My older son loves Halloween, so much so that he starts talking about next year’s costume before this year’s event has even happened. For him it’s more about the achievement of filling a pumpkin bucket than the candy itself, so I try to make sure that his haul includes plenty of better-for-you options. I also make sure what I give out at home, or send to school parties, isn’t full of preservatives and artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Just because it’s a treat doesn’t mean you need to be tricked by the ingredient list! All of the candies we sell at Whole Foods Market live up to the same quality standards you’ll find in the rest of the store meaning no hydrogenated fats or artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners. Here are a few picks that are perfect for a happy Halloween.
Sweet Candy Company Candy CornThis family-owned company has been making candies since 1892! No high-fructose corn syrup in this candy corn.
I have fond memories of gum-filled lollipops, but this version is a no artificial sweeteners and flavors upgrade. Strawberry, Green Apple and Tangerine flavors.
YumEarth Organic Gummy Bears
These gummy bears are better bears, and who doesn’t love gummy bears?
Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Treats
Try this twist on traditional Halloween treats. These snack-size bags of pretzels are sure to please.
Annie’s Halloween Bunny Grahams
Both my kids adore these cute, lightly sweet bunny crackers. They’re made with organic wheat flour and have no artificial flavors or colors. Plus, they’re perfectly portioned for snack time.
Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups
It just isn’t Halloween at my house without peanut butter cups! Justin’s decadent cups are so rich and creamy, you’ll never go back to that other kind. Plus they are gluten free and made with Fair Trade ingredients, so you can feel good about your sweet treat.
No nuts. No dairy. No problem. These snack packs of chocolate chip cookies — 2 per bag! — are also Non-GMO Project Verified.
These are only a few of the products available in stores. Stop by and see what goodies you can add to your candy bowl.
What do you like to hand out on Halloween?
Orginally published October 2014. Updated October 2015.