With Halloween right around the corner, what candy is safe for people who avoid animal products? Here is a straightforward guide to vegan Halloween candy in 2022.
If you’re vegan, it can be tough to decipher which Halloween candies are safe for you to eat. And at Halloween, you don’t always have control over what candy is available. Don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with this vegan Halloween candy guide so you or your kids can still enjoy spooky treats.
Vegan Halloween Candy
To save you time, we’ve compiled a list of vegan candies to help you navigate your options.
Luckily, these classic Halloween candies don’t contain any animal by-products:
- Air Heads
- Charms Blow Pop lollipops
- Fun Dip
- Dum-Dum lollipops
- Enjoy Life candies: these are allergen free, so they are vegan, and often nut and casein free.
- Sour Cry Babies
- Annie’s brand: Annie’s brand snacks are a great vegan option, with so many to choose from!
- Dots and Jujufruits
- Jolly Ranchers – Luckily, Jolly Ranchers are vegan and have many flavors to choose from.
- Sour Patch Kids
- Brach’s: these include mints and other gummy snacks, but check the ingredients on items like candy corn.
- Laffy Taffy
These candies are vegan-ish, so make sure to check the ingredients before you buy or eat them:
- Twizzlers – although these candies overall claim they do not have gelatin or animal products, only specific kinds are considered fully vegan. Again, check the package before purchasing.
- Swedish Fish – sometimes these candies contain beeswax, so always read the packaging to ensure you’re getting the vegan candy.
- Skittles – these candies went gelatin free in 2010, but make sure you check the ingredients before buying.
Halloween Candy and Brands To Avoid on a Vegan Diet
It’s always best to check the ingredients of specific candy if you’re unsure if it’s vegan. Sometimes even if the candy is not made with animal products, you can find sneaky ingredients inside like gelatin (made from animal bones/cartilage), casein (a dairy byproduct), shellac, beeswax and honey.
Avoid these brands of candy if you’re on a vegan diet:
- Chocolate-based items like Snickers, Reeses, and Milky Way: Milk and butter are used to create the base for this chocolate, so you should avoid these brands. Look for dark chocolates, as they are less likely to be made with milk, or check out these vegan chocolate brands. Justin’s makes a great vegan Reese’s option if you’re looking for chocolate and peanut butter.
- Gummy bears and lifesavers: These have gelatin, making them a no go for vegans. Try these alternatives instead.
- Candy corn: Candy corn frequently contains gelatin also, so make sure you read the package.
- Marshmallow: Anything marshmallow-based likely contains gelatin. Best to avoid it.
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