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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 ~ 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.

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan Halloween TreatsFortunately, 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 eleven fifteen 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“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 and pumpkin truffles for mom!
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free

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

Torie & Howard Organic Hard Candies – 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

 Vegan Halloween Treats - Torie and Howard Organic Hard Candy

Chocolate Emporium – After plowing my way through a Halloween box of Chocolate Emporium chocolates, all I could say was “Wow!” Beyond the obvious chocolate love, these intricately molded chocolate lollipops and chocolate bites (each individually wrapped) are too cute to pass up. Thus far my favorites are the Spider Pop with Orange-flavored Web (selections for Halloween treats do change from year to year) and the Chocolate Covered Sandwich Cookie (with pumpkin décor), but my husband loved the Frankenstein’s Monster Pop because it looked so angry. Men.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free

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

YummyEarth Organic Lolliipops – 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. Amazon frequently has specials on these lollipops, and they seem to ship quickly!
Caters to: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and pretty much all of the most common food allergens

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

 

Amanda’s Own Halloween 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, Peanut-Free, Soy-Free, Tree Nut-Free, and Wheat-Free

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

Mini Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups - Their infamous dark chocolate covered peanut butter cups are now sold in bigger bags with minis inside! Just use caution with severe milk allergies, and note that they do have a milk chocolate version of the mini PB cups – stick to the dark for non-dairy.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Wheat-Free (shared equipment for dairy; certified gluten-free)

Halloween Treats - Mini Dairy-Free Dark Peanut Butter Cups by Justins

Clif ZBar Monster Chocolate Mint Bars - 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)

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

 

Divvies Chocolate Ghosts and Halloween Jelly Beans – We love them for their cupcakes (which you can in fact order in festive Halloween colors), but who can overlook the latest Divvies creation, cute Chocolate Ghosts and Bats! We didn’t 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), and Nut-Free

Divvies Dairy-Free Nut-Free Halloween Treats

 

Surf Sweets Snack Packs -  – 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, Gluten-Free, and pretty much all of the most common food allergens

Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free Halloween Treats

Glee Gum Mini Packs -  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 brand comes in small packs too, perfect for plunking into pumpkin baskets as low sugar Halloween treats. It is also reported as “sustainable” and comes in several different flavors.
Caters to: Vegan, Gluten-Free, and pretty much all of the most common food allergens with the exception of corn

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

Rescue Chocolate 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

Halloween Treats - Rescue Chocolate Vegan Peanut Butter Pit Bull Minis

VeganSweets Gourmet Caramels – 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 individually wrapped Halloween Cookies.
Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free

Dairy-Free, Vegan, and Gluten-Free 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

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

Sjaak’s Halloween Chocolate Bites - 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

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

Sweet & Sara Marshmallow 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. Caters to: Vegan, Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free (though they do make one product containing gluten)

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

Honorable Mention Dairy-Free Halloween Treats:

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.

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.

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.

Pure Fun – Another great all-natural, organic lollipop manufacturer. How can you go wrong?

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.

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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. Follow me on Google+.

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6 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!

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