Halloween is notorious for being an annual late-night filled with counting candy and sorting out sweets. Surprisingly, being vegan on this spooky day isn’t as difficult as people assume. Although the list containing the most popular of the holiday treats has been reduced, there are still some options to choose from.
Chocolate-y favorites that are found in the grocery stores’ bulk candy bags aren’t usually going to be in a vegan’s stash. This is due to the fact that premium chocolate isn’t what gets used in mass-market Halloween candy. Low-end chocolate is typically going to be milk chocolate because it’s cheaper than dark. However, if you really have a hankering for some Halloween chocolate there are vegan brands out there that make just that. For example, Enjoy Life and UnReal produce many different kinds of dairy-free chocolates. Plus, The Natural Candy Store, along with all their other organic goods, sells a variety of Halloween themed sweets and candy mixes perfect for trick-or-treating.
The alternative route is finding what options are vegan-friendly that you already see in the bulk candy bags. It’s common for vegans to stray away from gummy candies due to the gelatin ingredient that can be found in those products. The most popular “accidentally vegan” chewy candies are brands like Sour Patch Kids, Sweedish Fish, AirHeads, Dots, Twizzlers, Mike and Ike Originals, Now and Laters, and even Skittles. Smart Sweets is a brand that makes a variety of vegan gummy candies, Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks also make an appearance in this category.
Along with the jelly candy, there are hard candies and other sweets that also happen to be vegan. This includes Jolly Ranchers, Smarties, Blow Pops, Dum Dums, Hubba Bubba, Fun Dip, Gobstoppers, Pixy Stix, PEZ, and Oreos.
Sadly, Twix, KitKats, and all the other big franchises haven’t come out with vegan options…yet. Maybe next Halloween, or possibly the one after that. However, for now, I think there’s enough on the list to make this year a spooktacular Halloween for non-vegans and vegans alike. Not to mention all the recipes that can be made from scratch to get plant-based eaters into the scary spirit.