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Who doesn’t love a mix of chocolate, caramel, and nougat? It’s like the holy trinity of candy bars! Sadly, not all candy bars are alike for the magnificent Milky Way. Did you know there are gluten-free Milky Way options and ones that contain gluten? Read on for which bars contain our evil nemesis – Malted Barley. Hint – stay away from Original Milky Ways.

The Milky Way website has detailed allergen and nutrition information listed for every Milky Way option. Remember to use the details below as a guide, however, ingredients and manufacturing processes can be changed at any time. Always double check before you head into that wondrous chocolate binge.

I have contacted Milky Way via Mars Incorporated to determine if all bars are made on the same equipment and, if so, are the lines cleaned in between manufacturing the bars that contain Malted Barley. I’ll update this post as soon as I receive a response.

GLUTEN-FREE MILKY WAY OPTIONS

via the Milky Way website

Milky Way Midnight Minis (8.0oz)
Ingredient Declaration:
Semisweet Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Processed with Alkali, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial and Natural Flavors), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Natural And Artificial Flavors.

Milky Way Midnight Single

Ingredient Declaration:
Semisweet Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate Processed with Alkali, Chocolate, Cocoa Butter, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial and Natural Flavors), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Natural And Artificial Flavors.

Milky Way Unwrapped Simply Caramel Bites Stand Up Pouch (7oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Milkfat, Less Than 2% – Lactose, Salt, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor. Product Is Kosher Dairy. Allergy Information: Contains Milk and Soy. May Contain Peanuts and Egg.

Milky Way Unwrapped Simply Caramel Bites Sharing Size (2.83oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Milkfat, Less Than 2% – Lactose, Salt, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor. Product Is Kosher Dairy. Allergy Information: Contains Milk and Soy. May Contain Peanuts and Egg.

Milky Way® Simply Caramel Fun Size (11.50oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Milkfat, Less Than 2% – Lactose, Salt, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Simply Caramel Fun Size 6 Pack

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Milkfat, Less Than 2% – Lactose, Salt, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Simply Caramel Single

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Milkfat, Less Than 2% – Lactose, Salt, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Caramel Apple Minis (11.50oz) * Available During Halloween.

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Chocolate.

WARNING – DO NOT EAT! MILKY WAY BARS WITH GLUTEN (IN THE FORM OF MALTED BARLEY)

Milky Way Original Single
Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original Minis (11.50oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original 2 To Go

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original Fun Size Large Bag (22.51oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original Fun Size Bag (11.24oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original Fun Size 12 Pack

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original Fun Size 6 Pack

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original Minis (11.50oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Original Single (6 Pack)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Unwrapped Bites Sharing Size (2.83oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.

Milky Way Unwrapped Bites Stand Up Pouch (7.0oz)

Ingredient Declaration:
Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skim Milk, Chocolate, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor), Corn Syrup, Sugar, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil And/Or Palm Oil, Skim Milk, Less Than 2% – Milkfat, Cocoa Powder Processed with Alkali, Malted Barley, Lactose, Salt, Egg Whites, Chocolate, Artificial Flavor.


MARS, INCORPORATED POLICY ON ALLERGEN LABELING

Via Mars Incorporated at the time of this post

At Mars, we take food allergies very seriously because they affect our consumers. We have an extensive allergen management program which includes staff training, evaluating our ingredients and validating our cleaning procedures.

In order to avoid an allergic reaction to food, we know you must avoid the allergen. To do so, you count on the ingredient statements on food labels to be truthful and accurate. We want you to be able to trust the information on our labels. At Mars, our goal is to provide safe, high quality food products for our consumers. Therefore, we have developed strict rules about the labeling of allergens on our products.

Our allergen labeling policy consists of two parts:

I. Labeling of allergens that are part of the recipe:

  1. We will always declare the presence of any of the top allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, soy, wheat, fish and crustacean shellfish) whenever they are part of the recipe regardless of the source (e.g., flavors, spices, colors, other minor ingredients, etc.).*
  2. We label these allergens in commonly understood terms at least once within the ingredient listing (e.g., casein (milk)

II. Use of “May Contain <allergen>” labeling:

It is our company policy that if the protein from any one of the top eight allergens* were to be unintentionally transferred from one product/ingredient to another then we would clearly indicate this in a statement just below the ingredient declaration (“Allergy Information: May Contain <allergen>”). To be clear, we use the “May Contain <allergen>” statement when:

We have used all reasonable means to eliminate the allergen cross contact; and
We have documented proof that, despite our best cleaning efforts, allergen cross contact still exists.

Position of Allergen Advisory Labeling Statements:
The primary source of information for consumers about the allergen status of our products is the wrapper in which the product is sold. Our company guidelines state that when an allergen advisory statement is required it will:

  • Appear below/adjacent to the ingredient declaration
  • Not be obscured by the package (e.g., folds, label overlap, crimps)
  • Be clearly legible

Always Read the Label

The label is the best source in determining what is in the product. The ingredient listing and allergen statement provide information on ingredients that may be of concern to you.

If you would like additional information we are pleased to provide a toll-free number on all of our product packages. You may also contact Consumer Care at 1 (800) 627-7852.

There is an important takeaway for those of us who have Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance, or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. We must always be diligent in checking labels, reading and re-reading ingredient labels, and contacting manufacturers.

Sorry if I sound like an annoying broken ​record (I’ll blame that on the Mom in me), but never assume that a candy or any food is gluten-free. I totally get it, checking labels can be time consuming and require a magnifying glass in some cases, but it will protect you and your body in the long run.

Check out these gluten-free candy bars with a Gluten-Free label on them for easy identification: