Safe and Non-Toxic Candy should be a given.
We recently put together a list of recyclable candy wrappers for the Halloween season and were shocked by what we found out. First off, the majority of candy comes in non-recyclable packaging. Secondly, the ingredient list for most major candy brands is disgusting.
Typical ingredients we found during our research: Coloring such as Red 40 and Yellow 5, High-Fructose Corn Syrup, artificial flavorings, hydrogenated oils, and preservatives. For a quick translation, these equate to GMO, carcinogens, and links to cognitive deficiencies.
If you are looking for safe, organic, and non-toxic candies for little ones, then you came to the right place. Here is our list of 10 amazing candy options for a healthier Halloween (or any time of the year).
Swap the bad for the good
A few parents have told me that they go trick-or-treating with their littles and then when they get home, they swap the “bad candy” for the “good candy” options. This is a great option. You can even toss in some unpackaged items in this “swap” such as their favorite fruits, popcorn, etc. I’m not sure what the parents do with the “bad candy” when they swap it – that’s all up to you! Just a little Halloween tidbit.
Annie’s organic bunny fruit snacks have quite a large following. Parents love the taste and texture of these. I have personally tried them and they are delicious.
Certified Organic, these gluten-free bunny-shaped fruit snacks are made with real fruit juice and packed with 100% daily value of vitamin C.
REAL INGREDIENTS: No artificial flavors, synthetic colors, or high fructose corn syrup
VEGAN & GLUTEN FREE: Annie’s organic fruit snacks are naturally vegan & gluten-free
The biggest difference between Black Forest Organic gummies and the Annies from above is that one is vegan and one is not. Black Forest Organic gummies are not vegan – they use gelatin in their ingredient list.
These gummies are USDA-certified organic and made with real fruit juice. The reviewers love them and I’m sure the kiddos will too!
The reviews on these were a bit of a letdown – some folks say that the formula changed and that they are not a fan of the new taste. Others stated that it’s best to buy these at the shops and not online. Just a heads up!
Justin’s peanut butter cups are USDA-certified organic and beloved by so many parents and kids alike. I want to note that these are not vegan approved.
Highlight about Justin’s: Certified Organic, Rainforest Alliance Certified Cocoa, Gluten-free, Non-GMO, Orangutan Friendly Responsibly Sourced Palm Oil (RSPO) Certified Mass Balance Palm Oil + Cheyenne Mountain Zoo approved orangutan friendly palm oil.
The Ocho candy company has a wonderful selection of fairtrade and organic chocolate treats for kids and adults alike. These are also certified gluten-free and made in small batches.
I have heard that the coconut ones taste just like almond joys and they are also vegan (just the coconut ones, not the caramel ones).
I have been a fan of nature’s bakery for quite a long time now and these bars have saved us many times while traveling with the kids.
Deliciously wholesome: baked to perfection with chocolate chips and oat-topped goodness, each delicious bite is organic, Plant-Based, dairy-free, nut-free, and GMO-free
Simply Nature is an organic brand from Aldi and can be found at any one of their shops. These Non-GMO fruit strips are a great option for candy!
These are free of any artificial ingredients and preservatives.
These organic lollipops from Trader Joe’s seem to have been discontinued in the Trader Joe shops and folks are not happy about it. Luckily for them, you can still find these online.
These are made with natural flavors and natural colorings.
These unreal dark chocolate almond butter cups are vegan, contain only 5g of sugar, contain no soy, are made fair trade, and are gluten-free. I don’t think you can get much better than that!
These are safe for online shipping because of the cool packs, but I’m not sure how eco-friendly that is. The sugar content is low but not because of hidden sugar alcohols – it’s because of high-quality dark chocolate!
The Wholesome brand has a ton of organic candy options for little ones, including these gummy worms. They also have jelly beans, gummy bears, fruity bears, watermelon rings, and sour worms.
These are especially friendly towards those with allergies. Wholesome produces and packages its candy in a facility free of the Top 10 most common food allergens including peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, fish, shellfish, sesame, and sulfites.
Yum Earth Organic pops are quite popular with parents of little ones with allergies and dietary restrictions. They taste great and many adults will try to steal a few from the bag too.
Organic & Non-GMO: Project Verified Non-GMO, USDA Organic, Vegan, Kosher, Gluten-Free. No artificial flavors, no dyes, no high fructose corn syrup
We have reached the end of the list of organic and Non-GMO treats and candy for kids. While none of these are perfect or as healthy as a homemade treat, they are much better than the traditional stuff at the shops. If we missed any of your favorite brands, please let us know in the comment section.