Hershey’s Gluten Free

Reece’s peanut butter cups (by Hershey’s)

UPDATE: (Jan, 2015)

As of last month, Hershey’s have updated their gluten-free product lists. They have separate lists for products sold in the US and in Canada. The US list is MUCH bigger than the Canadian one. You can check out the HERSHEY website for the most up-to-date allergen information. These gluten-free product lists have been evaluated and qualify as being gluten-free using the FDA and CFIA respectively. This means that in both countries, the products listed cannot contain more than 20ppm. Personally, I’m not a fan of Hershey’s chocolate but if you are then these lists are for you. 🙂

U.S. GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS:

ALMOND JOY Candy - All Except ALMOND JOY PIECES Candy

DAGOBA Baking and Beverages - ALL

HEATH Bars - ALL

HERSHEY’S - Baking Bars

HERSHEY’S Semi Sweet Baking Bar

HERSHEY’S Unsweetened Baking Bar

HERSHEY’S - Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S Butterscotch Chips

HERSHEY’S Cinnamon Chips

HERSHEY’S KISSES MINI KISSES Milk Chocolate

HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Chips

HERSHEY’S MINI CHIPS Semi-Sweet Chocolate

HERSHEY’S Mint Chocolate Chips

HERSHEY’S Premier White Chips

HERSHEY’S Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate Chips

HERSHEY’S Sugar Free Chocolate Chips

REESE’S Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S - Cocoa

HERSHEY’S Cocoa

HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa

HERSHEY’S KISSES Candies

HERSHEY’S KISSES Milk Chocolate

HERSHEY’S KISSES Filled Chocolates - ALL

HERSHEY’S KISSES SPECIAL DARK Mildly Sweet Chocolate

HERSHEY’S Nuggets Chocolates

HERSHEY’S Nuggets Milk Chocolates

HERSHEY’S Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Almonds

HERSHEY’S Nuggets SPECIAL DARK Dark Chocolate with Almonds

HERSHEY’S Nuggets Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Almonds

HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bar

HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Bar (1.55oz only)

HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate with Almonds Bar (1.45oz only)

HERSHEY’S AIR DELIGHT Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar

HERSHEY’S Milk Duds – ALL

HERSHEY’S Syrup and Toppings

HERSHEY’S Caramel Syrup

HERSHEY’S Classic Caramel Topping

HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup

HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup with Calcium

HERSHEY’S Chocolate Sugar Free Syrup

HERSHEY’S Double Chocolate Sundae Syrup

HERSHEY’S Lite Chocolate Syrup

HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Syrup

HERSHEY’S Strawberry Syrup

HERSHEY’S Strawberry Sugar Free Syrup

YORK Peppermint Pattie Sundae Syrup

MOUNDS Bars – ALL

PAYDAY Candy – ALL

REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups – All Except REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Unwrapped Minis and Seasonal Shaped Items

REESE’S PIECES Candy - All Except REESE’S PIECES Eggs

ROLO Caramels in Milk Chocolate Candies – All Except ROLO Minis

SCHARFFEN BERGER – ALL

SKOR Toffee Bars - ALL

YORK Peppermint Pattie – All Except YORK PIECES Candy, YORK Minis, and YORK Shapes (5 oz.)

 

CANADIAN GLUTEN-FREE PRODUCTS:

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Butterscotch Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Dark Chocolate Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Milk Chocolate Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Mint Chocolate Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Mini KISSES Chocolates

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Mint Chocolate Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Pure White Chocolate Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS REESE Peanut Butter Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Semisweet Chocolate Baking Chips

HERSHEY’S CHIPITS SKOR Toffee Baking Bits

HERSHEY’S Cocoa

UPDATE: (April 3rd, 2012) It looks as though Hershey’s have finally updated their gluten free list to include more products! This list was updated only a couple of days ago and now includes products like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Almond Joy and Mounds bars. Fantastic!!

Hershey’s state that ‘For your convenience, the current products listed below have been fully evaluated and qualify as gluten free using standards proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Please note this list is not all inclusive as we have other gluten-free confections.’ So these products listed should contain less than 20ppm and be safe for celiacs. Thanks, Hershey’s!

UPDATE: (March 2012) I called Hershey’s again and was given the same gluten free product list as above. Clearly their customer service people haven’t been given any new or updated information regarding the gluten free status of products because I was given almost word for word the same spiel as the last time I called. Again I was told that many of their other products are gluten free but they can’t confirm this?!? In products with no gluten containing ingredients Hershey’s have procedures in place to eliminate the chance of cross contamination. This sounds good but we celiacs need a more confident list of gluten free products from your company rather than just leaving us to read the labels and figure it out for ourselves.

This information is also relevant to Cadbury’s chocolate in the US as it is manufactured by Hershey’s.

 

Last week I called Hershey’s….

I explained to the man who answered my call that I was looking to find out which of their products are gluten free as this is not apparent on their labelling.

He gave me this short list (confirmed as gluten free by Hershey’s corporate Headquarters):

  • Original Hershey’s Kisses
  • Milk chocolate bar (1.55 size)
  • Milk chocolate bar with almonds (1.45 size)
  • Coco
  • Baking chocolate
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate syrup

My response of ‘Are these really the only products you have that are gluten free?’ was met with an explanation that Hershey’s do have other products where none of their ingredients contain gluten but as these haven’t yet been checked?!? they cannot be added to the gluten free list.

I was told to check the labelling on any products not on this list as there shouldn’t be any hidden ingredients. If a product contains rye, wheat, oats or barley it will be stated on the label. If there is the possibility of contamination of one of these grains this will also be included on the labelling.

Sooo, basically, if there are no obvious glutenous ingredients and no cross contamination warning then we can assume that the product is gluten free.

I took the man’s advice and looked at the back of a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup (made by Hershey’s) wrapper…there were no obvious glutenous ingredients and no cross contamination warning. According to Hershey’s customer service that means I could safely eat this but can I really trust them if they are not willing to put it on their ‘gluten free list’ and officially confirm that this product is gluten free?

My question to you Hershey’s…..’Why would these ‘assumed’ gluten free products not be on your gluten free list if they are in fact gluten free?!?!?

 

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Comments

  • I have eaten the peanut butter cups and have gotten abdominal pain. Taking a closer look at the ingredients, it has an emulsifier which is a red flag for a gluten derivative. No more Hersheys for this gluten free gal

    -GF as of Nov. 2009

  • I also generally feel awful after eating recess peanut butter cups and I would not recommend it.

    just fyi on Easter candy, I have heard that regular Cadburry eggs are safe -mini ones are not (!?!?!) … happy Easter! Try these if you like SOUR stuff – totally GF and awesome.

  • Thanks, Elizabeth! Looks like they are finally providing a longer list of gluten free products! 🙂

  • Christy Lynn

    Sep 4th, 2012

    Awesome! Thank you SO much for the awesome list!

  • You’re welcome. Enjoy! 🙂

  • Many of the products from this company include lactose as a sweetener – check the ingredient list. If you are lactose intolerant beware – miserable gut pain ahead. So far Dove dark chocolate is lactose free.

  • Christine B

    Apr 2nd, 2013

    I ate two of the Cadbury’s mini creme eggs yesterday (having managed to avoid all chocolately temptations for a while but figured it was Easter and there were no clues on labelling that they would contain Gluten). I have been in extreme pain with the ‘dire’ effect (G/F sufferers know what I mean) since.
    I reckon it must have been in the ’emulsifier’.
    Lesson Learned – don’t always trust label to state!!!

  • jasmine

    Apr 3rd, 2013

    Just an Fyi the new jolly ranchers bites ARE NOT gluten free. I found this out the hard way.

  • I found a wonderful treat. Dark chocolate bars called NuGo. The worst thing about them is that you want to eat too many! ALSO they’re dairy free. YES TYL!

  • Where can Hershey dark chocolate no sugar individuals be ordered to be delivered to British Columbia, Canada?

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