From silky-smooth chocolate to fruity favorites to ever-available classics, we sampled, savored, and sugar-highed ourselves silly to present you with some of our favorite nationally available gluten-free candies. Next time you have a craving, consider reaching for one of these sure things.
By Cindy Rice
Justin’s Organic Mini Peanut Butter Cups Dark Chocolate
Think Reese’s but waaaay better and organic with salty, creamy peanut butter and rich, smooth dark chocolate. We like these individually wrapped minis for portion control (yeah right) and the fact that they don’t sometimes arrive with dry, powdery peanut butter insides–a problem we’ve experienced frequently with the larger (totally yummy) version as of late.
Certified gluten free, non-GMO, kosher; contains peanuts and soy; amazon.com or justins.com for store locator
Alter Eco Classic Dark Truffles
A decadent, mildly bitter outer chocolate shell reveals a silky, gooey, pudding-like dark chocolate center in these sensual spheres. Only 4 grams of sugar per truffle; compostable individual wrappers.
Certified gluten free, organic, non-GMO and fair trade certified; contains milk and coconut; amazon.com for 8-pack or altereco.com for store locator
Hu Chocolate Almond Butter + Puffed Quinoa Dark Chocolate Bar
These slightly bitter, high-quality dark chocolate bars boast soft, nutty, and irresistable almond-butter centers and crunchy Rice Krispie-like pop from toasted quinoa.
Certified gluten free, organic ingredients, non-GMO, vegan, paleo, kosher, refined sugar-, soy- and dairy-free; amazon.com or hukitchen.com for store locator
Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter Cups
Two pieces in a package, these salty-sweet disks are rich, not too sweet, and very allergy-friendly. Expect a dark chocolate shell surrounding smooth and gritty, salty sunflower butter filling.
Gluten-, soy-, dairy-, tree nut- and peanut-free, kosher, fair trade certified; available at Trader Joe’s stores
Enjoy Life Chocolate Bar Ricemilk Crunch
An allergy-friendly version of Nestle’s Crunch combines uber-sweet chocolate with crisp, toasty rice in a four-segment, fudgy bar.
Certified gluten free, non-GMO, peanut-, tree nut-, dairy-, casein-, soy-, egg-, sesame-free; amazon.com for a case or enjoylife.com for store locator
Schär Gluten Free Chocolix
A cross between a cookie and a candy bar similar to a Twix Bar, these individually wrapped treats that come five per box are long cookie strips layered with caramel and coated with milk chocolate.
Certified gluten free, non-GMO, no eggs, contains milk and soy; schaer.com for store locator
M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies
A timeless classic of yummy milk chocolate centers surrounded by brightly-colored candy shells, these perpetually accessible candies are gluten-free. However, they regularly come out with seasonal or limited-edition variations, so be sure to grab classic M&Ms to be safe. Or carefully read the label on special editions. Regardless, they go down easy by the handful or as a special ingredient in chocolate chip cookies. Note: the company, Mars Wrigley, cannot confirm that raw materials used in manufacturing the candies did not come in contact with gluten, however gluten or wheat is not listed in the contains statement. Additionally, Nima Sensor has tested many varieties of M&M’s and have found most varieties to be free of gluten (see the article here).
Contains milk and soy; kosher; amazon.com or just about all supermarkets
M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies
The classics plus a salted peanut center provides all the pleasure of M&Ms, plus extra flavor and crunch. Again, the company, Mars Wrigley, cannot confirm that raw materials used in manufacturing the candies did not come in contact with gluten, however gluten or wheat is not listed in the contains statement; Nima Sensor has tested many varieties of M&M’s and have found most varieties to be free of gluten (see the article here).
Contains peanuts, milk and soy; kosher; amazon.com or just about all supermarkets
Manufacturer, Mars, claims this nutty, gooey, ultra-satisfying bar is the world’s best-selling candy bar. And why not? Toasted peanuts snuggled in rich caramel and pillowy nougat blanketed in creamy milk chocolate is the ultimate celebration of sweet-salty flavor and creamy, crunchy, chewy texture.
Contains peanuts, milk, egg and soy; amazon.com for a case or just about all supermarkets
Torie & Howard Chewie Fruities
These chewy, tangy-tart, individually-wrapped squares reminisce Starbursts, but have allergy-friendly and organic ingredients and cocktail-like flavors such as Blood Orange and Wildflower Honey, Pomegranate and Nectarine, and Meyer Lemon and Raspberry.
Gluten-free, organic, non-GMO, dairy-, soy-free; no corn syrup, artificial flavors or colors; amazon.com or torieandhoward.com for store locator
Yum Earth Organic Hard Candies and Lollipops
These classic sweet-tart, individually-wrapped, hard candies come as fruit drops or lollipops. Made with organic ingredients, they’re simple allergy-friendly pick-me-ups in flavors such as watermelon, pomegranate, lemon, and even root beer.
Gluten-free, non-GMO, organic, vegan, peanut-, tree nut-, soy-, egg- and dairy-free; no high fructose corn syrup, flavored and colored with real fruit juice; amazon.com for hard candy variety-pack, amazon.com for lollipop or yumearth.com for store locator.
Gin-Gins Spicy Apple Ginger Chews
These individually-wrapped rectangles of spicy deliciousness are made with five simple ingredients: cane sugar, ginger, tapioca starch, natural apple flavor, cinnamon oil. They’ve got chewy, pull-out-your-fillings texture reminiscent of a Sugar Daddy, only with surprising flavors of warm spiced apple and punchy ginger. To preserve dental work, let them dissolve slowly in your mouth or stir two pieces in a mug of hot water to dissolve, then enjoy them as a super-flavorful, comforting cup of tea.
Gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan; amazon.com or gingerpeople.com for store locator
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