The Candy Haul: Halloween 2007

My oldest daughter will be celebrating her ninth gluten-free Halloween in just over a week. Despite collecting a lot of candy she can’t eat, it still is one of the best nights of the year for her. She may be gluten-free, but what’s even better is on this night she’s just a kid.

As you can see from the picture attached to this post, Emma brings in quite a haul. She literally sprints from house to house trying to gather the most candy possible. Sometimes she will stop back at our house for a quick update, but then back out the door she goes. It is great fun to see her so excited.

Once the trick-or-treating is done we have our “post mortem” at the dining room table. Emma dumps out her candy and we take out the Whoppers, Rice Krispie bars, Nestle Crunch bars, etc; anything that has or might have gluten in it. Keep your gluten-free candy list handy — you’ll likely need it. When the sorting is complete, I reveal my secret stash of gluten-free candy. We use it to replace all of the gluten-containing candy. And within minutes Emma is off toward a fantastic sugar high that only a young trick-or-treater can appreciate!

A good gluten-free list for all foods (and candy) I check frequently is linked here. It is online and updated at least once a year, maybe more. Good luck with your little ghouls and goblins…or this year is it Hannah Montana and SpongeBob?

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