Brach’s has been making candy for over a century (since 1904). From jelly beans and hard candies to chocolates and candy corn, Brach’s is a sweet leader in the candy industry. But before you fill your Easter baskets, find out “are Brach’s Jelly Beans gluten-free?”.
The ingredients in all of the Brach’s jelly beans listed below do not contain gluten. From an ingredient standpoint, all Brach’s jelly beans are gluten-free.
BRACH'S JELLY BEANS GLUTEN-FREE INGREDIENTS
Brach’s Black Jelly Beans
Brach's Speckled Jelly Bird Easter Eggs
Brach’s Jumbo Jelly Beans
Brach's Easter Tiny Jelly Bird Eggs
Brach's Classic Jelly Bird Easter Eggs
Brach’s Rainbow Imperials
Another Brach's Easter Candy, Brach's Pastel Candy Corn, contains gluten-free ingredients as well.
But ingredients are just one puzzle piece in determining which jelly beans are gluten-free. As you’re reading ingredient labels (sorry to sound lecturey, but always check those labels!), look closely for an Allergen Statement. Based on U.S. FDA guidelines, companies must alert you if a product may contain one or more of the top 8 allergens (this includes wheat). They also must alert you if the product has been manufactured in a facility that contains one or more of the top 8 allergens.
There is an allergen statement on every Brach’s package that states:
This product was manufactured in a facility where milk, eggs, almonds, coconut, peanuts and soy are used in the production of other products.
While the ingredients in Brach’s jelly beans are gluten-free, there is a potential for cross-contamination to occur due to the presence of wheat.
THERE’S A “MANUFACTURED IN A FACILITY THAT PROCESSES WHEAT” ON MY JELLY BEANS, WHAT DO I DO?
You’ll need to contact the manufacturer for clarification on if the processing lines are cleaned after processing foods that contain wheat, how often they are cleaned, and if the lines are tested for levels of wheat. Obtaining this type of information is not always easy (I’ve spent many hours compiling my gluten-free Easter candy list). The safest option is to select jelly beans with a gluten-free label. You’ll know those handfuls of beans being consumed for “Easter Breakfast” are 100% gluten-free.
Use this post as a guide, but remember that processing can change at any time, so it is best to check the ingredient labels and contact the manufacturer. Brach's is owned by Ferrara Candy Company (contact them here).
KABOOM! RANDOMLY WEIRD BRACH’S HISTORY
Brach’s played a fiery role in the Batman" sequel, The Dark Knight. The five-story administration building (empty since 2003) became Gotham General Hospital in The Dark Knight. The movie was full of over the top pyrotechnics, including blowing up hospital (Brach’s building). via Chicago Tribune
Getting ready for Easter? Get the lowdown on all Jelly Beans via my 2019 Gluten-Free Jelly Bean List. Find out which jelly beans are gluten-free, which beans may contain wheat, and what jelly beans are labeled gluten-free (the safest route to go!).