Are SweeTarts Gluten-Free? Beware – Not All of Them!

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Those sweet tart SweeTARTS is owned by Ferrara Candy Company located in Illinois. Ferrara owns 39 candy brands including Brach's Candy, Laffy Taffy, and Baby Ruth. But enough about that, let's get to the important question: Are SweeTARTS gluten-free? Not all of them. Read on for SweeTARTS products and ingredients and what to avoid.

When determining if a product is indeed gluten-free, step one is to check the packaging for gluten-free labeling. At the time of this post, Original SweeTARTS candy does not have a gluten-free label. 

The next step is to review the ingredients as well as where the product is manufactured. Based on the ingredients, Original SweeTARTS are gluten-free. However, in addition to the original, SweeTARTS has several product that are NOT gluten-free. The manufacturing information is not on the product label or the SweeTARTS website. I've contacted them for clarification.

Original SweeTARTS Ingredients

Dextrose, Maltodextrin, Malic Acid, and Less Than 2% of Calcium Stearate, Natural Flavors, Blue 1 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake.

Original SweeTARTS Manufacturing

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None of the SweeTARTS products have details on where the products were manufactured and if it was manufactured in a facility where wheat is present. I've contacted SweeTARTS for clarification.

Note that several SweeTARTS products contain wheat, so if they are all manufactured together, there is a potential for cross-contamination.

Packaging does include: Distributed by Nestle USA, Inc. Glendale, CA

SweeTARTS Varieties That Are NOT Gluten-Free

CHERRY PUNCH SOFT & CHEWY ROPES
Ingredients
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour, and Less Than 2% of Water, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Confectioner's Glaze (Lac-Resin), Maltodextrin, Sodium Citrate, Glycerin, Malic Acid, Gelatin, Vegetable Juice Color, Natural Flavors, Salt, Beta-Carotene Color.

TANGY STRAWBERRY SOFT & CHEWY ROPES
Ingredients
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour, and Less Than 2% of Water, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Confectioner's Glaze (Lac-Resin), Natural Flavors, Maltodextrin, Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Gelatin, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Color, Salt.

SOUR GUMMIES
Ingredients
Glucose Syrup (from Corn or Wheat), Sugar, Gelatin, Potato Starch, Malic Acid, Less Than 2% of Tartaric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Ascorbate, Citric Acid, Spirulina Extract Color, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Color, Paprika Oleoresin Color, Beta-Carotene Color, Turmeric Oleoresin Color.

Gummies
Ingredients
Glucose Syrup (From Corn or Wheat), Sugar, Gelatin, and Less Than 2% of Apple Juice Concentrate, Malic Acid, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Sodium Ascorbate, Palm Oil, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Color, Spirulina Extract Color, Beta-Carotene Color, Carnauba Wax, Turmeric Oleoresin Color, Paprika Oleoresin Color.

WHIPPED & TANGY
Ingredients
Sugar, Glucose Syrup (from Corn, or Wheat), Gelatin, and Less than 2% of Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Natural Flavors, Fruit and Vegetable Juice Color, Spirulina Extract Color, Paprika Oleoresin Color, Turmeric Oleoresin Color, Beta-Carotene Color.

SOFT BITES
Ingredients
Sugar, Glucose Syrup (from Corn or Wheat), Pectin, Sodium Citrate, Apple Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid, and less Than 2% of Natural Flavors, Vegetable juice Color, Paprika Oleoresin Color, Beta-Carotene Color.

View all SweeTARTS products here.


At the time of this article, some SweeTARTS have gluten. If all varieties (gluten and gluten-free) are manufactured in the same facility, would you eat the Original SweeTARTS? Or would you be too concerned about cross-contamination? Share your thoughts with the Hold the Gluten community in the comments below!

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Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.

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