While the first day of spring doesn't necessarily bring with it warm weather, it can often bring us a week closer to Easter, and that makes me excited. Not because of the frilly dresses, and wished to be forgotten pictures with the Easter Bunny, but mostly because of the incredible amounts of delicious Easter candies that are available for consumption. But if you or your children suffer from Celiac disease, you may be in need of some gluten-free Easter candy to fill all those Easter basket.
Now, it's important to note that gluten-free candy should not be a substitute for healthy candy. In many cases, gluten-free candies and foods contain the same amount of calories and fat as their gluten-filled counterparts. The only difference is the absence of gluten, a protein found in wheat that helps food maintain its shape, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. It is important that people with a gluten intolerance or suffer from Celiac disease avoid the protein at all cost, even if it means sacrificing their favorite Easter treats.
But luckily, you don't have to stray too far from the traditional treats to make a gluten-free Easter basket. Surprisingly, a lot of your favorite candies are already gluten-free. Ready for the proof? Check out these popular, gluten-free Easter candies to stuff in your little bunny's basket.
1. Cadbury Eggs
It really isn't Easter without a Cadbury Egg, and luckily you don't have to deprive yourself of one.
2. Butterfinger Nest Eggs
A Butterfinger is definitely a favorite amongst candy lovers, and the Nest Eggs give the treat a festive twist.
3. Harbia Easter Hunt Mini Mix
With majority of its candies being gluten-free, it's really no question as to why Haribo is really the most incredible gummy every invented.
4. Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
What would Easter be without Jelly Beans?
5. M&M's Bunny Mix
All chocolate is good chocolate, right? That should definitely be M&M's motto for 2017.
6. Reese's Reester Bunny
If a peanut butter-filled bunny-shaped chocolate doesn't fit your fancy, the traditional Reese's egg might.
7. SweeTARTS Chicks, Ducks, & Bunnies
I love a good Wonka product, and I may or may not have gone into comatose over SweeTARTS during my childhood.