Gluten-free junk food

Gluten-free junk food

Get your junk on with these yummy picks

If you are on a gluten free diet, you know that after a while you start craving what you can't have. It's only human! Visions of delicious junk food may dance through your head, tormenting you with the life you led behind. But don't worry - there are a lot of great options available for gluten free junk food binges that won't leave you curled up on the floor with gluten related pain. These may not be entirely guilt free foods, but they are gluten free!

 
1. Salty Snacks
Many people are surprised to learn how many salty crunchy snacks actually do not contain gluten. Here is a list of the Lay's products which are gluten free. It's a pretty impressive list, right? Check out the amazing variety of Doritos, Lays, Cheetos, and Ruffles chips that are gluten free, or which contain no gluten ingredients. 
 
In fact, Lay's recently revised the recipe for Doritos to make them gluten free. All hail the salty crunchy snack masters at Lay's!

2. Sweet Snacks
 
To pick out some favorites: Butterfingers, 3 Musketeers, Hershey bars, Jolly Ranchers, York Peppermint Patties, and M&Ms (all flavors but NOT PRETZEL) are an easily available, gluten free candy. All Just Born candy is gluten free (this includes Peeps, Mike & Ikes, Dots, and more). All Jelly Belly jelly beans are gluten free, too.
 
McDonald's shakes are gluten free, but only when they come straight from the tap. Their McCafe frappes and McFlurry concoctions, although they contain no gluten ingredients, are subject to cross-contamination. (And many people report having had reactions after trying them.) Wendy's Frostys are gluten free, too.
 
Speaking of ice cream, as a general rule the ice cream is fine, but the stuff that gets mixed into it is not. Here's a great list of gluten free brands. Ben & Jerry's and Breyer ice cream are both good about clearly labeling any gluten-containing ingredients. Most (but not all) Dove ice cream bars varieties are gluten-free, too.
 
3. Fast Food
Gluten free eating gets hard when you're talking fast food. Domino's recently launched a gluten free pizza crust, although they cannot promise there is no cross-contamination happening in their kitchens. Wendy's tends to be the best fast food option for glutenistas, with many menu items available gluten free. 
 
Are McDonald's French fries gluten free? It depends. The oil contains wheat derivatives, although McDonald's says the fries themselves have no detectible gluten, many people have had gluten-like reactions after eating them. Use your best judgment, based on the severity of your syndrome, and how badly you really want them!