Carnival themed parties are a blast. They’re colorful, bright, and chock full of tasty sweets, fried foods, and magical treats like cotton candy. While some people might think that carnival theme parties are just for children, here at One Green Planet, we’re all about stretching out the fun and silliness of childhood for as long as possible – maybe even forever! After all, you’re never too old to enjoy a lollipop that’s bigger than your hand, the sticky messes that come from caramel apples, or the tummy ache that waits for you at the end of it all. That kind of fun is bound by no age limit!
If you’re trying to avoid meat or dairy, sometimes it can feel like your options at an actual carnival are somewhat limited. At a party, however, you can stock up on all the meatless and dairy-free versions of your favorites! Here are 15 vegan sweets and treats for your next carnival themed party.
Bee International Giant Carnival Lollipops
When throwing a carnival party, so much of it is about stocking fun, vibrant, and colorful food. One of the easiest ways to do this is with those giant rainbow lollipops carnivals are famous for! Bee International Giant Carnival Lollipops are five ounces and made from sugar, glucose syrup, citric acid, and artificial coloring. Reviewers are reporting that these pops are a decent size, have a nice, fruity flavor, and have a good “wow factor” when it comes to presentation at a party. You can get 12 of these pops for about $17.
Auntie Anne's Pretzels and More Kit
Pretzels are another carnival favorite. While there are plenty of pretzel products on the market today, nothing quite beats those giant, soft pretzels made fresh at carnival food stands. Well, with Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and More Kit, you can make these types of pretzels at home! The kit comes with enough materials for 10 large pretzels. Reviewers are saying the pretzels in these kit are super easy-to-make, delicious, and the process of making them is actually quite a fun activity. You can get one box for $16.
Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts
The bright, striped packaging, the sticky, salty-sweet flavor… Cracker Jack Caramel Popcorn and Peanuts has all the characteristics of a carnival treat. While one might think that a caramel product likely is made with some sort of dairy, Cracker Jack is actually vegan. Popcorn kernels and peanuts are actually just mixed with sugar, corn syrup, molasses, salt, and soybean oil. Each pack also has a toy surprise inside. Reviewers are saying that this product is fun-looking, induces major nostalgia, and overall is pretty tasty. You can get a pack of 25 one-ounce boxes for $13.75.
Yves Hot Dogs
Of course, food besides candies and sweets are a must at a party. Hot dogs are great for parties since you can pretty much eat them with one hand and walk around. And Yves Veggie Dogs are one darn good veg-friendly option. Some reviewers even say these veggie sausages, made from a mixture of soy protein and vital wheat gluten, are the best on the market! Right now, they’re only available for bulk purchase, so you might want to taste them elsewhere before dropping a hundred on this 12-pack.
Tres Estrellas Churro Mix
Tres Estrellas Churro Mix allows you to make the cinnamon sugar delight that is the churro right in the comfort of your own home. The mix is made primarily from enriched flour and simply needs to be mixed with boiling water and then fried in a saucepan using the pastry bag included. The reviews are somewhat mixed about this product. While many reviewers shared that the mix is easy-to-use and yields yummy, authentic-tasting churros, others felt that the churros did not have the same moisture level as churros they’ve tried elsewhere. If you want to try this mix for yourself, you can get one 17.6-ounce box for about $3.50.
Nostalgia Cotton Candy Maker
A retro cotton candy maker is a great little prop to have at a carnival party. Not only does it lend to the overall decor, but it allows you to make fresh cotton candy right on the spot. With Nostalgia Cotton Candy Maker, you can either use hard candy of your choice, or floss sugar to make fluffy cotton candy. Reviewers are saying that this machine is a little tricky at first, but once you get the hang of using it, is a breeze. While the cotton candy made is admittedly not the same size as one you would get at a fair, reviewers are saying that it still yields a decent size cotton candy fluff that tastes delicious and is very versatile since you can use candies in addition to floss sugar. To find out about which hard candies have worked successfully, we suggest looking at the Amazon reviews. You can get this machine for $40.
Cotton Candy Express Floss Sugar and Paper Cones
If you decide to purchase a cotton candy maker for your party, it can be very useful to also buy sugar and cones. Cotton Candy Express Floss Sugar and Paper Cones comes with three different floss sugars – cherry, grape, and blue raspberry – as well as 50 paper cones. Reviewers are reporting that the 12-ounce bottles of floss sugar last a while, that the cotton candy yielded from these floss sugars is “just like the cotton candy at the fair,” and that overall the product is as advertised. You can get this kit for $18.
Gardein Beefless Burger Patties
Deciding to have a meatless party doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy burgers! Gardein’s Beefless Burger is made primarily of soy protein, has 15 grams of protein, and is seasoned with garlic, onions, and natural smoke flavor. Reviewers are saying that these patties are delicious, very filling, and may just be the best veggie burger on the market today. One thing’s for sure, with this eight-pack, there’s no chance you’ll run out of burgers mid-party! And they’re just $7 a bag!
Alexia Yukon Gold Fries
To truly complete the carnival food experience, we can’t help but think french fries need to be a part of the picture. Alexia Yukon Gold Fries are a pretty solid option. They do not contain any artificial colors or preservatives and are produced with non-hydrogenated oils which means no cholesterol and zero grams trans fat. These simply need to be baked in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Pretty easy. Reviewers are saying that these fries are good quality. You can get one 15-ounce bag for $4.
Newman-O’s are a healthy alternative to the traditional sandwich creme cookie. They are made with organic flour and organic sugar and contain no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Reviewers are saying that these cookies are delicious and a healthy alternative to some other cookies on the market. You can either enjoy these on their own or batter them up and fry them up like the fried Oreos you’ll find at fairs! You can get a pack of six eight-ounce packages for about $15.
Bob's Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour
It’s no secret that carnivals love to batter things up and fry them. From Oreos to pickles, it seems like there is no shortage of fry-able goodies. If you’d like to follow in the carnival traditional of frying at your party, consider stocking up on some Bob’s Red Mill Garbanzo Bean Flour. Reviewers are saying that this flour is good quality and is a nice, low-carb alternative for frying foods. You can get one 16-ounce bag for $2.75.
Gardein Seven-Grain Crispy Tenders
At a meatless party, it’s good to have plenty of protein options. Gardein Seven-Grain Crispy Tenders are made primarily from water, soy protein, vital wheat gluten, ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet and kamut), natural flavors (from plant sources), potato starch, and pea protein. Reviewers are saying that these tenders are remarkably realistic, satisfying, and overall delicious. Put these on sticks and make a dipping station with ketchup, vegan mayo and mustard, and BBQ sauce for fun presentation. You can get a box of eight nine-ounce packages for $43.25.
Date Lady Caramel Sauce
Considering most caramel sauces include dairy in their recipes, Date Lady Caramel Sauce, made from 99 percent organic dates, is a real lifesaver! It’s gluten-free, made with just three ingredients, and void of cane sugar, oil, and GMOs. Make a non-dairy ice cream station with this sauce and other toppings, or use it to make caramel apples! You can get one squeeze bottle for $8.50.
Victorio Kitchen Time for Treats Snow Cone Syrup
While you can certainly get fancy and rent out a snow cone machine for your shindig, you can also make things a little easier by simply purchasing snow cone syrup! Victorio Kitchen Time for Treats Snow Cone Syrups are artificially-flavored syrups that, according to the company, can be used for snow cones, shaved ice, slushies, ice pops, and more. This particular variety pack comes with three flavors: watermelon, tropical punch, and lime. Reviewers are saying that these syrups are good quality, easy to pour out, and taste great. You can get this three-pack of 16.9-ounce bottles for $12.50.
Rainbow Cotton Candy
If you decide that you don’t want to purchase a cotton candy maker for one day of use, you can still enjoy in the fluffy deliciousness that is cotton candy. Rainbow Cotton Candy is pre-packaged cotton candy. Each case comes with four different flavors of cotton candy which are made fresh for each Amazon order. Reviewers are saying that this product is easier to manage than traditional cotton candy and was fresh and tasty upon arrival. You can get a case 48 one-ounce packages for about $21.50.
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