Wondering what gluten-free Easter candy is available this year to place in your child's Easter basket (or to enjoy yourself)? Here's the list, updated as of March 2013, of gluten-free Easter candy as you'll see below, there are plenty of options you can use to make up a really nice gluten-free Easter basket.
Unless otherwise noted, these candies are considered by their manufacturers to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten, which makes them "gluten-free" according to the currently accepted definition.
One note: there seems to be plenty of debate each year over whether Cadbury Creme Eggs are gluten-free or not. In the U.S., Cadbury Easter products are made by Hershey's, which does not consider them to be gluten-free due to the potential risk of gluten cross-contamination in manufacturing.
However, the eggs appear to contain no gluten ingredients (Hershey's will specify any gluten-containing ingredients on the label). So the bottom line is, use caution with Cadbury Creme Eggs, and eat them at your own risk they may contain trace gluten due to shared manufacturing lines or facilities.
Here's the list of gluten-free Easter candy. If you're wondering about the gluten status of a candy product not on this list, you should be able to find information on it in my main candy article, Gluten-Free Candy. Happy Easter!
Gluten-Free Easter Candy
Easter-themed Dove chocolate products, including Dove chocolate Easter bunnies, Dove egg-shaped candies and Easter-themed Dove bars (always check the label, as I've occasionally seen Dove chocolate products with "made on equipment shared with wheat" warnings)
Easter-themed M&Ms chocolate products (EXCEPT for pretzel M&Ms), including M&Ms solid milk chocolate Easter bunny, M&M candies in Easter colors, and egg-shaped M&M candies (again, always check the label, as I've occasionally seen M&M products with a "shared equipment" warning)
Plain milk chocolate regular-sized Hershey's Kisses in Easter-themed foil wrappers (for more on the gluten status of Hershey's Kisses products, check out Are Hershey's Kisses Gluten-Free?)
Jelly Belly jelly beans (INCLUDING licorice flavor jelly beans) and all Jelly Belly specially themed Easter packages
Easter-themed Starburst candy, including jelly beans and special Easter candy packages
Easter-themed Tootsie Roll candy, including Dubble Bubble Easter egg-shaped bubble gum, Tootsie Pops, Charms Blow Pops and Charms Candy Carnival products
Necco Candy Eggs
Peeps marshmallow treats by Just Born (check the label to make sure it states "gluten-free" below the list of ingredients most do, but a few are made in shared facilities)
Kraft Bunny Mallows and Egg Mallows (marshmallow Easter-themed treats) (Kraft will clearly disclose any gluten ingredients on the label)
Again, these candies are considered gluten-free to 20 parts per million. If you have any questions about a specific product, contact the manufacturer.
Easter Candy That's NOT Considered Gluten-Free
Balmer Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Brach's Speckled Jelly Bird Eggs
Cadbury Creme Eggs (see note above)
Cadbury Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Frankford Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Ghirardelli chocolate Easter eggs
Hershey's Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Hershey's Easter egg candies (all sizes and flavors)
Jolly Ranchers jelly beans and other Easter-themed candy
Lindt chocolate carrots
Lindt Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Mighty Malts Speckled Malted Milk Eggs
Russell Stover Easter bunnies (all sizes and flavors)
Sweetarts jelly beans and other Easter-themed candy
Whoppers Robin Eggs and Mini Robin Eggs
Zachary chocolate-covered marshmallow eggs