Halloween Options for Children with Gluten Intolerance
Halloween and Shopping for Gluten Free Treats
With the weather progressively getting cooler and the leaves beginning to turn shades of fall, Halloween is fast approaching. Along with costumes to think about, are any allergies your child might have. If you have a child with gluten allergies, you know the findings can be sparse and it can be hard to know what’s gluten free and what’s not. The last thing you want is for your child to feel left out and be empty handed; that’s why you need to start now, so that Halloween doesn’t sneak up on you. Make sure you have a bag or bucket of candy with a variety of gluten free offerings for your little one so it will mimic the other children’s bags, with all sorts of treats, including both candy and gum.
When shopping for gluten free candy or gum, you may have to do a little more research because gluten can come from a variety of sources and not just wheat. Making it more complicated, companies sometimes change their formulas, so it’s always best to check their websites right before you buy, even if you knew a particular candy or gum was gluten free when you checked a few months ago. It is also a good idea to check the packaging for any changes. The following three products were listed as gluten free on their respective websites as of 09/13/2016.
Three Gluten Free Gums
The first is Glee Gum. According to their website, Glee Gum is an all natural chewing gum made with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. It comes in six flavors: cinnamon, peppermint, tangerine, bubblegum, spearmint and triple berry. With no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, you can see why this gum comes in at number one on the list. Glee Gum is a gum you can truly feel good about letting your child chew.
The second is Dubble Bubble. Their website claims that their original flavor twist gum is gluten free, nut free and peanut free. This gum comes in a paper wrapper that is twisted on both ends, making it easy to find in stores, which is why it comes in at number two.
The third is B FRESH ®. Their website states that all of their products are Kosher, Vegan, gluten free, soy free and diabetic safe. Their gum is sweetened with 100% Xylitol. Their fruit gums are made with Mandarin, Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit flavors. Their bubble gum is made with Orange, Lemon, Tangerine and Cinnamon flavors. Visit their website for locations to buy.
A bag full of many treats is sure to make your little goblin feel a part of the festivities. A little advance work on your part will ensure they are also protected from gluten. Happy Halloween!