Sunday, October 27, 2013

Red Dye 40 Safe Candy

This is a general list of Red Dye 40 free commercial candy. Everything on this list had no red dye 40 in it! I made it mostly for myself because one of my children is sensitive to the artificial coloring. It causes his behavior to spiral out of control. I made this list to have on hand, especially around Halloween. But I also noticed that there is a lack in lists of what is safe. I will add on to this list as time goes on, it's just for reference.

Just remember, just because it isn't red colored, it does NOT make it safe. They can sneak red into any color just to make it more appealing. Even brown M&M's have red dye 40 in them.

Your best bet is to read the labels, but sometimes the label just isn't available to you such as at a function, or at Halloween.

If you know of any other candies that do not contain Red Dye 40, leave me a comment and I will update the list.

Disclaimer: While I have checked the ingredients from the company websites as well as package labels, they do occasionally change their ingredients. For example, online Laffy Taffy says the Strawberry ones are made with Red 3, not Red 40, but the label on the candy itself says Red 40. When in doubt, don't give it.

3 Musketeers
Almond Joy
Baby Ruth
Charleston Chew
Dum Dums
     • Blueberry
     • Blue Raspberry
     • Cotton Candy
     • Cream Soda
     • Sour Apple
Haribo Happy Cola (submitted by Kylie L.)
Heath Bar
Hershey's Cookies and Cream Chocolate
Hershey Kisses
    • with almonds
    • Dark Chocolate
    • with caramel
    • Hugs
    • Pumpkin
    • Kit Kat
Fun Dip
  • Razzapple
Laffy taffy
  • Banana
  • Grape- Red 3
Laffy Taffy Rope
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Wild Blue Raspberry
Milky Way
Milk Duds
Tootsie Rolls
    • Chocolate
    • Vanilla in blue wrapper
    • Lemon Flavored yellow and brown wrapper
    • Lime in green wrapper

Tootsie Pops
    • Brown

Willy Wonka Gummies
  • Sluggles
  • Puckerooms
  • Splashberries
Yummy Earth Lollipops


  1. Thank you for taking the time to do this. I am just starting to eliminate red 40 in my daughter's food and this made my life much easier after trick-or-treating.

  2. Haribo cola bottles are red dye free! Thanks for this list. Quite helpful.

    1. I added it to the list! Thanks! Ironically, as I was reading the comment, the commercial for it came on at that exact second! Weird right?!

  3. Thank you, so much, for this list! Red dye 40 makes my son's behavior spiral out of control, too. Eliminating it from his diet has been so successful for him that he actively avoids it (He's 9) and he feels sad whenever he sees his friends eating candy he can't have. This list makes it so much easier to have a place to start at the treats store!

  4. Brachs candy corn has red 3 listed. Are you sure about the dum dum flavors?


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