The Ultimate Gluten Free Christmas Chocolate Guide 2022

21st October 2020
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Here’s my EASY GUIDE to Gluten Free Christmas Chocolates!! Its split into 4 sections:

(1) Gluten free – tins

(2) Gluten free – other chocolates

(3) Gluten and dairy free

(4) Not gluten free!!!! The ones to avoid


As always, please check the labels for yourself just incase anything has changed or supermarkets have made a mistake on their website info


*CHANGES FROM 2021*

These are all pictured in the sections below…

New products that are gluten free:

  • Cadbury Dairy Milk Advent Bar
  • Quality Street bars

These are the ones I want to flag as its soooooo easy to make a mistake:

  • Snowballs bar – bags of snowballs are fine but the bars are a may contain.
  • Malteser vs Kit Kat – both in red bags and similar figures so its easy to pick up the wrong thing
  • Kinder Joy eggs are not gluten free but the Kinder Surprise ones are. They look almost identical.
  • Baileys selection box – seems to be two on sale now, one with gluten, one without… be careful!!

(1) GLUTEN FREE – Tins

Cadbury Roses – all safe!

Cadbury Hero’s – all safe EXCEPT the dinky decker. They have confirmed the dinky deckers are made on a different production line so there’s no CC risk

Quality street – all safe excluding the John Lewis special edition “Crispy Truffle Bite”, although I’m not sure if they’re doing it this year!

Cadbury Dairy Milk Mixed Chocolate Chunks Tin



(2) GLUTEN FREE – Other Chocs

Cadbury

  • Classics Mixed Chocolate Chunks Pouch
  • Snowman
  • Snow Balls
  • Buttons in Festive Tube (there used to be a Freddo Faces Tube too but not sure if it exists anymore)
  • Winter Orange Bar
  • Advent Bar

Milkybar

  • Festive Friends

Terry’s

  • Chocolate Orange Milk Crispy Oranges 
Terrys Chocolate Orange Milk Crispy Oranges 125G

Lindt

Lots of Lindt chocolates contain barley malt extract. Sometimes this ingredient can be considered gluten free because the level of gluten is less than 20 parts per million. Lindt’s own website implies their levels are gluten free but to my knowledge, Coeliac UK are still in the process of confirming whether this is accurate.

As a result, if you see barley malt extract in the list of ingredients on a Lindt product, I will not be considering it safe until we hear back.

These are the safe bits I’ve found:

  • White or strawberries and cream truffle balls
  • Nuxor (milk and dark)
  • White Santa

Aero

  • Snowbubbles
  • Festive Orange

KitKat

  • Santa’s – be careful!!! they look like the Malteser Reindeers which are NOT gluten free. Also, just wanted to flag that we can have the Kit Kat advent calendar too!!
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Ferrero Rocher

  • Grand Ferrero Rocher Milk
  • Grand Ferrero Rocher Dark

Reese’s

  • Tree
  • Snowman

Toffifee

  • Christmas Edition
Toffifee Christmas Toffees - ASDA Groceries

Kinder

  • Surprise Figures
  • Christmas Egg – NOT the Kinder Joy eggs
  • Kinder Chocolate Small Bars Multipack

Matchmakers – Quality Street editions

  • Honeycomb
  • Cool Mint
  • Orange

Quality Street Bars

  • Orange Crunch
  • Purple One

Toblerone

  • Golden Caramel with Honey & Almond Nougat
  • White
  • Christmas Selection

Walnut Whip Selection Box

Bendick’s Mint Collection

Bendicks mint collection

Baileys Chocolate Collection

After Eight Dark Mint Chocolate Gift Tin

Quality Street

  • Favourites Strawberry Delight
  • Favourites the Purple One


(3) GLUTEN & DAIRY FREE

Cookie Dough Reindeer 

Moo Chocolates – white and milk

Nomo Caramel Choc Drops Box

Booja Booja Selection Box – there’s a whole variety of flavours now! Expensive but so good.

Booja Booja Award-Winning Selection 184g


(4) NOT GLUTEN FREE

Celebrations – Cross contamination risk with all of them

Baileys Choc Collection Box – no longer gf 🙁

Lir Chocolates Baileys Chocolate Selection 280G

Thorntons – think EVERYTHING is a may contain now

Lindt – See the Lindt products in the gluten free section for a bit more info for what I think is/isn’t gluten free with Lindt. My “isn’t gluten free” list includes:

  • ANY of the plain milk chocolate items – e.g. tree decs, red truffle balls, bear, reindeer.
  • Any of the truffle ball flavours not listed in the section above (i.e. we can only have strawberries and cream or white choc)
  • The snowflake or snowdrops

Ferrero Rocher – any tin/size, except the giant ones!

Terrys Oranges and Bar – all a “may contain gluten”. Only allowed the ‘Crispy Oranges’ in the first section.

MilkyBar Characters – may contain

Galaxy Truffles – may contain gluten

image 1 of Galaxy Milk Chocolate Truffles 206G

Cadbury – most of these are may contain gluten

  • Winter Chocolate Bars
  • Chocolate Noisette Jingly Bells & Hazelnut Creme Jingly Bells
  • Chocolate House Kit 
  • Bauble Tree Decorations (all size packs)
  • Little Robins (both flavours)
  • Winter Collection Milk Chocolate Box
  • Puds Egg 
  • Darkmilk Pralines
  • Festive Favourites
  • Chocolate Xmas Bar 850g

Malteser Reindeer and Truffles

Nestle Munchies Festive Tube

Nestle Munchies Giant Tube 100G

Smarties – all of them are “may contain” or contain gluten

Quality Street Intrigue Range – all “may contain gluten”

Tony’s Christmas Chocs – all may contain

Kinder Joy Egg – the “Joy” egg is not gluten free but the “surprise” eggs are

image 1 of Kinder Joy Egg 20G

M&M’s Milk Chocolate Christmas Santa Shape with Mini Chocolate – May contain gluten

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Dj Santa’s Disco Lights – may contain gluten

After Eight Dark Mint Chocolate Sticks – may contain gluten

17 Comments

  • Sharon

    22nd October 2020 at 6:31 am

    Just wanted to thank you for this very comprehensive list. It’s very useful indeed. I’m 20 months in to being coeliac and still very much learning. I feel so deprived at ‘treat time’ so this will really help focussing on what I can have rather than what I can’t for a change.

  • Emily

    22nd October 2020 at 1:56 pm

    I’m a bit confused about the Heroes. According to the Coeliac UK app the creme egg twisted contain barley malt extract. Do you know if they still do or if it is below 20ppm?

    1. Ciara Duffy

      21st December 2020 at 5:53 pm

      Thank you so much for this list, my brother is always complaining that he can’t find gluten free Christmas treats!
      Can I just ask if you know if the Cadbury DarkMilk collection is GF? No gluten listed as allergens in the ingredients?
      Thanks!

      1. jkitchengf

        22nd December 2020 at 8:48 am

        Hey! Aw no problem – glad its helpful!! Good question – not sure I’ve seen it in the shops. Have you got a link to the product and I’ll have a look? If it doesn’t have gluten (or barley etc) listed on the ingredients and no “may contains”, then it’ll be all good 🙂 Happy Christmas x

  • Thomas

    13th November 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Hello, would just like to say a big thank you to you for putting so much time and effort in. Makes a massive difference to me and my little one and I get to watch her enjoy treats like I did as a child ?

  • Judith

    18th November 2020 at 7:50 am

    Thank you, great information, extremely helpful. You are doing a brilliant job, very much appreciated, by my daughter & myself who are fairly recently diagnosed with coeliac. Thank you. Xxx

  • Heidi

    1st December 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Thank you so much for this guide, very helpful for me and my daughter x

  • Barry

    10th December 2020 at 6:45 pm

    The Kit Kat Santas packet you have displayed says on it that it has wafer pieces…I don’t think they are gluten free

    1. jkitchengf

      11th December 2020 at 9:09 am

      Hey! Good news – its gluten free wafer 🙂 As always, check the ingredients on the packet you pick up just incase something has changed but Kit Kat Santas are definitely safe 🙂 x

  • Elizabeth

    10th November 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Am I right in thinking the whole range of Toblerone bars are gluten free not just the white one.

    1. jkitchengf

      16th December 2021 at 8:32 am

      you are correct – only reason I included the white one here was because I thought it was a Christmas think but maybe thats just in my household haha 🙂

  • Loo

    7th December 2021 at 8:02 am

    This is a FABULOUS help. Very nearly gave Cadburys Winter Wonderland to a gluten free Secret Santa person – very relieved to have found your comprehensive list and found some great alternatives that wont actually make her sad or ill!!! Really appreciate your time & trouble – Happy Christmas Jessica! 🙂

    1. jkitchengf

      16th December 2021 at 8:28 am

      no problem – glad its helpful 🙂

  • Faye

    10th December 2021 at 9:18 am

    Hi. Thanks for this, I came across it when trying to find out which of the Roses chocolates were gluten free. You’ve said all of them are, but the ingredient’s listed on a pack bought today (10.12.2021) says they contain wheat and barley (but frustratingly it doesn’t say which do or don’t). Just letting you know in case you need to update ?

    1. jkitchengf

      16th December 2021 at 8:31 am

      Hey! That is very odd – where did you get yours from? Have you got a link to their website? I’ve just checked lots of websites (sainsburys, tesco etc) and none of them mention gluten. They’re also still gf on the Coeliac UK app. Thanks x

  • Shannon

    10th December 2021 at 10:28 am

    I just wanted to let you know that any Reese seasonal holiday shaped items are actually not gluten free. I am the biggest Reese fan ever and I found this out as soon as I discovered I could no longer have gluten. Almost all of Reese’s products are gluten free, just not seasonal such as the Christmas tree, pumpkin shape, etc….

    1. jkitchengf

      16th December 2021 at 8:30 am

      Hey – are you in the US? In the UK, all of the Reeses seasonal bits I can find are gluten free 🙂 If you’ve found something different, I’d love for you to send me a link

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