How to Make a Gluten Free Easter Basket

A guide on how to make a gluten free Easter basket for your gluten free child or grandchild.

If you have a gluten free child, it can be a challenge to make a Gluten Free Easter Basket for him or her. You may be wondering what gluten free Easter candy is safe for them to eat. Grandparents as well as aunts and uncles maybe wondering what’s OK to bring over in any Easter baskets or gifts they may be preparing for the holiday, too!

Here's the list of gluten free Easter candy according to celiacdisease.about.com, updated for 2016. However, since manufacturers often change ingredients and shared facilities, make sure to check the labels each time you make a purchase. The label should state below the list of ingredients that it’s gluten free.

Gluten free Easter candy for your gluten free Easter basket

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  • Almost all PEEPS marshmallow treats. Most colors, shapes or flavors as long as they contain the words “gluten-free” on the ingredients label.
  • Plain milk chocolate regular-sized Hershey's Kisses in Easter-themed foil wrappers. Hershey's will specify any gluten-containing ingredients on their labels.
  • Easter-themed Dove chocolate products, including Dove chocolate Easter bunnies, Dove egg-shaped candies and Easter-themed Dove bars. There may be some Dove chocolate products with “made on equipment shared with wheat” warnings. Mars Inc. will identify gluten ingredients on the product's label.
  • Most Easter-themed M&Ms chocolate products, including M&Ms solid milk chocolate Easter bunny, M&M candies in Easter colors, and egg-shaped M&M candies. Exceptions include pretzel M&Ms, which obviously contain gluten. Also, some specialty flavored M&Ms will contain warnings about shared equipment, so check the label!
  • Jelly Belly jelly beans and all Jelly Belly specially themed Easter packages. Even the licorice flavor is gluten free!
  • Easter-themed Starburst candy, including jelly beans and special Easter candy packages.
  • Easter-themed Tootsie Roll candy, including Dubble Bubble Easter egg-shaped bubble gum, Tootsie Pops, Charms Blow Pops and Charms Candy Carnival products.
  • Necco Candy Eggs.
  • Kraft Bunny Mallows and Egg Mallows. Kraft Foods Group Inc. clearly discloses any gluten ingredients on their labels.
  • Cadbury Mini Crème Eggs, Mini Eggs, Caramel Eggs, and Crème Egg. Look for the Cadbury products labeled “gluten-absent” these products are considered gluten-free however they warn for potential cross contamination.

The Celiac Disease Organization also has a list of gluten free Easter and Passover candy on their website.

If you're wondering how to make a gluten free Easter basket for your child or grandchild, here's a list of safe candies. There's also tips on non-candy items to include in your Easter gift basket - everything from lip balm and art supplies to ear buds and gift cards.

Non-candy goodies to put in Easter gift baskets

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Here are some other items you can put in your child’s Easter basket especially if you believe in a more sugar free Easter gift basket!

And don’t forget to get bunny ears for the whole family!

Originally published March 10, 2015. Updated with new pictures.

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