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Attack of the Candy Creatures

Kids love sugar. I heard of a recent study that finds kids’ preference for really sweet tastes has something to do with the caloric needs of their growing bones. So, they can’t help it, it’s their biology. Ha!

Now I don’t need a study to tell me kids love sweets. I just look at my son. Ever since his second birthday a few months ago, he’s been asking for birthday cake for dinner every night. Luckily, his sugar cravings can be satisfied by a banana or other fruit. But beware, bananas can’t fend off the sugar monsters that will be roaming the streets in a few weeks seeking to satisfy their insatiable appetites for all things sweet.

Whether you keep these little goblins and ghouls at bay with candy or you have another secret weapon (some folks swear by coins and toothbrushes!), don’t let the poor souls fall victim to hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. Our stores carry Halloween candy and treats that live up to the high quality standards of all our products and don’t have any of that scary stuff.

Here are a few of our favorites:

Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks – Halloween Pack These soft and chewy gummy treats from Annie’s come in fun bunny shapes and are made with real fruit juice. They’re organic, vegan (they are made without gelatin) and don’t have any artificial color, flavors or preservatives.

EnviroKidz Organic Chocolate Koala Mini Crispy Rice Bars Made with four grams of whole grains these organic chocolaty mini treats may be gluten free, wheat free and low in fat and sodium but they get high marks for sweet and crunchy deliciousness.

Endangered Species Chocolate Halloween Treats Individually wrapped for Halloween, this is premium, shade-grown, ethically traded chocolate that both kids and grown-ups will love. Endangered Species Chocolate sources cocoa beans from family-owned cooperatives in Ivory Coast where the income benefits the community. Ten percent of Endangered Species’ net profits are donated to fund species and habitat conservation efforts. Available in Milk Chocolate (kosher) and Dark Chocolate (vegan and kosher). 

Snyder's of Hanover Halloween Pretzel Snack Sacks Don’t want to give in to those sugar monsters? These fat-free and sugar-free pretzels are a fun twist on the usual Halloween sweet treat.Snyder’s of Hanover offers Halloween Snack Sacks, little individual packs of bite-size pretzels in a big bag decorated with a jack-o'-lantern.

Lifeway Probugs Organic Kefir for Kids While we don’t suggest handing these out on Halloween, you might want to have them on hand when your little one wakes up from their sugar stupor. This is the classic probiotic kefir in fun, no-spill, no-mess, squishy pouches perfect for small hands. Lifeway kefir is full of protein and calcium and has 10 live and active cultures (the good bacteria) to support digestive health. Plus they come in these fun, kid-friendly flavors: Strawnana Split, Sublime Slim Lime, Goo Berry Pie and Orange Creamy Crawler.

So, how do you fend off attacks from little sugar fiends during Halloween?

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michelle says …

Kids' loving sugar is their biology. But I am not a kid any more, what excuse can I look for when I want to eat candies? haha. Grown-ups are also can not resist the sweets.

Endangered Species Chocolate says …

Great ways to cater to the all-natural kids this Halloween! Thanks for including Endangered Species Chocolate's Halloween Treats in this list of loot that kids and parents can feel good about. -Monica Erskine, Chocolate Goddess Endangered Species Chocolate

Elizabeth says …

As a mom of vegan kids, Halloween is especially difficult - thanks for listing a couple of vegan treat options - if you have more, please list them! Thank you.

Sarah DeNeui says …

Lucky for me, my son is 4 and fairly easy to reason with. We've talked about the pile of candy that he's going to get this year and how all of it will be "bad choice candy"; We've agreed that he will be choosing 5 pieces from the pile to keep, and the rest he can exchange for pennies or dimes, or what we call "good choice m&m's" (Sundrops), pretzels, yogurt cups, granola bars, rice sticks, yogurt-covered pretzels, etc., from Whole Foods.

Alix says …

Fat-free and sugar-free pretzels that I can even eat...

Mary says …

With Halloween being around the corner so many unnatural sweets abound. Thank you, Whole Foods for great ideas on healthy eating for kids and adults. I shop at this store and find it very healthy. love the recipes and natural whole foods.

Die, Food Dye! says …

Our dye-sensitive child loves WF candies, bakery treats (awesome Halloween selection of cookies and cupcakes), and the gelato. Sugar actually does not make her hyper - petroleum food dyes cause her to have hyperactivity, then meltdowns. This year we made the Trade Deal where we give her healthy dye-free candies in exchange for the stuff she gets while trick or treating. :)

Sandra says …


Edith says …

Do you sell Surf Sweets gummie worms??

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@EDITH - Our products vary between regions and store locations so check with your local store to see what they carry. You can find their contact information at: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/list.