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  We researched 15 gluten-free and widely available chocolate bars to fill any occasion with cheer. Use our helpful guide to safely select the best bar.  

May 30, 2017

Whether it’s topped with nuts, swirled with peanut butter, or filled with caramel, chocolate tops shoppers’ lists from Valentine’s Day to Easter to Halloween. The chocolate bar may reign as one of the best-selling and most popular candies throughout the year, but what do you do if you are gluten-free? Thankfully, there are plenty of delicious, gluten-free chocolate bars on the shelves these days.

The best way to know if a chocolate bar contains gluten is to read the label—our five tips will guarantee that you’re making a safe choice.

  1. Read the entire label, every single time. Many companies, such as Hershey, list gluten-free candies on their website. However, because ingredients in some varieties can change on occasion, most companies (including Hershey) will strongly suggest checking individual package labels regardless.
  2. Learn gluten sources. Familiarizing yourself with what ingredients contain gluten will help you quickly decipher chocolate bar labels.
  3. Know what “gluten-free” actually means. According to the FDA, a food must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten in order to be labeled as “gluten-free.” Any company may use these words on its packaging, but the information must be presented in a truthful and not misleading way. For example, the words “gluten-free” appear on all Enjoy Life chocolate bars, but the company is very clear about its commitment to allergy-free foods.
  4. Know the difference between “wheat free” and “gluten-free.” Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale (a wheat and rye hybrid). If you see any of these ingredients on your chocolate bar, find an alternative
  5. Know the sneaky offenders. Some candies may be safe in one form, but not in another one. For example, while York Peppermint Patties are gluten-free, York Minis (the same candy in miniature form) are not.
Next, check these 15 popular gluten-free chocolate bars:

3 Musketeers Bar

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Almond Joy Candy Bar

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Baby Ruth

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Dove Chocolate Bars

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Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Chocolate Bars

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Heath Toffee Bar

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Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar

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Oh Henry!

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PayDay Peanut Caramel Bar

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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Scharffen Berger Chocolate Bars and Tasting Squares

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SKOR Butter Toffee Bar

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Snickers Bar

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Amy's Dreamy Bar

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Amy's Crunchy Bar

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