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Loving GLUTEN FREE Christmas Chocolates and Candies: USA Festive Treats (December 2015)…

On a recent USA Trip, I couldn’t help myself picking up lots of Christmas Chocolate products and Sweet Treats and of course, examining the Ingredients and Warnings to see if they were GLUTEN FREE or made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING Ingredients. I do love my Gluten Free Chocolate Bars (UK), Gluten Free Chocolate Boxes & Selection Boxes and Gluten Free Chocolate Coins, Chocolate Santas and Chocolate Figurines, all required for a Happy Holiday. Here is a selection of USA GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Goodies & Sweet Treats for 2015…

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year (after Advent Calendars, Halloween, Easter and Valentines). And this year (2015), surprised to see so many GLUTEN FREE Options.
So for our American Cousins, this blog post includes…

  • Chocolate Products, Candy Canes and Sweet Treats for sale for Christmas 2015.
  • Largely items which I have found in the shops and held in my hand (so I can examine the Ingredients & allergen Information).
  • Pictures of the items (with ingredients showing) and typed out where it is particularly difficulty to read).
  • Chocolates include Andes (Tootsie), Ghirardelli, Hersheys, m&m’s, Cella (Tootsie), Junior Mint (Tootsie), Reese’s (Hershey), Choco Rocks (Kimmie) and Dylans Candy Bar with links to Manufacturers/ Producers websites with warnings.
  • Candy Canes include Spree, Jolly Rancher, Starburst and Jelly Belly with links to Manufacturers/ Producers websites with warnings.
  • Sweet Treats includes Dylans Candy Bar (with Lovely Candy Co, Sevignys, Hammonds and own-label), Peeps, PEZ, Snowballs (Tootsie), Life Savers (Wringley), Fun Dip (Wonka /Nestle), Sunkist Jellies (Jelly Belly) and Sunburst candy (Kimmie) with links to Manufacturers /Producers websites with warnings highlighted. with links to Manufacturers/ Producers websites with warnings.
  • Others are available but I like to see them for myself before I include them in my review.

It is accurate at the time of publishing (December 2015) but manufacturers do change their mixes so you should always read the labels before you put anything in your mouth and enjoy! It’s your own responsibility to remain GLUTEN FREE.

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CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATES:

ANDES: Made by Tootsie, and similar to UK Nestle’s After Eight Mints, these Chocolate Thins are labelled “PEANUT FREE and GLUTEN FREE“and have been available on  the American market since the 1950s.

ANDES Creme De Menthe Mints

ANDES Creme De Menthe Mints

Contains MILK & SOY

ANDES peppermint Crunch Thins

ANDES peppermint Crunch Thins

Contains MILK & SOY

ANDES Toffee Crunch Thins

ANDES Toffee Crunch Thins

Contains MILK & SOY

GHIRARDELLI: A classic American Chocolate Bar, in the same vain and love like British Cadburys. Strange that I learnt that Ghirardelli used to provide a listing of GLUTEN FREE products but since 2011, this has been removed. They do state clearly that ingredients (on the website and on products) as to which contain SOY, MILK and tree NUTS. Some bars, like Lindt use BARLEY in the ingredients and this is listed on the packaging. The following products were reviewed (in my hand) and are made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

Holiday Limited Edition Assortment by Ghirardelli

Holiday Limited Edition Assortment by Ghirardelli

Contains MILK & SOY and States “May contain TREE NUTS

Peppermint Bark by Ghirardelli

Peppermint Bark by Ghirardelli

Dark Chocolate with Peppermint Bark: Contains MILK & SOY and States “May contain TREE NUTS

Holiday Winter White by Ghirardelli

Holiday Winter White by Ghirardelli

Contains MILK & SOY and States “May contain TREE NUTS

REESE’S: Made by Hersheys who provide a good listing of GLUTEN FREE Products. With Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures, they state all of them are GLUTEN FREE “All Except REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Unwrapped Minis and Seasonal Shaped Items” Now these are clearly seasonal but they’re wrapped up and not in a seasonal shape! Reviewing the the ingredients they are made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups by Hersheys

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups by Hersheys

HERSHEY’S KISSES: Now these are wrapped in coloured foil paper and the Milk Chocolate ones and feature on the GF listing by Hershey:

Hersheys Kisses

Hersheys Kisses

Contain MILK & SOY.

Strangely, Candy-Cane flavoured Kisses were picked up and reviewed. They have NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but maybe due to manufacturing methods (i.e. shared facilities even though Hershey state no “may contain warning“) these are not deemed GLUTEN FREE.

Not listed by Hershey's as GLUTEN FREE. Candy Cane Kisses

Not listed by Hershey’s as GLUTEN FREE. Candy Cane Kisses

But the following Hershey Chocolates are NOT included on the GLUTEN FREE listing (but have NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS) so maybe one to avoid if you’re sensitive.

The larger Kiss (Santas Hat) has NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but is also not included on the GF listing by Hersheys so maybe one to avoid if you’re sensitive.

Hershey's Santa Hat Kiss

Hershey’s Santa Hat Kiss

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar: Seen with Seasonal packaging

Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar

Contains: MILK & SOY. and states “Manufactured on the same equipment that processes PEANUTS /ALMONDS

NOT included on the GLUTEN FREE listing (but have NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS):

Candy Cane Milk Chocolate Bar by Hersheys

Candy Cane Milk Chocolate Bar by Hersheys

No GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS and contains: MILK & SOY. and states “Manufactured on the same equipment that processes ALMONDS

Chocolate Santas by Hersheys

Chocolate Santas by Hersheys

No GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but contains: MILK & SOY. and states “Manufactured on the same equipment that processes ALMONDS

HERSHEY’S Chocolate Mint Canes:

Candy Cane by Hersheys

Candy Cane by Hersheys

Contains MILK & SOY.  NO GLUTEN CONTAINING  INGREDIENTS but not on the Hershey’s GF listing (which seems to ignore many Holiday products!)

M&MsAll M&M’s are gluten-free except the Pretzel m&m’s (contains WHEAT), Holiday Mint (have a warning “may contain WHEAT“), White Mint (Have warning “may contain WHEAT” and Cafe Mocha m&m’s (have a warning “may contain WHEAT) in the USA and UK. (In Australia, I believe they are made differently and DO CONTAIN WHEAT!) The Mars statement is available for viewing on the USA website. The following “flavours” were seen in the USA:

Peanut Butter m&m’s:

Peanut M&Ms

Peanut Butter M&Ms

Contains MILK, LACTOSE, SOY & PEANUTS. “May contain Tree NUTS

Dark Chocolate m&m’s:

Dark M&Ms

Dark M&Ms

Contains MILK & SOY. “May Contain PEANUTS

Almond m&m’s: 

Almond M&Ms

Contains MILK,  ALMONDS & SOY. “May contain other Tree NUTS and PEANUTS

Other m&m’s products include:

m&m's Snowglobe with lights and music.

m&m’s Snowglobe with lights and music.

Contains MILK & SOY. “May Contain PEANUTS

m&m's with music and lights

m&m’s with music and lights

Contains MILK & SOY. “May Contain PEANUTS

CELLA’s Chocolate covered Cherries: Made by Tootsie: these state they are “FREE FROM PEANUTS and GLUTEN FREE

Cellas GLUTEN FREE Chocolates

Cellas GLUTEN FREE Chocolates

Contain MILK & SOYA

Down in Manhattan, popped into my favourite Sweet Shop:Dylan’s Candy Store, which is located just at opposite Bloomingdale’s. It is a joy of a shop with lots of sweets, candies, chocolates and sugary delight. They have a special Allergen section (in the basement) but some of their regular lines are made without GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

Milk Chocolate Nutcracker

Milk Chocolate Nutcracker

Contains MILK & SOY: States “May have come in contact with PEANUTS /Tree NUTS

Milk Chocolate Santa

Milk Chocolate Santa

Contains MILK & SOY: and states “Manufactured in a facility that also processes PEANUTS, Tree NUTS products. May contain ALMONDS, PECANS, CASHEWS and HAZELNUTS

Milk Chocolate Tree

Milk Chocolate Tree

Contains MILK & SOY: and states “Manufactured in a facility that also processes PEANUTS, Tree NUTS products. May contain ALMONDS, PECANS, CASHEWS and HAZELNUTS

Dylan's own Chocolates

Dylan’s own Chocolates

NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS but does contains MILK & SOY. States “Manufactured on equipment that processes PEANUTS and Tree NUTS ( ALMONDS, PECANS, CASHEWS and HAZELNUTS)

Chocolate Lollies at Dylans Candy Store

Chocolate Lollies at Dylans Candy Store

Made by Madelaine: these Chocolate Lollies are made with NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bar at Dylans

GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bar at Dylans

The Divvies bar is “Semi-sweet Chocolate with Sea Salt”. It is NUT FREE, GLUTEN FREE and DAIRY FREE.

Dairy Free GLUTEN FREE White Chocolate Bar

Dairy Free GLUTEN FREE White Chocolate Bar

The Milkless Polar Dream Bar is MILK FREE, NUT FREE and GLUTEN FREE. States “Contains traces of SOY Protein.”

No Nos at Dylans

No Nos at Dylans

Made by Premium Chocolatiers, these Choco No Nos are MILK FREE, PEANUT FREE, TREE NUT FREE, GLUTEN FREE, EGG FREE. Look like Smarties or slightly larger m&m’s.

DAIRY FREE GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bunny

DAIRY FREE GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bunny

Also made by Premium Chocolatiers, the Jake’s Milkless Bunny is MILK FREE, PEANUT FREE, TREE NUT FREE, GLUTEN FREE, EGG FREE. Contains SOY

Peppermint Crunch (Seen in Dylans).

Peppermint Crunch (Seen in Dylans).

Made by Tootsie: These contain MILK & SOY. States GLUTEN FREE, PEANUT FREE and TREE NUT FREE and “Produced in a facility that also processes MILK and EGG”

 

Choco Rocks seen in Economy Candy Manhattan, NYC

Choco Rocks seen in Economy Candy Manhattan, NYC

Made by Kimmie Candy, Choco Rocks are GLUTEN FREE! Seen in Economy Candy (NYC) contains MILK & SOY. “May contain TREENUTS


CANDY CANES: Can’t have a stocking without some Candy Canes! (or without Chocolate Coins, Chocolate Santas or Chocolate Figurines)…

SPREE made by the Willy Wonka Candy Company (Excitment!) which is owned by NESTLE

Spree Candy Cans

Spree Candy Cans

Contains SUGAR!

HERSHEY’S Chocolate Mint Canes:

Candy Cane by Hersheys

Candy Cane by Hersheys

Contains MILK & SOY.  NO GLUTEN CONTAINING  INGREDIENTS but not on the Hershey’s GF listing (which seems to ignore many Holiday products!)

JOLLY RANCHER Candy Canes: Made by Hersheys  and states “This product does not contain PEANUTS, Tree NUTS, MILK, EGGS, FISH, SHELLFISH, WHEAT or GLUTEN

Jolly Rancher Candy Canes

Jolly Rancher Candy Canes

STARBURST Candy Canes: Made by Wrigleys (as in Chewing gum) With NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS:

Starburst Candy Canes

Starburst Candy Canes

And of course JELLY BELLY Candy Canes: (I have loved their Advent Calendar last year and this year!) and love their beans. State GLUTEN FREE on the packaging!

Jelly Belly Candy Canes

Jelly Belly Candy Canes

And in Economy Candy: another box of Candy Canes:

Candy Canes seen in Economy Candy

Candy Canes seen in Economy Candy

NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS and States “Made in a PEANUT FREE Factory


SWEET TREATS: As seen in the USA: 

Back in DYLANS CANDY STORE:

Gluten Free flavoured Licorice

Gluten Free flavoured Licorice

Imported from Canada from Lovely Candy Company, Available in Strawberry and Cherry. This is GLUTEN FREE, contains NO TRANS FATS, No Fructose or Corn syrup and no Artificial Ingredients.

Santa with lights and movement and candies

Santa with lights and movement and candies

States “May contain Traces of SOY“and NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

Christmas Elf with lights and movement and candies

Christmas Elf with lights and movement and candies

States “May contain Traces of SOY“and NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

Christmas Elf Sweets with picture frame

Christmas Elf Sweets with picture frame

States “May contain traces of SOY” and NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

Ribbon Candy as seen in Dylans

Ribbon Candy as seen in Dylans

Made by Sevigny’s  and contains NO GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

Peppermint Lolly seen in Dylans

Peppermint Lolly seen in Dylans

Peppermint Lolly; State “May contain Traces of MILK, SOY, PEANUT & TREE NUTS but more importantly “GLUTEN FREE

More Ribbon Candy

More Ribbon Candy

Made by Hammonds, this Cinnamon flavoured candy looks delicate and states “May contain Traces of MILK, EGGS, SOY, PEANUT & TREE NUTS but more importantly “GLUTEN FREE

PEEPS (GLUTEN FREE)

PEEPS (GLUTEN FREE)

PEEPS are (again) an American Tradition: and these actually state “GLUTEN FREE“. On their website, they answer FAQ including GF. States “may contain MILK” Other flavours are available but check they state GLUTEN FREE.

Good Old PEZ are GLUTEN FREE

Good Old PEZ are GLUTEN FREE

PEZ Sweets with the dispensers are very popular and they state they are GLUTEN FREE. This is one with Santa!

Snowballs! (GLUTEN FREE)

Snowballs! (GLUTEN FREE)

Made by Tootsie: These Cotton Candy Snow Balls are really just a bag of sugar! Great to state “PEANUT FREE and GLUTEN FREE

Life Savers Hard Candy with book.

Life Savers Hard Candy with book.

Made by Wrigleys, Life Saver Sweets come with a story book in this festive package!

Fun Dip Candy with book

Fun Dip Candy with book

Fun Dip Candy is made by Wonka (which is a NESTLE company) previously known as Lik-M-Aid. There is no GLUTEN CONTAINING INGREDIENTS.

Sunkist Jellies (made by Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Company) as seen in Economy Candy, Manhattan NYC.

Sunkist Jellies (made by Jelly Belly Jelly Bean Company) as seen in Economy Candy, Manhattan NYC.

Sunkist Jellies should be GLUTEN FREE and found in Economy Candy. Also states “Made in a PEANUT FREE Factory

Sunburst Candy seen in Economy Candy Manhattan, NYC

Sunburst Candy seen in Economy Candy Manhattan, NYC

Made by Kimmie Candy, Sunburst Candy are GLUTEN FREE! Seen in Economy Candy (NYC) contains MILK & SOY. “May contain TREENUTS


A separate posting will feature on my blog highlighting GLUTEN FREE FROZEN Sweet Treats and GLUTEN FREE HARRY POTTER Sweet Treats SHORTLY.


 

Check out my reviews of GLUTEN FREE Eating in NYC (Winter 2015, Summer 2015 and Winter 2014), NYC’s first GF OktoberFest (Nov 2015), GF Food Allergy Fest CT (Nov 2015), as well as GLUTEN FREE eatings in Philadelphia and Boston.

Other destinations include  SingaporeMalaysia, Thailand, UAE and my home city of London, OLD ENGLAND!


 

Whilst it’s the festive period, check out my blog posts on Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Boxes & Bags (including Selection Boxes), and Chocolate Coins, Santas and Figurines(December 2015),

Chocolate Boxes & Sweet treats (all GF)

Chocolate Boxes & Sweet treats (all GF)

Chocolate Coins, Chocolate Santas & Chocolate Figurines (all GF)

Chocolate Coins, Chocolate Santas & Chocolate Figurines (all GF)


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PLEASE NOTE:

  • Other GLUTEN FREE Chocolate and Sweet products are available in the USA (but check the labels for the Ingredients and any warnings the Manufacturers place on them).

  • No money, samples or freebies have been provided by any of the featured Manufacturers but a lot of Chocolate was consumed!

  • This information was correct as of DECEMBER 2015. The links should take you to relevant manufacturer’s pages where the latest information should be available.


If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). And at Christmas, they produce a highlights sheet which outlines key products.  This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK.

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters (featuring Yours Truly) from Coeliac UK launched for Awareness Week, held earlier in 2015 and to be seen in 2016.


 

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