Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Candy Man Can!

Recently, I was talking with a friend from college who is still learning the ropes of gluten free eating. We talked about things like cookies, soup, and other tasty things, and then we started talking about candy. Candy can be a really funny thing when it comes to eating gluten. Things that you wouldn't expect to contain gluten have secret glutenous ingredients, and things that you would expect to have gluten in them, sometimes are actually gluten free. So how does one keep them straight? Well you could spend hours standing in the candy isle of your locan grocery store reading label after label, hoping that one of those chemicals you can't pronounce isn't actually gluten in disguise, or you can go prepared!

Over Christmas break, I spent an entire weekend researching what candies are gluten free, and what are not (all while watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!). I came up with quite the extensive list. I keep a copy of it on my ipod at all times so that I can always reference it at the store. This list also comes in handy each fall when Halloween rolls around. I always have a bucket labeled GLUTEN FREE CANDY in my selections, and a number of the parents in my neighborhood are quite grateful. I try to give those kids an extra piece of candy since they usually have to get rid of half the candy when they get home. (I also do a nut free bucket of candy)

So here I have for you, a lovely list of gluten free candy. I will list the Gluten Free, Gluten Free but Processed in Facilities that Contain Wheat, and the DO NOT EAT candies. I hope you find this helpful!!

Gluten Free Candy

  • 3 Musketeers, 3 Musketeers Mint
  • Altoids (except for Altoids Small Peppermints)
  • Andes Creme de Menthe
  • Applehead
  • Baby Bottle Pops
  • Baby Ruth
  • Blow Pops
  • Butterfinger
  • Candy Necklaces
  • Charleston Chew
  • Cherryhead
  • Circus Peanuts
  • CremeSavers
  • Disney Lollipop Rings
  • Dots
  • Dove Milk Chocolate, Dove Dark Chocolate, Dove Caramel Milk Chocolate, Dove Peanut Butter
  • Dubble Bubble Bubble Gum
  • Dum Dums
  • Good & Fruity
  • Grapehead
  • Haribo Gold-Bears
  • Heath Minis
  • Hershey Bliss, Hershey White Chocolate Bliss
  • Hershey Kisses, Special Dark Kisses, Kisses Air Delight, Kisses Almond, Kisses Pumpkin Spice
  • Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars, Milk Chocolate Bars with Almonds
  • Hot Tamales
  • Hubba Bubba Gum, Bubble Tape
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
  • Jet-Puffed Boo Mallows and Ghost Mallows
  • Jolly Rancher Hard Candy and Hard candy Sticks, Jolly Rancher Doubles, Jolly Rancher Pops, Jolly Rancher Mini-Stix, Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews
  • Junior Mints
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Lemonhead, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends
  • Lifesavers Hard Candy, Lollipops, Gummies, Big Ring Gummies
  • M&M's Plain, Mint Thrills, Peanut, Peanut Butter
  • Marvel Super Hero Candy
  • Mike & Ike
  • Milk Duds
  • Milky Way Midnight Bar 
  • Mr.Goodbar
  • Necco Wafers
  • Now and Later, Now and Later Soft
  • Pay Day
  • Peanut Chews Original and Milk Chocolate
  • Peeps Pumpkins and Ghosts, Peeps Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Covered Pumpkins
  • Pez, Pez Sourz
  • Push Pops
  • Raisinets
  • Red Hots
  • Red Raspberry Dollars
  • Reese's Cups, Reese's Pieces, Reese's Fast Break Candy Bars
  • Ring Pops
  • Rolo
  • Sixlets Candy Coated Chocolate Flavored Candy
  • Skittles, Skittle Sour, Skittle Crazy Cores
  • Smarties (US only, not Canada), Giant Smarties, Mega Smarties, Bubble Gum Smarties, Love Hearts, Smarties in a Pouch, Tropical Smarties, X-TREME Sour Smarties, Easter Smarties, Smarties Parties, Smarties Double Lollies, Smarties Mega Lollies, Smarties Pops, Giant Smarties Pops
  • Snickers, Snickers Almond
  • Sour Patch Kids, Sour Patch Kids Extreme
  • Star Wars Lollipops
  • Starburst
  • Sugar Babies, Sugar Mamas, Sugar Daddies
  • Super Bubble, Super Bubble Blast
  • Swedish Fish
  • Tootsie Rolls, Tootsie Pops
  • Warheads
  • York Peppermint Patties

Gluten Free but Processes in Facilities that Contain Wheat

  • Bottlecaps
  • Brach's Candy Corn, Gummi Candy Corn, Caramel Candy Corn, Caramel Apple Candy Cirn, Mellowcreme Pumpkin, Indian Corn
  • Everlasting Gobstoppers
  • Fun Dip
  • Jujyfruits, Jujubes
  • M&M's Coconut
  • Nerds, Giant chewy Nerds
  • Pixy Stix
  • Runts, Chewy Runts
  • Russell Stover Marshmallow Pumpkin, Orange Marshmallow Pumpkin, Marshmallow Football, Coconut Cream Pumpkin
  • SpongeBob Gummy Krabby Patties
  • Spree, Chewy Spree
  • Sweetarts, Mini Chewy Sweetarts
  • Trolli Gummy Bears, Sour Brite (Frite) Crawlers


  • 100 Grand
  • Butterfinger Crisp
  • Good & Plenty
  • Hershey's Cookies & Creme Candy Bar
  • Hershey's Minatures
  • Kit Kats
  • Lindt Chocolate
  • Milky Way Candy Bar
  • Nestle Crunch Candy Bars
  • Reese's Sticks Wafer Bars
  • Take 5
  • Twix
  • Twizzlers
  • Whoppers


  1. Any info on Redvines? Starburst? (Thanks for this GREAT list, BTW, much appreciated!)

  2. oops...I see starburst now!

  3. Unfortunately, just like Twizzlers, Red Vines are made with Wheat Flour. :( Swedish Fish I find are a good snack when I have a licorice craving, or if you check out Whole Foods or your local health food store, a lot of them have gluten free licorice! :)

  4. We don't do sweets here, in this nearly G-F household...
    BUT we HAVE just finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! ღ

    1. Lovely! Are you going to read Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator next?? I loved reading all of Roald Dahl's books when I was a child. :)