Monday, October 20, 2008

The GFCF Experience Halloween Candy Guide

I recently received a comment from Heather (thank you Heather!) asking if I would post a listed of GFCF Halloween candy.

Glad to oblige Heather!

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.

DISCLAIMER: 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 (added 10/21/08): This list is GFCF. As such, it does not take into account candies that are GF but not casein free (like Three Musketeers or Butterfinger). For a list of GF candies, please check out this site (there are probably a few additional GFCF items here too). Thanks, Bunny, for bringing this to my attention!

DISCLAIMER III (added 10/21/08): Let's call this the Smarties disclaimer. The Smarties I am familiar with are pure flavored sugar in a wafer the size of a Sweet Tart. But, and I am guessing this is strictly outside the US, Nestle also makes a product called Smarties, which is a lot like M&M's, and definitely NOT GFCF. Thanks, Lauren, for bringing this to my attention.

DISCLAIMER IV: 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.

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 there is a MAJOR problem here. You now have a list of some common candies given out at Halloween that are GFCF. The problem is that all the other parents 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 mean, we just ran out of last year's Halloween candy last week!

So Heather, I hope this satisfies your request and helps you and everyone else with your Halloween preparations.

And again, if you have any additions to this list, please leave a comment and I will add them.


Dana Wax said...

Thanks for the list, Thomas.

This is going to be my first year ever getting to hand out Halloween Candy (I lived on a main street all my life, then moved to NYC - so there were no trick-or-treaters there. Now that I'm back in the midwest, I finally get do to Halloween right) and I was already planning to only by GF candy. But perhaps I should make it GFCF as well.

I think I'm going to put a cute "our candy is gluten free!" sign up...parents who know what it means will appreciate it, parents who don't will get to get a little gluten free education along the way!

Heather said...

Thank you! Very much appreciated :)

bunny said...

Hi! Thank you for the list.

If I am reading your list correctly, you seem to be saying that Tootsie Pops contain gluten. They don't, though.

Here is their company FAQ:
The second Q & A states that all of their products are GF.

Celiac Central lists them as GF, too: way down near the bottom.

Have a Happy Halloween!

Thomas Dzomba said...

Dana, Heather, Bunny - Thanks for your comments.

Bunny - You are correct that Tootsie Pops are GF, but they are most definitely not CF; hence, they are not GFCF, which is the focus of the list.

Cyndi said...

That's awesome..I'm cutting/pasting this into an email an sending it to all my family/friends. Thanks!!!

And please keep reminding me to read your posts on Facebook...I've been neglecting my blog posts/readings and your status reports remind me to get off the Crackbook!!! LOL

Fielding J. Hurst said...

How about a from scratch, GFCF, SCD, noy dyes, no sugars recipe? Is that a tall order or what? We tried making some suckers last night with honey as a sweetner. It didn't turn out too great.

Lauren said...

Hmm. Good list. Just one thing. I thought that Smarties had gluten in the shell part. Also, I didn't know that Smarties were made into necklaces. Maybe we're just talking about different foods though... (these ones are sort of like m&ms, just better). Anyways, the list looks great, I'm glad to know about starbursts =D.

Thomas Dzomba said...

Lauren - good catch! We are talking about two different Smarties. The ones I am familiar with are similar to a Sweet Tart, but more sweet than tart. the link in the post does talk about the Smarties you are familiar with, and they are definitely not GFCF.

Guess I should remember that people outside the US read this blog too!!!

Thanks for commenting!

minivan driving soccermom said...

Thanks for such a great list, would you mind if I post this on a GF/CF message board I'm on?

MeL said...

PureFun makes candy canes that are GFCF and DYE FREE!!!! Yummy Earth also makes suckers (and Gummy Worms coming this April) that are GFCF and DYE Free!!!!
Thanks for the list!

MMrussianadoption said...

Is this list still accurate 2 years later?

Thomas Dzomba said...

@MMrussianadoption - thanks for your comment. I republished this list again in 2010. To the best of my knowledge, this list is still accurate.

molly said...

According to its website, Cracker Jacks are GFCF. Yay! Obviously though they do contain nuts if that is an issue for your little ones.