Much of the Halloween candy that gets handed out to trick-or-treaters contains milk products or gelatin. The root of the problem is the chocolate that goes into mass-market Halloween candy is never the premium stuff. And low-end chocolate is rarely vegan, since milk chocolate is cheaper than dark chocolate.
Luckily, vegan halloween candy is surprisingly easy to find. PETA has compiled a list of 25 vegan products. Nearly all of these candies fall within the sugary, colored, tart genre. In other words, it’s cheap and low-end, but admittedly delicious if you’re in a certain kid-like junk food mood.
If your budget allows, you can of course hand out premium vegan chocolate to trick-or-treaters. Justin’s makes an outstanding vegan dark chocolate peanut butter cup, that is often available at Costco for a surprisingly low price (be careful not to buy the milk chocolate version by mistake.) And Lulu’s, maybe the highest-end vegan chocolate company in existence, makes vegan dark chocolate coins.
Note: the sugar used in these candies may have been processed using bone char. Some vegans choose to avoid conventional sugar for this reason.
- Alter Eco (100% vegan)
- Atomic Fireballs
- Annie’s Organic Fruit Snacks
- Charms Blow Pops
- Dum Dum Pops
- Go Max Go Foods (100% vegan)
- Jolly Rancher Hard Candies
- Lulu’s Vegan Chocolate Coins (premium vegan dark chocolate).
- Obsessive Confection Disorder (100% vegan)
- Red Vines
- Sjaacks (some products are vegan)
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- Sweet & Sara Marshmallows