Halloween is creeping up on us and we will soon have witches, darth vaders and princesses knocking on our door saying those three little words.
Whether you’re passing out candy to trick-or-treaters or you turn off the porch light and sit on the couch with the whole bucket of candy in your lap, the candy you buy matters!
When I first went vegan I assumed that most, if not all candy had some sort of animal product in it, be it dairy, gelatin, or some other weird ingredient. I was excited to learn that many of the candies I grew up eating were actually vegan!
Smarties were always my number one choice (and yes, I believed they would make me smarter) so I’m stoked to see them on this list of vegan Halloween candy.
Before we get to the list of cruelty-free candy, here are some animal-derived ingredients commonly found in candy to keep an eye out for.
- Carmine Color: (also called cochineal, cochineal extract, crimson lake or carmine lake, natural red 4) made from insect bodies boiled in an ammonia or sodium carbonate solution
- Confectioner’s Glaze: made from the resin secreted by the female lac bug
- Gelatin: made from collagen extracted from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals
- Lard: made from steamed or boiled pig fat
- Milk Fat: made from the fatty portion of milk
Now let’s get to the fun stuff! Here’s a list of vegan-approved candies for you (or your trick-or-treaters) to enjoy this Halloween.
Vegan Halloween Candy
Brach’s Root Beer Barrels
Charm’s Blow Pops
Charms Sweet Pops
Cracker Jack Original Caramel Coated Popcorn and Peanuts
Hubba Bubba Gum
Jolly Ranchers (hard candies)
Now & Later
Sour Patch Kids
Swedish Fish (ironic?)
This list is by no means exhaustive of all candy in existence but it covers the most common ones.