As I was thinking about the post I wrote on jelly beans the other day, I figured it was time to do a post on candy in general since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you are new to the gluten-free diet, you may be unaware that sometimes candy that is gluten-free in the form it normally comes in, it may not be gluten-free in special, holiday versions. It is frustrating, but this is just another reminder that vigilance in label reading is an absolute necessity.
Homemade treats are a great option, but I know that many schools have rules about home baked goods, so that can be an additional challenge. This is when it is time to get creative. If you can’t bring in home baked treats, try making up little treat bags with candy you do know is gluten-free. If you have to choose full-size or non-holiday packaged candy to ensure the candy is gluten-free, opt for little pink or red treat bags, pink or red bows, heart stickers, etc. to dress it up. Here are some other fun gluten-free ideas for Valentine’s Day:
- Rice Kripsies Treats – Use a heart shaped cookie cutter and sprinkle with red colored sugar, frost with pink frosting or use M & M’s in Valentine’s colors in the treats.
- Cupcakes – Use a gluten-free chocolate cake mix and tint red with food coloring; Tint frosting to match & top with red sprinkles or red colored sugar.
- Lucy’s Heart Shaped cookies – These are being offered exclusively on Gluten Freely for a limited period of time.
- Chex Cookie Pizza – Use Valentine’s day themed toppings.
- Strawberries dipped in chocolate – This recipe looks fantastic!
As always, when in doubt, go without. There are many more options out there than what I have listed here. If you have a specific question about a product and its gluten-free status, please let us know and we will do our best to find out for you.