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HEALTH: Halloween candy headquarters for those who are gluten-free

Orange and black are littering the aisles these days as Halloween quickly approaches. Costumes will be purchased, as will candy, and trying to think about health when candy is around isn’t always the easiest. Thinking along the lines of which candy is gluten free, here is a list of the most common candy that is typically gluten-free. Because let’s be honest, I do like a piece of candy now and then!

• Baby Ruth, Snickers, Heath Bars

• Bit-O-Honey



• Original Butterfinger bar

• Goobers, Dots, Sugar Babies



• Raisinets (including dark chocolate flavors)

• Wonka Pixy Stix

• Laffy Taffy (including Laffy Taffy Rope)

• M&Ms (except pretzel-flavored)

• 3 Musketeers Bars (all flavors)

• Milky Way Midnight and Caramel Bars

• Dove Chocolate products (all flavors EXCEPT for milk chocolate cinnamon graham/cookies and cream)

• Tootsie Rolls & Pops

• Junior Mints

• Caramel Apple Pops, Blow Pops

• Charms Pops

• Almond Joy, Mounds

• Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Kisses, Filled Chocolate Kisses (caramel and cherry cordial creme)

• Hershey’s Nuggets & Milk Chocolate Bar, only in the 1.55 oz. size

• Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar, only in the 1.45 oz. size

• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (all except for seasonal shaped items)

• York Peppermint Pattie (all)

• Mike and Ike Original Fruits & Hot Tamales

This list is the MOST common candies that are handed out at Halloween. I would caution using this list as the “bible” of safe candies. Remember to always read the labels as candies made in the USA may be safe and the same candy made in Canada may not be and vice versa. If in doubt, call the candy company, they should be able to help you figure out if their candies are gluten-free Also, some of these products may be labeled as “produced in a factory that uses wheat products” or something similar. If you feel that you shouldn’t take the chance on such foods, stay away.

On a healthy tip, it may be tempting to walk by the candy jar at work and grab something every time but remember that everything is better in moderation. With Halloween kicking off the heavy eating season, treat yourself from time to time but remember to keep the eating in check and to stay active. This makes life more enjoyable and our health in a great place!

Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at glutenfreegrandvalley@gmail.com or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.


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