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Gluten-free diets have become much more than a trend—they’re a way of life for many people. Avoiding this type of protein, which is found in wheat, rye, and barley, is a necessity for people who have an intolerance (Celiac disease) or have a milder form of gluten sensitivity. However, only 1 percent of the population has Celiac disease; just over 5 percent have a gluten sensitivity. And yet an estimated 30 percent of people in North America avoid gluten.
For people with an intolerance or sensitivity, 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. (These are the symptoms of Celiac disease you shouldn’t ignore.)
But some people without a gluten condition avoid the protein in an effort to control weight while others believe they just feel better when they cut gluten from their diet. (Learn what can happen to your body when you give up gluten.) Whatever reasons you might have, you’ll find this list of gluten-free Halloween candy useful. And for more information, here are 7 conditions that can be mistaken for gluten intolerance.
Price: $19.50 (36 oz bag)
Hershey’s Kisses are a classic candy and the milk chocolate ones are always gluten-free. Their Halloween-themed Kisses are perfect for trick or treating. Many of the filled Kisses are gluten-free too.
Price: $22.99 (3 lb bag)
Baby Ruth bars are caramelly, chocolatey, nutty and gluten-free. Note that these do contain peanuts, in case you may be entertaining anyone with a nut allergy.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Price: $7.80 (35.6 oz bag)
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. Here are some Halloween treats nutritionists love.
Price: $6.99 (10.2 oz bag)
Gluten-free toffee lovers will be happy to know that Heath bars are safe for them to indulge in this Halloween.
Price: $11.88 (10.2 oz bag)
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 are the giant bars, seasonal shapes, bites, minis, and cups.
Price: $14.99 (17.8 oz bag)
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.
Price: $24.60 (pack of 36)
Jump for joy! Here’s another classic candy bar that is also gluten-free. This chocolate bar is the perfect choice for coconut lovers who also happen to be avoiding gluten.
Price: $8.94 (11.3 oz bag)
Similar to Almond Joy, Mounds contain coconut and chocolate—but they omit 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 a product has not been processed in a facility or on the same equipment used to manufacture nut-containing products.
Price: $8.99 (3 pack)
An old school candy, Smarties (and Smarties wafers) are gluten- and peanut-free.
Enjoy Life Halloween Variety Chocolates
Price: $26.99 (pack of 4)
Enjoy Life might be the safest option for children with allergies. Enjoy Life chocolates don’t contain gluten, but they also sidestep 14 other allergenic substances. That means they’re safe for almost all kids. Learn the 7 signs your child could have a food sensitivity.
Enjoy Life Ricemilk Crunch
Price: $16.75 (18 bars)
Satisfyingly crunchy and gluten-free, these mini chocolate bars are individually wrapped and ready to hand out on Halloween night.
Price: $25.92 (pack of 36)
Whether you choose the original or chewy variety, both are gluten-free.
Price: $9.20 (pack of 3)
A classic candy, Pixy Stix are gluten-free. Buy a variety pack and get four different flavors kids will love.
Price: $20.01 (8 lb box)
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. Did you know these 9 common foods are responsible for most food allergies?
Mike and Ikes
Price: $7.88 (72 snack-size packs)
Chewy and fruity, these Mike and Ikes come individually packaged in small snack sizes making it a great candy for gluten-free Halloween trick-or-treating.
Price: $10.52 (54 oz party-size bag)
Each individually wrapped, and with 4 flavors to choose from, Starbursts are a gluten-free and fruity Halloween candy. These are the gluten-free foods nutritionists swear by.
Price: $24.85 (5 lb bag)
Skittles come in a few different 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.
Price: $10.92 (48 oz bag)
Always individually wrapped, gluten-free, and nut-free, Laffy Taffy (and the jokes on the wrappers) have become a Halloween staple. Here are some more Halloween treats that are allergen-free.
Price: $16.69 (12.6 oz bag)
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.
Price: $13.62 (80 count bag)
Gluten-free fruity lollipops filled with a chewy Tootsie Roll center, Tootsie Pops are the world’s number one selling candy-filled lollipop. Did you know there’s a grain-free bread—and that it’s delicious?