candy mix (includes Applehead, Cherryhead, Grapehead, Chewy Lemonhead & Friends, Chewy Atomic Fireball, and Red Hots) Florida’s Natural Healthy Treats Nuggets, Sour String, Fruit Stiks – “Gluten Free” Fright Fingers Popcorn Kit Frankford’s Bugs Gummy Candy Frankford’s Gummy Body Parts Frankford’s Marshmallow Pals Fun Dip Fun Dip Sour G Game Night boxes of candy game pieces (includes Operation, Sorry!, Monopoly, Life, and Clue) Grave Gummies (Yummy Gummies) Gummy Pirate Choppers H Heath milk chocolate English toffee bar snack size Hershey’s Kisses - Milk Chocolate Only!! Hershey’s Milk Chocolate snack size bars (1.55 ounce) Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds snack size bars Hot Tamales – “Gluten Free” Humphrey Popcorn Balls J Jelly Belly beans are gluten-free and dairy-free Jolly Rancher hard candy and Doubles Candy Jolly Rancher lollipops and sticks Jr. Mints fun size Jujyfruits Just Born marshmallow treats K Kellogg’s Spongebob Squarepants fruit flavored snacks Kraft Jet-Puffed Boo Mallows marshmallows L Lemonheads LiveSavers Gummies M M&M’s – original, peanut, peanut butter Mars M&M's (all EXCEPT Pretzel M&M's) Mars Dove chocolate products (all) Mars Munch Nut bar Mars Snickers & Snickers Dark bars Mallo Cup Marvel Heroes Candy Sticks (Hulk, Spiderman, Wolverine) – “Gluten Free.” Melster Peanut Butter Kisses Milk Duds Mike and Ike – “Gluten Free” 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 Mr. Goodbar N Necco’s Sky Bar 4 in 1 chocolate bar Necco Wafers Necco Mary Janes Necco Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses 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 (but NOT the Butterfinger Crisp or the Butterfinger Stixx) Nestle Goobers Nestle Nips (both regular and sugar-free) Nestle Oh Henry! Nestle Raisinets and Sno-Caps Nestle Wonka Pixy Stix Nestle Wonka Laffy Taffy Nestle Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip Nestle Wonka Spree O Operation Gummy Candy P Palmer Peanut Butter Cups Pay Day peanut caramel bar snack size Peanut M&M’s Pearson’s Bun candy - maple and roasted peanuts Peeps Jack-o-lanterns, Ghosts and Chocolate Mousse Cats – “Gluten Free” Pez candy – “Gluten Free” Pop Rocks Pixie Stix R Rain•Blo Bubble Gum Eyes of Terror Raisinets 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 S Sixlets Skeleton Pops (lollipops) Skittles fun size – “Gluten Free” Skittles Crazy Cores fun size – “Gluten Free” Skittles Sour fun size – “Gluten Free” Smarties – the small pastel-colored candies sold in rolls, not Nestle’s chocolate version) – “Contains none of the following: gluten (from wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, or soy beans.” Snickers Snickers Fudge bar Sour Patch Starburst Fruit Chews fun size – “Gluten Free” Starburst Gummibursts and Sour Gummibursts – “Gluten Free” Sugar Babies Sugar Daddy Caramel Pops Super Bubble bubble gum Swedish Fish treat size Sweethearts conversation hearts Forbidden Fruits (candy packaging of The Twilight Saga, New Moon the movie) Sweet’s Candy Corn Taffy – “This product is Gluten Free” T Tootsie Pops (original and miniatures) Tootsie Rolls midgies and snack bars Transformers Candy Mix – gummy shields, fruit chews, candy shields, gum rocks W 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 were OK, but other packages in the bag were labeled with a cross-contamination warning. See list below.) X X-scream Mouth Morphers Fruit Gushers – “Gluten Free” Y York Peppermint Patties Pumpkins Z Zed Candy Skulls and Bones (fruit flavored hard candy) 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. **WARNING! THESE UNSAFE CANDIES CONTAIN GLUTEN:AIRHEADS Airheads Xtremes Rolls contains wheat flourANNABELLE’S Rocky Road – contains barley malt and wheat flour BRACH'S All Brach's candy should be considered NOT gluten-free HERSHEY Kit Kat – contains wheat Twizzlers – contains wheat Whoppers – contains barley malt and wheat flour MARS and WRIGLEY Milky Way – contains barley malt Twix – contains wheat NESTLE Butterfinger Crisp – contains wheat flour Crunch – contains barley malt, “made on equipment that also processes wheat.” Wonka Oompas and the Wonka Bar are NOT gluten-free. WONKA Sweetarts Gummy Bugs – contains wheat/gluten Sweetarts Rope – contains wheat/gluten Oompas Wonka Bar Here is a partial list of major candy manufacturers and how to contact them: Contact Hershey's at 800-468-1714. Contact Jelly Belly at 800-522-3267. Contact Just Born at 888-645-3453 Contact Mars Chocolate at 800-627-7852. Contact Necco at 781-485-4800. Contact Nestle USA at 800-225-2270. Other resources: About.com Surefoodliving.com DivineCaroline.com
Celiac.com 01/29/2016 - The drive to introduce specialties like kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly foods at college campuses has really taken off in the last few years, with more and more colleges establishing alternative dining halls and food selections on their campuses. The latest beneficiaries of the this movement are the students of the University of Delaware, which just opened the new, state-of-the-art Caesar Rodney Residence Hall Complex and dining hall, in partnership with food-service vendor Aramark. The dining hall will offer a new dining options for students with dietary restrictions, including kosher, gluten-free and vegan. Asked about the focus of the project, Ryan Boyer, marketing director for Aramark, says that main idea is "a restaurant-driven, culinary brand," where customers "see the food being prepared in front of them." The dining hall features an open floor plan that can seat nearly 1200 people at a time, but there are no slow, long cafeteria lines. That's because the hall relies on food preparation stations, much like a food court at a local mall. This way, large numbers of students can choose from a wide variety of offerings. To make it work at scale, each station makes just one main course per meal so the culinary staff can focus on preparing it well. But, with more than a dozen stations, there is no shortage of choices. Among the stations are one that is strictly gluten-free and another that is strictly vegan. There is also a kosher station that uses strict preparation techniques, and the facility even keeps a mashgiach on staff, to monitor food preparation to ensure it meets kosher standards. Here's hoping more university students nationwide will soon join their peers at the University of Delaware in enjoying the benefits of specialty dining options that meet their individual needs. Source: delawareonline.com