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Most Popular Gluten-Free Halloween Candy You'll Find

October 16, 2018
gluten-free-halloween-candyHalloween is lots of fun for the kids but can be more challenging for parents with children who must eat gluten-free candy. That can make Halloween a scarier night beyond the ghosts and goblins running around. But you can take comfort in knowing there are plenty of gluten-free halloween candy options.A food considered to be gluten-free does not contain the protein from wheat or wheat flour, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, triticale, farina, vital gluten semolina, malt vinegar or protein derivatives of these foods. If one of these grains is present but the level of such protein is less than 20 parts per million, it is still considered gluten free.The products listed below qualify as gluten-free using standards established by the United States Food and Drug Administration. So, if you’re managing a gluten-free diet for your trick or treater, let’s take a look at the list of most popular gluten free Halloween candy and the ones you’ll want to avoid.

Gluten Free Halloween Candy

Almond Joy Candy - All Except Almond Joy Pieces Candy

Hershey’s Chocolate

If there’s a Hershey’s product in your bag, chances are it’s gluten free. Gluten-free Halloween candy you may find in your trick or treat bag includes:
  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar (1.55oz only)

  • Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds (1.45oz only)

  • Hershey’s Milk Duds – All

Hershey's Kisses

  • Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate

  • Hershey’s Kisses Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate

  • Hershey’s Kisses - Hot Cocoa

  • Hershey’s Hugs

  • Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate Filled with Caramel

  • Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate Filled with Cherry Cordial Crème

  • Hershey’s Kisses Filled with Vanilla Crème

  • Hershey’s Kisses Dark Chocolate Filled with Mint Truffle

  • Hershey’s Kisses Pumpkin Spice Flavored Candies

  • Hershey’s Kisses Carrot Cake

  • Hershey’s Kisses Pineapple Coconut

  • Hershey’s Kisses Meltaway Milk Chocolates

  • Hershey's Kisses - Candy Cane

  • Hershey's Kisses - Kiss Deluxe

  • Hershey's Kisses - Espresso

  • Hershey's Kisses Creamy Milk Chocolate

  • Hershey's Kisses Creamy Milk Chocolate with Almonds

  • Hershey's Giant Kiss (7 oz. only)

Hershey Nuggets

  • Hershey’s Nuggets Milk Chocolates

  • Hershey’s Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Almonds

  • Hershey’s Nuggets Special Dark Chocolate with Almonds

  • Hershey’s Nuggets Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds

  • Hershey's Nuggets Special Dark Chocolate

Reese's

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups — All except seasonal shaped items

  • Reese’s Fast Break Bar

  • Reese’s Nutrageous Bar

  • Reese's Unwrapped Mini Minis — Milk Chocolate and White

  • Reese’s Pieces Candy — All except Reese’s Pieces Eggs

  • Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cups — All except seasonal shaped items

  • Rolo® Caramels in Milk Chocolate Candies — All Except Rolo® Minis

Mars Chocolate

Mars supplies brands like M&Ms. All are gluten free except pretzel, and bags labeled “May Contain Wheat.” Always check the labels before purchasing or passing out these candies, but here are the popular gluten-free Halloween candy bars Mars makes:
  • 3 Musketeers bars

  • M&Ms (all except pretzel, crispy and some holiday varieties)

  • Milky Way Midnight and Caramel bars

  • Dove (all except Milk Chocolate Cinnamon Graham and Cookies and Cream varieties)

  • Snickers bars

Other Gluten-Free Halloween Candy

Skor Toffee Bars — All

York Peppermint Patties — All except York Pieces Candy, Sugar Free Peppermint Patties, York Minis and York Shapes (5 oz.)

Tootsie Rolls — All

Snyder’s of Hanover

  • Gluten-free Mini Pretzels
  • Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks
  • Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks-Hot Buffalo Wing
  • Gluten-Free Pretzel Sticks-Honey Mustard & Onion

Smarties

According to their website: “All Smarties® candy made by Smarties Candy Company is gluten‑free and safe for people with Celiac Disease.” Not only does the company make gluten-free Halloween candy, but their entire line of products are free from most known allergens, too.

Jelly Belly

On the company’s website you’ll find this statement: “Jelly Belly jelly beans are gluten free, peanut free, dairy free, fat free and vegetarian friendly.” They’re also certified kosher and contain only four calories per bean.

Mike and Ike

Just Born is the company that makes this old favorite. A statement on the Just Born website notes that the company offers many gluten-free products under the MIKE AND IKE®, HOT TAMALES®, PEEPS®, GOLDENBERG’S® PEANUT CHEWS®, TEENEE BEANEE® and JUST BORN® brands. However, because some of their products may be manufactured and/or packaged in a facility that may also products with gluten ingredients, you’re encouraged to double check with customer service to ensure no cross contamination occurred.

Our list only contains the most popular gluten free Halloween candy. The Celiac Disease Foundation provides more detailed candy lists. Nonetheless, you should always read the label to ensure your child is getting gluten free candy.

Non-Gluten Free Halloween Candy To Avoid

There will be some candy in your child’s bag you’ll want to avoid. Our list of non- gluten free Halloween candy includes:
  1. Twizzlers: This is a bit of a surprise. Twizzlers contain wheat flour.
  2. Milky Way Bar (original): It’s not the chocolate, but the fluffy marshmallow inside the bar that contains gluten.
  3. Mars Bar: This classic candy bar contains barley malt and wheat.
  4. Almond Joy Pieces: You’re better off with the bar instead of the pieces.
  5. Mr. Goodbar: This peanut and milk chocolate combo will be found in many trick-or-treat bags but is not a gluten-free Halloween candy.

So, a few do fall short, but there are a lot of gluten-free Halloween candy bars and other candies your kids can have. Just remember to let them enjoy their haul in moderation and inspect each piece to make sure they’re not tainted.Halloween is a busy night, and you may be considering swinging by a drive-thru to pick up dinner. Before you do, check out our updated infographic on “Fast Food Facts”. Find out if you eat fast food as much as the average American.

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