Don’t Let Food Allergies Scare You This Halloween

Ah, Halloween: When candy is plentiful and hard to resist. But for people with food allergies, it’s a time to be on the lookout for ingredients that might have horrific effects.

In the efforts of making Halloween safer, took 2014’s most popular chocolate and non-chocolate candies (according to EquiTrend Rankings) to Dr. John Leung, director of the Food Allergy Center at Tufts Medical Center. We asked him to determine whether or not each item on the lists was safe for people allergic to gluten, nuts, dairy, or soy.

Here are his findings, based on whether allergens are either listed on a candy’s ingredient list or processed in the same facility as a candy. (Good news for soy allergy sufferers: Dr. Leung said people averse to soy can safely eat candy with soybean oil or soy lecithin.)


Here’s the allergy-by-allergy breakdown:

Here’s the allergy-by-allergy breakdown of the most popular candies. —Eric Silva /

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