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Celebrating Easter Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free

Posted on March 30th, 2009 by Alison Read 3 Comments - Add Your Own »


UPDATE: See my new article for 2010: Easter candy tips!

If you have celiac disease, gluten intolerance or food allergies, you too can have a worry-free Easter! Here are some candy lists, tips and recipes:

Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free Candy & Treats


According to customer service representative on 3/30/09: Cadbury Creme Eggs and Cadbury Caramel Eggs are NOT gluten-free. They contain glucose syrup derived from wheat — this is a new formula they are using. Usually, glucose syrup if derived from wheat is considered gluten-free, but Hershey will not claim these products as gluten-free. In addition, they contain natural flavors which Hershey says they also cannot guarantee are gluten-free. Cadbury products here in the U.S. are manufactured by Hershey. These same Cadbury products in the UK are considered gluten-free according to their website.

Just Born:

From Just Born website: “Our gluten free brands are: MIKE AND IKE® Brand Candies, HOT TAMALES® Brand Candies, PEEPS® Marshmallow Candies, PEANUT CHEW® Brand candies, TEENEE BEANEE® Jelly Beans and JUST BORN® Jelly Bean.” Other top 8 allergens will be listed on label.

Jelly Beans:

Here are some more resources for finding or making your own safe Easter treats:

Tips for Celebrating Easter with Food Allergies:

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  1. Yey, easter! I think more so than Christmas, Easter is a fun celebration. Maybe it has to do that there is NO MORE SNOW on the ground here?

    Victoria made specially decorated GF sugar cookies for her customers. here are some images:

  2. you can add Starburst jelly beans to the “jelly bean list”. It says “gluten free” right on the lable, under the ingredients!

  3. It’s worth noting though – even if Cadbury’s states their products are gluten free in the UK that the formulation for the eggs is not the same in the US. I am english and live in the States and know that the product Hershey sells as Cadbury’s Creme Eggs in the US tastes totally different from the UK version – it’s geared toward the US market which likes different chocolate than us brits! So therefore don’t assume because it has the same name that it is the same product and if you have celiac disease is it worth taking the risk?

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