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2016 Gluten-Free Halloween Candy List
This Halloween, don’t think your gluten-free little ones can’t enjoy trick-or-treating. The following is a list of gluten-free candy, although it’s not all-inclusive and there are other gluten-free goodies on the market. Always make sure to check a product’s label to verify its gluten-free status as manufacturers may change ingredients or facilities.
Almond Joy and Mounds Bars (except Almond Joy Pieces candy)
Hershey’s Air Delight (aerated milk chocolate bar)
Hershey’s Kisses (including milk chocolate and all filled varieties)
Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar and Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar (1.55 oz or 1.45 oz only)
Hershey’s Milk Duds
Hershey’s Nuggets (including milk chocolate, milk chocolate with almonds, special dark chocolate with almonds and extra creamy milk chocolate with toffee and almonds)
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (except seasonal shapes and Unwrapped Minis)
Reese’s Pieces Candy (except Reese’s Pieces Eggs)
Scharffen Berger Bars (including 70% bittersweet chocolate, 82% extra dark chocolate, 41% milk chocolate, 62% semisweet dark, 99% unsweetened dark chocolate baking, 70% bittersweet baking chunks)
SKOR and SKOR Toffee bar
York Peppermint Patties (except York Pieces candy, York minis and York shapes)
Just Born Inc.
Company states all candy this is gluten-free will be labeled gluten-free.
Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews (including Bite-Size Chewy Pieces Combo bag, Milk Chocolatey and Original Dark)
Mike and Ike (including Hot Tamales, Original Fruit, Tangy Twister, Zours Chewy Sour candy)
Peeps (including chocolate mousse-flavored cats, dark chocolate-covered pumpkins, dark chocolate-dipped orange chicks, ghosts marshmallow candy, milk chocolate-covered pumpkins, milk chocolate-dipped orange chicks, pumpkins marshmallow candy, sugar-free pumpkins marshmallow NOT including Peeps snack-size mini marshmallow chicks)
Teenee Beanee jelly beans
Mars encourages consumers to read the label before purchasing and look for the “May contain [allergen]” label. During Halloween some candy is produced at alternative facilities that may provide gluten cross-contamination risks.
3 Musketeers Bar (all flavors)
Dove Chocolate (all flavors except milk chocolate cinnamon graham, cookies & cream and roasted almonds covered in silky smooth milk chocolate or dark chocolate)
M&M’s (all flavors except M&M’s pretzel, M&M’s raspberry, M&M’s snack mix, M&M’s dark mint and M&M’s mega)
Milky Way Midnight Bar and Caramel Bar (except all Milky Way original and bite-size products (contains barley))
Snickers Bar (all flavors except Snickers Egg products)
Banana Splits Chews
Canada Mints, Canada Wintergreen
Haviland Thin Mints, Wintergreen Patty
Mary Jane (including Mary Jane peanut butter kisses)
Mint Julep Chews
Necco Chocolate Wafers
Butterfinger Bars, Bites and Mini’s (does not include Butterfinger Crisp, Butterfinger Giant Bar, Butterfinger Medallions, Butterfinger Pumpkins, Butterfinger Snackerz)
Nestle Milk Chocolate
Nestle Nips (regular and sugar-free)
Nestle Oh Henry!
Wonka Laffy Taffy
Wonka Lik-M-Aid Fun Dip
Wonka Pixy Stix
Wonka Runts (including chewy and original)
Wonka Sweetarts Chewy (formerly Shockers)
Many will be labeled gluten-free – look for these brands in your Hy-Vee HealthMarket.
Candy Tree lollipops and licorice
Endangered Species Chocolate
Justin’s Nut Butters (dark chocolate peanut butter cups, milk chocolate peanut butter cups, white chocolate peanut butter cups, mini dark chocolate peanut butter cups, mini milk chocolate peanut butter cups)
Heavenly Organics (including Honey Pattie Chocolate Almond-Healthy Candy, Honey Pattie Chocolate Ginger-Healthy Candy, Honey Pattie Chocolate Mint-Healthy Candy, Honey Pattie Chocolate Pomegranate-Healthy Candy)
Righteously Raw Chocolates
Surf Sweets Gummies
Yummy Earth lollipops and gummies
The entire Smarties line of products is gluten-free. Smarties suggests checking the UPC number. If it begins with “0 11206,” the product is manufactured in a gluten-free facility.
Tootsie Roll Industries
Company states all Tootsie products are gluten-free except for Andes Cookies.
All U.S. Wrigley products follow all FDA labeling regulations. If the use of gluten is critical to the taste of a Wrigley product, then gluten-containing ingredients are labeled. Wrigley advises consumers concerned with gluten sensitivities to read the label and check with their doctors if they have questions.
This slide is a summary slide from a presentation done by Becky Guittar, RD, LMNT and Co-chair of the Lincoln Celiac Support Group.
Sometimes you have to do real detective work to determine if a product is gluten-free. Her advise is to purchase from reputable sources that can answer questions about gluten-free manufacturing processes, share established gluten-free testing results, follow all FDA guidelines and more.
Ask questions and keep good notes. Come to a CSA meeting or meet with Becky at Hy-Vee for more dietary guidance. Contact her at 402-467-5505 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I had a few members request Dr. Thompson’s slide on the Gluten-free Elimination Diet. He kindly sent that to me to share with members on the website. He was discussing Refactory Celiac Disease. If GI symptoms do not improve on your strict gluten-free diet, or you have evidence of elevated TTG antibiodies not improving, you might consider this elimination diet for a trial period.
|Food group||Allowed||Not Allowed|
|Grains||Plain, unflavored, brown or white rice||Millet, sorghum, buckwheat, or other inherently gluten-free grain, seeds or flours
|Fruits and vegetables||
All Fresh fruits/vegetables
|Frozen, canned or dried|
|Proteins||Fresh meat, Fresh fish, eggs
Dried beans, unseasoned nuts in the shell
|Other processed, self-basted, cured meat products|
|Dairy||Butter, yogurt (unflavored), milk (unflavored), aged cheeses
|Seasoned or flavored dairy products|
|Condiments||Oil, vinegar, honey, salt||Flavored and malt vinegars
|Beverages||100% fruit or vegetable juice
Gluten-free supplemental formulas
Gatorade, Milk, Water
Source : Hallon et al. BMC Gastroenterology 2013:13:40.
Dr. Thompson made some good points about Refactory Celiac Disease. Table 2 is from his slide presentation.
The top chart is what I found on the government website, including the text below.
Celiac disease (CD) is an immune-mediated disorder affecting genetically
predisposed subjects, caused by the ingestion of gluten present in cereals such
as wheat, barley and rye.1 CD affects around 1% of the general population in
developed and developing countries, with increasing prevalence over time
reported in the United States and Europe.2–4 Lifelong gluten-free diet (GFD) is
the only effective treatment to alleviate the symptoms, normalize antibodies and
the intestinal mucosa in patients with CD.5
Clinical response is observed in most patients with CD after only few weeks on a
GFD .6 However, complete clinical response and mucosal recovery does not occur in
all patients with treated CD. 7 Indeed, a subgroup of patients with CD may have
persistent or recurrent symptoms (e.g., diarrhea, abdominal pain, and weight
loss), inflammation of the intestine, and villous atrophy despite strict
adherence to a GFD.8, 9 Symptoms are often severe and require additional
therapeutic intervention besides GFD.5, 8 Refractory celiac disease (RCD) is
defined by persistent or recurrent malabsorptive symptoms and villous atrophy
despite strict adherence to a gluten-free diet (GFD) for at least 6–12 months in
the absence of other causes of non-responsive treated celiac disease (CD) and
overt malignancy.10–12 The aims of this article are (1) to review recent
advances in the diagnosis and management of patients with RCD and (2) to
describe current and novel methods for classification of patients with RCD into
categories that are useful to predict outcome and direct treatment. See the chart above*
Epidemiology (How often does it occur?)
The real prevalence of RCD is unknown but is probably rare. Evidence of the
rarity of RCD is the low number of cases reported in the literature, most often
from major CD referral centers.13–18 However, RCD may be the cause underlying
persistent or recurrent symptoms in treated CD in just 10 to 18% of the patients
evaluated in referral centers.10, 11
Estimates of the occurrence of RCD in non-referral, population-based cohorts are
very scarce. RCD was diagnosed in only 5 (0.7%) of 713 patients with CD from the
Derby cohort (United Kingdom) from 1978 to 2005.19 From 204 biopsy-confirmed CD
residents of Olmsted County (Minnesota, United States) identified from 1950 to
2006, only 3 (1.47%, 95% CI: 0.3%–4.2%) had a subsequent diagnosis of RCD type 1
(n=2) or type 2 (n=1). The incidence per 100,000 person-years was 0.06 (95% CI:
0.0–0.12) adjusted for age and gender to the 2000 US white population. (A.R-T,
unpublished data 2009) Thus, RCD appears to be an uncommon condition but with a
RCD affects two to three times as many women than men,13, 15, 17 consistent with
the predominance of diagnosed CD in adult women.1 The predominance of disease in
women diminishes somewhat in those patients with both RCD and EATL.13, 17 RCD
diagnosis is exceptional before the age of 30 years and most cases are diagnosed
around the age of 50 years or thereafter.15, 17
Clinical manifestations (What are the symptoms?)
Persistent diarrhea, abdominal pain, and involuntary loss of weight are the most
common symptoms in RCD.20 Multiple vitamin deficiencies, anemia, fatigue, and
malaise are also frequent.8, 20 Thromboembolic events and coexisting autoimmune
disorders are frequent in RCD.14 The majority of patients with RCD are diagnosed
because of the development of new symptoms or recurrence of diarrhea after
initial clinical response to GFD for years (“secondary” RCD).15, 17 However, a
subgroup of patients is diagnosed because of the necessity of early intervention
to control their symptoms due to lack of response after 6–12 months of GFD
(“primary” RCD).15, 17
Laboratory Findings (What the doctor may see in lab?)
Low hemoglobin and hypoalbuminemia are frequent findings and may indicate a poor
One to the many good points that Dr. Thompson made at the last meeting was about Dietary Supplements more precisely herbal supplements. I wanted to make sure members knew the dietary supplements that were investigated. What the research showed was that 5 of the 24 samples contained wheat! And only 5 of the 24 samples truly had the DNA or genetic materials for the herb. The dietary supplements included ginko, ginseng, garlic, valerian root, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort and Echinacea. The research did not include mulit-vitamins, Calcium or Vitamin D supplements. The dietary supplments or herbs investigated make claims that they are used for the immune system, for energy, memory, sleep and depression disorders. Here is a link to the story.