The Best Gluten-Free Candy to Give Out This Halloween

Whether you or your kids avoid gluten because you have a gluten sensitivity or just feel better without it, you can still enjoy this gluten-free Halloween candy.

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Choosing gluten-free candy

Gluten-free diets have become much more than a trend—they’re a way of life for many people. Avoiding gluten—proteins found in wheat, rye, and barley—is a necessity for people who have celiac disease or those who have a milder form of gluten intolerance or sensitivity.

For people with celiac disease, gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction that can lead to nutritional deficiencies, weight loss, fatigue, joint pain, depression, and osteoporosis, to name just a few of the related issues. About 1 percent of the population has celiac disease, and just over 5 percent have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity.

Yet around one in three Americans tries to avoid gluten, so people may choose to limit gluten for other reasons. Some people avoid gluten thinking it will help them control their weight; others say they simply feel better when following a gluten-free diet.

Whether you or your kids are gluten-free due to a sensitivity or just feel better without it, this curated list of gluten-free Halloween candy will come in handy.

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Chocolaty treats:

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Baby Ruth

$27 for a 3-pound bag

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Baby Ruth bars are caramelly, chocolaty, nutty—and gluten-free. Note for people with a nut allergy: These also contain peanuts.

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

$9 for a 35.6-ounce bag

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Both the full size and mini size Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are gluten-free, but the seasonal shapes aren’t. If you’re avoiding gluten, you’ll want to skip the pumpkin-shaped Halloween treats from Reese’s or risk digestive issues.

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Heath Bars

$10 for a 10.2-ounce bag

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Gluten-free toffee lovers will be happy to know that Heath bars are safe for them to indulge in this Halloween. Meanwhile, check out what eating chocolate does to your body.

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Butterfinger

$12 for a 10.2-ounce bag

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When it comes to Butterfinger, the gluten-free options are more specific. Gluten-free Butterfinger candies include the fun size, singles, and share packs. Butterfinger options that aren’t gluten-free include the giant bars, seasonal shapes, bites, minis, and cups. (Check out the gluten-free foods nutritionists love.)

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Rolo

$16 for a 17.8-ounce bag

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Rolo chocolate caramel candies are gluten-free—unless they are the mini varieties. If you want to be sure you’re stocking up on a gluten-free option, look for the individually wrapped and regular-sized varieties. Or try these healthy Halloween candy choices.

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Almond Joy

$34 for a pack of 36

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Jump for joy: Here’s another classic candy bar that’s gluten-free. An Almond Joy chocolate bar is the perfect choice for coconut lovers who also happen to be avoiding gluten. If you’re sugar-conscious, opt for these low sugar Halloween candies.

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Mounds

$9 for an 11.3-ounce bag

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Similar to Almond Joy, Mounds bars contain coconut and chocolate—but they skip the almonds. (“Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t!”) That makes Mounds a potential option for nut-free environments, and they also happen to be gluten-free. However, if you have a nut allergy always check the label to make sure the product hasn’t been processed in a facility or on the same equipment used to manufacture nut-containing products.

Nut-free candies:

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Smarties

$9 for a pack of 3

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An old-school candy, Smarties (and Smarties wafers) are gluten- and peanut-free. They’re 25 calories per serving, making them a sweet and relatively low-calorie treat.

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Enjoy Life Halloween Variety Chocolates

$26 for a pack of 4

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Enjoy Life might be the safest option for children with allergies. Enjoy Life chocolates don’t contain gluten, and they also sidestep 14 other allergenic substances. That means they’re safe for almost all kids.

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Enjoy Life Ricemilk Crunch

$20 for 18 bars

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Satisfyingly crunchy and gluten-free, these mini chocolate bars are individually wrapped and ready to hand out on Halloween night.

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SweeTarts

$39 for a pack of 36

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Whether you choose the original or chewy variety, both of these SweeTarts versions are gluten-free.

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Pixy Stix

$5 for a 3.2-ounce pack

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A classic, Pixy Stix are gluten-free. Buy a variety pack and get four flavors kids will love. (This is the worst Halloween candy for your teeth.)

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AirHeads

$21 for an 8-pound box

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AirHeads come in a variety of individually wrapped flavors and sizes. In addition to being gluten-free, AirHeads are also free of other top allergens.

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Starburst

$18 for a 54-ounce party-size bag

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Each Starburst candy is individually wrapped, and with four flavors to choose from, they’re a gluten-free and fruit-flavored Halloween candy.

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Skittles

$26 for a 5-pound bag

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Skittles come in a few flavor varieties—such as regular, tropical, and sour—and are often found in the individually wrapped fun-size packages. They are gluten- and nut-free. (This is what eating sugar does to your body.)

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Jelly Belly

$11 for a 12.6-ounce bag

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Definitely a nostalgic candy, Jelly Belly comes in almost too many flavors to count. They’re not only gluten-free, but also vegetarian, dairy-free, and peanut-free.

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Christy Brissette, MS, RD
Christy Brissette, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and a leading nutrition and food communications expert. President of 80 Twenty Nutrition, a nutrition and food media company, her mission is to end food confusion and dieting once and for all. As a spokesperson, she is regularly interviewed on nutrition and health by CTV National News, CBC, The Globe and Mail, and many more. Her work as a nutrition and food writer, blogger, recipe developer, and YouTube video producer has been featured in Reader's Digest, The Huffington Post, as well as many other national and international magazines.

In the earlier part of her career, Christy was the dietitian for cancer survivorship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center (PMCC) in Toronto, Canada, one of the top five cancer centers in the world. During her time there, Christy created and delivered innovative nutrition education programs such as interactive live online nutrition and cooking classes that were streamed to other cancer centers across the country. While at the PMCC, Christy received their prestigious Innovation in Education Award and was recognized for using innovative and creative tools and strategies to foster a supportive learning environment and for stimulating critical thinking and problem solving through mentorship and an innovative approach. Christy is the recipient of the National Recognition Award from Dietitians of Canada, an honor chosen by her colleagues based on expanding the media footprint of dietitians. As the awards committee put it, “Christy is a role model for other dietitians interested in working with the media and representing the dietetics profession.”

Christy completed an Honors BASc in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University where she later became an Advisory Committee member and guest lecturer. She completed the highly competitive dietetic internship at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and has a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Toronto. For her Master’s thesis, Christy ran a randomized control trial on the effects of different fibers on weight loss, glycemic control and cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. Visit her site 80 Twenty Nutrition.