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Gluten-free Valentine's Day Candy Guide & Chocolate List

Gluten-free Valentine’s Day Candy

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate love and indulge in sweet treats with your special someone(s). For those with celiac disease or other gluten-related disorders, finding gluten-free candy & chocolates can be a bit tricky. Let’s guide you through the process of selecting gluten-free Valentine’s Day candy, highlighting what to look for in labels and how to ensure a safe and delicious gluten-free celebration.

Understanding Gluten and Unexpected Sources

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and their derivatives. When it comes to chocolates and candy, some brands contain gluten, while others do not. The best way to know if a food contains gluten is by reading the food label.

Three Easy Steps to select GF Valentine’s Day Candy:

 

1. Look for a GF certification – a product that’s been certificatied by a third party may provide you with added confidence in the GF foods you buy.

• Look for Celiac Canada’s GF trusted GFCP trademark on food products
• Use the CCA GF product finder to find your favorite or soon-to-be favorite GF certified products.

2. Look for a GF claim – a product that has a GF claim contains 20ppm or less of gluten and is safe for people with celiac disease.

• Please refer to Health Canada’s resource on Gluten-free claims for more information: 

3. Read the ingredients list – look for B.R.O.W – barley, rye, regular oats and wheat – ingredients. If any of these ingredients are listed on the label, the product contains gluten and is not safe for those with celiac disease.

Still unsure?

– Refer to the CCA Food Labelling Guide  – a trusted resource to help answer your gluten-related labelling questions.
– Ask questions. Reach out to CCA’s client support desk by email  or post in the CCA peer support Facebook group.

– Download Celiac Canada’s GF Valentine’s Day Chocolate List

Valentine's Day Chocolate List

A motto to remember: when in doubt, leave it out!

This Valentine’s Day, don’t let gluten restrictions dampen your celebration. By understanding how to read labels you can enjoy a sweet and gluten-free holiday with your loved ones. Whether you’re exchanging treats or treating yourself, navigating the world of gluten-free candy ensures a delightful and safe Valentine’s Day experience.

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