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The GFCF Experience Halloween Candy Guide

Posted Oct 30 2009 11:01pm
I originally posted this list last year, and received a lot of great feedback about new candies and even some confusion about existing candies, so here is an updated GFCF candy list for 2009. This list is primarily taken from, and is certainly not exhaustive. I am also sticking to candies that are typically given out on Halloween, so I won't be looking at specialty type candies here.

In light of the comments I received from last year, there are a few disclaimers I need to state before we start:

DISCLAIMER I While the products I list here are GFCF to the best of my knowledge, ingredients can and do change, and there is also the possibility that certain varieties of products are GFCF and others are not. So please read all labels before purchasing.

DISCLAIMER II This list is for GFCF candies. As such, it does not take into account candies that are GF but not casein free (like Three Musketeers, Butterfinger, or Tootsie Rolls). For a list of GF candies, please check out the links found at this site (there are probably a few additional GFCF items here too). Thanks, Bunny, for bringing this to my attention!

DISCLAIMER III Let's call this the Smarties disclaimer. As Lauren at Celiac Teen pointed out to me last year,products with one name in the United States can be vastly different than products with the same name in a different country. As an example, the Smarties I am familiar with are pure flavored sugar in a wafer the size of a Sweet Tart. But, the Smarties Lauren is familiar with in Canada are made by Nestle and, as she puts it, are a lot like M&M's, only better, and definitely NOT GFCF. The bottom line again is to make sure you read all labels carefully!

There is no......DISCLAIMER IV. At least not yet...

Anyway, on to the list!
  • Starburst Fruit Chews - The original fruit chews, others may or may not be GFCF.

  • Skittles - same as above. both Starburst and Skittles have cream varieties that I don't think are CF.

  • Lollipops - DumDums and Charms are GFCF, as are most lollipops that do not have a cream component in them. Tootsie Pops are a definite no no here!!!

  • Sweet Tarts

  • Spree

  • Smarties - Note that the Smarties necklaces reportedly contain gluten.

  • NECCO Wafers

  • Jolly Rancher Hard Candy

  • Gobstoppers

  • Bottle Caps

  • Pixy Sticks

  • Nerds

  • Runts

  • Gum - Double-Bubble, Wrigleys, Trident (NOTE: read labels and watch out for Recaldent, a casein derivative, in some gums)

  • Mike and Ike

  • Haribo Gummy Bears

  • Jelly Beans - Starburst, SOME Jelly Belly, Jolly Rancher, Mars (PLEASE READ LABELS!!)

  • ACT II Popcorn Balls

  • Mary Jane's

  • Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkin - most of these are GFCF, but we have seen some that are not. Again, you need to read the labels to be sure.

  • Farley's Candy and Sather's Candy - Farley's and Sather's sell bags of candies, like gummy worms or candy corn or other hard candy. But on their website, they do not include liGFCF information, citing the fact that ingredients do often change. They offer you the option of filling out an on-line request form, or simply calling them at 1-888-247-9855 to request the GFCF information. AND MAKE SURE YOU READ THE LABELS.

  • Fruit Leathers

  • Yummy Earth Candies make great organic treats that are GFCF with no artificial colors or dyes and no corn syrup. You can find them at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, even Toys R Us. Or you can order them online.

As I said, this is not an exhaustive list. If you have a favorite GFCF Halloween candy that is not listed here, please leave me a comment and I will add it to the list.

Now unfortunately, all the other families in your neighborhood, where your kids will be trick or treating, don't have this same information. Which, of course, means that your kids will be getting Reeses and Snickers and Three Musketeers and Hershey's and all the rest of those candies that they cannot have. What to do? What to do?

Here is what we do, with the full understanding of our children. We go out and buy bags of the stuff they can have and hang on to it. Then, after Trick or Treating is done, all the candy is placed into a big bowl. After the kids go to bed, Valerie and I remove all the non-GFCF candies and those we're not sure about and replace them with the GFCF candy we bought. All of the non-GFCF candy either goes to work with me or gets shipped to soldiers overseas or donated to the local food bank. And the kid's candy gets put on top of the refrigerator, and given out sparingly.

I hope this list helps you to have a Happy GFCF Halloween!

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