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Monday, October 22, 2012

Gluten Free Trick or Treating? What is safe to eat

Your child wants to go trick or treating?  I am offering a few ideas of how to do this safely and without having to steal all of their candy and replace it.

Only a few items in a trick or treat bag will need to be replaced with GF version.

 An idea to get rid of the extra candy is to give it out to other trick or treaters if you can.  This will depend on when you go trick or treating and how many hours are left after you have gone through the candy. Or you can trade with other children such as a neighbors child. If you do not personally have an issue with gluten you can eat it yourself.  (My Father used to find an amazing amount of candy that was tampered with in my bag. Then he would eat it to make sure the rest was safe)

There are so many gluten free candy bars and candies out there that finding a great GF substitute is easy.
I have included a list of candy that may show up in your child's bag.  If the candy is not on this list then it is not currently deemed safe.  This list comes from information put out by the companies themselves.   A good idea would be to copy and print the list for a quick and easy way to go through the candy. Or let your child go through the candy with you.  It can be made into a game.  For each piece they find that they can't eat let them pick a substitute, for each piece you have to find that they can't eat you get to pick. This is so that they don't feel left out. Other games are to let them trade so many gluten containing pieces for a full sized candy or candy bar, or coupons for candy at a later date.  (Would have worked with me)


• Glee Gum. Billed as "all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle" and "the #1 healthy alternative to synthetic chewing gum and bubble gum,"

• Trident. None of Trident's products contain gluten, according to the company.
  • Trident
  • Layers
  • Vitality
  • Xtra Care
  • White
  • Splash
• Wrigley Gum
  • 5-Gum
  • Big Red
  • Doublemint
  • Eclipse
  • Extra
  • Freedent
  • Hubba Bubba (except for Hubba Bubba Gummi Tape Candy, which contains wheat flour and wheat fiber)
  • Juicy Fruit
  • Orbit
  • Spearmint
  • Winterfresh
Gums CONTAINING gluten are:

• Farley's and Smathers. This company makes Fruit Stripe and Super Bubble gum.
• Hershey's. Bubble Yum gum and Icebreakers.
• Mondel─ôz International, Inc..
  • Bubbaloo
  • Bubbilicious
  • Chiclets
  • Dentyne
  • Nostalgia Gum
  • Stride

List of Gluten Free Candy In Alphabetical Order

3 Musketeers Bars (any flavor)

Almond Joy (all)


Baby Ruth

Banana Splits Chews

Butterfinger Bar (original flavor only, NOT Crisp, Giant Bar, Snakerz, Medallions, Jingles, Hearts or Pumpkins)

Canada Mint, Wintergreen and Spearmint Lozenges
Candy House Candy Buttons
Caramel Apple Pops
Cella's Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries
Cella's Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries
Charleston Chew

Charms Blow Pops

Charms Candy Carnival
Charms Pops

Charms Sour Balls

Charms Squares

Charms Super Blow Pops
Child's Play



Dove Chocolate products (all flavors EXCEPT for milk chocolate cinnamon graham/cookies and cream)

Endangered Species Chocolate bars

Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy

Fruit Rolls

Fruit Smoothie Pops

Goldenberg's Vintage Peanut Chews 

Haviland Thin Mints, Wintergreen Patty, Nonpareils and Chocolate Stars
Heath Bars

Hershey's Filled Chocolate Kisses
Hershey's Kisses

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar, only in the 1.55 oz. size
Hershey's Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar, only in the 1.45 oz. size
Hershey's Nuggets


Jelly Belly (All Flavors)
Junior Caramels

Junior Mints


Laffy Taffy (including Laffy Taffy Rope)

M&M's (except the pretzel varieties)
Mary Jane

Mary Jane Peanutbutter Kisses (available for Halloween only)
Mike and Ike Berry Blast
Mike and Ike Hot Tamales
Mike and Ike Italian Ice
Mike and Ike Jelly Beans
Mike and Ike Jolly Joes
Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends
Mike and Ike Original Fruits
Mike and Ike Redrageous
Mike and Ike Tangy Twister
Mike and Ike Tropical Typhoon
Mike and Ike Zours

Milk Chocolate

Milky Way Caramel Bar
Milky Way Midnight Bar
Mint Julep Chews

Mounds (all)

Necco Chocolate Wafers
Necco Wafers

Nips (including both regular and sugar-free)

Oh Henry!

Pops Galore


Raisinets (including Cranberry and Dark Chocolate flavors)
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (all except for seasonal shaped items)


Skor Toffee Bar


Snickers Bars (all flavors) 

Sugar Babies 

Sugar Daddy Pops

Sugar Mama Caramels

Tootsie Peppermint Pops
Tootsie Pops

Tootsie Rolls

Tropical Dots

Tropical Stormz Pops

Vosges Haut Chocolate bars (depends on the variety)

Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
Wonka Pixy Stix


York Peppermint Pattie (all) 

Zip-A-Dee-Mini Pops

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