It’s that time of year again – the day of the year that the kids dress up in their cute little costumes, only to have to put a winter jacket on over the top. Here in CO – it seems that first snow likes to wait until Halloween to hit. WELL…not this year! It decided to hit 4 days early! I’m sitting at home looking at 14 inches of snow, with the weatherman telling me that number could double by tomorrow. Needless to say, Halloween will still happen, and I’m sure whether you’re a tricker-treater, a parent of a little goblin, or just work in any public place – you’re going to encounter some Halloween treats this year. This can be a nice little treat for all of us, but for those that need to follow a gluten free diet, it can be a BIG challenge. Those miniature candy bars don’t have nutrition facts on them, and there are so many varieties that it can just plain scare you away from trying any at all (not a bad idea for the diet, but not so fun either).
To try to help you out, I have put together a list of my top 10 favorite gluten free candy treats, as well as some definate NO-NO’s.
MY TOP 10 GF HALLOWEEN TREATS
1. Almond Joy
2. Candy Corn by Goelitz (check other brands too…most are GF)
3. Dove Dark Chocolate
4. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
5. York Peppermint Patty
6. Hot Tamales
7. Jolly Ranchers
8. Caramels by Kraft
9. Milky Way Midnight (beware: regular Milky Ways are NOT GF)
10. Sour Patch Kids
As I’m sure you agree, there are some great choices here!
But don’t be scared, there are TONS of different chocolates and candies, so I recommend you check out http://www.glutenfreeinsd.com/candy.html OR http://www.theglutensolution.com/beta/events/gluten-free-halloween-candy-list-2009/
There is more info on GF candy than you can ever imagine!
Disclaimer: This list is for reference only and the user should contact manufacturers directly. It is a guideline and the user accepts full responsibility for use of it. At the time of it’s posting, it is believed to be accurate with current gluten-free information. As a gluten-free consumer, you are responsible for making your own food selections.
I am not a medical expert so do your research!!
Now for a quick peak at some popular candies to avoid:
1,000 Grand Bar
ALL Brach’s Candy!!
Hershey’s Crackle Bar
M&M Crispies (regular m&m’s are OK)
Rice Krispy Treats
Like I said above, neither of these lists are all-inclusive. Remember to always do your research, and when it doubt – AVOID IT! Have some gluten free options around so you or your GF family members aren’t tempted.
Have a SAFE and HEALTHY Halloween!!!