Are you looking for low-sugar candy ideas for Halloween? As the mother of child with type-1 diabetes I’ve pretty much tasted it all. So has my daughter, who just happens to be somewhat picky when it comes to Halloween candy!
Today I asked her what her favorite low-sugar Halloween candy was and this is what she told me…
Russell Stover Sugar Free Candy
Russell Stover has a great line of sugar-free candy. They have everything from assorted chocolates to a wide assortment of mints. They can also easily be found in stores like WalMart, Target, and most major grocery stores. My daughter’s best picks in the Russell Stover Sugar Free Candy section are: Chocolate Mints, Mint Patties, Strawberries & Cream Mints, and Dark Chocolate Bars. All of these come individually wrapped, which make them perfect for Halloween trick-or-treaters or grab bags. And best of all, they don’t actually taste sugar-free like other sugar-free brands.
To see everything Russell Stover has to offer go to their website: http://www.russellstover.com
Yes, hot dogs! Every year for Halloween one of our neighbors has a micro-carnival in his front yard, complete with bounce-houses, slides, and games. But, he doesn’t hand out candy. He prefers to go low-sugar. Instead, he serves up hot dogs and invites all of the neighbors, trick-or-treaters, and escorting parents to fill up on food to help stave off the desire to dig into the Halloween candy before it’s been inspected. This is a great low-sugar idea that has built many years worth of fond memories for my children.
Dark Chocolate Covered Apples
Caramel is good, but it’s not low-sugar. A high quality dark chocolate is naturally low-sugar and has the added health benefits of being high in monounsaturated fats (the healthy fats) and rich in antioxidants. My daughter loves the combinations of tastes, and has fun helping out in the kitchen when it’s time to make them. Served on a stick, like traditional caramel apples, they also make great Halloween party treats!
Agave Dark Forest Bugs
Dark chocolate covered peanuts served on a bed of fresh mints leaves! I just made these tonight, and like always, the kids attacked the tray as soon as they came out of the freezer. For the original recipe click here. To make these sweeter while keeping them low-sugar all you do is substitute the olive oil with amber agave nectar, which can be bought at most major chain farmer’s markets such as Sprout’s. Agave nectar is not calorie free, but it has a glycemic index of 12, compared to table-sugar’s index of 65.
Grab Bag Toys
If you’re looking for a healthy low-sugar alternative to candy for something to give out on Halloween to trick-or-treaters why not grab bag toys? You can pick them up in massive mixed bags at most party supply stores, Target, or WalMart for about the same price as the same count in candy. All of my children love it when our neighbors give out toys and have loads of fun playing with them. And the only thing better than low-sugar is no sugar!