I love sugar. And my dentist loves that I love sugar. But when I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005, I struggled to decipher which sweets I could indulge in and which would cause very bad things to happen (you know what I’m talking about). Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth? Read on to find how to identify what candy is gluten-free.
Some candy brands have a gluten-free symbol or label (which makes it SO much easier). The FDA requires any food labeled gluten-free to either be inherently gluten-free or test at less than 20ppm of gluten. Brands utilizing a gluten-free declaration include Hershey, Jelly Belly, Peeps, Black Forest, Surf Sweets, and Dum Dums. However, ingredients and manufacturing processes can change at any time, so even if you know your favorite candy is gluten-free, always check the label.
CAUTION: GLUTEN-CONTAINING INGREDIENTS THAT ARE OFF LIMITS
When checking if a candy is gluten-free, always read (and re-read) the labels, look for “gluten-free” text or a gluten-free symbol on the label, check the manufacturer’s website, and contact the manufacturer. Bottom line, you must embrace your inner Sherlock Holmes.
KEEP ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THE FOLLOWING GLUTEN INGREDIENTS
Matzo (can come from wheat, spelt, barley, rye, or oats)
Oats (unless they are Purity Protocol Oats)
Triticale (hybrid of wheat and rye)
Glucose Syrup from Wheat
“Contains Wheat” notation
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
OTHER GLUTEN RED FLAGS
There are two important manufacturing statements to look out for when determining what kind of candy is gluten-free.
MADE IN FACILITY SHARED WITH WHEAT
This means even though the candy does not contain gluten ingredients, it may come in contact with gluten due to processing. It may be difficult to obtain information on if the manufacturing lines are cleaned and if the “gluten-free” candy is processed in the same location.
MAY CONTAIN WHEAT
This means despite the candy not containing gluten, wheat may end up in the “gluten-free” candy or chocolate. Protect your gut and avoid candy with this declaration.
Whether you’ve landed on this page while searching for traditional gluten-free candy or gluten-free Easter, Halloween or other specialty holiday candy, check out my Gluten-Free Candy posts to find out what’s safe and what candy to avoid.