2017 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List

by | September 26, 2017 | Food | 14 comments

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Now, let’s talk candy!

Whoa! This 2017 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List update is the BIGGEST one to date! Each year there are a few changes with manufacturers and brands. This year is no different. You’ll see those changes reflected in the info below. I contact manufacturers each year at the end of summer to provide you with the most up-to-date info, but do keep in mind, it can still change, so READ ALL  YOUR LABELS every time.

Gluten + Food Allergens

In addition to sharing gluten-free candies, and pointing out some candies that definitely contain gluten, other allergens are included when possible. I know many of you are like me and deal with celiac disease as well as multiple food allergies and intolerance.

New Candies + Nima Testing for Gluten

There are new candies on the list this year and I tested a random selection of candies with my Nima Sensor. If you’re not familiar with Nima Sensor or if you want to understand the process better, be sure to read my articles Understanding the Nima Sensor and What a “Gluten Found” Nima Test Result Means.

I randomly chose nine products from the supermarket. Some, I felt sure would contain gluten (the seasonal flavored M&Ms candies) and they didn’t surprise. Others, like the seasonal shape Reese’s Eyeballs DID surprise me, scroll down to see why!

Feel free to leave a comment if you know of a candy that’s GF and should be added, or if you have a question about the candies listed or any others.

I hope my 2017 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List makes life a little easier for you and the  kiddos. I include other allergens when appropriate and when info is available.

Note: I try to make this list as comprehensive as possible, but is not all-inclusive. I try to include top Halloween/fall treats from mainstream brands as well as a few specialty allergen-free candies.

Always read labels before you dig in, as brands are apt to change recipes and manufacturing practices at any time.

Use this list as a guide, but never rely solely on ANY list without reading those labels first! 

2017 Gluten Free Halloween Candy List

I’m sharing links to websites and vendors where I can for your convenience. This is not a sponsored post, and I do not receive any compensation at all, monetary or in product samples, for including any candies in my list. Also, keep in mind this is not a list of “healthy” treats. Use your own discretion when consuming sweet treats and note some of these contain artificial ingredients like color and flavor, so check those labels out first to make your best decision on what to consume for your special diet.

Always remember to carefully read labels and check sources for any candies or other foods before consuming them on your special diet as manufacturers can change ingredients and production methods at any time without notice.

Note: Nima testing pics are snapped with my iPhone. They’re not perfect, but testing so many products back to back is time consuming and life was happening all around me when I did the testing. I thought it best to get this info to you as soon as possible with Halloween right around the corner, versus waiting for enough time to snap perfect pics with the real camera. ;-) You understand and I thank you for that!

Candy Corn

Many well known brands contain wheat, traces of peanuts and/or tree nuts and other allergens or are processed in a facility where wheat is present.

BIG update – Brach’s Candy Corn, which is not labeled GF tested all smiles with my Nima Sensor! (One reader from Facebook found a package of this candy corn with gluten-free labeling at Target. I will search to see if I can find one, too. If I do, I’ll update you!)

nima test candy corn

Please keep in mind while there are no overt gluten ingredients on the label, there is an allergen statement that this product is manufactured in a facility where milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy are used in the production of other products. You can see for yourself here (and in my fuzzy pic below).

brachs candy corn label

So, should you eat this product? By listing this, or any, product here or elsewhere I am not suggesting you eat (or necessarily avoid) it. I am providing information to help you make the best decision for your unique situation. For me, with a product like this that is manufactured in a facility with numerous allergens, I believe it is too risky due to my celiac disease and multiple food allergies (soy, peanuts, tree nuts) and my avoidance of dairy.

However, as evidenced above, Nima testing was all smiles (indicating gluten-free for the samples tested). Again, it’s up to you, but since several of you sent me a note about Brach’s candy corn, I wanted to include it.

If you’re like me and shy away from the possibility of cross-contamination the following two options are gluten-free.

For gluten-free, nut-free candy corn, try A and J Bakery. According to the website, this product is made in a nut and gluten free dedicated facility, but does contain egg and soy ingredients. I saw on their website when doing my fact-checking for this article update that they are offering 25% off candy corn through the end of October with a discount code you’ll find via the link above.

Jelly Belly Candy Corn is gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, and gelatin free.

From Jelly Belly: Candy Corn contains modified soy protein.  Jelly Belly Candy Corn does not contain dairy, egg, gluten, tree nuts or peanut ingredients.

This is a good summary of Jelly Belly practices in terms of allergens and gluten.

 

2017 Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List

 

Caramel Apple Pops & ALL Tootsie Roll Products

At this time, according to the Tootsie Roll website, all of their products are gluten-free, peanut-free and tree nut free. Note: Caramel Apple Pops do contain soy and milk ingredients.)

 

Starburst

According to Wrigley, maker of Starburst, these candies are “free of any gluten”.

The Wrigley website says:

“While some Wrigley products may contain gluten, the majority of our products are gluten-free. In general, we avoid using ingredients that contain gluten where they serve no functional purpose or can be replaced by gluten-free alternatives; however, ingredients and formulas may vary between regions. When the use of ingredients containing gluten is critical to the product taste experience, we follow all labeling requirements to allow our consumers to make an informed choice. We always advise consumers who are concerned about food sensitivities to read the label and check with their doctor if they have questions.”

My advice: Contact the company to be 100% certain about specific products.

 

Smarties

All Smarties® candy made by Smarties Candy Company are gluten‑free and vegan. All products are also free of milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy. All candy is made in entirely peanut‑free manufacturing facilities.

See their allergen statement page for more info.

Smarties Important note 1:

Because some products with the Smarties brand are not manufactured by Smarties Candy Company, the company recommends always checking a product’s ingredients prior to purchase. If the UPC number on the packaging begins with “0 11206”, the product is gluten‑free and manufactured in a facility that makes exclusively gluten‑free products.

Smarties Important note 2:

Re-baggers buy candy in bulk, then repackage the product, so that could mean gluten cross-contamination.

Smarties in Canada:

There are two manufacturing facilities for Smarties®. One is in Union, New Jersey, and one is in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. There is virtually no difference between the Smarties® manufactured in our Canadian plant and our plant here in Union, New Jersey.

The candy in Canada called Smarties (which contains wheat, thus is NOT gluten-free) is similar to M&Ms candy coated chocolates. In Canada, the type of Smarties® candy I am referring to here is known as Rockets®. 

 

Jelly Belly

These gourmet jelly beans are gluten-free according to the company website, “Jelly Belly jelly beans are gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, fat free and vegetarian friendly.” This includes the black (licorice) flavor.

Licorice candy typically contains gluten (wheat), but Jelly Belly assures us that the black beans are gluten-free. Jelly Belly beans are also made in a peanut-free factory, according to the website (peanut butter flavor was retired some time ago).

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Chocolate

There’s lots of terrific fancy chocolate out there that is gluten-free (and vegan and raw, etc.), but you’re not likely to find that in your trick or treat sack. We’re talking Halloween candy and that means the classics, so I’ll cover those here.

The Hershey Company

Their website information on gluten free products was last updated Dec. 2014 and contains a full list of their gluten-free candies, baking products and syrups for the USA and Canada. It’s best to check the list yourself, as there are so many Hershey products and a few exceptions.

Even though regular Hershey bars are noted as GF on the Hershey site, I wanted to test them for you. As you see, all smiles with Nima.

The product package does not bear a gluten-free label; however, the only allergen warning on Hershey bars is one about almonds processed on same equipment.

 

Reese’s peanut butter cups are also considered gluten-free by Hershey. I still wanted to test them with Nima. Again, another “no gluten detected” result.

reese's peanut butter cups gluten free

The product package is labeled “gluten free” very discretely on the back near the ingredients.

According to the Hershey Dietary Needs page, all Reese’s products are gluten-free EXCEPT seasonal shapes and unwrapped minis.

Seasonal shapes would be Reese’s eggs at Easter, Reese’s hearts for Valentine’s Day, etc. However, I tested Halloween Eyeballs with Nima and was surprised to see the “no gluten detected” result.

The product label does not indicate gluten-free. I know this image is blurry, but there are no obvious gluten ingredients and there is not allergy warning on the package (i.e., for wheat). I really don’t know what to tell you about this one. I tend to err on the side of caution in these situations, especially when the company indicates certain products cannot be considered gluten-free. Again, just some additional info for you to use when making decisions for what to eat or avoid. :-)

 

Hershey’s Kisses: Plain Kisses (silver and colored foil wrapped), Special Dark Mildly Sweet, Hugs, Filled Kisses (caramel, cherry cordial, vanilla creme, mint truffle), pumpkin spice flavored candies.

Nuggets (milk, milk with almonds, dark with almonds, milk with toffee & almonds)

Bars (Hershey Bar, Hershey Bar with Almonds, Almond Joy, Mounds, all Heath bars, Reese’s Fast Break, Reese’s Nutrageous, Skor, York Peppermint Patties – EXCEPT York minis & shapes)

All Dagoba products

All Scharffen Berger – Except Scharffen Berger Cocoa Powder

Candies: Milk Duds (all), Reese’s Pieces, Rolo (EXCEPT Rolo minis)

Syrups (caramel, chocolate, sugar free, sundae dream caramel, sundae dream chocolate, lite, dark, strawberry, strawberry sugar free)

Toppings (Heath shell, hot fudge, caramel, milk shell, Reese’s peanut butter & chocolate peanut butter)

Baking Chips & Baking Bars (both Hershey’s and Reese’s)

Brookside Chocolate & Fruit Bars (cherry, cranberry, blueberry),

Hershey’s Cocoa (regular and special dark)

 

Nestle

The following manufactured by Nestle are gluten-free, according to the company:

  • Original Butterfinger candy bar
  • Baby Ruth candy bar
  • Raisinets
  • Bit O Honey
  • Oh Henry! bars
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Lik M Aid
  • Wonka Pixy Stix

These products may contain other allergens, so be sure to read labels carefully!

Note: Some Nestle confections do contain gluten, so be sure to see that category in the list below.

 

Mars

Includes brands like:

  • M&Ms
  • Dove
  • Milky Way

According to the Mars, the company no longer maintains a gluten-free list.

Instead, Mars instructs consumers to check the product label each time for the most up-to-date allergen information.

This is due, in part, to using alternate facilities to produce some products, particularly during busy holiday seasons (all manufacturers are likely to do this, too, so this is another good reason to always read those labels, even if we had a product in the past and found it was GF).

Mars states their policy on allergen labeling here.

Mars reports the following are gluten-free:

  • Milky Way Midnight candy bar (note: NOT regular Milky Way bars)
  • Milky Way Caramel candy bar (note: NOT regular Milky Way bars)

I Nima tested Milky Way Simply Caramel Fun Size bars and got a “no gluten detected” result.

Note the Milky Way Simply Caramel Fun Size bar ingredients label indicates contains milk and soy, may contain peanuts and eggs.

  • Snickers candy bar (regular variety – note: the label indicates these contain peanuts, milk, egg and soy and may contain tree nuts)

I did not test the traditional / regular Snickers bar, but I did test Snickers Almond.

The Nima device found gluten in this Snickers Almond sample. There are no obvious gluten ingredients on the package label and the allergen warning does not indicate wheat as a possible “may contain” ingredient. (Allergens listed are almonds, milk, egg and soy; possible additional allergens listed are other tree nuts and peanuts.)

  • 3 Musketeers Bar

 

  • Plain M&Ms

I tested fall colors plain M&Ms candies with Nima, which returned a “no gluten” result. (These do contain milk and soy, and bear an allergen warning that they may contain peanuts.)

 

  • Some varieties of flavored M&Ms

But NOT these seasonal flavors for Halloween and fall!

White Pumpkin Pie M&Ms – gluten found! (Look at the M&Ms face!!)

 

White Candy Corn M&Ms – gluten found! (Again, the expression on the M&Ms face sums it up – GLUTEN!)

Neither were a surprise, as both packages bear an allergen warning that they may contain wheat.

 

  • Dove products (not products with cookies added; see list below)

 

Sweet Works

Makers of Sixlets candies – Sixlets are gluten-free AND nut-free. Check out the different packaging and sizes here.

 

Peeps & Company

Peeps is a subsidiary of Just Born.

This company produces the following gluten-free candies:

  • Mike & Ike
  • Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
  • Hot Tamales
  • Just Born Jelly Beans
  • Teene Beanee Gourmet Jelly Beans

Just Born recommends reading each label each time before you consume a product in case formulations change. They voluntarily offer cross-contamination risk information on product packages near the ingredients label as a “May Contain” statement.

According to the company (in email correspondence from Oct. 2016), “All of our candies that we label as gluten free meet the criteria outlined by the FDA for labeling products as gluten free, and do not contain wheat, rye, barley, oats or crossbreeds of these grains in their manufacture.  The modified food starch used in our candies is corn starch.  Also, Original Dark Chocolatey PEANUT CHEWS® do not contain milk as an ingredient; however they are made on the same equipment as Milk Chocolatey PEANUT CHEWS®.

Please be aware, however, that because some of our products may be manufactured and/or packaged in a facility that may also handle non gluten free products, we encourage consumers to read the labels carefully for the most up-to-date ingredient and allergen information.”

The company does openly say they use GMO products (as do other companies listed here): (from their site) “We use ingredients derived from crop biotechnology in relation to corn, sugar beets and soy because these raw ingredients are not currently available in the USA in the high quantities that we need.”  Read more here.

 

Specialty Candy Made to be Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free

There are many specialty manufacturers producing gluten-free, allergen-free candies, as well. A few of these are:

  • Annie B’s Caramels – (handcrafted caramels, all flavors are gluten-free)
  • Enjoy Life Foods (NEW Halloween Chocolate Minis for 2017 – plus a discount of 10% off on those products as of Sept. 2017)
  • Yummy Earth (lollipops and more – most products are GF & top 8 free – read their allergen info for more)
  • TruSweets Company has 2 brands – TruJoy Sweets (Choco Chews and Fruit Chews) and Surf Sweets (Trick or Treat Packs & Spooky Spiders)
  • Gimbal’s Fine Candies has a variety of jelly beans and other chewy candies that are free from gluten, eggs, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and soy.
  • Red Bird Peppermint Puffs (from Piedmont Candy Company are top 8 free and they have seasonal flavors, like Pumpkin Spice)
  • Gin Gins® Ginger Candy (several varieties from which to choose)

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Do you have a favorite specialty producer of gluten-free, allergen-free candy? Let me know in comments below so that I can add them to the list!

The following products are NOT gluten-free:

Note: This list in not all-inclusive, so please always read product labels and/or consult the manufacturer before consuming any foods you feel may contain gluten or those you feel may be cross-contaminated with gluten. Also see non-GF products in previous section that are in red. 

From The Hershey Company:

  • Almond Joy Pieces candy (Almond Joy candy bars are GF)
  • Reese’s Unwrapped Minis and Reese’s Seasonal Shaped Items (like Reese’s Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkins and Christmas Trees)
  • Reese’s Pieces Eggs (regular Reese’s Pieces candies are listed as GF on the Hershey website.)
  • Rolo Minis (regular Rolo candies are listed as GF on the Hershey website.)
  • Scharffen Berger Cocoa Powder (other Scharffen Berger products are listed as GF on the Hershey website.)
  • York Pieces, York Minis and York Shapes (other York Peppermint Patty products are listed as GF on the Hershey website.)

Note: I tested Reese’s Eyeballs (seasonal shape for Halloween) with Nima Sensor and it returned a “smile” indicating “no gluten detected”. 

 

From Nestle:

  • Butterfinger Crisp, Giant, Snackerz, Medallions and seasonal shapes (Only original, regular size Butterfinger bars are GF, according to Neslte.)
  • 100 Grand Candy Bar
  • Wonka Nerds, Gummies, Kazoozles, Everlasting Gobstoppers, Wonka Bars (Regarding Nerds candies, according to the company, these are processed in a facility that also processes wheat and therefore they cannot ensure these are GF.)
  • Sweetarts
  • Chewy Spree candies

 

From Mars Chocolate:

  • Original Milky Way bar
  • Dove Cinnamon Graham Chocolates
  • Dove Promises Cookies and Cream
  • Pretzel M&Ms and certain varieties of flavored M&Ms, but Mars urges consumers to read each label before consuming to get the latest allergen update on products.
  • Mars bar
  • Twix candy bars

Note: I Nima tested Snickers Almond Fun Size bar and the device returned a “gluten found” result. 

 

I hope this list helps you make the best choices for your special diet. If you have updated information or other candies you’d like me to add, please leave a comment below so that I can update this page.

Happy and Safe Gluten-Free Halloween!

14 Comments

  1. NM

    Awesome information! Thank you!

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  2. turtles candy

    Keeep this going please, great job!

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  3. PJ

    Such helpful information, thank you! I had no idea original milky way’s were not gluten free!

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  4. NickiB

    Loved the M&M’s faces on your “Gluten Found” pictures! Says it all, indeed.
    It is a little concerning, considering we do sometimes pick up a small bag of M&M’s at check-out for the kids to share on our ride home. It is usually just the plain, peanut, or peanut butter flavor, and not a specialty one, but still! And none of the packaging indicates that it is processed in a facility, with wheat, etc etc. I may have to re-think them.
    The snickers almond is also concerning, because while I don’t normally eat candy bars, a Snickers Almond is something I like to enjoy maybe once or twice a year.

    Now I have a good excuse to order the delicious looking and sounding specialty ones to have on hand!

    Thank you, Thank you so much for this list!!

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    • Gluten Free Gigi

      Keep in mind, the M&Ms that tested “gluten found” were the seasonal flavors that aren’t typically gluten-free. Some use gluten ingredients, others are contaminated. The manufacturer states to ALWAYS read the label because they can be manufactured in different facilities. Also, the plain ones were “no gluten detected”, which is great since those are supposed to be GF. I would probably have them occasionally except the peanut cross-contamination issue, so I can’t. Snickers almond was VERY surprising to me! I’m going to do more testing on that, and other candies, so be sure to watch the eNewsletter mid-Oct. for that special report. It will not be on this list, as I am doing it with another company, so it will be eNewsletter only but will have TONS of candies Nima tested!! :) I’m glad this was useful – hope you have a happy Halloween! xo

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  5. Katie

    I am shocked with the Snickers Almond. I was glutening myself and blaming it on other things! (I have only ever had 2 but STILL!) I would be interested to know how the pumpkin Reese’s test with the detector. Thank you!

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    • Gluten Free Gigi

      Same here, Katie. Snickers are said to be GF, even the Almond variety. You remind me of why it is SO important to share info like this. I am glad you saw the info! So, regarding pumpkin Reese’s, according to the company, as stated in this post, those are NOT considered GF. While the ingredients indicates no overt gluten ingredients, these are processed on shared equipment with a risk of cross-contamination. BUT, as I tested the eyeballs from Reese’s on a whim and found a “no gluten detected” result, I will likely test the pumpkins, too. There is a HUGE report of Nima tested Halloween candy coming very soon. The only way to receive it is to get on my email list if you’re not already. If you are, that’s great (and thank you!) because you’ll receive it when it is ready. It will not go up here on the site, ever.

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      • Amanda

        So is the regular snickers gluten free?

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        • Gluten Free Gigi

          Amanda, regular Snickers bars are “supposed” to be GF; however, I did not test them, yet. I am actually testing several samples today with Nima for a big report coming out soon. If you’re signed up for my email newsletter, you will get it in your inbox when it’s out. :) Technically, Snickers do not contain gluten ingredients; however, the Almond Snickers do not, either, which is why I was shocked they tested “gluten found” with Nima. Remember, if you want to get a Nima, be sure to use code GIGI at checkout (on the Nima Sensor website) for an extra $15 off! xo

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          • Amanda

            Thanks for getting back with me! I will need to sign up for your newsletter.


          • Gluten Free Gigi

            Definitely get on the eNewsletter list, as that’s where you hear about new info first! ;)


  6. Karen

    I was confused to find some bags of Brach’s candy corn with this statement “This product was manufactured in a facility where milk, eggs, almonds, coconut, peanuts and soy are used in the production of other products.” No mention of wheat. And this was not the Gluten Free variety (which I didn’t care for).

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    • Gluten Free Gigi

      Yes, Karen. Those labels are confusing. They are on some bags and not on others because the candy is not all manufactured in a single facility. Some facilities use those other allergens, while others do not. That is one good reason to always read labels every single time. This is also VERY true of M&Ms candies. They have 3 manufacturing plants in the USA, as far as I know, and the allergen statements change on certain types. This was very true of the coconut M&Ms at one time (not sure if they even make those now). I hope these lists are useful to you! xo

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