Is Jello Gluten-Free?

Is Jello Gluten Free

Is Jello gluten-free? 

Jello on its own is naturally gluten-free according to its listed ingredients and strict gluten-free protocol used at the Kraft facilities, but it cannot be guaranteed as gluten-free because some of the ingredients are purchased from suppliers who only list the gluten sources that are required by law. 

Pre-made jello products are often made in facilities where cross-contamination with gluten-containing products is possible. 

Officially, according to celiac.com, Jello is considered “gluten-safe” rather than “gluten-free”. A gluten-safe product contains naturally gluten-free ingredients, although it is not able to officially be labeled gluten-free according to the above reasons. 

Gluten-safe products are described as being likely safe for people following a celiac diet. Since not every person eating a gluten-free diet suffers from Celiac disease, if it is listed as gluten-safe for those with Celiac, it is likely to be safe for all gluten-free eaters. 

If you’d like to enjoy gluten-free jello, it is best made from the powder in the box at home, rather than bought pre-made in the cups. This way, you are able to control the ingredients that go in and there is no need to worry about any cross-contamination. 

If you’re making a no-bake Jello pie, be sure to use a gluten-free crust to make the entire dish gluten-free.

About Jello

Jell-O is a Kraft brand of gelatin dessert introduced in 1897 that includes pudding, fruit-flavored gelatin, and no-bake pies. Although it is used generically to describe anything that is a gelatin dessert, Jello is actually a brand name. 

While gelatin historically used to be used to create savory dishes, such as aspics, over time, palettes changed. Since the 1980s, Jello is mostly used to create sweet desserts and snacks. 

Jello was more popular in the first half of the century than it is now, as the base of many dishes, both sweet and savory. Congealed salads gained popularity in the 1930s, leading to the creation of the lime flavor to highlight ingredients in the salad.

Jello comes in many different flavors and forms. The most popular flavor is strawberry. The original flavors are strawberry, raspberry, orange, and lemon. 

Along with the fruity gelatin dessert, Jello can also refer to Jell-O brand pudding. Chocolate, vanilla, and a mixture of the two are the most popular flavors of Jello pudding, along with butterscotch. 

While jello is mostly bought in pre-made cups nowadays, the original way it was made was by mixing the patented gelatin powder and hot water. This is most often done in a jello mold to create fun shapes. 

Other foods such as fruit can be suspended inside the jello, as long as it is firm enough. 

Ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Gelatin
  • Adipic Acid 
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Disodium Phosphate
  • Artificial Flavor
  • Fumaric Acid
  • Various food colorings depending on flavor
Nutrition Guide For Raspberry Jell-O 
Per Serving
Calories 80
Total Fat 

Sodium

0g

80mg

Total Carbohydrate 19g
Protein 2g

Sources

Jell-O – Wikipedia

Jello | Eat! Gluten-Free – Celiac Disease Foundation

Is Jell-O Gluten-Free? | BeyondCeliac.org

Is Jello Gluten-Free? – Healthline

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