Are Hershey's Kisses Gluten-Free?

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Which Hershey's Kisses are gluten-free?. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

Plain milk chocolate Hershey's kisses are considered gluten-free to 20 parts per million, or ppm, according to Hershey's. (Learn more about what "parts per million" and other ways of measuring trace gluten really mean to you here: How Much Gluten Can Make Me Sick?)

The "safe" Hershey's kisses include:

  • traditional silver-wrapped Hershey's kisses
  • plain milk chocolate kisses wrapped in colored foil that are sold for holidays such as Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas, and
  • plain milk chocolate Hershey's kisses sold in plastic candy canes at holiday time.

In addition, several of the flavored Hershey's chocolate kisses are considered to be gluten-free to the same 20 parts per million of gluten level. These include:

  • Kisses filled with vanilla creme
  • Kisses filled with cherry cordial creme
  • Mint dark chocolate truffle-flavored Kisses
  • Pumpkin spice-flavored Kisses
  • Special Dark "mildly sweet" Kisses (note that Hershey's Special Dark candy bars are NOT considered gluten-free)
  • Hershey's new Kisses Deluxe large-sized candies with hazelnuts and crispy rice

None of the other Hershey's kisses products are gluten-free, according to Hershey's gluten-free list (as of November 2015). The non-gluten-free Hershey's kisses include:

  • milk chocolate kisses with almonds
  • AirDelight kisses
  • Hugs kisses (the striped varieties), and
  • candy cane-flavored kisses (again, the plain milk chocolate Hershey's kisses sold in plastic candy canes are considered gluten-free)

    Yes, it can be very confusing.

    Note that it's easy to mix up filled Kisses (which are considered gluten-free) with Hugs Kisses (which are not considered gluten-free). The products' wrappers are very similar. Know for certain what you've got before you take a bite!

    Finally, the jumbo Hershey's kiss products — the 7 oz., 5 oz.

    and 1.45 oz. kisses — are not considered gluten-free either, according to the company.

    The Bottom Line on Gluten-Free Hershey's Kisses

    If you like Hershey's kisses, make sure to purchase only the varieties I list above as appearing on Hershey's gluten-free list. Those three varieties are safe on the gluten-free diet while all other varieties are not.

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