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Welcome Autumn, all things pumpkin spice, and food-centered holidays! As you’re stocking up on candy for the hordes of trick or treaters, you’re probably wondering if candy corn is gluten-free. Before you fill your candy bowl with corny goodness, check out the ingredients, manufacturing, and the most important question, “are Brach’s candy corn gluten-free?“.

Brach’s is owned by Ferrara Candy Company located in Illinois. Ferrara owns 39 candy brands including Brach’s Candy, Sweetarts, Laffy Taffy, and Baby Ruth.

When determining if a product is indeed gluten-free, step one is to check the packaging for gluten-free labeling. Brach’s offers one gluten-free candy corn option that has been tested per U.S. FDA guidelines. These packages are labeled gluten-free.

Note: if you have other food allergies or intolerances, be aware that some Brach’s candy corn contains soy, milk, and sesame oil.


Brach’s Naturally Flavored Candy Corn (labeled gluten-free)


The following Brach’s products do not contain gluten ingredients and are not manufactured in a facility that processes wheat. Based on these facts, these Halloween treats are gluten-free. However, keep in mind if the facility processes other forms of gluten (ie barley), there may be cross-contamination.

Classic Candy Corn
Caramel Candy Corn
Football Candy Corn
S’mores Candy Corn*
Harvest Corn
Scary Shapes
Autumn Mix
Mini Candy Corn and Sea Salt Chocolate Peanuts
Milk Maid Caramels

*Despite the “graham cracker crust” flavor, Brach’s S’mores Candy Corn does not have graham crackers. The graham cracker taste comes from flavoring.

Check out the Latest 2019 Halloween Candy Gluten-Free List Revealed here for more gluten-free Halloween candy options (and which contain gluten).


  • Candy corn has been around for more than 100 years!
  • According to oral history, George Renninger, an employee of the Wunderlee Candy Company, invented the popular confection in the 1880s and Wunderlee became the first to produce the candy.
  • The Goelitz Candy Company (now Jelly Belly Candy Company) started producing the confection around the turn of the century and still produces the popular Halloween candy today. Via National Confectioners Association
  • National Candy Corn Day is observed on October 30th each year.
  • More than 17,000 tons of candy corn are produced annually.

Candy corn isn’t just for Halloween! Enjoy candy corn all year round with green and red Christmas candy corn, Easter pastel candy corn, and Valentine’s Day pink and red candy corn.

The debate continues on the proper way to eat candy corn. From the top? From the bottom?

I know I sound like a lecturey mom, but remember that products, manufacturing processes, and ingredients can change at any time. Check those labels and if you’re unsure, contact the company for clarification.

Side note: Sorry, candy corn is not a vegetable.