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.
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.
- Gimbals Jelly Beans are gluten-free and free of the top 8 allergens
- Surf Sweets Jelly Beans are gluten-free and free of the top 8 allergens
Here are some more resources for finding or making your own safe Easter treats:
- Fun Easter Recipes
- Marshmallow Eggs Recipe
- Preparing for a Gluten-Free Easter – includes a gluten-free Easter candy list
- 2009 Dairy-Free Chocolate Easter Bunny Round-Up
- Gluten-Free Easter Candy
- Peanut and Nut Free Chocolate
- Allergen-Free Giant Cookie Pizza Recipe
- Gluten-Free and Allergen-Free Candy Quick List
Tips for Celebrating Easter with Food Allergies: