View Our Categories Page

Spangler Candy Store Categories

Our Brands

Spangler Candy Canes

Enjoy Spangler Candy Canes this holiday season!

Enjoy Spangler Candy Canes this holiday season!
Buy Online

Spangler Candy products are gluten-free. Learn more about wheat allergens and gluten intolerances.

Spangler Candy gluten information

A gluten-free lifestyle is a necessary prescription for people suffering from Celiac disease or gluten intolerance. This information is to help develop an understanding of the differences among Celiac disease, gluten intolerance, and wheat allergy.

The market for gluten-free products is expected to grow 28% a year and top $6.6 billion by 2017 as more people are diagnosed with celiac disease and food allergies. The National Institutes of Health says celiac disease affects about 1 in 100 people in Europe and North America. The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center estimate is 1 in 133 healthy people. (a)

What is Gluten?

Gluten exists in the grass-like grains wheat, barley, rye, kamut and spelt. Gluten provides an elasticity and glue-like capacity to hold its flour products together and provide them with a chewy texture.

Gluten is often used in sauces, flavorings, flavor enhancers and even as a binder or filler in vitamins and supplements. Adapting a gluten-free diet requires more than just removing wheat products from your lifestyle.

What Is Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten intolerance can be separated into three categories: (1) Celiac disease, (2) Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and (3) wheat allergy. Technically, a wheat allergy is not gluten intolerance, but the terms are often used interchangeably and create confusion, so it is listed here.

(1) Celiac disease occurs when the proteins in gluten trigger the immune system to overreact with strong antibodies. Over time, these antibodies wear down little hairs, called villi, that line the walls of your intestine. These tiny hairs absorb nutrients as foods pass through the lower digestive tract. As Celiac disease progresses, the body becomes less able to process any nutrition from food.

(2) Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) is more difficult to pinpoint. Individuals who suffer from NCGS have symptoms similar to people with Celiac disease, but the blood test which identifies and diagnoses Celiac disease returns as negative. The only way to diagnose NCGS is through a gluten-free diet.

(3) Wheat allergy symptoms are different than gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, but some refer to them as gluten allergy symptoms. Wheat allergies are a histamine response to wheat, much like a peanut allergy or hay fever. Wheat allergies manifest themselves in a variety of ways for different people. Some people experience hives while others might experience stomach pain.

Are Gluten intolerances and Wheat allergy the same?

Even though Celiac disease occurs as a reaction to a protein in wheat, it is not a wheat allergy. A wheat allergy is a traditional allergy in which the body develops antibodies to an allergen. An individual can have a wheat allergy and not have Celiac disease (or gluten intolerance), and vice versa. They are two different responses in the body.

In most cases, gluten intolerance symptoms will be systemic and a result of consuming gluten over a period of time. Symptoms of a wheat allergy will manifest themselves more like a typical allergy - quickly and with a single exposure. (b)

The information contained here is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a medical professional for a thorough and professional analysis.

Spangler Candy packaging has information and symbols noting our products are free of the top common allergens. We include gluten in this listing, but show wheat and gluten separately due to the differences as explained above. Please see further information on re-bagged items.

Purchase gluten-free Dum DumsSaf-T-PopsCandy Canes, and Circus Peanuts online.

Download our Allergen Brochure.

(a) Los Angeles Times, 2012 (b), 2011.

Stay Connected

Happy first day of Fall! We love carving pumpkins, falling leaves and of course, HALLOWEEN!! What are you most excited about this season? #FirstDayofFall #Autumn #Halloween #DumDums

Happy first day of Fall! We love...

Monday's are sweeter with Dum Dums. #HappyMonday #DumDums #Candy #SweetTreat

Monday's are sweeter with Dum Dums. #HappyMonday...

Balance your day with a healthy snack and a sweet treat! At 25 calories a pop, Dum Dums are perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while staying on track with a healthy lifestyle! #HappyWednesday #WednesdayWisdom #HealthyEating

Balance your day with a healthy snack...

Happy National Grandparents Day! Create special memories today and everyday with your loved ones. #NationalGrandparentsDay #DumDums #Lollipops #MakingMemories

Happy National Grandparents Day! Create special memories...

Create some Halloween spirit today with Dum Dums! #Halloween #Crafting #DIY

Create some Halloween spirit today with Dum...

Give your Dum Dums a sweet and spooky makeover this Halloween! #Halloween #Candy #Crafting @1dogwoof

Give your Dum Dums a sweet and...

Use Dum Dums to help make your cupcakes extra sweet and spooky this Halloween! Find these monster cupcakes and more at #Halloween #Baking #Cupcakes #DumDums

Use Dum Dums to help make your...

Dum Dums, proudly made in Ohio! #Fall #Ohio #DumDums #OhioGram #Madeinusa

Dum Dums, proudly made in Ohio! #Fall...

These pumpkin inspired Dum Dums are perfect for Fall! Perfect for craft night, Halloween goodie bags or festive decorating! Check out this and more fun craft ideas on our website:

#Halloween #Crafty #DumDums #Fall

These pumpkin inspired Dum Dums are perfect...

Happy World Teacher Day to all of our wonderful and inspiring teachers! Take a moment today to thank your teachers, past present and future for the hard work and dedication they show everyday! #WorldTeacherDay #DumDums #TeacherLife

Happy World Teacher Day to all of...