What common candy is gluten-free?
Many popular candies are gluten-free, so those with gluten allergies or sensitivities can still enjoy treats. Many chocolate bars and chocolate-covered items, such as M&M’s, Snickers, Reese’s, Kit-Kats, and almost all Hershey’s bars are gluten-free, as are many candy bars, such as Twix, Skittles, Starburst, and Airheads.
Sour Patch Kids, Sour Skittles, Runts, Mike and Ike, Junior Mints, Nerds, Jelly Beans, Tootsie Roll Pops, Tootsie Rolls, Blow Pops and Sugar Daddy are also gluten-free.
Other popular gummy candies, such as Haribo gummies, Swedish Fish, Altoids Sours, and Sour Patch Kids are also gluten-free. Some gummy candies made with marshmallow, such as Marshmallow Peeps, and those with ingredients you don’t recognize on the label may not be gluten-free.
In addition, many candies and chocolates can have gluten-containing ingredients or cross-contact with gluten from processing, so it’s important to double-check the product label for an allergen statement or contact the manufacturer for product information.
What candies are safe for celiacs?
There are a variety of candies that are safe for celiacs, as long as those candies are gluten-free. Gluten-free candy includes hard candies, chewy candies, gummies, chocolates and caramels. For example, intelligent sweets, Haribo, and Annie’s make gluten-free gummy and chewy treats.
Hershey’s, Russell Stover and Ghiradelli make a range of gluten-free chocolates, while Werther’s, Wholesome Sweets and Torie & Howard make gluten-free caramels and hard candies. Other gluten-free candy options can be found at Amys, Justins, Endangered Species, and Lily’s.
Most main brand store-bought candy such as Skittles, Reese’s, and M&Ms are typically gluten-free as well. It’s important for celiacs to read the label carefully, to make sure that all ingredients used in a treat are gluten-free.
Better yet, look for the certified gluten-free symbol to ensure that products are safe for consumption.