Valentine’s Day is just a few days away now and happens to be yet another holiday that has some focus on food, though mostly chocolates, candy or dessert. Fortunately there are many good gluten-free chocolate varieties out there, you just need to make sure you know where to find them.
While it may be hard to resist the festive heart shapes, this is where some of the confusion may be. Some holiday versions of popular candy may contain gluten while the regular versions do not. The safest thing to do is to stick to what you know, what is either labeled or verified gluten-free. Some of our favorites include:
- Green & Black’s Organic
- Dove Chocolate – They do have heart shapes!
- Endangered Species
- Hershey’s – Please make sure to view the gluten-free list – Miniatures are NOT gluten-free, same with some alternate sizes of Hershey’s bars.
If chocolate is not your thing, some other candy gluten-free choices include:
- Surf Sweets
- Gimbal’s or Jelly Belly jelly beans
- Sour Patch Kids
- Lifesavers (hard candy and gummies)
- Haribo Gummi Bears
For those who choose to make their special Valentine a sweet treat, consider these recipes shared by our very own Tiffany Janes a couple years back:
- Valentine Confetti Cupcakes (Live Gluten Freely)
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries (Whole Foods Market)
- Allergen-free Red Velvet Cake (Cybele Pascal)
- Valentine Meringue Cookies (About.com)
- Chocolate Hazelnut Raspberry Torte (Food.com)
Whatever you choose to do to celebrate, try not to fret too much. Focus on the moments…the time you spend with your loved ones. Enjoy those times while you can! Life is too short to mourn things we can no longer have.