trick or treat– gluten free halloween candy list and some tips too!

Halloween–it’s coming! The store shelves have been ready since Labor day.  This holiday is so much fun–even for food allergic kids! 
A general rule for kids with allergies is to stick candy which you know is as 100% safe as you can determine.  Some companies make special edition candy for holidays.  Oftentimes these candies are not made in the same facility or the same production line as it’s mainstream counterpart.  Its best to  stay away from those special edition peanut butter cup pumpkins, red filled junior mints for Christmas, or peppermint pattie Easter eggs! In addition, as a general rule, the gluten free boy does not eat items with the allergy statement, “made in the same facility as” or”made on the same production line as”.
Itis always best to read each label–every time before allowing your child to unwrap and devour!  Some fun size bars are not labeled individually–in this case, i check on the company website to double-check the ingredients. Also-ingredients, production lines and labels often change.
Forthe past eleven years i have stocked up on several bags of candy i know mywheat free boy can eat-  when he heads out for trick or treating hisbag is already 3/4 of the way full–thats not really cheating, is it?
Whenhe rings a bell and the treat is something wheaty–he graciously takesit.  at home later after accessing the haul–the wheat items getdivided between his sister and brother– ( i sneak some also!)
Onefinal most important item–do not let your child trick or treat with out firstmaking sure he or she is in possession of the epi-pens.   
Happyand safe Halloween!
Seebelow for a partial list of gluten free Halloween candy–
 Remember, this list is a GUIDEonly–read all labels before letting your child go wild with the candy bag!

Almond Joy
Ande’s Mints
Atomic Fireballs
Big League Chew—all flavors
Baby Ruth
Bazooka Bubble Gum
Big Red Gum
Big Blo bubble gum (giant and regular size)
Bit O’ Honey
Bottle Caps (Wonka)
Bubble Yum Bubble Gum
Butterfinger—plain, not crispy

Charleston Chew (mini and large)
Charms lolli pops
Charms Blow Pops
Chupa Lollipops
Dentine Gum-all flavors
Dots—all flavors
Wrigley’s gum–all flavors
Dove Bar–all except those with crisps–may contain barley malt
Dubble Bubble Gum
Dum Dums-lolli pops

Extra Gum
Fazer mints
Freedent Gum
Freshen Up Gum
Fruit Stripe Chewing Gum
Fun Dip and Fun Dip Sour by Wonka
Gobstoppers by Wonka
Gold Mine Nugget Bubble Gum

Hershey’s Bars – mini, regular size, and giant size!
Hershey’s Kisses—all flavors
Heath bars
Hot Dog Bubble Gum
Hubba Bubba Gum/Bubble Yum
Jawbreakers—atomic jaw breakers (hot!)
Jelly Bellies—jelly beans
Jolly Rancher Lollipops
Junior Mints-stay away form the special edition brands

 Kraft Caramels
Laffy Taffy (Wonka)
Life Saver lolli pops
Life Savers candy rolls-all flavors and gummy life savers
M&M’s – plain and peanut–obviously not the pretzel or crunch packs
Mary Janes

Mike and Ike’s
Milk Duds
Necco Wafers
Now and Later Regular and Soft

O’Henry Bars
Orbit Sugar Free Gum

Pay Day
Peppermint patties-not the special editions
Pixie Stix (Wonka)
Pop Rocks
Push Pops
Rain-Blo Pops/Rain Blo- bubble gum
Razzles–is it gum or candy?
Red Hots
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups–do not get the special editions
Reese’s Pieces
Ring Pops
Rolo’s caramel chocolate chews
Runts (wonka)
Skittles/ Sour Skittles
Skor Bars (Hershey)
Snickers Bars
Sno Caps
Sour Patch  (now made by Cadbury)
Sugar Babies
Sugar Daddy/ and sugar daddy lollipops
Super Bubble Original Gum
Bubble Yum all flavors
Swedish Fish (now made by Cadbury) 
Sweetarts by Wonka

Three Musketeers—regular, mint and midnight
Tic Tacs-all flavors
Tootsie Pop Lollipops
Trident Gum
Wrigley’s gum–all flavors
Zotz-fizzy hard candy

brush your teeth!


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