Vegan Candy 101: the Plant-Based Rundown

It's that time of year again. The center aisles of every grocery store are decked out in their best orange and black, pumpkins pop up in places where no decent pumpkin should be, black cat window gels make and appearance in the homes of the truly lazy, and your neighbor's lawn is, once again, dripping in fake spider webs (seriously, who has that kind of time).


'TIS THE SEASON! Nope. Not that one (although, odds are good there's a truly overzealous retail establishment out there already flaunting that Charlie Brown Christmas tree setup). 


Halloween is here and with it the age-old question of: what candy can I eat. While it's unfortunate that candy is still made with the likes of boiled animal parts (gelatin), crushed insects (a red pigment called carmine), or insect excretions (the shellac that gives some candies a glossy look), there's a whole list that's not. 


Why should the trick-or-treaters have all the fun? Plus it's always nice to know that, when you inevitably purchase an excess of colorful sugar, you'll be able to eat the leftovers. 


The Best Vegan Candy


1. Smarties! These colorful little sugar pills are 100% cruelty free and proud of it. The question is: do the different colors actually each have a unique flavor...

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2. Airheads. You'd be an airhead not to pick up a bag of these chewy delicacies. I'll take one White Mystery, please. 

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3. Cry Babies. For the love of all things sour AF. Warning: may cause mouth holes. 

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4. DotsThe OG movie snack! Imagine how stoked the kids down the block would be if you started handing out full sized Dot boxes. 

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5. Fireballs. On second thought, this spicy number may not be so great for the youth. 

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6. Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy only). Does everyone still fight over watermelon?

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7. Charm's Blow Pops. For when you can't decide if you'd like a sucker or bubble gum. 

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8. Dum Dums. Yum yum. 

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9. Jujyfruits. Are these like Dots, but shaped like fruit? It's unclear.

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10. Sour Patch KidsI think these rank #1 as a halloween fave (but only the red and green, obviously). 

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11. Now & Later. So chewy you'll have some for now and are also bound to discover some in your teeth again later. 

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12. Fruit by the Foot. I'd have been stoked as a kid if I pulled this out of someone's candy bowl.

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13. Twizzlers. Grab a fun-sized pack to give away and a regular-size bag to use as straws for your favorite beverage!

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14. Skittles. The rainbow is now vegan friendly.

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15. Sweet Tarts. A little sweet, a little tart.

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And some more


Certain candies are a little bit inconvenient to hand out on Halloween night. That doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy them yourself, however. After all: you deserve a treat for putting up with all those tricks.

16. Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum. Pop away!

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17. Cocomel's Caramels. Divinely creamy, fully vegan, and organic! 

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18. Wholesome Candy. Gummy bears, worms, and peach rings, jelly beans, spooky spiders, and lollipops. They've got the whole shebang.

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19. Swedish Fish. Last but not least, a staple in any decent candy store. 

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 Candy smoothie, anyone?


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