Here comes Peter Cottontail...Hoppin' down the bunny trail...
Some of us may have bunnies for pets but most of us just get a chocolate bunny to eat at Easter. Easter baskets are a tradition still in many American homes. But if your basket recipient is eating a gluten free diet then what gluten free candies are ok to lavish upon them? And what if you have to have gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, or any combination of allergens?
In the following links we will provide you with some product sources which have been recommended. As always, you should read all labels yourself and contact a manufacturer if there are any questions as to the validity or origin of their ingredients.
Tips on how to create an inexpensive lactose free Easter Basket (not GF in particular but can be modified)
Common Easter candies reported to be gluten free:
Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
Starburst Jelly Beans
Snickers Bars (full size or miniatures)
M & M’s (dark, peanut butter, milk, peanut, almond)
Skittles Reese’s Pieces
Just Born Jelly Beans
Cadbury Mini Eggs
Cadbury Cream Eggs
Baby Ruth Crème Egg
Butterfinger Nest Eggs
Nestle Caramel Nest Eggs
Nestle Peanut Butter Nest Eggs
Nestle Milk Chocolate Nest Eggs
Sour Patch Kids
**Remember that all ingredients are subject to change and that special Holiday candies by a company may not be the same as the original. For example: Reese's Peanut Butter Hearts at Valentines contain gluten even though Reese's Cups do not.**
Naturally Dyed Gluten Free Easter Eggs
1 quart water +2 tbsp white vinegar
Blue: Red Cabbage, 4 cups
Yellow: 3 tbsp turmeric
You Can also try the following color elements:
4 cups onion skins (12 onions)
4 cups chopped Beets
1 quart strong coffee, no water
To make each dye, bring water, vinegar, and color element to a boil, lower the heat, simmer 30 min and strain dye. You can boil eggs with dye or cold dip, for 5 seconds up to overnight, and dry on wire wrap. For Turmeric, you can just add the powder to hot water without boiling it.
Deep yellow- soak eggs in turmeric for a long time
Teal- Soak eggs in turmeric solution for 30 minutes and then cabbage soak for 5 seconds.
Bright Blue- Soak eggs in cabbage solution overnight (or just for a long time)
*Source: Martha Stewart