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The Cutest, Tastiest Dairy-Free and Vegan Halloween Treats

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Dairy-Free, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Halloween TreatsAlisa Fleming ~ Updated for 2014! When I think of Halloween, words like fun, costumes, and of course, candy come to mind, even decades after my trick or treating years have come to a close. But when it comes to special diets (dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, etc, etc, etc), which seem to be scarily common these days, Halloween treats can represent fear and envy more than sugary smiles.

Fortunately, something special began to happen several years ago. Companies popped up, one by one, offering sweets touted as “for everyone.” In 2006 I published an article called No Tricks, Real Treats for a Non-Dairy Halloween, followed in 2008 by Halloween Just Keeps Getting Yummier for Dairy-Free Kids. You can see that things were starting to get more interesting, but it is nothing compared to the offerings for this year. In addition to our 2006 and 2008 Halloween ideas (all or most of which are still available), I’m keeping an updated post here to give you our current top ten fifteen seventeen list of dairy-free and vegan Halloween treats (in no particular order) – all packaged for sharing.

Please Note: For ALL of the following Halloween treats, always inquire with the manufacturer on ingredients and processes for allergen cross-contamination issues, particularly where severe food allergies are a concern. This is just our list of suggestions for items that were dairy ingredient free at the time of revew.

Premium Chocolatiers Chocolate Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats - Premium Chocolatiers Dairy-Free Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate

“Milk” Chocolate AND White Chocolate, need I say more? Yes, there are a few dairy-free companies venturing into this territory now, but this was one of the first to produce such festive treats. This chocolatier is excellent for kids and those of us who have a sweet tooth. All varieties of their chocolate to date veer toward sweet and milky rather than bitter and dark. Plus, Premium Chocolatiers is constantly coming out with cute new designs; their latest includes their famous mini Peanot Cups in Halloween wrappers, pumpkin truffles for mom, and two Spooky and Haunted gift baskets filled with chocolate Halloween treats.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free
To Orderwww.premiumchocolatiers.com

Indie Candy Halloween Treats

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats - Gummy Brains to Creepy Lollipops from Indie Candy

This is SO going to date me – but the selection of Halloween treats at Indie Candy is off-the-hook! Pictured above is their party-friendly, life-sized gummy brains (not vegan), but they also offer Halloween lollipops and mini gummies (not vegan), truffle apples, and pumpkin spice brittle. Everything they do at the Indie Candy allergen-free facility is custom with new seasonal goodies emerging constantly.
Caters to: Vegan (gummies are NOT vegan), Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free
To Orderwww.indiecandy.com

No Cow No How Chocolate Halloween Treats

Big List of Dairy-Free Halloween Treats (Pictured: No Cow No How Chocolate Bats and Treat Bags)
This adorable little company handcrafts top allergen-free chocolate that has “milky” appeal. Their sweet seasonal shapes appeal to kids for both fun and taste. For Halloween, No Cow No How delivers small candy bar-sized bats and a treat assortment that is sure to make a scary impression.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free
To Orderwww.nocownohow.com

Torie & Howard Organic Hard Candies

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats - Torie and Howard Organic Hard Candy
This is one of my favorite new sweet cheats. The flavors (d’anjou pear & cinnamon, blood orange & honey, pomegranate & nectarine, and pink grapefruit & honey) have grown-up appeal, but are a sweet treat for all. The candies are free of preservatives, additives, artificial flavoring, chemicals or dyes, and top allergens, and they are individually wrapped for sharing.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free
To Order: www.torieandhoward.com or on Amazon

YummyEarth Organic Lolliipops

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats: YummyEarth Candy in Bulk or Halloween Packages
This yummilicious manufacturer deserves a mention around every holiday for a few reasons. One is their extremely allergen-friendly facility. Another is their individually-wrapped, bite-sized goodness. And finally, the ability to purchase jumbo bags of these all natural lollipops for an awesome price. Beyond Halloween treats, if you need treats for tots, look no further than YummyEarth (note that their gummies are dairy-free and allergy-friendly, but not vegan). Amazon frequently has specials on these lollipops, and they seem to ship quickly!
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free
To Order: www.yummyearth.com or on Amazon (Halloween packaging sold more in stores)

Amanda’s Own Chocolate Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats - Amandas Own Dairy-Free Nut-Free Chocolates

With an emphasis on cute and kid-friendly, this allergy-safe chocolatier makes bites and pops in all sorts of Halloween designs. They use dedicated equipment that is dairy-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free, and are currently migrating to soy-free, too.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free
To Order: www.amandasown.com

Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Halloween Treats - Mini Dairy-Free Dark Peanut Butter Cups by Justins
Their infamous dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups are now sold in both single serve (2 full size cups) and bigger bags with individually-wrapped minis inside! Just use caution with severe milk allergies, and note that they do have a milk chocolate version of their peanut butter cups – stick to the dark for non-dairy.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free (shared equipment for dairy; certified gluten-free)
To Order: www.justins.com or on Amazon

Clif ZBar Seasonal Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats - Dairy-Free and Non-Dairy Clif Monster Chocolate Mint Bar

I keep spotting these bars at every single grocery store (for $.69 to $.79 a piece) and think they are a great idea for a slightly more nutritious Halloween treat. Clif changes their Halloween flavor some years. It used to be “Spooky S’mores”, but the latest that we spotted is this non-dairy Monster Chocolate Mint.
Caters to: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Wheat-Free (shared facility for all allergens)
To Order: Specialty flavors sold seasonally in most major grocers

Divvies Chocolate, Candy, and Popcorn Halloween Treats

Dairy-Free Halloween Treats - Divvies Allergy-Friendly Caramel Corn and Chocolates

Though they were first known for their cookies, Divvies produces an array of enticing kid-friendly treat. For Halloween, order their cute Chocolate Ghosts and Bats, and while you are at it, I’m sure your gang would love some of their party-ready jelly beans, gummies, and caramel corn! As always, Divvies runs a milk, egg, and nut-free facility, putting many moms’ minds at ease.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free (with candies), Nut-Free
To Order: www.divvies.com

Surf Sweets Snack Packs

Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Halloween Treats

Though I was excited to find this all natural creator of gummy goodness, I wasn’t sure how they would fit into the Halloween treats scene. That is until I spotted their Sour Berry Bears, sugary Gummy Bears, and Jelly Beans (all of which are also vegan / gelatin-free) in snack pack sizing. Surf Sweets is also offering new Spooky Spider gummies for the season.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free
To Order: See locations at www.surfsweets.com or buy on Amazon

Glee Gum Mini Packs and Halloween Treats

All-Natural Halloween Treats - Glee Gum Pops

I confess, I was never a bubble gum fan, but some of my friends couldn’t get enough of it. Perhaps there was something to my hesitation, since several brands of gum do contain just a wee bit of a milk-based ingredient. But not Glee Gum. This allergy-friendly, “sustainable” brand comes in small packs too (in an assortment of flavors), perfect for plunking into pumpkin baskets as low sugar Halloween treats. And, they have NEW Gum Pops – in regular or Halloween packaging! But wait, there is more – for a fun party idea, Glee Gum offers Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kits.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free (contains corn)
To Order: www.gleegum.com or on Amazon

Rescue Chocolate Minis

Halloween Treats - Rescue Chocolate Vegan Peanut Butter Pit Bull Minis

More peanut butter love! A little more decadent and unique than your average PB cup, These “minis” are individually wrapped, but still on the indulgent side. However, Rescue Chocolate donates 100% of the net profits to animal rescue organizations. Note that their facility does sound to be dairy-free (check!) but does contain wheat.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free
To Orderwww.rescuechocolate.com

VeganSweets Gourmet Caramels

Dairy-Free, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Halloween Treats

You think I’m joking don’t you? Nope, the dairy-free and vegan caramels are back, individually wrapped, and ready to impress little goblins (in addition to ramping up that dairy-free holiday baking, but that is a post for another day). In addition to the caramels, the Pangea Halloween treats include handmade vegan caramel corn.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free
To Orderwww.veganstore.com

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Halloween Treats

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Halloween Treats

I am a big fan of Endangered Species, and love that they have these simple, yet Halloween appropriate, bite-sized dark chocolates for giving to children (they are a relatively mild dark / semi-sweet chocolate) or filling bowls at Halloween parties for kids and adults. Keep in mind, all of Endangered Species chocolate is run on shared lines (you can contact them about cleaning policies), so cross-contamination with the milk line is always a possibility.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free (shared equipment for dairy; certified gluten-free)
To Order: Halloween variety sold mostly in stores; can buy bites on Amazon

Sjaak’s Chocolate Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats - Dairy-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free

Another chocolate love of mine. Sjaak’s offers their individually-wrapped PB-filled chocolate bites and orange chocolate bites in cute Halloween bags. But, if those two flavors don’t spark you, they have several other vegan “bite” flavors, all individually wrapped, to choose from, just in less Halloween-inspired colors. Keep in mind, all of Sjaak’s chocolate is run on shared lines (you can contact them about cleaning policies), so cross-contamination with the milk line could be a possibility.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free
To Order: www.sjaaks.com

Strawberry Hill Halloween Lollipops

Halloween Treats - Allergy-Friendly Lollipops from Strawberry Hill

From adorable friendly ghosts to creepy brains, Strawberry Hill offers an array of fun designs and tasty flavors, all made in their top allergen-free facility (even corn-free!).
Caters to
Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free
To Orderwww.strawberryhillcandy.com

Sweet & Sara Marshmallow Halloween Treats

Vegan, Dairy-Free, and Gluten-Free Halloween Treats

Bats, cats, ghosts, spiders, and even cute marshmallow pops covered in dairy-free chocolate. Sweet & Sara has become the vegan headquarters for marshmallow treats that are far better tasting than any old peep. At last check, they also had pumpkin marshmallows and s’mores.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free (though they do make one product containing gluten)
To Order: www.sweetandsara.com

Mama Ganache Dark Chocolate Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats from Mama Ganache

The cute little shapes from this fair trade and organic chocolatier come in vegan dark chocolate (ask on allergen processes though!) that is soy lecithin-free, too!
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Soy-Free (made in a shared facility with dairy; verify on gluten)
To Order: www.mama-ganache.com

Honorable Mention Dairy-Free Halloween Treats:

Allergy-Friendly Halloween Treats from Gimbal's

Gimbal’s Candy – We love this Top 8-Free allergy-friendly candy company. They make the most amazing little jelly beans (kicks the pants off of Jelly Belly!), and they are certainly worth stocking for their chewy hot cinnamon lava balls and gluten-free licorice scottie dogs (pictured above – made with real licorice root). The only reason they didn’t make our list above is because they don’t have single serve sizes for Halloween sharing – hopefully in the future!

Go Max Go Candy Bars – I am petitioning them for mini versions of their awesome vegan candy bars for Halloween treats. Our fingers are crossed for next year. In the meantime, honor those costume winners with a bag of these incredible candy bars.

Pascha Chocolate Bars – Way too big for stuffing in Halloween bags, but moms and dads need treats, too, right? You’ll love this gourmet allergen-free chocolate in generously sized bars that can be nibbled all night.

Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Bars – Again, it would be great if they would make mini-bars, but their dark (more like kid-friendly semi-sweet) and “milk” bars are wonderful.

Crispy Cat Bars – Granola bar meets candy bar in this full-sized item. Good if you only have a few trick or treaters to please since they are full-sized and usually $2 or more a piece. Note: I can’t find these on their site, but they can still be purchased online.

Chocolate Decadence – They have some fun dairy-free chocolate offerings in witch, pumpkin, and ghost shapes. I am not sure if they are individually wrapped, but the cellophane-wrapped chocolate bags look like a great gift. This used to be an allergen-safe company, but note that they now produce their chocolate on shared lines and do run the risk of cross-contamination with milk and other allergens.

And, once again, see my suggestions from 2006 and 2008 for more sweet Halloween treat ideas. Sweet ideas are never out of date!

Did I miss any? Feel free to email us with your suggestions.

About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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10 Comments

  1. Carey GreeneOctober 3, 2012 at 12:32 pmReply

    We just launched a brand new dairy free/gluten free Halloween candy collection we think you’ll find fits the ‘cute’ mold :)

    http://soluckygifts.com/products-page/new/so-its-halloween-gluten-free-dairy-free/

  2. HannahOctober 16, 2012 at 7:23 pmReply

    I could never buy Halloween treats that are THIS amazing because 1) We would be lucky to get a half dozen trick-or-treaters, and 2) There’s no chance that a scrap of it would be left by evening. I can’t possibly restrain myself if there are rarities like vegan marshmallows, caramels, or candy bars in the house!

  3. What Dairy-Free Candy can we enjoy for Halloween? - Go Dairy FreeOctober 24, 2012 at 9:51 amReply

    […] Unless one of your neighbors was kind enough to stock one of the dairy-free candy items from my recommended list, or is giving out full-size dark chocolate bars that are made without milk ingredients,* I would […]

  4. kimberlySeptember 2, 2013 at 1:07 amReply

    FYI- Glee Gum is not vegan as it contains beeswax. Bummer because I love all the other ingredients.

    • Alisa FlemingSeptember 2, 2013 at 8:59 amReplyAuthor

      Thanks for noting this Kimberly. Good news though – their glee gum kits (make your own gum!) do not contain beeswax.

  5. MaggieOctober 16, 2013 at 11:55 amReply

    Oh man, Justin’s pb cups and some Scaredy Cats and I’m a happy girl! My kids would LOVE those cats!

  6. JennaOctober 11, 2014 at 8:51 amReply

    Note: yummy earth gummy bears are NOT vegan- they contain “authentic pork gelatin”

    • Alisa FlemingOctober 11, 2014 at 10:15 amReplyAuthor

      Hi Jenna, yes, you are correct, those are not, but their other treats are! I don’t state that every item they sell is vegan, just that they do cater to vegan with options that I’m sure you’ll love! Have you tried their candies and the lollipops pictured – yum!!

  7. Gidon RubinOctober 28, 2014 at 12:02 amReply

    The marshmallow treats are so cute!! BTW – I found the perfect Vegan wine to pair with the Halloween’s sweets -the Deccolio Prosecco, I bought it in Whole Foods Market (it’s in their top 10)!!

    • Alisa FlemingOctober 29, 2014 at 9:34 amReplyAuthor

      ooh, I’ll have to check that out – thanks Gidon!

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