October 25th, 2011
I’ve been so busy trying to
make find someone to make the Hungry Boy’s Halloween costume—a cherry bomb from Pants vs. Zombies—that I nearly forgot about everything else Halloween. Like getting the Hungry Baby’s costume—a daisy plant—and my own—a zombie. (Get it? We’re the cast of a video game. And so begins Halloween in land of the boys.) Not to mention getting decorations up and treats gathered.
Thankfully, there’s still plenty of time. And, to help make things even easier, I’ve put together a quick guide to the best all-natural Halloween treats.
It’s true—it’s possible to do Halloween naturally without being a scary Halloween ghoul (or just a plain loser). These treats are yummy and without any of the frightening ingredients found in most Halloween loot. Stock up this week and then have some fun knowing that you’re treating the little monsters in your neighborhood right.
Best know for their all-natural lollipops, YummyEarth* also makes gummy bears, gummy worms and sour candies, all made with organic ingredients and none of the yucky chemical colors, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup found in other candies. And did I mention their flavors are out of this world?! Better than any conventional pop. We’re especially loving their Vitamin C pops.
These individually wrapped real fruit twists by CLIF Kid are perfect for handing out on Halloween. Though a serving of real fruit is always better than a snack food equivalent to the same, I’m not going to complain that each fruit rope equals a whole serving of fruit!
Q.bell is a small but growing company dedicated to three values: be true, be honest and be good. But the real goods are their yummy chocolate wafer candies made without artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils. I can be true to that!
Candy with 100% of your daily Vitamin C? Indeed! Surf Sweets organically sweetened gummies and jellybeans have a dose of the cold-fighting vitamin and are free of artificial colors, sweeteners, corn syrup and GMO’s. Plus, they are made in a nut-free facility and are gluten free.
Move over candy corn, these all-natural mellowcremes come in the same Halloween-y colors and even cuter shapes: moon, witch, owl, bat and cat. These vanilla, orange, lemon and chocolatey flavored candies are made with 9 all-natural ingredients and colored with fruit and natural food dyes.
These premium dark and milk chocolate bites by Endangered Species Chocolate are all-natural, organic and made from ethically trade chocolate. Every piece of their cute “Bug Bites” chocolates comes with a bonus bug trading card. And the bonus for you: a portion of net profits from every purchase directly helps support species and habitat conservation!
Beloved family brand Annie’s Homegrown has once again packaged their popular gummy bunnies, made without artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives, especially for Halloween. Holiday packs contains 24 – .4oz pouches perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters. Thank you, Annie’s!
The Hungry Boy just discovered gum! It took a couple of pieces to get the hang of chewing without swallowing, but I didn’t stress since he was chewing Glee gum made with all natural ingredients. It’s also gluten-free and made in the USA with sustainably harvested rainforest chicle. I bet the neighborhood kids will like Glee as much as my kiddo did!
Want to get away from candy all together—without getting your house TP’ed?! These Utz Halloween pretzels are the ticket. They may not be fancy or drenched in chocolate, but every kid loves pretzels. If they don’t get gobbled up on Halloween night, they’ll surely make kiddo happy packed in their post-Halloween lunch.
Keep it super natural with LÄRABAR, a favorite all-natural snack bar that’s nothing more than a blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices. Each flavor is made with no more than nine whole ingredients. How many candy bars can you say that about?!
*Note about sponsorship: I am not currently working with any of the companies represented in this guide, nor have I been paid by anyone to write this. It should be noted that I have, in the past, received free product from YummyEarth, a brand on which I have spent my own money on several occasions before ever receiving free product. Since I have a relationship with the brand and, more importantly, trust and support them, I placed them first in this guide and gave their product the most prominent lead photo. They did not ask for this, nor was this promised in exhange for the free products. It is just my way of saying thank you to them.