Halloween is almost here and that means it is time for candy, candy, and more candy. At my house, we give out a mix of gluten and gluten-free candies. My favorites are all chocolate and anything that has caramel, or nougat, and will be sure to stick in my teeth. Thankfully, a number of gluten-free candies are gluten free, so the options abound.
Last year I instituted a candy swap and it was so successful that my daughter has checked numerous times to make sure I am stocked up on swap items. I put out a selection of books, head bands, temporary tattoos, make up, stuffed animals, pens, markers, magnets (all of her favorite things). Then, I let her pick what she wants and I tell her how much candy it will cost her. Last year she gave up a gallon-sized bag of candy and she didn't really miss it.
My daughter doesn't need to eat gluten-free, so checking the status of a candy isn't necessary. A number of people have compiled gluten-free candy lists this year and they have taken all of the guess work out of the tedious process of label reading. If you are in doubt of a specific candy's status, feel free to contact the company directly for further clarification.
Here are the 2013 gluten-free candy lists:
- Allergic Living Magazine - compiled an allergen-free candy list. Each candy lists what allergens it is 'free of,' so pay attention because not all of their picks are gluten free.
- Celiac Disease Foundation - has a list and some tips to enjoy Halloween.
- G-Free Foodie - put out a gluten-free candy list this year.
- MyGlutenFacts - has a searchable gluten-free candy list that includes store brands. It is searchable by brand, but it also tells you if the candy is produced on clean manufacturing lines, or in a dedicated facility, or on dedicated manufacturing lines.
- Sure Living Foods - updates their gluten-free candy list every year and a big 'thank you' goes out to Alison St. Sure for all of her hard work!
Have a safe and happy Halloween! What is your favorite gluten-free candy?