Gluten-free Halloween candy safe for celiac disease

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The front door is covered in fake cobwebs, spooky ghosts and green witches. Pumpkins are lining the driveway near the large metal Frankenstein who is ready to greet trick-or-treaters. Now, the candy dish needs your attention, and there are gluten-free options available from many brands. It is possible to find safe Halloween candy for people with celiac disease by following a few tips.

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You do not have to skip Halloween candy if you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivities because there are products deemed safe to consume. It is important to read labels and check the brands’ websites for more information about gluten, but there is candy that can meet a variety of dietary restrictions. If you are trick-or-treating or hosting a party at home, then you may want to consider the following ideas.

The Celiac Disease Foundation has created a new list of gluten-free Halloween candy, and it covers a wide range of items. The products range from Heath bars to Charms caramel apple pops, and the list has statements directly from the manufacturers about gluten. Sure Foods Living provides another list of gluten-free candy which includes CVS brand and Walgreens brand items. The Celiac Family offers a third option with a gluten-free list that goes beyond the usual chocolate or sugary treats by including gum, popcorn balls and fruit flavored snacks.

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Although the lists are routinely updated, manufacturers may change ingredients or facilities at any time, so it is crucial to read labels before eating any type of candy. Cross-contamination is another concern, and you may want to consider how it will affect your family if you are trick-or-treating on Halloween. If you are looking for a short list of some of the most common grocery store items, then the following sample of gluten-free candy may help.

Baby Ruth
Butterfinger Bar (original only)
Hershey’s kisses milk chocolate
Jelly Belly candy corn
Milky Way Midnight Bar
Peanut or milk chocolate M&M's
Reese’s peanut butter cups
Smarties
Snickers
Starburst
Tootsie pops
Tootsie rolls

Read more about celiac disease:
Celiac disease tips for making bread at home
Celiac disease apps help create gluten-free meal plans

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