Halloween can be a tricky time of year for vegans. Many of the treats that are handed out on October 31st contain ingredients derived from animals, like dairy products or gelatin. Others contain different versions of the extremely destructive ingredient, palm oil, which we urge you to stay away from as well. (Learn more about it in this article from an edition of our magazine, Action Line)
Luckily, vegan candy is pretty easy to find in the store if you know what you’re looking for. That’s why we’ve done our research and compiled this list of some of our favorite 100% vegan candies to help you out this season. We’re definitely not saying they’re necessarily healthy. But they’re a good choice if you’re in the mood for a little sugary junk food.
You can also include your canine companions in Halloween celebrations by giving them some plant-based, gourmet treats for themselves. Check out our new cookbook, For the Love of Dog Biscuits, which has recipes for every month of the season.
Wholesome & Surf Sweets: The Trick or Treat Pack — These vegan fruit candies are gluten-free, soy-free, and made with organic fruit juice. Parents may dig these because they are free of the 10 most common allergens, and corn syrup. They come in packages of 20. You can get it at health food stores, select Whole Foods, and online at the Natural Candy Store and Wholesome’s website.
Yum Earth Organics: Their special Halloween products are probably the spookiest options this year since they’re actually Halloween themed. But all of them are vegan, palm oil free, and widely available at brick and mortar locations. Get them at health food stores, most Whole Foods, and online at the Natural Candy Store and Yum Earth’s website.
Enjoy Life: Kids will love these Mini Chips Snack Packs. They are dairy, nut- and soy-free chocolate chips in individual snack packs perfect for little fingers. Pick it up at health food stores, most Whole Foods, and online.
ChocXO: Only the dark chocolate options of these treats are vegan. While most kids probably won’t appreciate super dark chocolate, the Tasting Squares are suitable to pass out. Or,you might want to stick to the Snaps, although they are also dark. Find them at health food stores, most Whole Foods, and online at the Natural Candy Store and ChocXO’s website.
JJ’s Sweets: Any of the caramel flavors! The ingredient list for these creamy candies is simplistic, organic, vegan, and palm oil free. Each bag contains 15 candies. Get it at Whole Foods and specialty stores, and online at the Natural Candy Store.
Haribo Sour Rainbow Strips and Twists: One of the few mainstream candies that qualify as palm oil free. Get them at any drugstore or grocery store near you or online.