I just came across a list of vegan (or accidentally vegan for some) sweeties/candy treats for Halloween – and thought it would be good to share here also: Whether you are checking what your own kids can or cannot eat, buying in to share on the night, or just for yourself (that’s allowed!) here is the list I found (and will probably add more as I do a bit more searching):
First here is the checklist of non-vegan ingredients:
- Bone Char is a white pigment made from cattle bones.
- Carmine is a red pigment made from insects (Cochineal).
- Dairy which can be listed as Milk, Milkfat, Whey and Caesin.
- Eggs which are not plant based.
- Gelatin (Gelatine) is made from animals (Pigs and Cows). A common ingredient in gummy candies.
- Shellac (Confectioners Glaze) is a resin from female lac bugs used to give candy a glossy appearance.
- It’s also important to note that some fun size candies can be vegan and the larger sizes of the same candy might not be. Also the ingredients can change from time to time, so it’s always best to check Ingredients anyway.
Here is the list shared (with one or two of my own):
- Atomic Fireballs
- Blow Pop
- Cocomels Coconut Milk
- Chupa Chups (some do have milk products, such as the “…and cream” or “…and vanilla” so stick with the fruit flavours. Even the red strawberry and red raspberry are from beet juice, which is good.
- Cry Baby
- Dum Dums
- Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Bar
- Fruit Roll Ups
- Fun Dip
- Go Max Go Jokerz Candy Bar
- Go Max Go Cleo’s Peanut Butter Cups
- Go Max Go Mahalo
- Hubba Bubba Chewing Gum
- Jokerz Bars
- Jolly Ranchers Standard Flavors
- Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- Laffy Taffy Fun Size
- Love Hearts (AKA Sweet Hearts)
- Mamba Fruit Chews
- Now & Later
- Panda Raspberry Licorice
- Panda Soft Black Licorice
- Pez (Fruit Flavors)Pixy Stix
- Red Vines
- Ring Pops
- Smarties/Rockets in Canada (not the chocolate British candies known as Smarties)
- Small Role
- Sour Patch Kids
- Surf Sweet Gummies
- Yum Earth Pops
- Yum Earth Giggles
- Yum Earth Gummy Fruit
I also read that a lot of the British candies and chocs are jumping on the bandwagon and making vegan / plant-based versions – So check out your British store soon (if not in the UK) as these could become another option!
Also: Check out your local vegan chocolate and desert makers too!
Oh and don’t forget you can always make your own for in-house treats. My daughter’s faves have been:
- Apple on stick, dipped in melted dark vegan choc and left to sit in fridge…
- Choc Rice Krispie (vegan/organic for us) or Cornflake (same) Treats: Melted vegan dark baking choc, stirred in big bow with cereal and separated into muffin/bun cases. Add vegan marshmallows optional.
- Vegan choc witch/ghost moulds
- Gingerbread ghosts, etc.
Have a sweet and tasty Halloween, everyone!
Check out the blog post on Navigating a Vegan Halloween here: