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Easter Egg Hunts, Bunnies and Safe & Unsafe GF Easter Candies

Easter is coming just around the corner!!! This means Easter egg hunts, cute little bunnies and sprigs of spring popping through the ground! Yet another holiday with wonderful meaning, and of course, the requisite "candy" and food associations. Here's a lovely article from celiac.com author, Jefferson Adams for all those gluten-free eaters and especially for those with celiac disease who have to be berry, berry careful about the gluten content of those Easter candies. Enjoy your "Safe and Unsafe" lists of GF options...http://bit.ly/1Zu7cSw

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Article by Jefferson Adams

GF SAFE:

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Andes Creme de Menthe Thins
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Baby Ruth original and fun size
Bazooka Big Mix (contains bubble gum, bubble gum filled candy, candy chews, and bubble gum filled lollipops)
Bazooka Ring Pops
Bazooka Push Pops
Bazooka Baby Bottle Pops
Bit•O•Honey
Big Blow bubblegum
Bubbly lollipop and gum
Butterfinger bar, original and fun size
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Cadbury Caramel Eggs
Cadbury Caramello Bunnies
Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bunny
Cadbury Dairy Milk Buttons Chicks
Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Pack
Cadbury Egg Heads
Cadbury Orange Creme Eggs
Carousel Bubble Gum Eggs
Carousel Easter Egg Surprise Lollipops
Charms Blow Pops and Blow Pop Minis
Cry Baby Eggs
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Dairy Good Easter bunnies (chocolate flavored, foil-wrapped)
Dairy Good Easter eggs (chocolate eggs)
Dairy Good Chocolate and White Chocolate Crosses
Disney Princess plastic eggs with candy and stickers inside
Dove Chocolates
Dove Chocolate Eggs
Dove Fairy Bunny hollow milk chocolate
Dove Solid Chocolate Bunnies, milk chocolate Ingredients
Dove Solid Chocolate Bunnies, dark chocolate
Dove Truffle Eggs
Dubble Bubble Eggs (egg-shaped bubble gum) and Speckled Bubble Gum
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Easter Bunny Egg-head family filled with Power Candy
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Farley's Kiddie Mix—contains Now & Laters, Jawbreakers, Super Bubble bubble gum, Tootsie Roll Midgees, Sassy Tarts and Smarties
Florida Natural Healthy Treats fruit snacks eggs
Frankford Marshmallow Chicks and Bunnies
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Gimbal's candies
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Haribo Gold-Bears
Heath milk chocolate English toffee bar and snack size - contains almonds
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bunnies, Springtime Flowers, and Crosses
Hershey's milk chocolate hollow egg with candy-coated milk chocolate eggs inside
Hershey's candy-coated milk chocolate eggs
Hershey's Solid Milk Chocolate Speedy Bunny and Princess Bunny
Hershey's milk chocolate hollow Bunny
Hershey's milk chocolate eggs
Hershey's Special Dark chocolate eggs
Hershey's Marshmallow Eggs
Hershey's Kisses
Hershey's Kisses filled with Caramel
Hershey's Kisses with Almond
Hershey's Nuggets (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds, Special Dark, Special Dark with Almonds),
Hershey's Skor Toffee Bars
Hot Tamales
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Jelly Beans—Top gluten-free brands include:
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Just Born Jelly Beans
Just Born Marshmallow Treats
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Kellogg's Spongebob Squarepants fruit flavored snacks
Kinder Surprise Eggs
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Lemon Delight; Lime Delight; Mystery Flavored Marshmallow Chicks; Orange Delight; Party Cake; Sour Watermelon; and Sweet Lemonade Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
Lifesaver hard candies—Original and Pastels
Lifesaver Eggsortment (including jellybeans, gummies and pops)
Lifesaver Gummies—Original, and Bunnies and Eggs
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Melster Chocolate Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
M&M's—Original, Peanut, Speck-tacular Eggs, and Bunny Mix
M&M's Easter Pastel Colored Coconut M&M's
Mike and Ike Berry Blast
Mike & Ike Jelly Beans
Mike and Ike Lemonade Blends
Mike and Ike Original
Mike and Ike Zours
Mounds Eggs
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Nestle's Nest Eggs (EXCEPT Crunch Nest Eggs)
Nestle's milk chocolate Nest Eggs
Nestle's creamy caramel Nest Eggs
Nestle's Butterfinger chocolate Nest Eggs
Nestle's Butterfinger Creme Eggs
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Palmer Holiday Candy
Palmer's Bunny Bites foil-wrapped eggs—all flavors
Palmer's Baby Binks hollow milk chocolate bunny
Palmer's Bunnyettes (milk chocolate)
Palmer's Butter Cream Flavored eggs
Palmer's Carrot Patch Pete
Palmer's Fudge Filled Big Ears
Palmer's Hollow Bunnies
Palmer's Little Beauty milk chocolate bunny
Palmer's Milk Chocolate Flavored and premium milk chocolate eggs
Palmer's Peanut Butter Filled chocolate eggs
Palmer Poppin' Rockin' Egg (hollow egg filled with Pop Rocks)
Palmer's Soft Caramel Cups
Palmer's Super Sports Balls
Peeps Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Chicks
Peeps Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Chicks
Peeps Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Chicks
Peeps Chocolate Mousse Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
Peeps Decorated Marshmallow Eggs
Peeps Large Marshmallow Bunny
Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies—Yellow, lavender, pink, orange, green, blue, and white
Peeps Mystery Flavored Marshmallow Bunnies
Peeps Original Marshmallow Chicks—Yellow, white, orange, green, pink, blue, and lavender
Peeps Flavored Chicks, including:Blue Raspberry; Bubble Gum;
Peeps milk chocolate covered marshmallow
PEZ candy
Pixy Stix Green Grass (Wonka)
Giant Pixy Stix (Wonka)
Pop Rocks in plastic egg

PLASTIC EGGS WITH ASSORTED CANDY
Bee Flowers and Fairies Egg Hunt (contains Smarties, Super Bubble bubble gum, Taffy Werks, Jelly Bean Werks, and Lemonheads)
Bee Sport Ball Eggs (contains Smarties, Super Bubble bubble gum, Taffy Werks, Jelly Bean Werks, and Lemonheads)
Bee Noah's Ark Easter Egg Hunt (contains Smarties, Super Bubble bubble gum, Taffy Werks, Jelly Bean Werks, and Lemonheads)
Bug Collector Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Peace and Love Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Red Hots, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Dress Up Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Farm Friends Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Game Time Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Red Hots, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Mmmm…Cupcakes Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Red Hots, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Nighttime Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Outdoor Adventure Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Pet Shop Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Rainforest Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
Speedster Cars Candy Filled Egg Hunt (contains Ferrara Pan jellybeans, Tropical Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Chewy Lemonhead and Friends, Jaw Busters)
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Reese's Peanut ButterChocolate candy
Reese's Easter Assortment Eggs (including peanut butter eggs, white peanut butter eggs, and miniatures)—EXCEPT the foil-wrapped mini eggs, which contain gluten
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup miniatures
Reese's Pieces Pastel Eggs
Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs—large and small size, EXCEPT the foil-wrapped mini eggs, which contain gluten
Reese's Reester Bunny—large size only! Mini-sized unsafe
Ring pops
Russel Stover Pectin Jelly Beans
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See's Candies—See's candies do not contain gluten
Sixlets
Skittles eggs and fun-size
Smarties candy rolls
Snickers mini's
Sour Patch Bunnies
Spree Jelly Beans—Cherry, Lemon and Green Apple
Surf Sweets Jelly Beans
Starburst fruit chews—All Original and Easter-themed Starburst candy, including jelly beans and special Easter candy packages
Starburst Jellybeans—original, tropical, and red fruits
Swedish Fish Eggs soft and chewy candy
Sunny Seed Drops chocolate covered sunflower seeds
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Teenee Beanee Jelly Beans—including Americana Medley, Country Retreat, and Island Breeze flavored packages
Easter-themed Tootsie Roll candy, including Dubble Bubble Easter egg-shaped bubble gum, Tootsie Pops, Charms Blow Pops and Charms Candy Carnival products
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Wonka Giant Chewy Nerds Jelly Beans
Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper Eggbreakers
Wonka Fun Dip
Wonka Giant Pixy Stix
Wonka Hoppin' Nerds
Wonka Runts Freckled Eggs
Wonka Egg Hunt with a Golden Egg (contains Nerds, Laffy Taffy, and SweeTarts)
Wonka Egg Hunt Zero Gravity (contains Nerds, Laffy Taffy, and SweeTarts)
Wonka Egg Hunt Hard 2 Find (contains Nerds, Runts, and SweeTarts)
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York Peppermint Patties
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Zachary real chocolate Marshmallow Eggs
Zachary solid milk chocolate Bunnies
Zipperz Lollipops

WARNING! THESE UNSAFE CANDIES CONTAIN OR MAY CONTAIN GLUTEN. THEY ARE UNSAFE FOR CELIACS:
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AIRHEADS
Airheads Candies are "Manufactured in a facility that processes wheat flour."
Airheads Xtremes Rolls contains wheat flour
ANNABELLE'S
Abba Zabba—Contains: peanuts, soybean oil and soy lecithin, wheat/gluten
Big Hunk—Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Look—Contains wheat/gluten
Rocky Road, Rocky Road Mint, Rocky Road Dark—Contain wheat/gluten
U-No—Contains wheat/gluten
AMERICAN LICORICE CO.
Sour Punch Sticks, Twists, Bits, Bites, Straws—Contains wheat/gluten
Red Vines—all varieties contain wheat/gluten, including Black, Natural and Fruit Vines
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Balmer Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
BRACH'S
All Brach's candy should be considered NOT gluten–free! Please be careful, as I have seen Brach's candies included on gluten-free safe lists!
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Cadbury Creme Eggs
Cadbury Mini-Eggs
Cadbury hollow milk chocolate egg filled with Cadbury mini-eggs
Cadbury Mini Caramel Eggs
Cadbury Mini Chocolate Eggs
Cadbury Mini Crème Eggs
Cadbury Mini Daim Eggs
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Cadbury Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Child's Play Easter Mix—Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Chick Feed sunflower seeds "May contain wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts."
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Ferrero Rocher candy—Contains wheat/gluten
Frankford Cookies and Creme Eggs—Contains wheat/gluten
Frankford Crispy Eggs (milk chocolate flavored)—Contains wheat/gluten, and made in a facility that uses peanuts and wheat
Frankford Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Frankford solid milk chocolate bunny—Made in a facility that uses peanuts and wheat
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Ghiardelli chocolate Easter eggs
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Haribo
Haribo Black Licorice Wheels
Haribo Brixx
Haribo Fruity Pasta
Haribo Konfekt and Pontefract Cakes
Haribo Red Licorice Wheels
Haribo Sour S'ghetti
Hershey
Hershey's miniatures—Label states: "May contain wheat."
Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme egg—Contains wheat/gluten
Hershey's Bliss (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Milk Chocolate with Meltaway Center, White Chocolate with Meltaway Center, Milk Chocolate with Raspberry Meltaway Center, Dark Chocolate) – No gluten ingredients, but not on Hershey's official gluten-free list
Hershey's Good & Plenty
Hershey's Mr. Goodbar fun size
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Kit Kat Bunny Ears and Kit Kat minis—Contains wheat/gluten
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Lindt Chocolate — Lindt US website states that they "cannot guarantee that Lindt chocolate is gluten free."
Lindt chocolate carrots
Lindt Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
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Mayfair Kid's Play basket stuffers (including Fuit Chews, Teaberry Gumballs, Spout Bubble Log, Atomic Fireballs, Super Bubble bubble gum, Easter Pops, Jawbreakers, Airheads, Lemonhead, and Smarties—Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Mighty Malts Speckled Malted Milk Eggs —Contains wheat/gluten
Milky Way minis—Contains wheat/gluten
Milky Way Bunnies—Contains wheat/gluten
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NESTLE
Butterfinger Crisp or Butterfinger Stixx—Contain wheat/gluten
Crunch—Contains wheat/gluten
Nestle Butterfinger Egg with pieces in chocolate—Contains wheat/gluten
Nestle Crunch Nest Eggs—Contains wheat/gluten
Hundred Grand Bar—Contains wheat/gluten
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PAAS eggs—Contains wheat/gluten
Palmer's Double Crisp chocolate candy (including Bunnies, Bunnyettes, Pops, Chick a Dees, Bunny Munny and Eggs)—Contain wheat/gluten
Palmer's Lil' Crispy chocolate bunny—Contains wheat/gluten
Palmer's My Little Bunny—Contains wheat/gluten
Palmer's Cookies 'n Creme Eggs—Contains wheat/gluten
Palmer's Crispy Peanut Butter flavored eggs—Contains wheat/gluten
Palmer's Eggbert Double Crisp—Contains wheat/gluten
Palmer's Quax hollow milk flavored candy duck ("The Yummy Ducky")
Peter Rabbit real milk chocolate bunny—Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Peter Rabbit hollow milk chocolate bunny—Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
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Reese's milk chocolate and peanut butter eggs (mini eggs foil-wrapped individually)—Contains wheat/gluten
Reese's mini-Reester Bunnies—Contains wheat/gluten
Russell Stover chocolate candy—Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
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Snickers Eggs—Label states: May contain tree nuts, egg, and wheat
Snickers Creme Sports Eggs—Label states: May contain tree nuts, egg, and wheat
SpongeBob Squarepants Eggs plastic egg with sour candy and stickers—Made in a facility that uses peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
SpongeBob Squarepants gummy Krabby Patties—Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
SweetTart Gummy Bunnies (Wonka)—Contains wheat/gluten
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Trolli Gummi Bunnies—Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Twix—Contains wheat/gluten
Twizzlerscandy—Contains wheat/gluten
Twizzlers Tweeters—Contains wheat/gluten
Twizzlers Rainbow Twists—Contains wheat/gluten
Twizzlers Strawberry Mini Bars—Contains wheat/gluten
Twizted Strawberry Blast pull-n-peel candy—Contains wheat/gluten
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Whitman's Sampler—Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Whoppers Robin Eggs, including mini-Robbin Eggs—Contains wheat/gluten
Wonka's Eggs—Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Wonka Easter Nerds Rope—Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Wonka Mix-Ups (including SweeTart chews, Laffy Taffy, SweeTarts, and Nerds)—Made in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts and wheat
Wonka Oompas and the Wonka Bar are NOT gluten–free.

CANDY MANUFACTURERS
Here is a partial list of major candy manufacturers and how to contact them:

Adams & Brooks – 213-749-3226
American Licorice Co. – 866-442-2783
BEE International – 619-710-1800
Ferrara Candy Company – 888-247-9855
Ferrero Rocher – 732-764-9300
FLIX – 847-647-1370
Gimbal's Fine Candies – 888-841-9373
Goetze's Candy Company – 410-342-2010
Hershey's – 800–468–1714. Here's a link to Hershey's official gluten-free list.
Impact Confections – 303-626-2222
Jelly Belly – 800–522–3267
Just Born – 888–645–3453. Here's a link to Just Born Gluten-free FAQs
Kraft Foods – 877-535-5666
Mars Chocolate – 800–627–7852
Necco – 781–485–4800
Nestle USA – 800–225–2270
Palmer – 610 372-8971
Pearson's – 800–328–6507
PEZ – 203.795.0531
Pop Rocks – 770-399-1776
Tootsie Roll – 773–838–3400