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Halloween can be a fun time for our kiddos, but it can also be a scary time navigating vegan candy, especially if you are also dealing with food allergies.
My daughter has been vegan 10 years (vegetarian since birth) so we have had a lot of Halloweens where she has not eaten “what the other kids are eating”.
Non-Vegan Ingredients to Look Out for in Candy
Besides the obvious ones like milk, gelatin, eggs, etc. here are some lesser-known non-vegan/potentially non-vegan ingredients:
- Confectioner’s glaze (insect-based)
- Shellac (insect-based)
- Resinous Glaze (insect)
- Carmine (beetles)
- Vit. D3 (usually not vegan)
- Albumen (eggs)
- Natural flavors (can be either animal or plant-based)
There are also apps now where you can scan the barcodes to check for vegan ingredients, but I haven’t tried those yet, so don’t know how reliable they are.
I have two main issues to address on Halloween:
1. Vegan Treats for my Daughter
2. Vegan Candy to pass out to Trick-Or-Treaters.
What I do for For My Vegan Daughter
Trick or Treating is a BIG deal in our area, and my suburban neighborhood goes all-out! It is so much fun to venture out on Halloween here, and I didn’t want my daughter to miss out on the fun.
It can be disappointing to get to the end of the night after Trick-or-Treating with friends and most of it your kiddo has to give away. To address this, I started ordering “Special” Vegan Halloween chocolate and candy for her from Natural Candy Store. I have been a customer for about 13 years, and am always pleased with the quality of product and care taken with every order. Besides vegan options, they have a fantastic variety of allergy-free options. (We’re peanut-free!)
My daughter is no longer trick-or-treating, but when she did I would give her the candy at the beginning of the night, so she had something to look forward to. Other parents may do this at the end, and call it “Switch Witch”. I usually get some of the pricier special candy from Natural Candy Store, and add some cheaper candy I buy in stores or online for her Halloween “basket”.
Even though my daughter has graduated to the person who passes out candy at our house, I still order some special vegan Halloween treats especially for her.
FREE Samples are given with every order.
Also try the previous promocode WELCOMECC for a FREE bag of candy!
You can head over HERE to see all their Vegan Halloween candy, Click on the Vegan tab on the site
Candy for Trick-Or-Treaters:
Depending on how many trick-or-treaters you get, this can get EXPENSIVE! There are some huge bags in the stores, but it can be difficult to find ones that are only vegan.
Vegan Halloween Candy in the Stores
There are some vegan candies you may be able to find at your local stores. Look for Skittles, Dum Dums, Twizzlers, etc. at the Dollar Stores. Use my list above of ingredients to watch out for, confectioners’ glaze seems to be in A LOT of holiday candy.
These individually wrapped/boxed candies are all vegan:
-not exhaustive, share any more of your faves and I can add them to the list!
- Dum Dums
- Charms Blow Pops
- Cry Baby Gum
- Skittles (fun size bags are indivdual)
- Sour Patch
- Swedish Fish
- Air Heads
- Laffy Taffy
- Fire Balls
- Brach’s peppermints
- Jujy Fruits
- Chick O Sticks
Bags of Sour Patch & Swedish Fish are vegan and tend to be a really good deal, you get a lot of candy for a great price. We got these bags last year, it worked well for our neighborhood that hands out a lot of candy.
The Grocery Outlet & Costco may have bags of candy that only contain Swedish Fish & Sour Patch Candies.
I saw these large bags of Sour Patch Zombies recently at Safeway:
You can order these large bags of Sour Patch & Swedish Fish Halloween Candy online at Target for a great price.
Vegan Halloween Candy Online
These are some of my favorite bags I’m currently seeing on Amazon. We may see even more soon.
Yum Earth has large bags of individual candy:
Word of caution with Yum Earth: Their Gummy Bears contain gelatin!
No Whey has several vegan candy options:
Some of the reviews mentioned melting issues, so keep that in mind with the weather. We got the boxed chocolates last year and really enjoyed them, a nice treat for daughter.
Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Minis Halloween Candy, 18 ct. FYI the variety pack has rice milk CRUNCH ones that contain honey
Bags of 40 ct. Yum Earth Halloween Pops can be ordered online:
Reader Suggestion: Free2B Sun Cups. Great option for peanut-free, too!
Misc. Vegan Halloween Candy:
You can even order candy online from the Dollar Tree and have it shipped for FREE to your local store! Check for vegan with my guidelines at the top of this post
Check ingredients carefully! Some companies will have accidentally vegan of one flavor or type, but not all. Example: Nerds has some flavors of vegan candies, but not all! Enjoy Life had a nice chocolate Halloween variety pack this year, but one of the candies was not vegan.
I hope you all have a Happy & Safe Halloween, and this list has helped you in making vegan candy choices. Please let me know if you have any questions; I’m here to help! <3
Note: Halloween may be very different this year due to COVID. Will we still have trick-or-treating? I don’t know yet, and likely it will vary with locations. Some of the info. above pertains to trick-or-treating, so please keep in mind that may look different this year depending on your area. However, I’m still planning to make goodie bags for the neighborhood kids, and have special treats for my daughter.
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