All the Vegan-Friendly Halloween-Themed Candy You Should Know About
Spoiler: no candy corn.
There’s no question that Halloween is going to be different this year, with some states recommending a ban on door to door trick-or-treating altogether, while others are leaving it up to personal choice. Regardless of what you choose to do, it never hurts to have your own personal stash of vegan treats at home. And while a lot of your favorite everyday candies are automatically vegan, this year is the perfect time to support small businesses and satisfy your sweet tooth. But what exactly makes a candy product vegan beyond the no-cow milk policy?
The culprit for a lot of sugary treats is gelatin, which is made from the boiled ligaments, tendons, and bones of cows and pigs. And if you see sugar listed as one of the ingredients, it’s likely made with bone char, which yes, is charred animal bones. Other ingredients to look out for include carmine, a deep red pigment made from insects and confectioner’s glaze that’s made from bug secretions.
If those ingredients aren’t really your thing, here are some vegan alternatives to make the switch to insect and animal-free treats much easier.
If you like Dum Dums, try the Halloween Themed Hand-Pulled Lollipop from Sweet Pete’s CandyIf the last time you had a swirl lollipop was when you were 7 at your county fair, then you’re overdue for this classic treat. Swap out those boring (but vegan-friendly!) Dum Dums for a couple handmade lollipops from Sweet Pete’s Candy. These orange, white and black mesmerizing beauties come in small and medium sizes, with the medium one being a whopping 4.5 inches wide.
If you like Haribo gummy bears, try the Vegan Wicked Witches from SQUISH CandiesBefore you get ready to binge watch every Halloweentown film, make sure you have the right snacks to accompany you. Specifically snacks that are fit for a witch, like the vegan wicked witch gummies from SQUISH Candies. These gelatine-free gummies are raspberry flavored and come in bags ranging from small to jumbo (almost 5 pounds!).
If you like Hershey’s milk chocolate bar, try the Happy Halloween Chocolate Bar from Amanda’s Own ConfectionsWhat makes Amanda’s Own Confections an ideal candy spot for vegans is that all of the chocolate on their site is free of major allergens like dairy, nuts, wheat, eggs and gluten. As someone with a gluten sensitivity, browsing their selections brought me extreme joy and a sigh of relief from my compromised digestive system. With that being said, Amanda’s Halloween chocolate bar has a smooth finish and holds some competition against Hershey’s. And it’s dairy-free.
If you like Hershey’s Kisses, try the BOO Bag from Amanda’s Own ConfectionsIn case you were craving bat- and ghost-shaped chocolates wrapped in foil this Halloween, Amanda’s Own Confections is here to fill that void. Each BOO Bag comes with four of each shape and the best part is they’re dairy-free and made with organic cane sugar.
If you like Trolli gummy candy, Dots or gumdrops, try the Halloween Pumpkin and Little Ghost Fruit Gelées Ballotin from Baratti & Milano
I know gumdrops are obviously reserved for Christmastime and Dots are already vegan, but it’s Halloween! Let your candy reflect the season with tiny packs of joy made from real fruit grown in Italy. Flavors include peach, lemon, orange, blackberry and strawberry. While they aren’t shaped like witches, cats, pumpkins, brooms or anything that says “boo!” they do come in ghost and pumpkin decorated boxes that you can use for later to put random objects in.