The Ultimate Gluten Free Christmas Chocolate Guide 2022
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
- Classics Mixed Chocolate Chunks Pouch
- 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
- Festive Friends
- Chocolate Orange Milk Crispy Oranges
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
- Festive Orange
- 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!!
- Grand Ferrero Rocher Milk
- Grand Ferrero Rocher Dark
- Christmas Edition
- Surprise Figures
- Christmas Egg – NOT the Kinder Joy eggs
- Kinder Chocolate Small Bars Multipack
Matchmakers – Quality Street editions
- Cool Mint
Quality Street Bars
- Orange Crunch
- Purple One
- Golden Caramel with Honey & Almond Nougat
- Christmas Selection
Walnut Whip Selection Box
Bendick’s Mint Collection
Baileys Chocolate Collection
After Eight Dark Mint Chocolate Gift Tin
- 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.
(4) NOT GLUTEN FREE
Celebrations – Cross contamination risk with all of them
Baileys Choc Collection Box – no longer gf 🙁
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
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
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
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
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.
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?
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?
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
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 ?
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
1st December 2020 at 8:19 pm
Thank you so much for this guide, very helpful for me and my daughter x
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
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
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.
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 🙂
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! 🙂
16th December 2021 at 8:28 am
no problem – glad its helpful 🙂
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 ?
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
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….
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