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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, how will you treat your gluten-free sweetie? Chances are it’ll involve chocolate. Tiffany wrote a post on enjoying a gluten-free Valentine’s day. You may have noticed in the chocolate section two big chocolatiers are missing, Godiva and Lindt. Here’s the story.

Godiva
While it’s so convenient to pick up a box of Godiva (they seem to be in every mall these days), you may want to skip it. Godiva claims that ALL of their products may contain gluten.

ALL of our products including solid chocolate pieces may contain gluten. Any person with a gluten allergy should NOT consume ANY of our products.

Sounds like someone definitely does not want you eating their chocolate! That said, I found it pretty hard to believe all their chocolate contains gluten — so I called and asked for ingredients for a random truffle flavor. The rep, Maryanne, read a list of ingredients that were all gluten-free. So what gives? I’m guessing the issue here is cross-contamination or perhaps just an overzealous legal department. No surprises there.

But what DID surprise me — they use vanillin (artificial vanilla) and partially hydrogenated palm oil. Both ingredients are gluten-free, but in my opinion, have no place in a quality chocolate. Hey, I’m not chocolate snob, you’ll often find me munching on a Hershey’s Bar (according to the Essential Gluten-Free Grocery Guide, the plain milk chocolate bar is gluten-free), but Godiva charges $1.75 for a single, 3/4-inch square piece of chocolate. For around the same price, I can go around the corner to Artisan Confections and get hand-made chocolate that uses real vanilla and butter.

Okay, end of rant. The bottom line: Godiva clearly doesn’t want you eating any of their products. But that’s okay, plenty of companies do want your gluten-free business!

Lindt
Lindt’s another common mall chocolatier that’s sadly not gluten-friendly due to the possibility of cross-contamination.  Too bad because I can’t help but love a company that’s so generous with free samples in the store!

Unfortunately, at this time we cannot guarantee that Lindt chocolate is gluten free. Our white and extra dark (70% cocoa and above) chocolate products by nature do not contain barley malt. However, because they run on the same production lines as other products there is a chance of cross contamination. Lindt is aware of the growing prevalence of Celiac’s Disease and other conditions. We are sensitive to the fact that these large groups of consumers are unable to enjoy our chocolate at this time. We hope in the future to be able to accommodate the needs of all our consumers and offer options to satisfy varying dietary requirements.

In case you missed it, check out Tiffany’s post on some gluten-free alternatives for your sweetie.