Halloween Candy: Gluten Free, Peanut Free, and What to Do with All of It

Halloween is just a few days away. If you have a child with diet restrictions, or if you need to send candy to school, it can be a little overwhelming figuring out which candies are ok to have. To be safe, it is a good idea to send peanut free candies to school since chances are, there is a child who has a peanut allergy in the classroom. For kids with Celiac disease, or for those who require a gluten free diet, see the list below for candy they can have. The starred candies are those that are both gluten free and peanut free.

Peanut Free Candy:

  • Twizzlers
  • Smarties*
  • Tootsie Pops*
  • Dum Dum Pops
  • Junior Mints*
  • Dots*
  • Whoppers
  • Skittles
  • Mike and Ike Originals*
  • Starburst

Gluten Free Candy:

  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Heath Bars
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Tootsie Pops*
  • Dots*
  • Junior Mints*
  • Charleston Chew
  • Caramel Apple Pops
  • Charms Blow Pops
  • Mike and Ike Originals*(along with several other Mike and Ike flavors- see website below)
  • Neccos

There are many more gluten free candies listed on the Celiac Disease Foundation’s website. Click here for their 2013 Gluten Free Candy List.

 What to Do with Too Much Candy:

Whether your kids are peanut free, gluten free, or neither, you may have a surplus of candy from trick-or-treating that you don’t want them to have. Obviously it isn’t healthy to have all that sugar. Here are some ideas for redistributing the loot:

  • Donate it to a food pantry. Although it is not a healthy food, it may be a rare treat that some people don’t otherwise get to have.
  • Make a “thank you” bag for your mail carrier, waste removal service, or other people who would people who would appreciate a special thanks.
  • Bring it to a nursing home. The staff there can distribute it to the residents in appropriate increments.
  • Send it to mom or dad’s workplace. Maybe there are coworkers who would enjoy an afternoon treat here and there.

For more information on nutrition during Halloween, click here.

Happy Halloween from North Shore Pediatric Therapy!