Gluten-Free Easter Candy List from a Celiac Mom
As a new parent, you celebrate all of the firsts… first word, first step, first time sleeping through the night. Especially sleeping through the night.
After a celiac diagnosis, all of the firsts are challenging. The first Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. So much food. So much candy.
After a year full of “firsts”, it gets easier. And each year after, even easier. Until you can practically plan a gluten-free Easter egg hunt in your sleep. Almost.
This year, I’ve got you covered. Everything on this list is gluten-free. It’s a go-to list for gluten-free egg hunts and Easter baskets.
Except for See’s Candies, every brand on this list is labeled gluten-free right on the package. (I cover See’s allergy statement in more detail below.)
For the latest and most accurate information, double-check the product packaging before purchasing. Verify that each product is still labeled gluten-free.
You should be able to easily find most of the items on this list of gluten-free Easter treats in your favorite grocery store, big box store, and online.
There are two exceptions. See’s Candies, which you will need to purchase from a See’s Candies retail shop or order online at Sees.com. And Jake the Milkless Easter Bunny which is available on Amazon.
Why would I include two brands that aren’t as easy to find? Two words. Easter bunnies. Unfortunately, most Easter bunnies that are widely available contain wheat or barley malt. Many others have a “may contain wheat/gluten” statement on the package due to being made on shared lines with wheat or gluten-containing ingredients.
Hollow Easter bunnies were part of my Easter tradition growing up, and I want my kids to have them, too. Plus, See’s has a huge selection of themed Easter candies, some of which are also a little harder to find gluten-free.
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Per See’s Candies’ Allergy Statement, the See’s items listed below are made in See’s Candies’ facilities, where no gluten is used. Before purchasing, read the latest See’s Candies’ Allergen Information on its website to verify these Easter treats are still safe for a gluten-free diet.
Candies produced in See’s Candies facilities do not contain gluten, and these products are the vast majority of those we sell. We sell a small amount of specialty candies that we purchase from other partner confectioners. Although these don’t contain gluten, they are manufactured in shared facilities or in shared equipment with gluten-containing products. These products are candy canes, peanut butter bites, lemon drops, apple pie bites, Hanukkah hard candy, hot cocoa, chocolate covered coffee beans sold in our retail shops and online at Sees.com.”See’s Candies Allergen Statement
See’s Candies Chocolate Easter Bunnies
These chocolate bunnies come in all sizes and flavors. Tall semi-hollow, medium hollow, little hollow, and mini solid bunnies. Chocolate options include dark, milk, and white chocolate.
Whichever size or style suits you, See’s bunnies are made with quality chocolate. The stores tend to sell out of seasonal items, so purchase early on Sees.com or in-store.
Sweet Surprise Chicks
Sold in a six-pack, these adorable milk chocolate eggs with white chocolate chicks are individually wrapped. They are perfect for Easter egg hunts or to add to your child’s Easter basket.
See’s Candies Chocolate Eggs
These rich and creamy chocolate eggs are delicious and are the perfect size for stuffing Easter eggs.
Jake the Milkless Easter Bunny
Another Easter bunny option! Jake the Milkless Easter Bunny is a solid milk chocolate Easter bunny, free from gluten, wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and soy.
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
These are the best Jelly Beans! Each of the flavors of Jelly Belly Beans tastes like real food, from root beer to green apple. Look for seasonal varieties or purchase any flavor assortment you like.
Yum Earth Bunny Gummy Fruits
Yum Earth is dedicated to making allergen-free treats for our kids to be included in celebrations. These cute bunny-shaped fruit gummies are gluten-free, top-9-allergen-free, and great for stuffing Easter eggs.
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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Easter Miniatures
The ever-popular Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are gluten-free.
Important! Seasonal shapes, such as Reese’s Eggs, are usually not gluten-free, so double-check labels. A better option is Reese’s Miniatures, wrapped in Easter-themed foil wrappers. They have the Hershey’s Company “gluten free” icon printed on the package.
Reese’s Pieces Carrot
This cute, carrot-shaped package of Reese’s Pieces is gluten-free. So are the traditional Reese’s Pieces in regular packaging.
These caramel-filled chocolates are gluten-free and sold wrapped in pastel foils for Easter.
Easter Hershey’s Kisses (some varieties)
Most, but not all, Hershey’s Kisses are gluten-free. Always check the package and look for Hershey’s gluten-free icon.
These marshmallow treats are an Easter favorite. Basic bunny and chick Peeps are labeled gluten-free, but I have seen giant bunnies with a “may contain wheat” warning.
While Smart Sweets does not currently offer a specifically Easter-themed candy, its treats are the perfect size to fit in an Easter egg. These sweet treats are gluten-free, of course, and made with no added sugar.
Blow Pops: Sweet & Sour Swirls
These Sweet & Sour Swirls are a colorful twist on the much-loved Blow Pop for Easter!
Annie’s Fruit Bunnies
Calling Annie’s Fruit Bunnies candy may be a bit of a stretch, but your little one will love them the same. These Bunny-shaped, fruit-flavored snacks are gluten-free and vegan.
Tootsie Roll Eggs
Tootsie Roll Eggs are egg-shaped tootsie rolls, coated with a colorful candy shell. If you can’t find this Easter-themed Tootsie Roll candy, look for regular Tootsie Rolls or Tootsie Pops, which are also labeled gluten-free.
Easter York Peppermint Pattie Eggs
Most brands that are traditionally gluten-free, declare that their seasonal shapes are not gluten-free because they are made on shared lines with gluten-containing products. But Peppermint Patties come in gluten-free seasonal varieties! Heart shapes for Valentine’s Day and Egg shapes for Easter are labeled gluten-free.
Easter PEZ Dispensers
How much fun are PEZ?! Those tiny little gluten-free candies with an Easter-themed dispenser are great for filling Easter baskets.
Fluffy Stuff Cotton Tails
Cotton Candy is generally gluten-free, but Fluffy Stuff Cotton Candy has a gluten-free, peanut-free icon right on the package.
Junior Mints Eggs
Junior Mints Eggs are egg-shaped Junior Mints with a colorful candy coating. The regular Junior Mints are also gluten-free!
Slightly different than the traditional (also gluten-free) Dots, Easter Dots are opaque with vibrant Easter colors.
Mike & Ike
Mike & Ike candies are not specifically designed for Easter, but their colorful design and small size make them excellent Easter egg stuffers. If your kids prefer fiery candy, Hot Tamales are also labeled gluten-free! Milk Duds are another gluten-free movie candy just the right size to fill an Easter egg.
4 Gluten-Free Easter Candy Tips
1. Visit the candy aisle early in the Easter season to read package labels for the most up-to-date information.
2. Be familiar with major brands’ gluten-free labeling to quickly find information.
3. Carefully check the label on seasonal items. Seasonal varieties of normally gluten-free products may not be gluten-free. They are often produced on shared lines with products containing gluten ingredients.
4. Check manufacturer websites or contact the manufacturer directly, if you still have questions about a specific product.