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Easter 2011

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myGlutenFacts.com is proud to be your best resource for ‘Gluten Free’ Easter candyinformation

We’ve grouped together hundreds of easter treats found in your stores, and put them all on our Gluten Free Easter Candy List.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter!

Gluten Free Fact

2011 Cadbury Creme Eggs Update

The foil packaging of Cadbury Creme Eggs makes it very difficult to read the label and confirm if they are a safe Easter treat for those living gluten free.

That’s where we come in, here are the NEW Gluten Facts for Cadbury Creme Eggs:

1 – Kraft Canada confirms that this year, all 34g Creme Eggs are made from same source in Canada (so they are all made with the same ingredients, and exposed to the same contamination risk). 

2 – All 34g Creme Eggs sold in Canada that we found do have a “may contain wheat” warning. 

3 – In Canada, the allergen warning on the 3-pack boxes of Creme Eggs is not accurate. It states “may contain peanuts and/or tree nuts”. However, if you read the foil packaging on the eggs found inside these boxes, the allergen warning states “may contain traces of peanuts, tree nuts and/or wheat”.
Looks like it really is what’s on the inside that counts! 

4 – 34g eggs sold in USA do not have a “may contain wheat” warning, so they appear to be safe to eat. However, they are also manufactured in Canada for Hersheys to distribute in the USA.

Either there are two manufacturing sources in Canada for the 34g Cadbury Creme Eggs, or someone (Hersheys or Kraft Canada) has made a big mistake by labeling these eggs with different allergen warnings (American label vs Canadian label).

For Canadians, it appears that all 34g Cadbury Creme Eggs sold in Canada in 2011 ARE NOT SAFE for a gluten free diet.

In the USA, we advise all GF consumers to double check the foil wrapping before eating your Creme Eggs to ensure they do not have “wheat” listed in their allergen warning.

Only 1 size of the Reester Bunnies are Gluten Free this Easter

These bunnies may look the same on the outside, but they’re quite different! In fact, only the 141g (5oz) version of this years Reeseter Bunny does not contain wheat as an ingredient.

Reester Bunny's not the same gluten free status 
Q: So why in the world would Hershey’s make one size Reester with wheat and the other without?
A: Well…they don’t.

Since seasonal treats are produced once a year, and sold for a limited time only, many food manufacturer outsource the production of these lines to other companies that can produce them more efficiently. These different companies can sometimes use different formulations & ingredients.

This practice is not exclusive to Hershey’s, in fact most popular brand Easter treats will have a different allergen statement than their year-long treats since they are produced by another company under different conditions.

Our 2011 GF Easter Chocolate & Candy List is the best way to stay safe from gluten this Easter and all year long.

Happy Easter!

Is there gluten in that?

Vol. 36 – Cadbury Creme Eggs
Vol. 37 – Reeses Eggs & Reester Bunnies
      

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