Swedish Fish. Said in my best Swedish accent, and my best sounds more like Lucky the Leprechaun from the Lucky Charms commercials. But I digress… My daughter who has Celiac Disease loves Swedish Fish. It might be because I won’t let her have (another) goldfish after Mr. Cloud went bottom up. So, as with all other gluten-free products, I began my diligent and tedious research to find out “are Swedish Fish gluten-free?”. I’m not going to sugar coat it (pun intended), this took a while.
Swedish Fish brand is owned by Mondelēz. I contacted Mondelēz and spoke with Mike in Customer Service. After some difficulty in finding their allergen information, Mike informed me that “Mondelēz takes great pride that their products are safe and properly labeled. Any of the seven allergens in a product – wheat, milk, peanuts, eggs, fish, crustacean, shellfish, soy, tree nuts are identified on every label. In addition, Mondelēz tracks other allergens including sesame seeds, mollusks, celery, mustard, poppy seeds, and sunflower seeds. Their products are tested to ensure less than 10 ppm.
There is not a specific list of allergens in Swedish Fish, however I was directed to visit SnackWorks and SmartLabel. SmartLabel does list each product, but you do have to review each product individually.
Listed below are the gluten-free Swedish Fish. At the time of this post, the 29 types I reviewed did not contain any gluten ingredients. However, ingredients can change, so always check those labels! Several gummy based candies contain wheat starch as a binder including some Haribo and SweeTARTS.
SWEDISH FISH: GLUTEN-FREE
1. Swedish Fish 2 oz
2. Swedish Fish Assorted Candy 3.5 oz
3. Swedish Fish Assorted Soft & Chewy Candy 30.4 oz
4. Swedish Fish Assorted Soft & Chewy Candy 80 oz
5. Swedish Fish Assorted Soft & Chewy Candy 80 oz
6. Swedish Fish Bags Original Soft & Chewy Assorted Candy 5 oz
7. Swedish Fish Bags Original Soft & Chewy Assorted Candy 5 oz
8. Swedish Fish Bags Original Soft & Chewy Assorted Candy 8 oz
9. Swedish Fish Brand Soft & Chewy Candy Christmas Colors 3.1 oz
10. Swedish Fish Candy 10 oz
11. Swedish Fish Candy 14 oz
12. Swedish Fish Candy 3.4 oz
13. Swedish Fish Candy 4 oz
14. Swedish Fish Candy 48 oz
15. Swedish Fish Candy 5 oz
16. Swedish Fish Candy 50 oz
17. Swedish Fish Candy 8 oz
18. Swedish Fish Candy 80 oz
19. Swedish Fish Candy Go-Paks! 3.6 oz
20. Swedish Fish Eggs Assorted Soft & Chewy Candy 3.1 oz
21. Swedish Fish Eggs Assorted Soft & Chewy Candy Treat Size Packs 9.5 oz
22. Swedish Fish Hearts BG 10 oz
23. Swedish Fish Original Soft & Chewy Candy 3.1 oz
24. Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy 48 oz
25. Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy 56 oz
26. Swedish Fish Soft & Chewy Candy 80 oz
27. Swedish Fish Soft Candy Berry Fat Free 16 oz
28. Swedish Fish Soft Candy Berry Fat Free 61.2 oz
29. Swedish Fish Treatsize Packages 10.2 oz
In addition to the SmartLabel ingredient and allergen data, while shopping for gluten-free Easter candy, after checking the label, Swedish Fish Jelly Beans are gluten-free as well Swedish Fish Easter Eggs, Swedish Fish Easter Eggs Treat Size Bag - 9.5oz.
As with all Swedish Fish packages, the disclaimer “Manufactured in a facility that processes Peanuts, Milk, Soy, and Wheat” is on the label.
DOES MONDELĒZ USE DEDICATED LINES TO MANUFACTURE YOUR PRODUCTS?
Answer via Mondelēz website:
No, we do not have dedicated lines for all our products. We take special precautions to thoroughly clean and sanitize all our production lines between product changeovers on a line. We build these cleaning procedures into our safety systems to make sure there is no carryover from allergens; for example, when switching from nut-containing products to ones without nuts.
If there is any risk of cross contamination, we will label the allergen in the “manufactured on equipment that processes. You can contact Mondelēz directly at 1-855-535-5648 (Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm). However, I’d recommend going straight to the SmartLabel website.
SWEDISH FISH IN FOOD & DRINK
If you’re a fan of Rita’s Water Ice, you’ll be happy to know their Swedish Fish water ice is gluten-free. Make sure to ask for a clean scoop as there are ice that contain gluten to avoid cross-contamination. via Rita’s Ice
Hopefully you don’t have any Swedish Fish Oreos in your pantry as they were a Limited-Edition Oreo in 2016. But if you’re wondering (or have them stored in your Zombie Apocalypse bunker), they are NOT gluten-free. Oreos are not gluten-free (any kind).
FUN FACT - SWEDISH FISH DID INDEED ORIGINATE IN SWEDEN
In the late 1950s, Swedish candy manufacturer Malaco began exporting their wine gum- and licorice-based sweets to the U.S. Their fish-shaped candies or "Swedish Fish" were a hit, and took off in U.S. markets in the 1960s and '70s. via Wide Open Eats
Gluten-Free candy is out there! Be sure to take the right steps to ensure what you’re eating is gluten-free. Look for a gluten-free label, read the ingredients, visit the manufactures website, and if the information is still unclear, contact the manufacturer. Check out my gluten-free candy posts here and subscribe to Hold the Gluten newsletter.