Gluten-Free Christmas Candy List 2023

It’s Christmas time!

As we celebrate with Christmas gatherings, school parties, and sweet gifts, those of us with celiac disease or gluten intolerance spend a large part of the holiday season on a quest for safe gluten-free sweet treats.

Following is a list of gluten-free candy for your festive celebrations, including candy canes, chocolate Santas, and advent calendars! You won’t miss out on a thing this Christmas!

This ultimate gluten-free candy list has ideas for every delicious treat from Christmas cookies to gingerbread houses.

Plus, 4 tips to help you confidently satisfy your sweet tooth for every gluten-free Christmas to come!

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Gluten-Free Christmas Candy (All Labeled Gluten-Free)

All of the following products listed in this section make reassuring gluten-free claims right on the package labels. If this is your first year celebrating Christmas on a medically necessary gluten-free diet, you will be happy to know that so many holiday candies are gluten-free. Look at all of these sweet options!

Boxes of YumEarth standard-size and mini peppermint candy canes, and standard size blue raspberry candy canes.
YumEarth Candy Canes
YumEarth Candy Canes are available in standard and mini sizes. The standard size also comes in Blue Raspberry flavor. YumEarth products are gluten-free, top 9 allergy friendly, made in a peanut and tree nut free facility, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, and organic. Whew! This is a brand dedicated to including every kiddo with food allergies and dietary restrictions.
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Bag of York Peppermint Patties Snowflakes.
Snowflake York Peppermint Patties
York Peppermint Patties are already labeled gluten-free by Hershey. What makes these so special is that the seasonal shapes are also gluten-free. Often companies make holiday chocolates on shared lines, making seasonal shapes subject to cross-contact. Not so with these festive, dark chocolate-covered peppermint patties. So enjoy all the winter fun!
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Hershey’s Kisses (some holiday varieties)
Hershey's clearly labels its gluten-free kisses when they are indeed safe. Gluten-free holiday options include: Hershey's Milk Chocolate Hugs & Kisses in holiday foils, Mint Truffle Kisses, Candy Cane Kisses, Cherry Cordial Kisses, and even "How the Grinch Stole Kisses!" (Some Hershey's Kisses have gluten-containing ingredients, such as wheat in the Sugar Cookie Kisses, so always check the ingredient label.)
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3 varieties of Andes Thins: Creme de Menthes, Peppermint Crunch, and Mint Cookies.
Andes Mints are labeled gluten-free: Andes Creme de Menthe Thins, Peppermint Crunch Thins, and Mint Cookie Thins. Yes, even the mint cookie thins! I'm a huge fan of using the Peppermint Crunch Thins as gingerbread house roof tiles!
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Bag of Brach's Peppermint Candy.
Brach’s Soft Peppermint Candy
Brach's (formerly Bob's) Soft Peppermint Candy is labeled gluten-free. Another Brach's formerly-Bob's product that still carries a gluten-free label is Sweet Stripes Holiday Peppermint Sticks, perfect for stirring hot chocolate. Both products also make excellent gingerbread house decorations!
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Bag of Tootsie Roll Candy Cane Pops.
Tootsie Roll Candy Cane Pops
This Candy Cane version of the popular Tootsie Pop is gluten-free. Add Candy Cane Pops to a Christmas goodie bag or use them to line the sidewalk for a gingerbread house display.
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Bag of Junior Mints with red and green filling.
Red & Green Christmas Junior Mints
Junior Mints with red and green holiday mint filling are festive stocking stuffers. Every sweet treat currently made by Tootsie Roll Industries is gluten-free and peanut-free. Look for the brand's gluten-free and peanut-free symbol on every package.
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Bag of Christmas Mini Butterfingers in red and green wrappers.
Butterfinger Minis in Red & Green Wrappers
If you didn't get your fill of Butterfinger candy bars over Halloween, you will be happy to know that these miniature chocolates come in festive red & green wrappers for Christmas!
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Holiday ROLO Chocolate Caramels
The same ROLO chocolate caramels you enjoy year-round are dressed up for the holidays with red and green foils. As a former Milky Way fan (sadly, the regular Milky Way chocolates contain barley), I love that this chocolate caramel is gluten-free!
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5 plastic candy canes filled with chocoalte candies: Reese's Pieces, Reese's Miniatures, Hershey's Candy Cane Kisses, Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses, and ROLO caramel chocolates.
Plastic Candy Canes Filled with Candy
Hershey makes these adorable candy canes packed with chocolate candies, many of which are gluten-free. The ones pictured here are gluten-free: Reese's Pieces, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in holiday foils, Candy Cane Kisses, Milk Chocolate Kisses, and Rolos in holiday foils. They make great stocking stuffers! Note, a few do have gluten-containing candy, like Kit-Kat's, so always check the label.
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Bag of Christmas Blow Pops in Green Apple and Cherry Flavors, labeled gluten-free and peanut-free.
Christmas Blow Pops
The perfect treat for a holiday party at a peanut-free school, Charms Green Apple and Cherry Blow Pops are another gluten-free and peanut-free candy from Tootsie Roll Industries.
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A bag of gluten-free Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Holiday Miniatures in red, green, and gold foils.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Holiday Miniatures
Most Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are labeled gluten-free, including these red, green, and gold-wrapped miniatures. Note, the seasonal shapes do not have gluten in the ingredient list but are not labeled gluten-free.
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Bag of Gluten-Free See's Candies Red Licorice Medallions.
See’s Candies Red Licorice Medallions
Yes. Gluten-Free. Licorice. It says so right on the bag. They taste like Red Vines! Don't tell my daughter, but there's a bag of this licorice in my closet waiting to go in her Christmas stocking.
Shop See’s Red Licorice!
A snowman marshmallow Peep throwing a Tootsie Roll Snowball, next to a pile of 3 snowballs and in front of a gluten-free gingerbread house.
Tootsie Roll Holiday Snowballs
These Tootsie Roll Snowballs are brilliant! Now your gluten-free gingerbread cookies and snowmen Peeps can have gluten-free snowball fights. My kids set up a snowmen snowball fight in our family gingerbread house display (pictured).
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Package of gluten-free Gingerbread Men Marshmallow Peeps.
Peeps Marshmallow Snowmen, Trees & Gingerbread Men
Once your marshmallow Snowmen & Gingerbread Men have finished their snowball fight, they are the perfect addition to white hot chocolate or Christmas s'mores! The gingerbread men, Christmas trees, and snowman, as well as the candy-cane-flavored chicks are all labeled gluten-free. However, some holiday Peeps, like the Holiday Vanilla Creme Pop, have a "may contain wheat" warning on the label. Always buy Peeps that are clearly labeled gluten-free!
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Tip! Leftover red & green wrapped candy? Save the red ones for Valentine’s Day and the green ones for St. Patrick’s Day!

Gluten-Free Candy Canes

2 mini candy canes placed together in a heart-shape.

Arguably the most important candy of the season!

Are candy canes gluten-free?

While most candy canes do not contain gluten ingredients, many companies do not make a gluten-free claim. Here are a few brands that do:

Spangler Candy Canes are made on dedicated gluten-free lines, according to the manufacturer’s website.

You’ll be excited to know that Spangler also produces your favorite co-branded candy cane varieties and lists all of the following as gluten-free: M&Ms Candy Canes, Soda (Dr. Pepper, Root Beer, 7Up) Candy Canes, Skittles Candy Canes, Starburst Candy Canes, Hawaiian Punch Candy Canes, Airheads Candy Canes, Smarties Candy Canes, Jelly Belly Candy Canes, and Dum Dum Candy Canes. That’s a long list of candy canes you CAN eat!

Yum Earth’s Candy Canes are labeled gluten-free right on the box, so you never have to wonder if they are safe to enjoy!

Note, some candy cane brands list the ingredient: natural flavors, which could potentially indicate hidden barley. Those candy canes warrant a call to the manufacturer to verify whether or not they contain gluten.

Looking for fun recipes to make with candy canes? Try these retro, gluten-free Candy Cane Cookies and this decadent Candy Cane Crème Brûlée!

Gluten-Free Chocolate Santas

Gluten-Free hollow chocolate Santa Claus on a counter next to three mini metallic Christmas trees.

This one hits home for me. I spent much of my childhood in Germany, where every St. Nikolaus Day meant waking up to a Lindt chocolate Santa in my boot. Sadly, those Lindt Santas contain barley malt and are not gluten-free.

For my children, I now pick up Chocolate Santas from See’s Candy. They are made in See’s Candy factories, which do not process gluten ingredients.

While most See’s products are made in See’s Candies Facilities which do not produce gluten-containing products, please note that its candy canes are part of a short list of items produced by outside partners on shared equipment and in shared facilities.

Gluten-Free Advent Calendar

Gluten-free chocolate advent calendar with Santa on the front.

Affordable! Gluten-free, nut-free: This is a real treat… a gluten-free advent calendar at an affordable price. Only $2.29 at Walgreens, in stores or online, this advent calendar is clearly labeled gluten-free on the back.

Gluten-free, nut-free: Gluten-free Advent Calendars from Vermont Nut-Free Chocolates are available in milk or dark chocolate. I emailed the company to confirm that the advent calendars are made on their dedicated gluten-free line. They quickly verified that their “advent calendars are 100% gluten-free.” The company has “two production rooms with different equipment and air systems. One room has ingredients with gluten, sunflower, and egg, but the second room has only dairy and soy as top allergen concerns, and the Advent Calendars are made in that room.”

Gluten-free, dairy-free: Moo Free makes gluten-free, dairy-free “Milk Chocolate” and “White Chocolate” Advent Calendars.

Reusable: Buy a wooden advent calendar to reuse every year. Fill the drawers of this adorable tree-shaped reusable advent calendar with gluten-free candy from the huge list above. Individually wrapped Hershey’s Kisses, York Peppermint Patty Snowflakes, Reese’s Miniatures, and Andes Peppermint Crunch Thins are all sweet surprises perfect for counting down the days until Christmas.

Consider non-candy options:

Our family tradition, carried on from my childhood, is to take turns filling an old 24-slot Coke bottle crate with a wooden ornament every day in December through Christmas Eve.

Decorating Ideas for Gluten-Free Christmas Cookies, Cakes, Cupcakes & Gingerbread Houses

For inspiration, you’ll love these holiday recipes: Soft! Gluten-Free Christmas Sugar Cookies for Your Holiday Cookie Tray, Gluten-Free Gingerbread House (Bundt Cake), and 50+ Festive Gluten-Free Christmas Desserts!

Speaking of gingerbread houses, here’s a list of gluten-free, allergy-friendly gingerbread house kits.

Tips for Finding Gluten-Free Christmas Candy

  • Visit the candy aisle at your favorite big box store in early/mid-November to make a mental note of safe candy. This up-to-date information will help you quickly vet safe candy when it shows up at a Christmas party or in the goodie bag of your celiac kid. You’ll also have safe candy top-of-mind when there’s a last-minute candy need.
  • Understand the gluten and allergen policies of major candy brands. Hershey declares all gluten ingredients, so there’s no need to worry about hidden barley. The company also maintains a list of gluten-free candies online and clearly labels many of its candies as gluten-free. Tootsie Roll Industries does not currently make any gluten-containing products, and you’ll see its peanut-free, gluten-free symbol across its product line. Learn more about other major candy manufacturers to simplify the gluten-free candy hunt year after year.
  • Be cautious with seasonal items. Candy that is usually marked gluten-free, may lose that claim for seasonal shapes and sizes that are produced on shared lines with gluten-containing products. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are a classic example, as the seasonal shapes (Santas, Christmas Trees, Snowmen, Snowflakes, Stockings, and Bells) are not labeled gluten-free.
  • The product label has the most accurate and up-to-date information. After that, the company website or customer service department is the best resource. No source of information, including Go Gluten Freely, is more accurate or current than the manufacturer. My celiac mantra is “read every label, every time.”

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

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