Those packages of jolly ranchers, sweet tarts, hot tamales, and nerds will do in a pinch, but for some real Halloween fun, skip the artificial flavors and treat your kids right with all-natural candies and chocolates. We scoured the Internet and the aisles to uncover these tasty made-for-Halloween handouts:
Chocolate Decadence (www.chocolatedecadence.com) goes above and beyond for trick-or-treaters. Their chocolate shapes are dairy free and gluten free for the allergen sensitive, as well as kosher certified. Though they have many combinations, the package of 50 sealed bags, each with a selection of chocolate pumpkins, witches, owls, witches hats, and ghosts, seems to be a very good deal at $23.95.
Endangered Species (www.chocolatebar.com) is offering individually wrapped dark chocolate Halloween Treats, 24 per bag. They are offered online at $15.00 for three bags, but I have heard rumor that some better deals can be had on these treats in stores. Endangered Species also carries their traditional chocolate treats, Dark Chocolate Bug Bites and Chimp Mints, which will surely be enjoyed from the goodie bowl. Worth noting, each Endangered Species dark chocolate product is non-dairy, vegan, and kosher certified.
YummyEarth (www.yummyearth.com) proudly manufactures organic, gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free, nut-free, kosher certified…whew…vegan lollipops. These all-natural gems come in fun flavors like pomegranate pucker and razzmatazz berry. Though you can purchase them direct, the best deal this Halloween season is on Amazon. Five bins with 30 lollipops each is just $15.30. If you are expecting a trick-or-treating army, stock up with the 350-count bag for just $21.88. Plus, Amazon will send you a $10 gift certificate if you spend $29 or more on YummyEarth products (through October 31).
Amanda’s Own (www.amandasown.com) offers a line of semi-sweet chocolates made specifically with kids in mind. These sweeter chocolate treats have been molded into ghosts, bats, and pumpkins for the goblin season. Though they have a touch higher price tag, $4.75 for a 3.25oz box of individual foil wrapped treats, Amanda’s chocolates are guaranteed dairy and nut free for allergen sensitive little chocolatiers.
College Farm Organic (www.collegefarmorganic.com) offers kosher certified, all natural hard candies. Be aware, the Vanilla Caramel and Strawberries & Cream varieties do contain dairy. However, the Vienna Roast Coffee, Chocolate Mint, and Luscious Lemon candies, plus each of the NaturePops varieties, are non-dairy, vegan, and kosher certified. The individually wrapped candies come in packages of 24. Find them in stores, or purchase online at www.wellnessgrocer.com for $2.51 per bag or $2.25 for six bags. Use the coupon code GDF10, and get an additional 10% off your order.
For more snack and holiday ideas, keep an eye on www.GoDairyFree.org.