Updated: April 15, 2013
Swedish Fish are the colored gummy candy that are chewy and shaped like an actual fish (without tasting anything like fish). Some of the colors they are made in are red, yellow, blue, green, and black. Swedish Fish are available in many supermarkets, convenience stores, and specialty candy shops here in the United States. They are one of the few gummy candy that do not contain gelatin.
No, Swedish Fish are not considered gluten free. According to the swedishfish.com website, the ingredients for the red fish are “SUGAR, INVERT SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORING, WHITE MINERAL OIL, CARNAUBA WAX, RED 40, YELLOW 6, YELLOW 5 AND BLUE 1.” Since some of these ingredients are controversial, Swedish Fish can not be called gluten free.
Even if a company says their product is gluten-free and there are no gluten-containing ingredients listed on the packaging, I still oftentimes check celiac forums online to see if there are people who have had a reaction to it. Some people DID actually report have issues after eating Swedish Fish. When I originally posted this article back in January 2012, the consensus was that the product was gluten free. This cannot be considered the case anymore when the manufacturer refuses to state that it is gluten free: http://mdlz.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2277
To always be 100% sure a product is gluten-free, check with the manufacturer before consuming!
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