October 26, 2011

Trick or Treat! Your Guide to Vegan Candy!

Hey everyone! I hope you're all having a great time preparing for Halloween! Hopefully I'll be carving pumpkins and roasting pumpkin seeds this weekend with my little brother and sister (and my other little sister who's not so little anymore. She's 20!) I'll definitely be taking pictures for all of you and uploading my recipe for the best roasted pumpkin seeds!

Are any of you dressing up? I think this is the first year I really don't have any plans set for Halloween or Halloween weekend. The funny thing is that I'm totally fine with that. I guess I'll just hand out candy (and maybe eat some).

I stumbled across this list of conventional candy that is "vegan approved" on Peta's website that I thought would be super helpful for you guys! I know how hard it must be - especially for the little vegans - to go through all the holidays without being able to eat some of the same candies as everyone else. Hopefully this list makes your Halloween a little bit easier! Keep in mind that this is only a list of conventional candy you can buy at any regular store. Don't forget all the great chocolates and candies you can buy at natural/specialty food stores, co-ops, and online!

What was your favorite Halloween costume ever?

I've had some really great, fun Halloween costumes, but I would have to say that my favorite of all time was when I was 3 or 4 I was the Cowardly Lion from the movie The Wizard of Oz. In 1989, The Wizard of Oz was celebrating it's 50th anniversary - so a new generation of kids were falling in love with the film and I was one of them! It's still to this day one of my favorite movies of all time. It was a really cute costume though. If I find a picture I'll have to show you guys!

Conventional Vegan Candy

Airheads taffy
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
Cry Babies
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Laffy Taffy (some varieties)
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

Information according to petakids.com


  1. Mike and Ike - not vegan due to the coating used, it is bug derived.

  2. Great post! I'll definitely keep this handy when I run into tasty looking Halloween candy. So glad Swedish fish made the list!

  3. In case it is an issue to anyone, Twizzlers have wheat and are therefore not gluten free. (I don't know about the other candies but with a 12 year old with a gluten intolerance I am aware of the Twizzlers issue!)

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  4. twizzlers and nibs are my fave! :)

  5. Thanks! Also, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's usually have organic lollipops that have the added advantage of no HFCS. Whole Foods sells a bag of little squares of fair trade dark chocolate, as well.

    Annie's Fruit Bites are vegan, and so are Utz Halloween-themed pretzels; they're both really popular with little kids because they're bigger and the snacks have fun shapes. And they're actually food! :) I always have something like Dots, too, so I don't get TP'd by the older kids.

  6. Like I said I served this with fresh bread made on the gas grill and fresh peas and carrots from the garden. Induction site

  7. I'll definitely keep this handy when I run into tasty looking Halloween candy. Thanks! more