Halloween is quickly approaching and it is important to take time to decorate the house, buy a costume, find gluten-free recipes to bake, and determine which candies are gluten free. We tend to give out gluten-free candies at our house because there are so many great ones from which to choose. More and more companies are labeling their candy gluten free, but remember it is important to read the labels on all of the candy bags as ingredients do tend to change.
If you are in doubt of a specific candy's status, go to the company's website and check their gluten-free list, or you can call their 800 number for further clarification. Remember not all of these gluten-free candies are made in a dedicated facility, so be sure to read the disclaimer located on the package and make the choice that is right for your child.
Listed below are the gluten-free Halloween lists we found online. It is important to note that we did not compile the lists, rather we are just sharing the painstaking research done by others:
- About.com's list
- MyGlutenFacts.com list - this is a really neat list because it allows a search by manufacturer and by gluten-free status: cleaned production line, dedicated gluten-free production line, and dedicated gluten-free facility
- Sure Foods Living list - this site also offers a quick list of both gluten-free candy and allergen-friendly candy.
If you are looking for Halloween inspiration, the links below offer tips, recipes, a survival guide and more:
- Betty Crocker - has a number of Halloween recipes that can easily be modified by using one of their gluten-free cake or cookie mixes, gluten-free Bisquick, and Chex Mix.
- Diets in Review - offers a list of gluten-free Halloween treats for classroom parties.
- Eating Well - has a list of healthy Halloween recipes for drinks to dessert and everything in between.
- Glutenfreeda - has a great roundup of recipes for: finger foods, party dishes and of course dessert
- Land-o-Lakes - has a roundup of recipes for gluten-free treats including pumpkin sandwich cookies and candy corn cookies.
The bottom line is to have fun, get creative and enjoy the holiday!
------------------------- Author Information: Jennifer D. Harris, Atlanta, GA Jennifer D. Harris, http://www.jenniferglutenfreeingeorgia.blogspot.com Gluten-Free Product Specialist, Return to Eden Program Chair, Atlanta Metro CeliacsTwitter@jenniferGFinGA