Tips & Tricks

Halloween, the Gluten Free Way

This is scary…. being gluten free during Halloween is not!
I’ll start by apologizing for that first image there… it was in between a picture of the clown with blood pouring out of it’s mouth or this one, so consider yourselves spared some extra grief.
Let’s face it… Halloween is probably one of those nights for many college students where they find themselves saying, “What happened last night?” the next morning. Maybe more so than any other night of the year (Cinco De Mayo is a major contender). It’s a night filled with girls dressed a sexy cats, guys dressed as girls, a lotta booze (optional of course), a lotta candy (also optional, except not really), and for the most part, a grand ol’ time. Whether you choose to roam campus as Snookie, a zombie cheerleader, or, as I’m doing, Garth Algar from Wayne’s World, you have a great potential of winding up with a pretty solid amount of candy the next day. Before you start shoveling candy in your face, you might want to do what us Celiacs are all to used to doing: do your research. Eating too much candy is going to make us all sick as it is- we don’t want to get gluten poisoning on top of that! Here’s a list that I’ve complied of popular candies that are generally safe for a gluten free Halloween-er:

Please keep in mind that most of these candies are produced in the same facility as gluten and wheat items, so I cannot 100% guarantee the gluten free status of any of these. I’m basing this off of what I would eat, and I consider myself to be about as sensitive to gluten as can be. Please be sure to always double check ingredients before digging in! 

  • Smarties
  • Baby Ruth
  • Bliss, White Chocolate Bliss
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Kisses (special dark, almond)
  • Milk Chocolate Bars
  • Milk Chocolate Bars with Almonds
  • Reese’s
  • Rolo
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Dove Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate
  • M&Ms
  • Milky Way Midnight
  • Milky Way Caramel
  • Snicker
  • Snicker Almond
  • Baby Ruth
  • Butterfinger (NOT Crisp of Snackerz)
  • Raisinets
  • Caramel Apple Pops
  • Charleston Chews
  • Charms Plow Pops
  • Dubble Bubble Gum
  • Junior Mints
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Sugar Babies


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