makes me giggle every time

On Monday I was in an gluten-free, eggy arts-and-crafts mood. That was fun, right? Right.


I promised a second post about Easter, though, and here it is. There’s a very special ratio that I imagine exists in many Easter-celebrating households: the ratio of chocolate eggs to real eggs. The Easter basket is a tradition for many families — and what kind of Easter basket isn’t full of candy?

Wondering how to make safe Easter baskets for gluten-free children? Or just eyeing the Easter candy until it goes on sale on Monday, and wondering which of it is safe for you to eat?

Read on.

The first place to check for a list of gluten-free Easter candy is of course your gluten-free grocery guide. It’s got oodles of helpful information about candy that’s Easter-specific and not.

A second place to look is this gluten-free Easter candy list from G-Free Foodie. They’ve outlined their research procedures quite clearly, and included statements from most mainstream manufacturers.

But what about the bunny, the focal point of any Easter basket? There are options on the list above, but you might also want to check out:

  • Sweet Pete’s bunnies are gluten-free and also include a dairy-free, vegan option. Also, one of them is driving a race-car. Which is awesome.
  • Vosges Haut-Chocolat makes a gluten-free bunny out of their Barcelona bar and another with toffee. You can buy me as many as you want of either; everything I’ve ever had from this Chicago-based company has been phenomenal.
  • Go Dairy-free has another list, exclusively for bunnies, which is worth checking out. Not all are available everywhere, but if you’re in a pinch you may be able to find one of these in a store near you. Note that not everything on the list is gluten-free, so make sure the one you find is called out as such.

The secondary focal point is, of course, Peeps. These are gluten-free, but that doesn’t mean it’s advisable to eat more than one or two. Not sure what to do with the leftovers? NPR has a great round-up of Peeps artists and ideas that’s worth browsing, even if you have no plans to bring these sugary creatures home with you.

What’s in your ideal gluten-free Easter basket?