Happy (Gluten-Free) Halloween!
Halloween is drawing near and this is the first of many holidays in the next few months. For those of us with celiac, or those who are parents of children with celiac, there are many things we have to think about as the holidays approach. In the upcoming months, I’ll post ideas, advice and recipes in hopes of making your holiday celebrations fun, as well as keeping your bellies full and gluten-free!
When one thinks of Halloween, candy is often the first thing to come to mind. Here are a few of my favorite gluten-free candies:
- Reese’s Cups
- Dark Chocolate Peanut M&Ms (all M&Ms, except the crispy, are GF)
- York Peppermint Patties
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) has a great list of gluten-free candy and snacks that was updated recently, in July 2009. Click here to download their comprehensive list. One of the great things about candy is that as long as it’s on the GF list, you know it’s safe! Since it’s in a wrapper, you don’t have to worry about contamination as you do with baked goods.
If your child has celiac disease and you’re going trick or treating, you might want to take along some GF candy, just in case the first few houses don’t have anything gluten-free and he or she might want something to snack on along the way. Also, you might want to drop some GF candy off at neighbors’ homes or your child’s class in preparation for trick or treating festivities. Be sure to go through your child’s trick or treat bag before they eat anything so that you can weed out the treats containing gluten.
I’ll be baking my monster cookies this weekend using Halloween M&Ms so that I can enjoy something sweet at the parties I’m attending. This recipe makes a lot of cookies so you can bring them to multiple events. This recipe includes peanut butter, M&Ms, GF oats, and chocolate chips. Delicious and so easy! Note: Just make sure when you bring the cookies (and other GF baked goods) to a party, you put them away from all of the crumby gluten-filled items. Maybe ask your host if there’s a small coffee table where they can be displayed.