When you give your child a treat you certainly don’t want it to come laced with pesticides, preservatives and artificial dyes. We all want the best for the children in our lives. Thankfully, at least when it comes to Halloween candy, that has become easier in recent years. With the increased trends toward green living and organic healthy food, it’s no surprise that manufacturers are responding with healthy candy options, including Halloween candy. Organic candy can sound odd and I wouldn’t really call it a health food, even though it can be bought at health food stores, but it is a healthier option than the preservative and chemical dye laden options most traditional candies offer.
In doing my research for this article I was amazed at the variety of organic Halloween candy and treats available. There’s an equivalent for almost every kind of candy and treat out there: lollipops, chocolate bars, sour gummy candy, marshmallows, jelly beans, caramel, nut candies, mints, gum, cotton candy, pretzels, fudge, cookies, fruit gummies, licorice, root beer barrel candy, hard candy in almost every flavor imaginable, vegetable chips and more. I even found organic gourmet caramel apples (available with our without organic nuts).
You can not only find a huge variety of organic Halloween candy but whatever your health concern is, there is likely an organic candy or treat to meet your needs. There are whole companies who specialize in manufacturing gluten free, pesticide free, GMO free, FD&C dye free, kosher, casein free, peanut free, preservative free, dairy free and even low carb (carbohydrate) candies and treats. Manufacturers have become better about labeling their food as such which is helpful for caring parents and friends of the children who will be putting these foods into their little bodies.
This year we’ll probably offer our trick or treaters the following organic Halloween treats: Annie’s Homegrown organic Gummie Bunny Fruit Snacks (they come in tropical, berry, citrus and strawberry flavor packs), Snyders of Hanover organic pretzels in mini treat bags and a variety of little organic chocolate bars (haven’t decided for sure on the brand yet). I feel best about the Gummie Bunnies as they’re made with real fruit juice but like to offer the kids a little variety. We’ll most likely buy our treats at Whole Foods but Trader Joes and even our local Giant and Safeway have plenty of organic Halloween candy and treat options. If you look, your local stores probably have a wider variety of healthier options too.
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/products/list.php?SC=5 Whole foods has 46 different organic snacks and candies featured on their website and far more in my local store.
http://www.gleegum.com/ They have miniature sizes available and I love their make your own chocolate candy, chewing gum and gummies kits.http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2149185/5_places_where_you_can_find_organic.html?cat=22