Healthier Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
You don’t want to be that house that hands out raisins on Halloween, but what other options do you have? Chocolates and other candies contain hefty doses of added sugars, and with the danger of trick-or-treaters having dairy, nut or food-dye allergies, it may seem like there’s no safe candy for children to eat.
Fortunately, some candy companies have recognized the demand for organic and allergen-free products. Try these sweet treats that cater to a wide range of dietary restrictions, health considerations and environmental concerns. Find them at health-conscious food stores or online.
Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks:
These naturally flavored fruit snacks contain no high-fructose corn syrup, synthetic colors or preservatives ($0.60/pack)
GoOrganic Fruit Chews:
These USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified fruit chews come in apple, lemon, strawberry and raspberry. ($0.20/each)
Surf Sweets Sour Worms:
These creepy crawlers are dairy, nut and gluten free and made with natural colors and flavors. ($2.50/bag)
Endangered Species Chocolate Bug Bites:
The cocoa in these organic bite-sized chocolate treats is Rainforest Alliance Certified. ($0.60/pack)
Equal Exchange 55% Dark Chocolate Bites:
Made in Switzerland, these dark chocolate bites are dairy free, although they may come in contact with dairy and nut products in the factory. ($0.45/ bite)
Sun Cups in Milk Chocolate:
A nut-free alternative to peanut-butter cups, these tasty treats are filled with sunflower seed paste. ($2.50/pack)
TruJoy Organic Choco Chews:
An alternative to Tootsie Rolls, these Non-GMO Project Verified chocolaty treats don’t contain any artificial ingredients. ($0.20/each)
Roadside Root Beer Organic Candy Drops:
Step aside root beer barrels, these mouth-watering hard candies are made with organic cane sugar and organic brown rice syrup. ($0.07/drop)
YummyEarth Organic Lollipops:
These lollipops are full of real organic fruits and veggies and contain no corn syrup. ($0.15/ lollipop)
Meredith Strom is an English major at Drexel University and a co-op intern for MetroKids.
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