Halloween is quickly approaching and while my son is still too young to partake in the whole trick or treating aspect, I can’t help but think about what I will do once he is a little older. See, I’m vegan and have been raising him to be vegan (most Halloween candy is not vegan) and then there’s the issue of dangerous dyes… oh and non fair trade chocolate has a pretty dark side (hello Nestle and Hershey!). So what will I do? What do YOU do? I’d love to hear!
Let me point out that by no means am I saying there is a right and wrong way to go approach Halloween candy. To each their own. I’m just trying to figure out what will work for us. Will I let my son go trick or treating but not eat the candy? Will I exchange it for better options? Will I let him eat a certain amount? I’m not sure! Thankfully I still have time to figure it out. I’m also lucky in the sense that my son isn’t actually allergic to anything (that I’m aware of any way) but I feel for the moms of kiddos who are!
I wanted to write this post not just to start a conversation about candy but to share with you guys some better options. By better I mean options that are free of many of the common allergens as well as artificial dyes. They are still TREATS by all means (sugar!) but in my opinion, they are better options than the more common mini bars you see this time of the year.
YummyEarth Organic Pops: These are my favorite for trick or treaters because they are individually wrapped and pretty affordable to hand out to kids. They are DELICIOUS and use real fruit and veggies for dyes and flavours.
Ingredients: Organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, non-GMO citric acid (from beet sugar – not corn), natural flavors, organic black carrots, organic black currant organic apple, organic carrot, organic pumpkin, ascorbic acid.
YummyEarth Organic Candy Drops: These are a cute candy option for filling a snack bowl at a party. They taste similar to the Pops and are really yummy. The small size is nice too if you want something sweet but not TOO much.
Ingredients: Organic dried cane sugar, organic rice syrup, citric acid, natural flavors, black carrot juice from concentrate, black currant juice from concentrate, turmeric, organic annatto.
YummyEarth Sour Pops: I’m a sucker for sour stuff so of course I love these. Again, flavored with real food!
Ingredients: Organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, non-gmo citric acid (from beet sugar – not corn), natural flavors, organic black carrots, organic black currant, organic apple, organic carrot, organic pumpkin, ascorbic acid.
Endangered Species chocolate bar (blueberry): One of my favorite chocolate bar brands; organic and fair trade. These do contain soy lecithin so if you have a soy allergy they are a no go.
Ingredients: Bittersweet chocolate (chocolate liquor, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin vanilla), infused blueberries (blueberries, sugar, glycerol, natural blueberry flavor).
Eating Evolved Coconut Butter Cups: I was really excited to try these! Obviously a little pricey to hand out to trick or treaters but perfect for you to munch on while the kids dig into their own stuff. *wink*
Ingredients: Organic coconut, organic cacoa*, organic caoca butter*, organic coconut sugar, Himalayan sea salt.
Justin’s is another yummy option for “butter cups”.
TruJoy Organic Chocolate Chews: These really remind me of a Tootsie Roll- a favorite! Another great option for displaying in a bowl or maybe a Pinyata?
Ingredients: Organic dried cane syrup, organic tapioca syrup, organic palm oil*, organic cocoa powder, organic vanilla flavor, organic chocolate liquor, organic rice extract. *Sustainably sourced
Surf Sweets Sour Worms: This brand makes a lot of “traditional” candies like sour worms, peach rings, watermelon rings etc I went with the worms because they’d be awesome for making dirt cake! These are free of the 10 most common allergens so should be okay for most kids!
Ingredients: Organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, citric acid, pectin, organic grape juice concentrate, sodium citrate, ascorbic acid, colors added (organic black carrot juice concentrate, organic turmeric, organic annatto), natural flavors. *92% Organic
OCHO Organic Candy Bar Coconut: These are similar to a Bounty bar and are a favorite of mine. Not all are vegan but these ones are. Another great one for trick or treaters since they are individually wrapped/sealed.
Ingredients: Organic dark chocolate (organic chocolate liquor, organic dried cane syrup, organic cocoa butter, organic soy lecithin (emulsifier), organic vanilla extract, (organic tapioca, organic coconut, organic sugar (evaporated cane juice, tapioca starch), salt and organic vanilla extract.
Some other options include snack packs of crackers, popcorn, fruit snacks, veggie straws… These are all available in snack packs!
All of the links are from VitaCost because that’s who I ordered from. I love that you can really narrow down your options by selection things like vegan, soy free, corn free, dairy free, gluten free, organic etc It makes it so much easier! They also have a lot of their candy on sale right now- use code HALLOWEEN to save 15%! If you are new to VitaCost, you can sign up with my affiliate link and save $10.
Check out VegNews post for more vegan options.
I also love the idea of giving out non-food items to trick or treaters! This is great for kids who have a lot of allergies. You could give out stickers, activity books, lip balm (I love Hurraw brand)… all sorts of things! Go raid the dollar store or the Bullseye section at Target (is that what it’s called??).
Check out this post from The Natural Nurterer for more non-food options.