Update: 4/29/17 Please note that this article is more than two years old. It is highly recommended to call each manufacturer and double-check ingredients.
I would also like to add that Surf Sweets is also a great option for candy that I have found since posting this article.
One of the things I struggle with the most is the frustration of reading labels in a store when all you want is a quick little soy free treat. So today, I spent the afternoon in stores reading labels and making phone calls in hopes that it will save you some time.
One note about this list: I have heard a lot of folks say that ingredients can change at any time, so what is on my store shelf may not be what is on your shelf. Because of this, and because some of us have other allergies (myself included), I am adding the ingredients listed on each package. I have not received any goods, services or any other payment for any of the items below:
Update: New Candy Added 4/19/14 (YumEarth Organics)
I recently found some YumEarth Organics gummy bears at TJ Maxx and love them. Most of their products are certified organic, and their lollipops, drops, bears, fruit snacks, and sour beans are soy free plus no gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, dairy, eggs, shellfish, high fructose corn syrup, and articificial colors or flavors.
Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Wheat Flour, Citric Acid, Artificial Flavor, Red 40
Red Vines look just like Twizzlers, except that Twizzlers contain soy lecithin. The company that makes Red Vines confirmed by voicemail that Red Vines do not contain soy. Enjoy!
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Contains less than .5% of the following ingredients: Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), Potassium Sorbate (A Preservative), Natural Flavors, Carnauba Wax.
The company that makes Peeps assured me that they are committed to providing a clear listing of all of the Top 8 Allergens and their peeps are soy free.
Ingredients: Milk Chocolate (Sugar; Cocoa Butter; Chocolate; Milk; Nonfat Milk; Sunflower Lecithin; Milk Fat; Natural Flavor); Glucose Syrup (Wheat); Sugar; Sweetened Condensed Skim Milk (Skim Milk and Sugar); Palm Oil; Contains 2% or Less of Milk Fat; Salt; Natural Flavor; Sodium Carbonate.
(Note: Rolos contain soy lecithin, Rolo Minis do not)
Ingredients: Corn Syrup; Sugar; Contains 2% or Less of: Malic Acid; Natural And Artificial Flavor; Artificial Color (Red 40; Blue 1; Yellow 5; Yellow 6).
Below is the link to Hershey’s Allergy Statement (maker of Rolos Minis and Jolly Ranchers)
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Less than 2% of: Apple Juice from Concentrate, Citric Acid, Acacia Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium Citrate, Colors: Red 40 and Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide, Carnauba Wax, Confectioner’s Glaze.
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; less than 2% of: Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), Sodium Citrate, Carnauba Wax.
I called the makers of Starburst and Skittles (Wrigley), and they assured me that neither contain soy and they clearly label for the top 8 allergens.
Sour Patch Kids
Ingredients: Sugar, Invert Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Tartaric Acid, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavoring, Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 1.
Ingredients: Sugar, Invertsugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Citric Acid, White Mineral Oil, Artificial Flavors, Red 40 and Carnauba Wax.
I called the makers of Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish (Mondelez), and they also confirmed that they clearly label the top 8 allergens.
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, Contains less than 0.5% of the following: Artificial Flavors, Dextrin, Confectioners Glaze, Artificial Color, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Carnauba Wax, Fruit Juice From Concentrate (Pear, Orange, Strawbery, Cherry, Lime, Lemon), Sodium Citrate, Pectin, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Red #40, Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), Yellow #6, Red #3, Blue #1.
Mike and Ike
Ingredients: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, Fruit Juice from Concentrate (Pear, Orange, Strawberry, Cherry, Lime, Lemon), Contains Less Than 2% of the Following: Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Fumaric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Dextrin, Confectioners Glaze, Carnauba Wax, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Red #40, Yellow #5 (Tartrazine), Yellow #6, Blue #1.
Just Born Foods (makers of Hot Tamales and Mike and Ike) also confirmed by phone that these products do not contain soy.
Soy Free Sales, LLC
One note about a website that sells soy free candy. I do not have personal dealings with this site, but I wanted to mention it: Soy Free Sales, LLC advertises chocolate and candy free from soy, tree nuts, and peanuts. Their link is below:
And Now For Two of My Go-To Sweet Treat Brands:
Enjoy Life has committed to and advertised for making products free of the 8 Common Allergens and are Non-GMO Verified. They make chocolate, cookies, cereals, and more. I have found them in several local grocery stores. I have tried their chocolate morsels, bars, and snickerdoodle cookies, and they are all delicious. They also have great allergy resources and links to allergy sites on their website. Visit their link below:
So Delicious is my hero. They are known for making all kinds of products made from either coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk, and they have a statement on their website about batch-testing for allergies. With that in mind, make sure that you are getting their products that are labeled “soy free.” Their website will not only give you all of their product information and help you determine which products are soy free, but they will tell you which stores carry specific products. I highly recommend their Coconut Milk “Ice Cream.” I have tried their chocolate, chocolate mint, and mocha almond fudge. They also have Almond Milk “Minis,” which is an “ice cream” bar, and they are out of this world. Visit the So Delicious website:
Hope you enjoy some soy free treats!
Calling All Soy Survivors: Did I leave anything off the list? Please leave more candies in the comments below so we can keep adding to the list.
Author: Alanna Waldrop