When SWEET is Not so SWEET!

Festive Homemade Candy Canes Ready for Christmas


It started out as a nice evening. There was a chill in the air, but it wasn’t too cold to be out. We were watching a Christmas parade in a town not too far away from us. They were playing Christmas music before the parade started and I had to laugh as “The Christmas song” by the Chipmunks was the first song played, thinking back on my Monday’s post.

At the end of the parade Candy canes were handed out and one was handed to me. They aren’t my favorite candy but this was handed to me, so I had to eat it, right? I had been asked if I wanted one at the beginning of the parade and I had passed, but this one was placed right in my hand.

After the parade we watched a short but cool pyrotechnic light and music show. It had been put together by a 17 year old and we were impressed. During the show I enjoyed my sweet candy cane. Afterwards my husband and I decided to take a leisurely stroll through downtown and visit some of the unique shops they had.

My legs started getting itchy and in not much time at all the itch was becoming intense. Have you ever tried walking and scratching your legs at the same time? Not that easy to do. By the time we found a place to sit down, I realized that I was into a full blown gluten allergy reaction as I scratched my legs like crazy! But I was totally perplexed! We had eaten supper at home and all I since then was a simple, sweet, candy cane.

My husband googled and we were both surprised to read that not all Candy Canes are gluten free! How can they not be gluten free! I thought they were just made up of sugar and flavoring and more sugar, but nope wheat flour is an ingredient among the butter and eggs. There was our answer, though still perplexing, for you think about how little a candy cane is and I am sure the amount of flour couldn’t be that much!

I was diagnosed with Celiac over 9 years ago, the Doctor had noticed that my liver enzymes were very high and didn’t know why, and through more testing celiac was diagnosed.

I have eaten candy canes since being diagnosed, but do not remember ever having a reaction to them. But there was no doubt this was a allergic reaction as there was a rash on my legs, amidst the bruises, which has happened before when I had gluten. The bruises are from me breaking blood vessels because of scratching so hard.

I am fine now, besides my legs looking like they got in an accident. I did start itching everywhere but the rash stayed on the legs. Why did I react this time and not before, who knows. My body may have just did a better job of getting rid of the gluten before and this time threw a fit about it. This is why I do my best to steer clear of anything that I know has gluten, for I never know how my body may react, and its not worth the momentary pleasure of eating something good, knowing I may pay for it later. Whether through an upset stomach, migraine headache or a rash. Perhaps the “sweet” candy cane had bothered me before, but I blamed it on something else, never thinking that a little,Β  “sweet”, candy cane could be to blame.

It is estimated that 32 million people suffer from food allergies, do you fall in that number? What is your experience with food allergies? 3 million suffer from celiac disease.

Studies show that celiac is far more common now than it was 50 years ago. Is that due to it just not being diagnosed before, or due to food being grown and processed differently now? Are we making food worse for us and that’s why food allergies keep growing? What do you think?

I don’t know the answer, but I do believe that I will be giving up candy canes, for to me they are not so sweet!




26 thoughts on “When SWEET is Not so SWEET!

  1. I friend of mine eats gluten free. She used to have a lot of GI issues but was never diagnosed with celiac. She is, however, convinced that her dad had it as he had a lot of food/GI issues that they didn’t diagnose right. I’m guessing that docs back in the day weren’t tuned into it like they are now and many people suffered without understanding why. Glad your issue wasn’t more severe. I would have never thought of candy canes (which I don’t even like) having gluten in them.

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    • I think you are right about Drs not diagnosing it correctly. I actually think its that and some of our food changing as well. Adding so much more preservatives and additives. .
      Thanks and I know, who would have thought that little candy canes would have gluten! It did prove something to me though. I been told before to try a bite of something, for its so good and a little gluten probably won’t hurt me…..well….a little candy cane proved that false! So I will keep saying No thank you!

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  2. I’m so sorry that happened to you. I’m always kind of hesitant to consume food that I can’t verify what is in it though it is because i am vegan. But who would of thought candy canes could potential have gluten???
    From reading I have done much of the rise in gluten sensitivity is the result of the grain modification and the processing process.
    hope your legs feel better soon.

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    • Hi! Thanks for caring and sharing your thoughts.
      I agree about the grain modification, wheat isn’t the same as it used to be! Why we thought we had to mess with it, I don’t know!
      Thanks again! πŸ™‚


  3. Lessons learned . . . in a less than sweet fashion!

    I had a severe allergic reaction to “something” (maybe Aleve) this time last year ~ itchy, rash, face swollen to 2x its normal dimension, eyes swollen shut, etc.
    An experience I hope never to repeat.

    Feel better soon. Stick with chocolate. And coffee.

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    • OH dear about the Aleve! My daughter can’t take that either, but her reaction wasn’t that severe! That sounds awful! I hope you don’t repeat it as well!
      Thanks, I am feeling better, besides my legs being sore.
      I just told my Mom today that I was sticking with chocolate, much safer and YES, Coffee is gluten free as well!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  4. The world of food must seem like a minefield to you, never knowing when one misstep will cause a blowup. I’m glad you were able to survive this incident with just some bruising and itching. So, what would happen to you if you ate an entire box of crackers, or a big loaf of bread? Emergency room visit?

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  5. thankfully you are ok now and it was not too serious, I shudder to think if it were, lucky Brad was close at hand. it’s worrying how ingredients can be switched or added, food allergies can be deadly, well in future you may be more careful of these sweet gifts…LOL!

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  6. I have celiac disease as well, my liver enzymes were also extremely high, but no one seemed to know why until I kept pushing for more testing. It’s definitely not a pleasant experience the effects of a gluten exposure. I have a lot of serious food allergies and have to read the labels on everything.


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