Guilt-Free Halloween Treats

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I spoke about this topic on Good Morning Washington. Click above to watch.  

Guilt-free Halloween treats. Is that even possible? We’re all becoming more aware of artificial colors, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and GMOs in our food, so how do we avoid these scary ingredients in our Halloween treats? It’s tough because sadly, the popular brands of Halloween treats often contain ingredients that are downright toxic. 

How to Avoid Scary Ingredients

The easiest thing you can do is read the labels! As the saying goes, if the list of ingredients is really long and your grandmother wouldn’t recognize any/most of the ingredients,  then you might want to choose another option. Ingredients to avoid include:

  • high fructose corn syrup
  • artificial sweeteners such as 
    • Saccharin (Sweet’N Low®, SugarTwin®)
    • Acesulfame K (Sunett®, Sweet One®)
    • Sucralose (Splenda®)
    • Aspartame (NutraSweet®, Equal®)
  • artificial food coloring and dyes such as Citrus Red 2, Red 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Blue 2, and Green 3
  • preservatives such as TBHQ (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone) 
  • GMOs (genetically modified organisms) such as sugar, corn syrup, dextrin, dextrose, soy lecithin, and modified corn starch 
  • hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils such as palm kernel oil, peanut oil, corn oil, and cotton seed oil
  • additives such as PGPR (Polyglycerol Pllyricinoleate)

This article goes into great detail about ingredients to avoid and why they are so bad (it will truly shock you!). 

Luckily, there are a host of great companies that make our health a priority over a massive profit for them. They use healthy, safe ingredients and even pay their employees a fair wage. And the cost of these brands are comparable — or a tiny bit more expensive — when compared to the popular mainstream brands that are unhealthy. Why save a buck if it means eating — or handing out — something downright toxic? 

Great Tasting Alternatives

The companies below are very transparent about the ingredients contained in their products. In fact, they go out of their way to share how healthy they are. I purchased all of the treats myself with the exception of Enjoy Life who sent me samples after I made an inquiry. 

Annie’s Organics Bunny Grahams*

$5.49/box of 22 4-ounce packages at Whole Foods

  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO

*I was unable to find the actual Halloween version of the Bunny Grahams on Annie’s web site, but still check out the site to learn more about their Bunny Grahams and other products. 

Where to buy Annie’s 

YumEarth Organic Gummy Bats*

$5.99/bag of 10 .5 ounce packs at Whole Foods

  • USDA Organic
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • No peanuts or tree nuts
  • No high fructose corn syrup

*The package size I purchased is different than what is available on Yum Earth’s web site. They offer bats and jack-o’-lanterns in larger sized bags. 

Where to buy YumEarth

Wholesome Organic Lollipops

$3.99/bag of 30 at Whole Foods

  • Organic
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free
  • Peanut and tree nut free
  • No synthetic colors
  • No high fructose corn syrup
  • Kosher 

Where to buy Wholesome Organic 

UnReal Dark Chocolate Crispy Peanut Butter Cups

$10.99/box of 20 at Whole Foods

  • Organic and sustainable
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Non GMO
  • Fair trade certified
  • Nothing artificial

Where to buy UnReal

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels*

$3.49 for bags of 24 at CVS

  • Non GMO
  • Vegan
  • Peanut free
  • Fat free

*The package size I purchased does not appear online, but these are available at grocery stores such as Whole Foods and other mainstream stores. 

Where to buy Snyder’s of Hanover 

Enjoy Life Variety Pack  – Dark, Ricemilk Crunch, Chocolate

$7.99/bag of 18 – online price

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Nut free
  • Soy free
  • Shellfish free
  • Sulfite free
  • Casein free
  • Potato free

Where to buy Enjoy Life 

Another Great Site to Purchase Healthy Candy Options

Natural Candy Store carries a huge variety of candy that is organic, dye-free, non-GMO, allergy-friendly, vegan, gluten-free, fair trade and made in the USA. 

Too Many Leftovers? Donate Your Candy!

Operation Gratitude collects and donates sweet treats to our deployed troops and first responders. All you have to do is drop your candy at a participating drop off site near you such as a dentist office, business, school, or club. You can also register your organization as a drop off site.  

Eco Option for Carrying Candy When Trick-or-Treating

If your trick-or-treater wants to carry his or her haul in a container with handles versus the oh-so-popular pillow case, check out these great Halloween themed bags from Chico Bag

Lori Hill

Lori Hill

Lori Hill founded Sister Eden in order to inspire people to make sustainable choices in their everyday lives. Before that, she produced special events for 16 years and educated her colleagues about how to make their events more sustainable. In addition to being an online media personality and producer of videos, Lori is a speaker, writer, activist, wife, mom, and plant eater just trying to do the right thing and make a difference in the world. You can often find her walking her rescue dog Dolly while picking up trash in her Takoma Park neighborhood where Sister Eden has adopted a spot.
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