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 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.
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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.
Buy early! Gluten-Free Chocolate Easter Bunnies historically sell out every Easter.
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.
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
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.
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.
These rich and creamy chocolate eggs are delicious and are the perfect size for stuffing Easter eggs.
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.
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 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.
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.
These caramel-filled chocolates are gluten-free and sold wrapped in pastel foils for Easter.
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.
These Sweet & Sour Swirls are a colorful twist on the much-loved Blow Pop for Easter!
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 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.
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.
How much fun are PEZ?! Those tiny little gluten-free candies with an Easter-themed dispenser are great for filling Easter baskets.
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 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 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.