Unfortunately, celiac disease (gluten intolerance) is on the rise.
One problem for anyone with gluten intolerance is that gluten can be found in nearly any kind of commercially prepared foods. Even foods that seem like they shouldn’t contain gluten often do.
This makes living with celiac disease challenging for anyone, but even more so for children. At a time in life when “fitting in” seems like the most important thing in the world, children can feel out of place when their friends are allowed to enjoy foods that they can’t. This is especially true around holidays such as Halloween when food and special treats take center stage.
So, what can you do to help? For starters, you may want to consider making your own gluten-free Halloween treats or purchasing some from the list below.
Gluten-Free Halloween Treats
Popcorn Balls are a great choice for those who need to follow a gluten-free diet. They’re easy to make and most recipes for popcorn balls will work. The basic recipe will include brown sugar, light corn syrup, butter, water, salt, vanilla extract and air-popped popcorn.
You can either put yellow and red food coloring in with the sugar mixture or use orange tinted icing to create a jack-o-lantern. Since commercial frostings often can contain gluten, you’ll want to make your own to ensure gluten isn’t a problem. (Check out this easy recipe for “Pumpkin” Popcorn Balls)
Candied Pecans are another easy and tasty gluten-free Halloween treat you can make. To get started, you will need:
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 pound pecan halves
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a cookie or baking sheet. Whip together the egg white and water in a medium size bowl until it is frothy. In a different bowl, combine the sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pour the pecans into the egg mixture and stir to coat them evenly.
Next, remove them from the egg whites and place them into the sugar mixture. Spread the nuts out on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Watch closely so the pecans don’t burn.
If you would rather not make gluten-free treats, there are plenty of candies on the market that don’t have gluten in them. Here are 10 you may want to consider giving to your own child as well as giving them to trick-or-treaters that visit your home:
* Pixy Stix
* Super Bubble Gum
* Brach’s Candy Corn
* Dum Dum Lollipops
* Jelly Belly and Starburst jelly beans
* Lifesavers Hard Candy
* York Peppermint Patties