Gluten-Free Christmas Treats
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Gluten-Free Christmas Treats

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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gingerbread-cookieThere are certain candies, baked goods, and other treats that are associated with Christmas. People who have celiac disease, or a gluten intolerance or allergy, often feel left out because many holiday foods contain gluten. Here is a quick look at some gluten-free alternatives to holiday foods.

It’s no fun to walk through a grocery store and be surrounded by holiday candy and baked goods that you cannot eat because they contain gluten. Many people have a sentimental attachment to at least one or two holiday treats. Fortunately, there are some companies that make packaged holiday foods that are gluten-free.

Spangler Candy makes gluten-free candy canes. They are red and white striped and peppermint flavored. Each box contains 12 candy canes. They are sold in a pack of three boxes. This gives you plenty of candy to share. Ingredients include:

Sugar, corn syrup, natural flavor, color added (includes Red 40)

There is also an allergy statement that says: These Christmas candy canes do not contain peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, or gluten. It has been manufactured on dedicated equipment. There is a trace amount of soy oil on the lubricant that we use in our cooking kettles. This soy oil has been refined, bleached, and deodorized and all of the proteins have been removed.

MI-DEL makes All Natural Gingerbread Men Cookies that are gluten-free. They are sold via Amazon, and appear to be limited edition. Amazon doesn’t list the ingredients. It might be safer to try and find them in your local grocery store and read the ingredient label before you buy them.

Mi-Del also makes Gluten-Free Ginger Snaps. They are round cookies that taste similar to gingerbread. The ingredients include:

Gluten-free flour (corn flour, soy flour, potato flour, rice flour, corn starch, potato starch, xantham gum), organic dehydrated cane juice, canola oil, unsulphured molasses, ginger, soy lecithin (used as an emulsifier), eggs, baking soda, sea salt, natural flavor.

Note: This product contains egg and soy. It also has an allergy warning on it’s package: Processed in a facility that also processes or handles wheat, milk, peanuts, and tree nuts. MI-DEL Gluten-Free products are routinely tested using the ELISA method to ensure gluten-free status as determined by the World Health Organization.

Would you prefer to make your own gluten-free baked goods at home? There are plenty of gluten-free mixes to choose from. Pamela’s is a well known name for gluten-free pastry mixes. You also can work from scratch by starting with a gluten-free flour (such as one from Bob’s Red Mill).

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