It is only fair to start out this article by defining the word “organic” in the context of candy. This definition is directly from a trusted site, http://www.newmansownorganics.com/organic.html,
“Organic agriculture is a holistic system with the primary goal of optimizing the health and productivity of interdependent communities of soil life, plants, animals, and people. Management practices are carefully selected with an intent to restore and then maintain ecological harmony on the farm, its surrounding environment and ultimately the whole planetary ecosystem.”
There is a huge debate raging about the validity of organic foods. Personally, as a human with several health problems such as asthma and allergies, I feel organic foods have helped me regain some health. Not in and of themselves, but in combination with other lifestyle changes. I also do not have boatloads of extra money to spend on such things, so I also look at the price versus the benefit. Many families today are living on tighter budgets, just buying overpriced candy does not make a lot of sense.
I found a site, http://www.naturalcandystore.com/category/organic-halloween-candy, that offers a wide variety of candies and guarantees no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives. Also there are no hydrogenated oils. At this site you will be able to find lollipops, vegan candy, gummy candies, caramels, jelly beans, hard candy, fudge and chocolate. Their organic mini chocolate bars are approximately (at the time this was written) .30 cents each. The price per piece does go down as the quantity increases. Lillipops start at approximately .19 cents each.
At their site, you will be able to check out the ingredient list of every candy which will help you determine if you are prepared to pay the extra for organic. I noticed while I was looking at the site that several items were out of stock. My suggestion would be not to wait until the last minute to order the items you want to hand out at Halloween. A little planning ahead can cut stress later.
YummyEarth makes organic lollipops, hard candies and gummies in 21 flavors. You can order their products on-line at http://www.yummyearth.com/ or buy them at several chain stores such as Toys R Us, Whole Foods, Harry and David and many health food stores. A complete store list is on their website. All their products are USDA and EU certified organic, and use no corn syrup at all. Lollipops average about .23 cents each and hard candies are approximately .12 cents each.
Newman’s Own now offers chocolate cups filled with peanut butter, peppermint and caramel. They look like regular sized packages not mini’s. The chocolate bars I saw on their site were full-sized bars, so I am not sure you are able to get fun-sized bars for give-aways at Halloween. The special child or adult on your list, would love to have some of this healthy and earth-friendly dark chocolates. You can usually find Newman’s at any larger health food outlets. Their website, http://www.newmansownorganics.com/food_chocolate.html, details their chocolates as well as their other delicious food products.
If you have the time, it is always fun to go to your local health food or whole foods store to check out what they offer. Many times you will see there items you won’t see anywhere else. Many times you will make a great find. One day I was at the nearby Whole Foods Market and stumbled on a line of cookies made without any sugar and that used fruit juice instead. It was a great find and one that I may not have found any other way. Just going out and seeing what’s out there will give you the information you need to make a smart choice.