Don't Get Tricked by Your Treats this Halloween

Don't Get Tricked by Your Treats this Halloween

Where I grew up, trick-or-treating was a big deal. I still remember getting huge pumpkin cookies from the neighbor down the street and sticky popcorn balls from the house a block over. Wearing our Ring Pops, we'd run from house to house as fast as we could stuffing our pillow cases with everything from Gobstoppers, to Fun Dip and Reese's Pieces. When darkness started to fall, we'd make our way back home (careful to avoid the older kids with their shaving cream) and count our loot. The living room floor would be awash in candy wrappers, chocolate bars, and various homemade treats. We'd puff our candy cigarettes and eat 'til our heart's content, oblivious to the tummy aches we'd suffer the next day. And although we managed to return from trick-or-treating without a drop of shaving cream on us, inevitably we'd awaken to some profanity penned in shaving cream on our front walkway. Let me tell you, it's no fun having to scrub that off when coming down from a sugar high.

Fast forward 30 years and Halloween is still a big deal, perhaps even a bigger deal than in the past. In terms of consumer spending, recent reports rank Halloween second to Christmas. With Halloween just a little over two weeks away, it's time to start thinking about parties, costumes, and most importantly, candy for trick-or-treating.

Can someone with gluten and dairy allergies still enjoy Halloween?  Definitely, but it requires a little planning and close attention to candy ingredients so you don't end up getting tricked by your treats!

Here are some of my family's favorite gluten and dairy free treats for Halloween. Chocolate always gets top billing in our house, so I've listed GF and GF/DF chocolate candy first. Alison St. Sure, of Sure Foods Living, has put together a very comprehensive guide of gluten free and allergen free Halloween candies, which include many more items than listed below. As always, please double check ingredients as manufacturers can change ingredients at any time. Happy Halloween!

Chocolate Candy (Gluten Free)

Hershey's

  • Plain Milk Chocolate Kisses, Special Dark Kisses
  • Milk Chocolate Bar, Milk Chocolate with Almonds
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
  • Milk Duds

Mars

  • Three Musketeers (all varieties)
  • Dove chocolate (all varieties)
  • M & Ms (not pretzel variety)
  • Milk Duds
  • Milky Way (midnight and caramel varieties)
  • Snickers (all varieties)

Nestle

  • Baby Ruth
  • Original Butterfinger Bar
  • Oh Henry! (A favorite of my son, Henry)
  • Raisinets

Tootsie Brand Tootsie Rolls

Chocolate Candy (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

  • Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Bars (Crispy Rice, Dark Chocolate, and Rice Milk varieties)
  • Vosges chocolate (Red Fire, Peppermint Candy, Creole, Dominican Dark and Enchanted Mushroom varieties, Red Fire Skull Pops)
  • Chocolate Dream Dairy Free Chocolate Bars (al varieties)

Hard Candy (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

  • Brach's Candy Corn and Indian Corn (Farley's and Sathers)
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans (Jelly Belly Co)
  • Now & Later - regular and soft varieties (Farley's and Sathers)
  • Ring Pops (Bazooka)
  • Smarties (Ce De Candy)
  • Skittles (Mars)
  • Starburst (Mars)
  • Lollipops

Lollipops

  • Dum Dum Pops (Spangler Candy Company)
  • Rain Blo Pops (Farley's and Sathers)
  • Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops (Yummy Earth)

Gum

  • Wrigley
    • Orbit (all flavors)
    • 5 gum (all flavors)
    • Juicy Fruit
    • Big Red
    • Extra (all flavors)
    • Eclipse gum (all flavors)
    • Freedent
    • Spearmint
  • Kraft/Cadbury Adams
    • Bubbilicious
    • Chicklets
    • Dentyne
    • Stride
    • Trident (all flavors)
  • Bubble Yum (Hershey's)
  • Big League Chew (all flavors)
  • Super Bubble (Farley's and Sathers)

Other Treats

  • Affy Tapple Caramel Apples - All varieties are gluten free, but the caramel does contain milk ingredients
  • Kraft Jet Puffed BooMallows and Ghostmallows - perfect for spooky hot chocolate
  • Welch's Fruit Snacks - All 10 varieties are gluten free, but the fruit and yogurt varieties do contain milk ingredients

 

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