Easter, A Great Holiday to be a Gluten Free Kid

Easter is a great holiday for a gluten free kid.  Christmas is fun, but, no Christmas cookies for you, unless mom made them special.  Thanksgiving is nice, but stuffing and pies?  Not anymore.

Ahhhh, but Easter?  What’s not to love?  There’s ham, potatoes, and the sides, all of which are pretty much gluten free.  But the best thing?   It’s the one holiday you can feel like a normal kid.  The main attraction… the Easter basket can look like everybody elses, even if it is gluten free.

There’s a plethora of gluten free candy just waiting to be eaten.  Parents, and Grandparents, let me give you some ideas for your gluten free kid’s basket.

  • Hersheys Milk Chocolate Bunnies
  • Hersheys Special Dark and Milk Chocolate eggs
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Bunny
  • Double Bubble Bubble Gum
  • Starburst Fruit Chews
  • Wonka Giant Pixy Stix
  • Snickers Bars
  • Swedish Fish
  • Heath Milk Chocolate English Toffee bars, small size
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Tootsie Roll Industries, posts that all their candies are gluten free
  • Ferrara Pan Candy Company
  • Skittles
  • M & M’s, all brands except the krispy kind
  • All Just Born Brand candies are gluten free.  That includes my favorite, their Peep Brand marshmellow candies, (all varieties), Mike & Ikes, Teenie Beanie Jelly Beans and more.
  • And my very favorite jelly beans in the whole world, Jelly Belly jelly beans.  Wooo Hooo!
  • Dove brand Milk Chocolate eggs, (although mom, these are so good you may want to keep them for yourself) ;)

I like to give my granddaughters little presents in their Easter baskets.  So some non-candy items that are gluten free are:

  • Crayola Brand Crayons, this includes their markers, washable markers, 3D markers, chalk, oil pastels, model magic, colored pencils, glue paint and Silly Putty.  Crayola Dough is not gluten free.
  • All Palmer Paints are gluten free
  • All Ross products except the finger paints.
  • And Books are always a good addition.  Start your children off with a love of books at an early age, to help them have a more successful school career.

I hope that gave you some new ideas, and helped to make your Easter Basket shopping a little easier.

(Mary Blackburn has been gluten free since 1988 and is the owner of http://easyglutenfreeliving.com.  She invites you to visit her site for more gluten free living tips and recipes.  While you’re there, take a moment to sign up for The Gluten Free Gazette, her bi-weekly newsletter filled with articles and answers to your questions about gluten, gluten free living and celiac disease.)

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for that Hannah. I was going to mention Passover, but not being Jewish, I wasn’t exactly certain that it always fell so close to Easter. Since Easter can be as early as March or as late as near the end of April.

  2. says

    The only thing to really watch out for in Easter Bunnies are the “Crispy” ones that have crisped rice–and barley malt.

    As for Passover and having lots of gluten free products it is GREAT! Just watch out for anything mentioning Matzo (Matzo meal, flour, crumbs) as it is made from wheat flour. There are all kinds of sweets and broths available right now that are cheap and gluten free–and they get cheaper after Passover is over too! (One of our local grocery stores has a large section of Manischewitz products which go on sale here real soon)

  3. says

    Thanks Castal, for mentioning the “crispy” bunnies. I thought of the M & M’s, but not bunnies. Now that you jogged my memory, just about any of the candies that are crispy have the crisped rice and barley. As always, check labels as companies are always changing product ingredients, and what was safe last month may have changed if the label has changed.

  4. says

    Fibrohubby,

    According to the “experts” unless you have a child that is still young enough to put their hands in their mouths and/or they have a condition called dermatitis herpetiformis you don’t need to worry about gluten in paints and clay, but I like to include this information just because kids are kids. Who can predict what they will put in their mouths.

  5. LAC says

    Also you can make gluten free brownies. Very Good!!!
    Makes 12-14 two inch brownies.
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    1/2 teaspoon gluten free vanilla
    1 cup white sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    4 eggs beaten
    1/2 cup rice flour
    16-oz can chocolate syrup
    1/2 cup potato starch

    Preheat oven to 350. Mix the margarine or butter and sugar very well. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into an ungreased half sheet pan and bake 20 minutes or until knife inserted in the center comes out clean! Easy Breezy and Delicious!

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