Vegan Halloween Candy

Posted: October 21, 2010 in Uncategorized
Holy Crap (Fifteen Pounds of Candy)

Image by Amarand Agasi via Flickr

Sadly, no little ghosties and goblins are likely to go up our scary, very rad steps to our little apartment above a shop.  Still, I got to thinking about Halloween candy when I was shopping with my sister this week.  As she ransacked the shelves for a variety pack of mini-Twix, I began to wonder; what kind of candies could I give out in good conscience?

According to PETA, the following candies are all vegan, and can be given out to the little creepies:

Airheads taffy
Blow Pops
Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
Brach’s Root Beer Barrels
Brach’s Star Brites
Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar
Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate bar
Chick-o-Sticks
Cry Babies
Dots
Dum-Dums
Fireballs
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Jujubees
Jujyfruits
Laffy Taffy
Lemonheads
Mambas
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Mike and Ike
Now and Later
Panda Licorice
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids
Super Bubble
Swedish Fish
Sweet Tarts
Twizzlers
Zotz

My favorite magazine, VegNews has a similar “Official Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy” available as well.  The list on VegNews includes websites for recommended candies, so you researchin’ skeptics can check ’em out for yourself before you go to the store.

As for your own little costumed kiddoes?  I’d err on the side of letting them trick or treat.  Maybe I’m just a huge Halloween softie, but that’s my not-so-radical recommendation.  Let them trick or treat, then maybe dig through the goodies afterward and donate the non-vegan candies to a good cause.  Or maybe encourage your kids to Trick or Treat for Unicef. Too bad there isn’t a vegan equivalent.  Maybe we should create one!

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