I have a confession to make – I don’t hand out vegan candies for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
I know, I know. I deserve the side-eye, the shake of the head, the “Does this woman hate fun?” questions. In my defense, I don’t get enough trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood to justify buying a bunch of candy that I will wind up eating myself. And there is plenty of candy around the office for the children and grandchildren of co-workers – though certainly not vegan.
But I realize that everyone isn’t in my situation, and lest you think I am a Halloween Scrooge, I’d like to talk to you today about vegan candy options for Halloween. After all, I was a trick-or-treating kid once, too.
Yes, there is a plethora of cheap candy at every grocery store right now, and most of it is made of some type of animal byproduct or secretion (more on that later). There’s also plenty of great vegan candies available from purveyors world wide, but much of it gets pretty expensive, especially if you’re handing it out to strangers at the door who don’t appreciate hand-crafted, gourmet treats. But fear not, compassionate vegans! We have alternatives.
Much of the chocolate that is purchased at this time of year isn’t close to vegan; in fact, even for non-vegans, it poses an ethical issue. The Food Empowerment Project details the dark side of the chocolate industry. Before you buy your next chocolate bar, please read up on how child labor, slavery and trafficking are tied to the industry.
Lucky for everyone, there are alternatives. Check out these vegan chocolate products to keep your Halloween candy bowls stocked:
Chocolate, while a mainstay of my pre-vegan diet (ok, perhaps I’m exaggerating a little), is not the only sweet treat given out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. For the sweet tooth of the non-chocolate kind, here are some options of the vegan candies persuasion: