Did you know that Breyers ice cream has been around since 1866? It took 30 years before Breyers opened a wholesale manufacturing center, and now they are one of the most popular ice cream companies in the United States. The Breyers website says that they “always start with high quality ingredients and combine them with naturally sourced colors and flavors for wholesome goodness.” As someone who has to be diligent about what I eat, that sort of commitment to “wholesome goodness” is exactly what I’m looking for. But, is Breyers ice cream gluten free? Some of it, yes!
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Breyers Ice Cream Gluten Free List
Breyers currently offers 66 ice cream flavors, but only 29 of them are gluten free. I don’t mean “only” as in “why aren’t there more?” I’m happy to see that these popular ice cream brands are offering more options for people who need a gluten-free diet.
This updated list indicates which Breyers ice cream is gluten free:
- Black Raspberry Chocolate
- Butter Pecan
- CarbSmart Chocolate
- CarbSmart Vanilla
- Cherry Vanilla
- Chocolate Chip
- Chocolate Peanut Butter
- Extra Creamy Chocolate
- Extra Creamy Vanilla
- French Vanilla
- Homemade Vanilla
- Lactose Free Chocolate
- Lactose Free Vanilla
- Mint Chocolate Chip
- Natural Strawberry
- Natural Vanilla
- No Sugar Added Butter Pecan
- No Sugar Added Caramel Swirl
- No Sugar Added Vanilla
- No Sugar Added Vanilla Chocolate Strawberry
- Non-Dairy Vanilla Peanut Butter
- Salted Caramel
- Vanilla Chocolate
- Vanilla Chocolate Strawberry
- Vanilla Fudge Twirl
Breyers used to have CarbSmart Peanut Butter and Coconut Fudge on their list, but those were removed. We’re not sure if Breyers stopped making those items or if those two products now have gluten-containing ingredients in them.
Don’t forget to check out our complete list of gluten-free ice cream brands!
Are Breyers Ice Cream Cups Gluten Free?
A common question people ask is are Breyers ice cream cups gluten free? This is a tricky one. (Though it never should be tricky when it comes to food labeling!)
Breyers offers Reese’s Snack Cups, Natural Vanilla Snack Cups and Chocolate Snack Cups. While they have no gluten-containing ingredients (at least on the surface), these ice cream snack cups are not categorized as gluten free.
This is slightly puzzling, especially when you look at the ingredients for the Natural Vanilla Snack Cups:
Milk, Cream, Sugar, Water, Vegetable Gum (Tara), Natural Flavor.
Is the gluten hiding behind the natural flavor? That’s doubtful, because Breyers states (as you’ll see in their statement below), “Any ingredient that may contain gluten are always listed on the label.”
My guess is that the Breyers snack cups are manufactured in a different facility from their quarts, and those cup may come in contact with gluten. It’s only a guess, though!
So, are Breyers ice cream cups gluten free? We’re going to say no to this one just to be safe! All the other Breyers quarts have a cute little green “Gluten Free” stamp on the product, and the snack cups do not. They also are not sorted as part of the gluten-free ice options on their website. None of this is a mistake. Keep yourself safe and stay away from the Breyers ice cream cups if you have to avoid gluten.
How Does Breyers Avoid Gluten Cross-Contact?
While the Breyers Ice Cream Gluten Free List is helpful to determine which Breyers ice cream is gluten free, we’re still left wondering how exactly Breyers avoids gluten cross-contact, especially because they manufacture so many other gluten-containing ice creams.
We contacted Breyers to learn more, and this is their response:
Thank you for contacting Breyers about our ice cream.
Like any food manufacturing facility, Unilever manufacturing facilities are not allergen free.
However, we have a robust Food Safety and allergen control program in place for all of our products and ingredients and our labels are in compliance with all guidance and regulations with regard to allergen labeling. Regulatory guidance directs that companies take proper precautions and have thorough cleaning procedures.
At Unilever, we have mandatory policies and standards in place to ensure that we meet regulatory guidance and our own Code of Business Principles. Safety and quality are an important and integral part of our product design. In order to ensure our products are produced safely and labeled properly: – A detailed review is performed for every ingredient, from each supplier, to understand possible cross contamination issues. This process drives potential declarations on the label of our products. – We have a robust Allergen Management Program in our manufacturing sites, and includes the separation and storage of allergen containing ingredients, robust line cleaning, allergen clean validation testing, and we conduct verification testing and analysis of the line and finished product to ensure proper cleaning.
Ingredients that may contain any of the top eight allergens as defined by FDA: peanuts, tree nuts, soy, fish, seafood, wheat, eggs, and dairy, as well as any ingredient that may contain gluten are always listed on the label. Our products are formulated for use by majority of consumers, and not specifically for those on restricted diet.
NOTE: Even though we take these extra precautions, there is no guarantee that our products are allergen free. Our product formulations may change at any time, and changes in existing products can occur without notification. It is for this reason that we suggest reading all ingredient labels carefully. If this is something that is of concern, we suggest not using the product. I hope that you carry on enjoying Breyers and feel free to ask us for more advice. We are always here to help.
Kind regardsCommunity Brand Ambassador, Breyers
There you have it! You can eat Breyers ice cream as part of a well-rounded gluten-free diet. Do yourself a favor (or should we say flavor?) and bookmark this article so you can always know at a glance which Breyers ice cream is gluten free.
Go get your grub on!