Valentine’s Day Gluten-Free
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Feb 1 2012

Valentine’s Day Gluten-Free

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.

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There are many safe candy choices for Valentine’s Day, including Surf Sweets hearts, Gimbals jelly beans and candy listed on this list.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Lucy’s Heart Shaped cookies  – These are being offered exclusively on Gluten Freely for a limited period of time.
  4. Chex Cookie Pizza – Use Valentine’s day themed toppings.
  5. 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.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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  1. Happy Valentine’s Day « Gluten-free is Life says:

    […] As far as candy & the gluten-free status of it, remember that holiday shaped/themed candy may contain gluten when it normally doesn’t.  This is just a friendly reminder to be vigilant in label reading.  Some fun Valentine’s Day ideas & candy lists can be found here.  […]

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