The Best Ve­gan Hal­loween Candy

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Sat­isfy Your Sweet Tooth With the Best Ve­gan Hal­loween Can­dies Around

Be­fore you know it, there will be gob­lins and su­per­heroes knock­ing at your door and de­mand­ing treats! Roam­ing the candy aisles for ve­gan- friendly sweet treats can be over­whelm­ing, es­pe­cially when you have to care­fully read la­bels for an­i­mal prod­ucts dis­guised by un­fa­mil­iar names. Here are some tips to make your candy shop­ping both sim­ple and cru­elty free!

Many pop­u­lar can­dies con­tain an­i­mal prod­ucts and should be avoided. Many can­dies con­tain fillers like gelatin, which is de­rived from boiled an­i­mal bones and ten­dons. Gelatin can be found in candy corn, Star­bursts, marsh­mal­lows, and gummy can­dies ( gummy bears, gummy worms, etc.). Milk­fat is of­ten used in can­dies con­tain­ing choco­late, such as Snick­ers, Kit Kat and Toot­sie Rolls, all of which con­tain dairy. Carmine, also listed on la­bels as cochineal or nat­u­ral red 4, is used as a bright red color ad­di­tive to food and is made by crush­ing up fe­male cochineal bee­tles.

Sur­pris­ingly, even some brands of cane sugar are not ve­gan- friendly since the com­pa­nies use bone char to re­fine the sugar. Bone char is es­sen­tially an­i­mal bones ( usu­ally cow) heated to ex­tremely high tem­per­a­tures un­til it turns into car­bon. The car­bon byprod­uct is then used to fil­ter the cane sugar, but doesn’t be­come part of the sugar it­self.

While it may seem like there are very few ve­gan- friendly can­dies you can dish out on Hal­loween night, fear not! I have put to­gether a list of ve­gan op­tions to help you eas­ily pick out your sweet treats.

Swedish Fish are an­other ve­gan- friendly op­tion, but some of their fla­vors con­tain honey, so be sure to check the la­bel.

Of course, if you de­cide hand­ing out sug­ary treats isn’t your thing, there’s a cam­paign called the Teal Pump­kin Project which is a great al­ter­na­tive and al­lows you to still be able to par­tic­i­pate in trick- or- treat­ing. Es­sen­tially, if you’d pre­fer to hand out non- food items, you paint a pump­kin teal and leave it near your door. This lets fam­i­lies know that you have non- food items for trick- or- treaters who may have food al­ler­gies or pre­fer lit­tle toys in­stead. Some great non- food treats in­clude stick­ers, glow sticks, toy cars or lit­tle fig­urines.

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