Gluten Free Junk Food

Gluten Free Junk Food

Recently a reader of this website (Robert P) asked about recommendations for gluten free junk food. If you have gluten sensitive or need to eat gluten free, but still love junk food, then here are some options for you.

My Personal Top 5 Favorite Gluten-Free Junk Food Snacks

Okay, here is my personal list of the snacks without gluten that I enjoy the most:

  1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter, am I right?
  2. Sour Patch Kids  – a little tart is always a good thing as you know from reading this blog. Sour Patch Kids are so mild too so almost everyone enjoys them.
  3. Toblerone – take a mental journey to Switzerland while you enjoy this gluten-free Swiss Chocolate.
  4. Cheetos – seriously one of my favorite snacks of all time. At least in the US, they are processed in a place where they make other gluten free products and they are certified as gluten free.
  5. Pirate’s Booty – Who doesn’t love a good cheese puff? Kids always love these!

Complete List of Gluten Free Junk Food – Snacks, Ice Cream, Sodas and Candy

Note: As of July 2021, here is our master list of gluten free snacks. If you have other recommendations, please respond in the comments or send us a message and we will keep this list updated.

Gluten Free Snacks

Look for labels that say “gluten-free” as a starting place.

  • Crunch ‘n Munch
  • Jell-O Brand gelatin &  pudding snacks
  • Del Monte Pudding cups
  • Ruffles Regular potato chips
  • Dorito Rollitos
  • Mission Tortilla chips
  • Orville Redenbacher’s popcorn
  • French’s Potato Sticks
  • Lays STAXX (All flavors)
  • Act II popcorn (except extreme butter) Jiffy Pop Popcorn
  • Torrengos white corn chips — all Frigo/Kraft/Sargento cheese sticks Oscar Mayer Beef Hot Dogs
  • Oreida French Fries
  • Old Wisconsin Beef sticks
  • Hormel Pepperoni
  • Most Fruit snacks – e.g. Kroger’s Fruit snacks, Nabisco Fruit snacks, General Mills Fruit snacks
  • Trolli Gummi Candies—all Fruit by the foot
  • Sunkist Fruit Rolls Sun-Maid Raisons Welches Fruit snacks
  • Juice Boxes – typically these are 100% juice. Some have sugar too so read the label carefully. For example: Minute Maid — all Del Monte, Juicy Juice — all Capri Sun
  • Hawaiian Punch KoolAid — all Northland 100% Juice Welches juices — all Libby’s — all
  • Sodas – Coke, Sprite, Minute Maid Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist 7-Up, A&W Root Beer, Country Time Big K brand soft drinks
  • Snapple — all
  • Crystal Lite
  • Swiss Miss

Gluten Free Ice Cream

  • Flintstones pushups
  • Dole Fruit N Juice bars Edy’s/Dreyers Fruit Bars Koolaid Freezer pops Nestle’s Popsicles
  • Starburst fruit Juice bars Minute Maid Fruit juice bar
  • Good Humor Popsicles
  • Edy’s Grand
  • Edy’s Homemade
  • Ben&Jerry’s
  • Blue Bell
  • Blue Bunny TCBY
  • Cool Whip Dairy Queen Dreyers

Gluten Free Candy

  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Hershey’s Hugs
  • Hershey’s milk chocolate bars
    (except crispie or cookie) Hershey’s Nuggets (except cookie) M&M’s (except crispie)
  • Nestle Butterfinger BB’s
  • Nestle Chunky
  • Raisinets
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter cups
  • 3 Musketteer’s
  • Baby Ruth
  • Butterfinger
  • Snickers
  • Clark Bars
  • Dove Chocolates
  • York Peppermint Patties
  • Flavor Rolls—all
  • Jellybelly jellybeans
  • Tootsie Rolls—all
  • Starburst Fruit Chews
  • Jolly Rancher Fruit Chews Double Bubble — all Wrigley’s chewing gum — all Trident gum — all
  • Skittles
  • Milk Duds
  • Airheads
  • Big League Chewing Gum Bubble Yum — all Chicklets
  • Dentyne Gum — all
  • Haribo Gummies
  • Sharie’s Candies Gummies Trolli Gummies
  • Gold Medal Cotton Candy
  • Charms—all
  • Farley’s hard candies SweeTarts
  • Spree
  • BitOHoney
  • Spangler DumDum Pops
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Extreme Pops
  • LifeSaver’s—all
  • Jolly Rancher hard candy & Lollipops Topps Ring Pops
  • Pez
  • Smarties
  • Wonka candies: Bottlecaps, gobstoppers, mix ups, pixy stix, shocktarts, tart ‘N tiny, fun dip (lik-M-Aid),
  • Laffy taffy, Nerds, Runts, Tangy Taffy, Nips.
  • Haviland (Necco) Candy Stix
  • Spangler candy canes Valentine
  • Spangler DumDum pops
  • Spangler picture pops
  • Necco Conversation Hearts
  • Farley’s candy corn

Video: Review of Gluten-Free Fast Food

In this video, Michel and Kalyce try and review a variety of gluten free fast foods. It’s a very interesting video and definitely worth a watch if you want to see a variety of foods up close, along with a taste test.

Related: National Junk Food Day (Is it your favorite holiday too?)

What is Gluten?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains that gives bread its chewy texture. It also helps give pasta dough elasticity. While it’s not harmful by itself, some people have an intolerance or allergy to gluten which causes them digestive problems like diarrhea and bloating. If this sounds familiar, try cutting back on gluten for two weeks and see if your symptoms improve. You may be able to reintroduce small amounts of gluten into your diet later.

Why Do People Eat Gluten Free?

Some people are allergic to gluten while others develop celiac disease when they consume gluten. Celiac disease affects about 1% of Americans. Symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weight loss, joint pain, skin rashes and depression. The only way to know whether you’re sensitive to gluten is through blood tests and evaluation by a medical professional. A biopsy will show damage to intestinal cells caused by exposure to gluten.

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