It’s hard to believe that you have to worry about gluten in your child’s candy, but you do. This was driven home to me last year at Christmas time.
My husband and I own and operate a Locksmith business and at Christmas several of our suppliers send “gifts”. Mostly stuff I can’t eat, like boxes of cookies, and tubs of pretzels, but one of the police officers of the town our store is in came by last Christmas with little boxes of chocolates.
WHAAWW! Chocolate, WooHoo! Now we’re talking, something I can eat. Three different kinds too. I took it into our little kitchenette, opened up the pepperment kind, took one piece out and took a bite.
As I’m chewing this delectable delight, I’m reading the ingredient list. (I know after all these years of being a Celiac you would think I would have read the label first.) As I read down the list,the last word jumps off the page at me…WHEAT.
Are you kidding me? I run over to the trash can and spit out that glorious tasting chocolate. Quickly go over to the sink and get a glass of water to wash out my mouth, then brush my teeth.
I know what you’re thinking, “Okay Mary, what the heck does this have to do with a Halloween candy list?” Well I’ll tell you. I wrote a blog post two years ago with a short list of gluten-free Halloween candy. You can read that here.
But while I was searching the web this year I found a more complete list over on Sure Foods Living. Alison has not only an extensive gluten-free candy list, but also a gluten-free candy quick list and an allergy-free candy list.
You can find those lists here:
The only down side is that these lists are from 2011. So you will need to read labels or contact the company if in doubt that the product is still gluten free.
Alison says that she doesn’t have time to update the list this year, but I think this will give you a good place to start your journey into gluten-free candy land.