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October is here, and I can’t enter any store without running into Halloween decor. More specifically: Halloween candy and treats. But us allergic people have a different kind of Halloween. For example, instead of orange pumpkins, we have teal pumpkins. This week, I’m sharing allergy-free, gluten-free Halloween candy and treats that are food-based.
Next week, I’m sharing non-food Halloween treat ideas.
Thus, if you insist on handing candy out to your trick-or-treaters, but you want healthy treats and/or need free-from options, I’ve got you covered.
Strawberry Hill Candy
Strawberry Hill Candy is vegan and made in a nut-free facility. It doesn’t contain coconut, either! The catch: candy is sold on a per-piece basis, which can get pricey…and there is a minimum unit purchase. Natural Candy Store prices some Strawberry Hill Candy a little lower than if you were to purchase straight from the source.
Hillside Candy is a personal favorite! I love their GoOrganic hard candies most—especially their apple. I mean, I’ve only had the honey and apple ones, but…apple is my favorite. I don’t recommend getting the honey one unless you can tolerate the sweetness of honey.
Flavors suitable for Halloween may include apple, cherry, iced mango and blood orange.
Surf Sweets candies are free of the Top 10 most common food allergens. Additionally, they’re vegan, organic, packed with Vitamin C, and free of corn syrup.
Even better? They have Trick-or-Treat Packs.
Glee Gum Pops
Glee Gum is a—you guessed it—gum company. Their gum pops are also vegan, and they have typical gum packs, too. The Halloween pack contains an assorted arrangement of 10 lollipops, featuring: Sweet Strawberry, Crisp Green Apple, and Juicy Orange.
With YummyEarth’s bulk packages and pricing, it might be the most cost-effective alternative to non-free-from Halloween candy options out there. YummyEarth also has 40+ lollipops for $8ish, which is less expensive than the $14+ assorted candy package of forty at WalMart. Worth noting: the assorted candy package at WalMart is filled with junk, while YummyEarth’s isn’t!
If you’re having your own Halloween celebration between family/friends, many of these options may work best for you, as allergen-friendly/organic options are more expensive than junk options.
If you want the experience of Halloween for your kids, but want to avoid getting their hopes up, No Whey Chocolate’s Vegan Jack-o-Lantern (chocolate) may be a better option for you. It’s vegan, gluten-free and free from all eight common allergens. Not only will you receive the plush Jack-o-Lantern, but you’ll receive seven packages of their signature allergy-friendly, vegan chocolates as well.
Tune in next week for non-food Halloween treat ideas!
Right now: What’s your favorite allergen-friendly candy? Have you ever heard of the above companies? What about the Teal Pumpkin Project?