A Vegan Halloween

Last year was our first year as vegans, and we struggled with what Halloween candy to hand out to the neighborhood kids.  The candy marked "vegan" was much more expensive than the regular candy, and we didn't want to spend the extra money on people who wouldn't appreciate it.  On the other hand, we didn't want to support the non-vegan industry with our purchasing dollars.  So we wound up buying bags of pretzels and boxes of raisins.  I'm sure the kids really appreciated that (sarcasm), but we don't get many trick-or-treaters anyway...

This year, Jane's come across Peta's list of vegan candy, and while none of these candies were our first choice when we weren't vegans, there are more than a few to choose from (and they won't break the bank).

  • Airheads taffy
  • Atkins peanut butter bars
  • Blow Pops
  • Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
  • Charms lollipops
  • Chick-o-Sticks
  • Cracker Jack
  • Cry Babies
  • Dem Bones
  • Dots
  • Dum-Dums
  • Fireballs
  • Goldenberg's Peanut Chews
  • Hubba Bubba bubblegum
  • Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
  • Jujubees
  • Jujyfruits
  • Lemonheads
  • Mambas -- check for gelatin
  • Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
  • Now and Later
  • Pez
  • Ring Pop lollipops
  • Smarties (U.S. Brand)
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Super Bubble
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Tropical Source mini chocolate bags
  • Twizzlers
  • Zotz

Caveat:  Occasionally vendors change their recipes, so make sure to read the labels.  You know what to look for -- casein, egg whites, gelatin, lard, pepsin, rennet, stearic acid, urea, whey...


Vegan Essentials also sells some vegan candy, and Amy, over at the VegCooking Blog has a few recommendations too (sorry, her contest is over).

Or, if you'd like, you can make your own.  But this is probably something you won't be handing out, especially to the kiddies you don't know.  Last year, Melisser of The Urban Housewife, came up with a recipe for vegan candy corn.  We haven't tried it (yet), but I've been jonesing for some candy corn.  So maybe, when Jane reads this, she'll feel kindly disposed towards me and try this recipe.  Especially since she wasn't here when I was in the throes of the flu.  (I know, I'm a bad husband for trying to guilt her into making me candy.  But hey, it's worth a try!)

Finally, if you have kid(s) and your kid comes home with some non-vegan candy... Jane remembers her mom sorting her haul and being quite ruthless about it.  She'd wind up having to bring in more than half of the candy to the school collection for the childrens hospital in her neighborhood.  If your kid comes home with non-vegan candy you might want to consider donating it to the hospital.  Or, if that isn't an option, you can always bring it to the office and fatten up your co-workers.  But if you take away some candy, you should consider giving something back in return... either a toy they've been wanting; a coupon to get out of a chore or more; a movie coupon; a coupone for an extra hour of television or internet time; or a coupon to stay up late one night.  It's a good way to teach that there are more important things than sweets.  (Remember, we don't have children, so take our advice here with a grain of salt.)

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