Gluten-Free Halloween Treats
Posted on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 7:00 am
Halloween is a holiday that involves lots of treats, sweets, and candies. This can be really difficult for people (especially children) who have food allergies. The desire to participate in the fun, and enjoy some Halloween treats, is dampened by the concern that the sweets contain gluten. Are there any Halloween candies that are gluten-free?
3 Gluten-Free Halloween Treats
The colorful candy corn that appears in stores in the fall is made by Brach’s. Here is a list of the ingredients that their candy corn contains:
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Honey, Dextrose, Artificial Flavor, Gelatin, Sesame Oil, Artificial Flavor, Honey, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3
The concern is what follows the list of ingredients on the Brach’s website:
“This product was manufactured in a facility where milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy are used in the production of other products.” It might be safer to make your own candy corn instead. Use your best judgement.
We tend to think of the Marshmallow Peeps made by the Just Born company as an Easter treat. However, they do have Peeps that are for Halloween. The Just Born website Says that the modified food starch they use in their candies is corn starch. They are currently in the process of updating their packaging to indicate which ones are gluten free.
It is advised that you read the ingredients on a package of Halloween Peeps very carefully. Just Born sells some of their products in bulk to companies that repackage it. There is potential that the Peeps from those companies were repackaged in a facility that is not gluten-free. The way to tell the difference between the Peeps that are safe and the ones that aren’t is to read the package.
Mellowcreme Pumpkins is the name for those little marshmallow-like pumpkins made by Brach’s. The ingredients are not listed on the Brach’s website, but ShopWell has them listed:
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Confectioners Glaze, Salt, Gelatin, Dextrose, Honey, Artificial Flavor, Sesame Oil, Yellow 6, Red 3, Yellow 5, Blue 1
This list of ingredients is very similar to the Brach’s candy corn, and it has a similar warning:
“Packaged on equipment that also packages products containing traces of milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and/or soy protein.”
There is an alternative. Craftsy has a recipe that you can follow to make your own Mellowcreme Pumpkins. The website says that this recipe makes candies that are slightly sweeter than the original. It also notes that this is not an easy recipe to make and that it is important to follow the measurements and instructions carefully.