Gluten Free Halloween: Candy Lists, Recipes & Tips!
Some of you have been asking what to do about your first Gluten Free Halloween for a couple of months already! Pretty much unaffected by poor economic conditions in 2011, American consumers will spend more than $6.9 billion on Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation, and that number climbs every year.
Don’t worry. If this is your child’s favorite holiday (or yours), they can still easily participate in the traditional trick or treating with a few simple guidelines. Here’s a collection of tips, ideas and gluten free candy lists to make your Halloween, should you choose to participate, a safe and happy one for your gluten free family members.
Tips for a Safe & Happy Gluten Free Halloween
1. Consider hosting your own gathering of friends so you can control the snacks – and make them all gluten free. There are so many great recipes to use, that no one even has to know.
2. Feed your children well before they leave the house so they are full and not tempted to snack before they get home.
3. Don’t allow anything to be eaten until it has been checked (that should be the rule whether or not your child is gluten free.)
4. Have your handy 2011 GF candy lists (below) nearby-but still always check labels yourself.
5. Make it known in advance that only gluten free candy will remain available for consumption so there is no conflict when you try to take away some old favorites. Some dentists in my area even trade uneaten Halloween candy for cash. Brilliant!
6. Have some fun, healthy gluten free snacks around so candy isn’t the focus
7. If a party is on the agenda that is not in your home, bring some gluten free snacks to share that you or your child can enjoy
Gluten Free Halloween Recipes
Here’s a collection of fun and spooky recipes from around the web. (Links are in purple type)
These nutty treats are dunked white chocolate and then decorated to look like bloodshot eyes. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your decorating. A platter of different colored eyeballs would look splendidly scary at a Halloween party. Be sure to check out the video showing How to Make Peanut Butter Eyeballs!
Check out some other spooky Rice Krispie Treats, just remember to buy the new Gluten Free Rice Krispies. The original version has gluten-containing barley malt as an ingredient.
Who says that all the treats need to be sugary. This beautiful pumpkin shaped cheese ball will definitely be on my list for sometime this fall. This is coated with cheese flavored crackers – so either try it with Glutino or Schar cheese crackers, or try this great Gluten Free Copy Cat Cheez-it recipe. By the way, Galaxy Foods even has a new Dairy Free/Gluten Free vegan cream cheese alternative in case you want to give that a try. (I haven’t tried it yet.) Serve it with one of my favorities – Glutino, Blue Diamond Nut Thins or Crunchmaster crackers, and how about some celery, too.
Don’t throw away those pumpkin seeds after your carving party. Roast them using this version for a nice, salty snack. By the way, Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce is gluten free. Or try a sweet version using margarine or butter and some of these spices: cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and/or pumpkin spice.
Leave it Martha Stewart to come up with this cool little sorbet bowl. Carve and hollow out oranges and fill with mango, peach or orange sorbet. She’s even got a template if you’re artistically challenged. Find her instructions here.
Super cute webs with a little chocolate spider resting in the middle. Just make sure to use Glutino or Snyders Gluten Free pretzel sticks. Click here complete instructions. (FYI – Wilton told me that their meltable candies are gluten free if you want to go that route)
I found this cute and simple idea on a blog called House of Baby Piranha. To make spider pops you need lollipops, black pipe cleaners and small wiggly eyes. Center the pipe cleaner around the lollipop stick making sure both sides are even and then twist them tight. Repeat 4 times to make 8 legs. Glue on the wiggly eyes. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaners so they look like spider>
FYI- Tootsie Pops are gluten free.
Use any vanilla shake recipe after painting creepy eyes and mouth onto the inside of a glass with a clean paint brush and melted chocolate to make these ghostly treats. Use a dairy free recipe if you’d like or see Martha’s here.
These are my absolute favorite cupcakes – found in the Gluten Freeville Recipe section and submitted by Andrea Wyckoff. Add some festive decor and they’re moist and yummy for the classroom or the office party and no one will even suspect they are gluten free! They really are that good!
Gluten Free Candy Lists
Note: Candy companies frequently change manufacturing processes so please double-check the ingredients before consuming. These lists are only meant to serve as a guide. The following lists have some different items.
List of Gluten-free Candies
This list is from ehow.com.
- Almond Joy
- Altoids (not minis)
- Andes Mints
- Bazooka gum
- Big League Chew (original, grape, strawberry)
- Breath Saver mints
- Bubblicious gum
- Bubble Yum
- Charleston Chew
- Dubble Bubble gum
- Hershey’s Kisses
- Hershey’s (plain chocolate bars)
- Hot Tamales
- Ice Breakers gum
- Jelly Belly
- Jolly Rancher products
- Junior Mints
- Mike and Ike
- Kraft caramels
- Kraft Mini Marshmallow Snack Packs
- Laffy Taffy by Willy Wonka
- Lifesaver Gummies
- M&M’s Plain
- M&M’s Peanut
- Necco Wafers
- Nestle Milk Chocolate
- Orbit gum
- Pixie Sticks by Willy Wonka
- Pop Rocks
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Reese’s Pieces
- Sour Patch Kids
- Sugar Babies/Sugar Daddy
- Sunkist chewy candies
- 3 Musketeers – original
- Tootsie Rolls
- Trident gum
- York Peppermint Patty
Gluten-Free Halloween Candy Quick List 2011
Alison at Sure Foods Living spends lots of time each year contacting each of these companies to make sure her list is up to date. Since she’s happy to share it with the rest of us, here it is: Gluten-Free Halloween Candy Quick List 2011. (She’s given permission to link to it or print it for schools and friends, but please don’t post the list anywhere)
Allergen-Free Halloween Candy Quick List 2011
Click here Alison’s list of Allergen-free Halloween Candy for 2011. This list includes candies that do not contain gluten or the top 8 allergens (wheat, milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish) as an ingredient.
Non-Candy Halloween Treat Ideas
Visit your local dollar store or party store for some great non-candy treat ideas. Most have good Halloween sections for the month of October. Make up a little goodie bag of fun activities and toys if you don’t want to give candy to your kids. These ideas came mostly from About.com
- Mini boxes of crayons
- Mini coloring books
- Mini bags of gluten free crackers/pretzels
- Mini bottles of bubbles
- Temporary tattoos
- Halloween erasers
- Mini granola bars (some of my favs: Larabars, ThinkThin, Bakery on Main, Zing)
- Mini boxes of raisins
- Halloween plastic stadium cups
- Glow sticks or glow bracelets
- Halloween magnets
- Mini playing cards
- Juice boxes
- Mini water bottles
- Mini tubes of toothpaste
- Mini pumpkins
- Face paint crayons
Do you have any other great Halloween ideas? Add them in the comment section below!