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Healthy Halloween

by Haley Fritz

This Halloween, Americans will purchase 600 million pounds of candy, most of which will be laden with ingredients that are unhealthy for our bodies and the planet. But making better-for-you choices this Halloween doesn’t mean you need to steer clear of candy altogether! You can still have your treats - without trickster ingredients. 

These organic Halloween candies are perfect for trick-or-treaters, costume parties or simply munching in front of your favorite scary movie. Plus, most of them are allergy-friendly, making them perfect for families taking part in the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween.

Organic Halloween Candy Variety Pack

Ocho’s tagline is “what’s inside counts” — that's why its chocolate candies are all organic, non-GMO, fair trade and gluten-free certified. All of the dark chocolate varieties are safe for vegans, meaning everyone can enjoy a tasty treat this Halloween. The Halloween Variety Pack features Ocho’s delectable peanut butter, coconut and caramel flavors in miniature form. ochocandy.com

Organic Candy Corn

Of that 600 million pounds of candy Americans purchase each Halloween, candy corn makes up 20 million pounds, making it the most purchased sweet in the country for Oct. 31. YumEarth’s candy corn is USDA-certified organic and non-GMO, free of high-fructose corn syrup and safe for those with dairy, gluten, nut and soy allergies. All-natural annatto and turmeric lend this organic candy corn its signature stripes, rather than artificial food dyes.  yumearth.com

Trick or Treat Mix

So many of the gummy candies we grew up with claimed to be ‘fruit-flavored,’ when, in fact, they contained no real fruit at all! Black Forest Snacks is changing that, with its USDA-certified organic and Project Non-GMO gummies, flavored with real fruit juice. The brand’s Trick or Treat Mix comes with fruity chews, gummy bears, gummy bats, sour heads and lollipops for a rainbow of treats for every trick-or-treater.  target.com

Halloween Chocolate Minis

For candy lovers with allergies or dietary restrictions, Enjoy Life’s miniature treats promise sweet release. Made with rice milk or dairy-free dark chocolate, all its varieties are verified non-GMO, certified gluten-free and safe for dairy and nut allergies. The brand is also one of the rare options for those on the low-FODMAP diet, allowing you to enjoy these treats without any gastrointestinal tricks.  enjoylifefoods.com

Organic Spooky Shapes

Sweetened with organic cane sugar, and boasting no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial colors, Surf Sweets by Wholesome’s organic gummy snacks are made to please everyone this Halloween. These gummies come in festive shapes, like jack-o-lanterns and witch hats, and are produced in a dedicated facility free of the top ten most common allergens. Better yet, they’re also vegan, with treats in cherry, lemon, orange and strawberry flavors.  wholesomesweet.com

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