It’s almost Halloween and that means it’s time to stock up on lots of candy for trick or treaters (and for yourself). While there are definitely rows upon rows of candies at your local store, if you happen to be looking for vegan candy, things tend to get a little more complicated. Some candies and chocolates contain dairy, eggs or animal-derived gelatin, and dyes. This often makes the process of picking out candy go from a fun activity to an hour-long session of reading ingredient labels.
This leaves you with two options. You can either make your own homemade candy for Halloween or you can allow One Green Planet to show you all of the vegan candies that are available online. And believe it or not, there are a lot! Here are 15 we think you should check out.
Jolly Rancher Spooky Shaped Lollipops
The classic Jolly Rancher hard candy is great for handing out to trick or treaters, but if you’re looking for something even more appropriate for the holiday, consider checking out Jolly Rancher Spooky Shaped Lollipops. These lollipops are fat-free and cholesterol-free. This particular pack comes with four flavors: Pink Lemonade, Green Apple, Watermelon, and Cherry. Each one of these lollipops comes stamped with a Halloween-inspired figure, be it a skull, a ghost, a witch, or a jack-o-lantern. You can get one 9.1-ounce bag for about $8.
No Whey Chocolate Peanot Butter NoNos
Need a Halloween treat that tastes like milk chocolate but doesn’t actually contain dairy? No Whey Chocolate Peanot Butter NoNos may be just the product you’re looking for! In addition to being dairy-free, these are also nut-free, soy-free, wheat-free, and gluten-free. That’s right, “peanot” is not a typo, it’s intentional! These chocolates are made primarily with vegan cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, maltodextrin (from corn), roasted organic sunflower seed, sunflower lecithin, and natural flavors. The reviews are somewhat mixed on this one. Some reviewers love the chocolate, sharing that it’s very tasty and is a great alternative for people who can’t have dairy, nuts, and other common allergens. Other reviewers felt that the peanut butter substitute was a bit chalky or the chocolate a bit too waxy. To see how you feel about it, you can get three 1.63-ounce bags for about 11.
Airheads are a chewy, stretchy candy that comes in a variety of flavors and colors and resemble taffy in texture. They are made primarily from sugar, corn syrup, maltodextrin, dextrose, and modified food starch (corn). Each box includes a variety of fruity flavored bars including orange, blue raspberry, cherry, watermelon, white mystery, and grape. They are nut-free, gluten-free, and low-fat. Reviewers have described this product as fresh-tasting, delicious, addicting, and “perfect for parties.” You can get a pack of 90 for about $17.
Pez Candy Halloween Dispensers
Pez has been around for a while now and can certainly be enjoyed at any time of the year. However, if you want something particularly festive to hand out to trick or treaters, check out these Pez Candy Halloween Dispensers. Each dispenser, be it a witch, a vampire, a ghost, or a jack-o-lantern, is individually wrapped and comes with two Pez candy refill packs. Reviewers are saying that these are a “big hit with trick or treaters” and taste good. You can get this pack of 24 dispensers for $34.
Smarties Candy Rolls
Smarties are a gluten-free and vegan candy that are made from dextrose, citric acid, and an assortment of artificial colors. The flavors in each roll include orange, pineapple, strawberry, grape, and cherry. Since Smarties are made with a powdery type of sugar, they do not melt in the summer, a perk many reviewers commented on. Also, although the candies are easily crushed, according to reviewers, the package arrives in good condition – not a dusty mess. To try these out you can get a two-pound bag (approximately 124 rolls) for $10.
Nabisco Halloween Oreos
Nabisco Halloween Oreos are just like regular chocolate and vanilla oreos, except the cream has been dyed orange to add a bit of festive flair! These cookies are made primarily with sugar, unbleached and enriched flour, vegetable or canola oil, cocoa, and high fructose corn syrup. Reviewers are saying that these cookies are tasty, “fun to enjoy during the Autumn season” especially when friends and family come over, and one reviewer even said that they taste better than the original! To see if you feel the same, you can get one 15.35-ounce package for $7.
The Good Grocery Healthy Snack Package
If you’re known for going the more savory route on Halloween, consider checking out The Good Grocery Healthy Snack Package. This snack variety pack is completely gluten-free and vegan and includes chips from the following brands: The Better Chip, Boulder Canyon Natural Foods, Go Lite, Pop Corners, Sensible Portions, and Skinny Pop. It also includes snacks from LARABAR, YumEarth, and Planters, among others. Reviewers are saying that this snack pack is very healthy, has a great variety, is super convenient, and is great for adults and children alike. You can get one box with 27 snacks for about $36.
Oriental Trading Company Candy Bones
For a fun candy that you can play with before you eat, check out Oriental Trading Company Candy Bones. This candy comes with an assortment of different bone-shaped pieces that you can arrange into a skeleton, or simply eat! They are made with dextrose, magnesium stereate, and artificial colors and flavors. Reviewers are saying that these are tasty, a “fun choice,” and can even be good learning activity. You can get this pack of 19 bags (28 pieces per bag) for about $11.50.
Blow Pops are a candy classic. Hard candy on the outside, bubble gum on the inside … it’s like getting a two-for-one. They’re made primarily from sugar, corn syrup, gum base, starch, citric acid, and glycerin. This bulk package gets you 100 lollipops of assorted flavors including apple, grape, cherry, and strawberry. Some reviewers point out that the flavor balance is a bit off, with some boxes containing way more of one flavor than the others. Other than that, most of the other reviewers seem satisfied with the product and the flashback to childhood that it provides. To try ’em out you can get this 100-lollipop pack for about $17.
Surf Sweets Sour Worms
Sour gummy worms, like Surf Sweets Sour Worms, are available all year round. However, it’s only socially acceptable around Halloween time to use them as a prop for creepy (edible) Halloween candy displays. While most gummy candies use animal-derived gelatin, these gummy worms bind together using pectin, a plant-based gelatin alternative. Other ingredients include organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, citric acid, and then natural fruit-based colorings from turmeric, carrot, and annatto. Reviewers are saying that this candy is a healthy alternative to artificially flavored ones, “actually taste like fruit,” and is a great vegan option for people who like gummy candies. You can get a pack of 12, 2.75-ounce bags for about $30.
No Whey Chocolate Spider Pops
Hand out fun Halloween themed chocolate pops without worry this year with No Whey Chocolate Spider Pops. These chocolate lollipops are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free. They are made with vegan cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, maltodextrin (from corn), sunflower lecithin, tragacanth gum (natural thickener), titanium dioxide (a mineral for color), dextrose, and natural vanilla. Reviewers are saying that these lollipops are tasty and great for children with allergies. Each one of these specialty lollipops costs $3.95.
Utz Halloween Pretzels
Pretzels may not be quite as colorful as candy but if you’re determined to hand out something healthy this year, these Utz Halloween Pretzels are a pretty solid option. They are shaped like bats and jack-o-lanterns and are made with wheat flour, salt, malt syrup, corn oil, sugar, yeast, and soda. There is also a coloring activity included inside. Reviewers are saying that these pretzels are tasty, are a nice, healthier alternative to candy, and come in “cute shapes.” You can get a bag of 40, 0.5-ounce bags for $15.75.
Big Sour Patch Kids
Big Sour Patch Kids are a great candy for people who want a sour flavor but don’t want their taste buds to suffer for very long. As the slogan goes, these Sour Patch Kids start off as very sour and then slowly turn into a sweeter, fruitier-flavored candy. This particular posting is for individually wrapped sour patch kids that are significantly larger than the ones that come in the bags. Reviewers describe this candy as super-addictive, fresh, and great for the price. You can get this 46-ounce box (240 individually wrapped candies) for about $17.50.
Hershey’s Halloween Snack Assortment
If you’d like to get a good deal of your Halloween candy shopping done in one fell swoop, consider buying this Hershey’s Halloween Snack Assortment. This assortment includes Twizzlers Twists, Twizzlers Pull n’ Peel Candy, Bubble Yum Gum, Jolly Rancher Stix, Jolly Rancher Crunch n’ Chew, and Jolly Rancher Lollipops, all of which are vegan. Reviewers are saying that this assortment has a nice variety and are great for handing out to trick or treaters since they’re individually wrapped. You can get one bag with 180 pieces for $33.
Yum Earth Organic Halloween Lollipops
Lollipops may just be the most fun candy to eat. And things get even more enjoyable when it’s a healthy lollipop. YumEarth Organic Pops are 100 percent organic, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free. They also stray from artificial colors and flavors, as well as high fructose corn syrup. Instead, YumEarth opts for real fruit juices including grape, strawberry, blueberry, mango, watermelon, pomegranate, and apple and a bit of evaporated cane juice. Reviewers report that these lollies are high-quality, natural-tasting, and a moderately healthy choice considering three lollipops are only 70 calories. You can get one 12.3-ounce bag for a little under $6.50.
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