According to the US Census Bureau, there are 36 million trick-or-treaters out collecting an average of 5 to 10 pounds of candy per Halloween bag. Unfortunately, the candy our little hobgoblins love to devour is made with lots of cheap chemicals, preservatives, and low-grade chocolate grown with highly toxic pesticides and picked by workers for appalling wages. If we opt for tasty, yet healthy, alternatives that contain locally-made, organic ingredients and come in the least amount of packaging possible, we will be doing something good for our bellies and the planet.
BETTER HALLOWEEN TREAT OPTIONS
Yummy Earth Lollipops and Yummy Earth Drops: What do you get when you take away the gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, and corn syrup from a piece of candy? A fabulous, award winning tasting, organic candy that every child will love; that's what! 100 percent vegan, USDA and EU certified organic, with absolutely no artificial dyes, casein, GMO, soy, wheat, dairy, or MSG, and only real fruit extracts, it's hard to find a reason why you shouldn't buy a bulk bag of these earth- and health-friendly treats!
Endangered Species Organic Milk Chocolate Bug Bites: 100 percent Ethically Traded, the cacao that goes into each square of Endangered Species Chocolate is purchased from small, family-owned, Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, which helps sustain the habits of communities where it exists. This yummy chocolate is certified organic, gluten-free, kosher, non-GMO verified, and comes with a bug trading card in every piece.
Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders: Great for decorating Halloween cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other treats, these Spooky Spider Gummies are 90 percent organic, contain 100 percent vitamin C per serving, are naturally colored and flavored, and are free of corn syrup, GMOs, gluten, dairy, and casein. Additionally, a portion of the sales of Spooky Spiders goes to support the Eco-Mom Alliance, a non-profit organization that nurtures, connects, and empowers mothers to create a healthy and sustainable world.
OCHO Organic Candy Bars: OCHO Organic Candy Bars are made from USDA Certified Organic, wholesome ingredients with no preservatives or artificial flavors. They're handmade in Northern California with real chocolate (no palm oil), and come in four delicious, gluten-free flavors: Caramel & Peanut, Peanut Butter, Coconut Bar (vegan), and Mocha Bar. Parents concerned with allergens will want to pay special attention to the package information, which indicates the Ocho Bars contain milk, soy, eggs, peanuts, and coconut.
Natural Candy Store Trick or Treat Natural Candy Mix: The Trick or Treat Natural Candy Mix comes with Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops, Surf Sweets Sour Worms, Mini Glee Gum, and Milk Chocolate Jack-O'-Lantern Discs. Altogether, there are 120 pieces of assorted, natural candy.
NuGo Nutrition Bars: The Crispy Cat Mint Coconut Candy Bars combine mint coconut and real, dark chocolate to create a light and refreshing bar that will make your mouth feel clean and happy. Gluten-free, certified kosher, vegan/dairy-free, antioxidant rich, 100 percent USDA Certified Organic, and healthy for the whole family. The NuGo Nutrition Bar also comes in Crispy Cat Toasted Almond, which combines toasted almonds and real delicious dark chocolate that's also dairy- and gluten-free, and made with 95 percent organic ingredients.