Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gluten Free Halloween!

Halloween is right around the corner, and with all the sweet temptations it brings, it's good to know what's in all that candy! Aside from product recipes that require gluten, frequently candy and gum will come in contact with flour during processing: to aid in rolling, molding, coating nuts--even to keep them from sticking to what they're wrapped in.  

To help make your Halloween even sweeter, GF Delights has compiled a list of some of the most popular gluten free treats, although it is far from exhaustive. The following information comes through research done by the Celiac Sprue Association on product information (, as well as information provided by individual companies.

Ferrara Pan Candy Co.
Assorted Fruit Slices
Assorted Sours
Atomic Fireballs
Black Forest Apple Mellos
Black Forest Fruit Parade Assorted Puffs
Black Forest Gummy Bears
Black Forest Gummy Glo-Worms
Black Forest Gummy Sour Bears
Black Forest Gummy Worms
Black Forest Peach Mellos
Black Forest Sour Gummy Lightening Bugs
Boston Baked Beans
Gum Drops
Jaw Busters
Jelly Bean Fruit Tub
Mini Red Fish
Orange Slices
Red Hots
Spearmint Leaves
Spice Drops

Hershey's Kisses Chocolates
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds

These products are part of a very limited and inconclusive "gluten free" list provided by Hershey's upon request. The company states: "We have found that allergen lists quickly become outdated as our product lines change over time. Rather than have you make purchase decisions based on outdated information, we encourage you to check the ingredient label on the package. This label provides accurate, current information about all the ingredients in the package." GF Delights has confirmed with Hershey's that even trace amounts of gluten will be mentioned on the label.

Just Born
Hot Tamales Fire
Hot Tamales Original
Just Born Jelly Beans
Marshmallow Peeps Cocoa Cats
Marshmallow Peeps Pumpkins, Spooky Cats and Ghost
Mike and Ike Berry Blast
Mike and Ike Jelly Beans
Mike and Ike Jolly Joes
Mike and Ike Original
Mike and Ike Tangy Twisters
Mike and Ike Tropical Typhoon
Mike and Ike Zours
Peanut Chews Milk Chocolatey
Peanut Chews Original Dark
Peeps (All varieties)
Teenee Beanee Americana Medley
Teenee Beanee Country Retreats
Teenee Beanee Island Breeze
Teenee Beanee Luxor Licorice

Mars Snackfood
Mars, like Hershey's, does not publish product lists or specific allergen info, but rather encourages those who are concerned to read product labels. The company states: "Our goal is to provide safe, high-quality food products for our consumers. Therefore, we have developed strict rules about the labeling of allergens on our products." These rules, which can be found here, include the declaration of the presence of top allergens in the product recipes, and the labeling of even trace amounts of allergens to prevent all risk. 

Banana Split
Canada Mint and Wintergreen Lozenges
Candy Stix
Clark Bars
Haviland Peppermint
Haviland Thin Mints
Haviland Wintergreen Patties
Mary Jane Peanut Butter Kisses
Mary Janes
Mint Julep Chews
Necco Ultramints
Necco Wafers
Squirrel Nut Caramels
Squirrel Nut Zippers
Talking Pumpkins

Nestlé Baby Ruth
Nestlé Bit-O-Honey
Nestlé Butterfinger (NOT including Butterfinger Crisp and Butterfinger Stixx)
Nestlé Oh Henry!
Nestlé Milk Chocolate
Nestlé Goobers
Nestlé Nips (Regular and Sugar Free)
Nestlé Treasures (Including Treasures Bars)
Nestlé Spree
Nestlé Raisinets
Nestlé Sno-Caps
Wonka Bottlecaps
Wonka Gobstoppers (Chewy and Original)
Wonka Laffy Taffy (Laffy Taffy Rope and Fruitarts Chews)
Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
Wonka Mix-Ups
Wonka Pixy Stix
Wonka Runts (Chewy and Original)
Wonka Shockers
Wonka SweeTARTS
Wonka Nerds (Nerds Rope and Nerds Gumballs)

For other Gluten Free Nestlé products (including baking materials, juices, and Nesquik, please click here.

Tootsie Roll
Andes Mints
Candy Carnival (Variety bag, all included products gluten free)
Caramel Apple Pops
Cella's Cherries (Milk Chocolate)
Charleston Chew
Charms Blow Pops
Charms Flat Pops
Child's Play (Variety bag, all included products gluten free)
Cry Baby
Dots & Crows
Dubble Bubble (Twist gum, ball gum, candy, special gum)
Fluffy Stuff
Junior Mints
Sugar Babies
Sugar Daddy 
Tootsie Pops
Tootsie Roll
Zip-A-Dee Mini Pop

Big Red Gum
Doublemint Gum
Eclipse Gum
Extra Gum
Freedent Gum
Juicy Fruit Gum
Orbit Gum
Orbit White Gum
Spearmint Gum
Winterfresh Gum

As always, when in doubt, don't be afraid to contact the companies directly--they will be more than happy to help!

Ferrara Pan Candy Co.: 1-800-787-9338 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CST)
Hershey's: 1-800-468-1714 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EST)
Just Born: 1-800-645-3453 (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)
Mars: 1-800-627-7852 (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)
Necco: 1-781-485-4500 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST)
Nestlé: 1-818-549-6000 (Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST)
Tootsie Roll Industries: 1-773-838-3400 (Monday-Friday 8 a.m - 4:30 p.m. CST)
Wrigley: 1-800-974-4539 (Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. CST)