spjellybeansHolidays that are connected to candy, including Valentine’s Day, Easter and Halloween, bring many people with food allergies or intolerances a lot of anxiety. Which candies are gluten-free and which are not almost seem to change with the seasons. Some traditional favorites in the original versions have remained gluten-free for a while, but some such items are not gluten-free when you find them in a mini form. Not one to be really into candy, once I went gluten-free, I found out which of the few things I like (but rarely have) were gluten-free and left it at that.

The original versions (in the standard size) of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, and Baby Ruth bars were all gluten-free four years ago and they still are today. One of the most famous Easter candies is Marshmallow Peeps. The traditional version of those funny looking treats are not only gluten-free, the package even bears gluten-free on the label these days. Make sure to read the label of all new Peeps products before purchasing. The gluten-free candy list over at Sure Living Foods is pretty comprehensive and our Gluten-Free Grocery Guide contains about seven pages of safe candy. Surf Sweets just introduced gluten-free jelly beans and they are also free of corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors. As candy goes, Surf Sweet products are pretty healthy and very tasty!

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Shabtai-Gourmet Rainbow Squares

People looking for gluten-free baked treats for Easter might want to check out the many delicious offerings from Shabtai-Gourmet. The gluten-free, dairy-free and Kosher treats from this bakery are in a league of their own for products with those distinctions. The exceptional Raspberry and Apricot Roll cakes are good enough to serve to gluten eaters at a holiday brunch. They are very moist and perfectly sweet. We try to keep the apricot flavor in the freezer all year long. Items from this line hold up really when frozen and don’t take very long to thaw out.

Shabtai-Gourmet Marble Cake

Shabtai-Gourmet Marble Cake

The Marble Cake and Sponge cakes are also moist and delicious. The sponge cake works great for strawberry shortcake and is delicious plain! These cakes stay fresh in the fridge for a couple of weeks. This tasty line of gluten-free baked goods is available at many health food stores. Check this store locator page to see if they are available at a store in your area. and the website offers FREE shipping on all orders to the 48 continental U.S. states.

The most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself and eat fabulous food during holidays of any kind. There is no reason to let the fact that you’re gluten-free keep you from enjoying life to the fullest every day of the year!