6 all-natural candies for a healthier, yummier Halloween
Boo! Does talk of "natural" candy bars scare you? I promise to not encourage you to swap kiddo's peanut butter cups for carob covered apple rings (made from locally grown fruit--ha!). Nope, no silly tricks like that here. Just a bunch of totally delicious, totally sweet treats made without any of the icky, hard-to-say stuff found in typical Halloween loot.
With these six treats, you don't have to be a scary mama to keep Halloween sweet, tasty and healthy. -Stacie
I am frighteningly obsessed with UNREAL candy (above), a new line of candy bars made in the US and Canada with no corn syrups, no GMO's, no hydrogenated oils, and no artificial colors or preservatives. The five available chocolate bars are nearly exact replicas of plain and peanut M&M's, Reese's peanut butter cups, Snickers and Milky Way bars, and not just in theory and price. Even without any of the junk, UNREAL candies taste just like their classic candy cousins, plus they have less sugar and more fiber and protein. Amazeballs.
UNREAL is available in more than 18,000 stores nationwide including Michael's, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger. Find a store near you on UNREAL site.
It's no secret that we love Justin's Nut Butters
. But did you know that Justin's makes candy bars
now, too? I'm happy to let that black cat out of the bag, just in time for Halloween. Justin's offers two kinds of peanut butter cups, one made with milk chocolate, the other with dark. They also make three candy bars: milk chocolate peanut, dark chocolate peanut, and milk chocolate almond. Each bar is a dreamy, chocolate-covered confection filled with layers of nuts, caramel and marshmallow creme. Classic candy goodness...but better.
Editor's Note: These Justin's products are NOT included in the Sunland Inc peanut butter recall, however, several of their peanut butters as well as their peanut butter cups are, so make sure to check our post for specifics.
It wouldn't be Halloween on Cool Mom Picks without howling praise for YummyEarth
candies. We love their organic gummy bears
(which come in snack packs perfect for trick-or-treaters), and their lollipops
, too. I especially love their super sour and sweet 'n spicy hot chili pops
, both of which make a fun trick and
treat. No matter which YummyEarth candy you choose, you can rest assured that it's gluten-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and has no chemical colors, artificial flavors, or high fructose corn syrup.
OCHO organic candy bars were created by two resourceful dads who wanted to create delicious candy bars with only the finest natural ingredients. Their four chocolate covered candy bars--caramel and peanuts, coconut, peanut butter and mocha--are all free of additives, preservatives and artificial flavors. They also come in a smaller, healthier portion size. While not yet widely available in stores, these great-tasting candies are available online.
An organic, all-natural candy bar has made its way onto the Halloween scene thanks to Amy's Andy's Dandy Candy. The wrapper is as Wonka-eque as the name, which only makes this natural candy bar more appealing. It helps that the bar is also made with seven non-GMO ingredients that you're sure to recognize, and only rBST hormone-free dairy.
Amy's English Toffee, Almonds and Dark Chocolate Bar is available through the Natural Candy Store.
All these natural candy bars too much for you? Get back to Halloween basics with Endangered Species Chocolate
, a line of all-natural, organic products made from ethically traded chocolate. For Halloween, Endangered Species is offering bulk bags of plain dark chocolate or milk chocolate bites in Halloween-themed packaging--just enough natural sweet for the ghosts and goblins who'll be haunting your neighborhood on the 31st.
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