The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy
No tricks, just treats
Halloween is easily my favorite holiday, and I take it pretty seriously.
I'm listening to "The Monster Mash" as I write this...not kidding.
Growing up, we went all out...we grew our own Jack-o-lantern pumpkins in a patch of our garden, and then put down newspapers on the kitchen floor and made a night of carving and oven-roasting the leftover seeds, while listening to spooky organ music.
We filled a giant black plastic cauldron with everyone's favorite candy picks to hand out, and spent weeks if not months on DIY Halloween costumes (no storebought costumes for us, thanks.) We concocted deep red "blood" punch (kool-aid) over a vat of smoking dry ice that my mom would ladle out to trick-or-treaters, decked out in a witch custom with creepy orchestral music wafting into the night from a hidden boom box.
While the costumes were always my favorite part of Halloween, the candy was a close second.
At the end of the night, my sister and I would dump our loot on the living room rug and sort our candy into piles, according to the established Halloween Candy pecking order: Reeces topped the list, closely followed by Kit Kats and Snickers, and then M&Ms. Lesser-thans but still desirables were Butterfingers, Milky Ways, and candy corn. Three Musketeers and Heath bars usually got pawned off to my dad and mom, respectively, and Smarties, Skittles, and Sweet Tarts were disposable currency, usually traded with our friends the next day in an attempt to score more chocolate.
While I don't wrack up on bushels of candy each year anymore (dangit), I've progressed to simply buying my own bags of exactly what I want (perks of being an adult!) And since perhaps no one is as big of a candy fiend as my boyfriend, who upon first going vegan immediately had to know what candy options were still on the table, safe to say we don't take candy lightly 'round here.
Luckily, there are many candy options for a vegan.
While you may not be able to chow down on traditional Reeces and Kit Kats if you're plant-based, never fear - the options are still numerous. And if you want to get crafty, I've even included DIY recipes to make your own versions of many traditional Halloween faves!
The common culprits that make a candy not vegan are milk fat, gelatin, or
carmine, which is a coloring derived from beetles. Some white sugar is also processed using animal bone, so if you're strict about avoiding that, some of these options you may want to double-check on. If it concerns you to be wary of sugar processing, the candies with a star after them are certified vegan, sugar processing and all, according to Peta. (Many if not all of these probably are as well, but if you're extra concerned with the sugar sources, just check with the brand.) Everything on this list is fully vegan by all other standards, so chow down!
Consider this your ultimate guide. Happy Halloween!
*Where helpful, I've linked to where you can purchase these (especially with harder-to-find items that many stores don't carry. These may include affiliate links that means I make a few cents when you purchase your goodies, at no extra cost to you :)
The Chocolates (Store bought)
The DIY Candies
Did I leave out any of your faves? Let me know in a comment and I'll make sure to get back to you/add that to this list!
Looking for more Halloween-themed recipes? Check out my guide from last year, including main dishes and sweets! Feeling a little anxious about explaining your veganism to friends and fam this year at parties and get-togethers? I gotchu - check out my tips!
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