The Frosty–A Wendy’s Classic - Celiac Disease
Jun 18 2011

The Frosty–A Wendy’s Classic

The Wendy’s Frosty has been around for as long as I can remember.  I was never much of a fan of Wendy’s as a child until we moved to Columbus, Ohio, the location of the first ever Wendy’s and the Wendy’s HQ.  I remember eating at the first Wendy’s on our first visit to Columbus and wondering what all the fuss was about.  Then, I had a Frosty.  While I was not following a gluten-free diet in 1985, the Frosty was and still is gluten-free.


The original Frosty is chocolate, which also happens to be my favorite flavor.  We didn’t have our Frostys for dessert, we had them as a meal and used them to dip our french fries in.  I know, healthy, right?  This was often our after-school “snack” in high school as we then headed off to our respective jobs.

The Frosty now comes in vanilla in addition to chocolate.  There are also Frosty Shakes, Parfaits & Floats.  Some of the new concoctions that are on the gluten-free menu (newly revised June 2011) are:

Chocolate Frosty
Vanilla Frosty
Chocolate Frosty Shake
Strawberry Frosty Shake
Vanilla Bean Frosty Shake
Wild Berry Frosty Shake
Caramel Frosty Shake
Caramel Apple Frosty Parfait (without granola)

The floats are not specifically listed on the gluten-free list, but are made with your choice of pop (or soda, depending on your geographical location & what you call it) and your choice of Frosty flavor, which are both gluten-free.  As always, make sure to ask how the shake/parfaits are prepared to ensure that the risk of cross contamination is at a minimum.

This weekend, June 18-19, 2011, Wendy’s is doing something special with the Frosty.  For every Frosty sold, Wendy’s will donate $.50 to the Dave Thomas Adoption Foundation.  Plus, every time you help spread the word though Facebook or Twitter, Wendy’s will donate an additional $.50.  Want to help even more?  Check in at Wendy’s on Foursquare or Facebook and Wendy’s will donate an additional $.50.  Talk about lots of ways to help out!

I do like Wendy’s for more than just their Frosty.  They have some other good gluten-free options that are great for when you are traveling.  I love the baked potatoes, chili, salads and some locations do have gluten-free fries.  I have found that some locations have dedicated fryers and some don’t, so always make sure to check before you order the fries.

How do you like your Frosty?

Article Written by:

Kyle Eslick is the founder of Gluten Free Media, as well as the creator of the popular Celiac Support Groups page. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and now Google+!


  1. Karen Bucksbarg says:

    Is the Wendy’s Chili gluten free? I read it was but no longer is?

  2. Kim says:


    It is on the GF menu and I have eaten it many times with no issues. The menu they have on their website was just updated as well.


  3. Joan says:

    At home or especially when traveling Its a relief to spot a Wendy’s where I know I can enjoy a safe GF packaged hardy salads and chili that they serve.

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