Trick Out Your Halloween With Vegan Candy Treats

Let’s just be honest with each other: in general, it’s cheaper to buy non-vegan. When I was a kid, one house gave out full size chocolate bars…and we loved them for it, probably even more than the house that gave out free comic books.

That was the late 80’s/early 90’s. Still, find the right sale, you can get regular or even King-Size Hershey bars for less than a dollar, but vegan chocolate bars tend to start around $2 even on sale.

If you’re having a party or just staying in to watch horror movies and want to splurge, Go Max Go, Endangered Species, and Rescue Chocolate make yummy chocolate bars that are moderately priced. Find them at your local Whole Foods. Get some more ideas for your trip to the store from online stores like VeganEssentials…and who says you can’t also order a Happy Halloween treat to enjoy later.

If you’re hoping to head out, check out NoTrickTreat to find houses in your area specially offering candy to kids with dietary restrictions. If no houses are mapped in your area, don’t call it a night.

Trick-or-Treat for a cause! When I was in high school, true story, I went door-to-door for UNICEF. You’re not asking for much; just some change, but that adds up. Pick an organization and maybe try to get some friends in on it!

If you want to give out more vegan-friendly candies and treats, but aren’t sure what to get, PETA comes through. Below is a selection of “accidentally vegan” candies and snacks. Since Hershey’s rules the mainstream chocolate market, most of the accidentally vegan options are going to be sugary candies…but I’ve sucked back many a packs of Sour Patch Kids in my day, so I wouldn’t be hatin’.

BOLD/Underlined items are those likely to be available in larger bags at chain grocery and drugstores. The list does come with a caveat:

“Items listed may contain trace amounts of animal-derived ingredients. While PETA supports a strict adherence to veganism, we put the task of vigorously reducing animal suffering ahead of personal purity. Boycotting products that are 99.9 percent vegan sends the message to manufacturers that there is no market for this food, which ends up hurting more animals.”

PETA: Accidentally Vegan – SNACKS

Charms lollipops
Chew-ets Peanut Chews (Original)
Cracker Jacks
Cry Babies
Dum Dums
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Chocolate)
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Oatmeal Macaroon)
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Peanut Butter)
Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Vanilla)
Hubba Bubba Bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Lance Capitain’s Wafers
Lance Choc-O Cookies
Lance Peanut Bar
Lance Sugar Wafers (Strawberry Creme)
Lance Sugar Wafers (Vanilla Creme)
Lance Van-O Lunch Cookies
Mambas (TIP: Each pack has three single wrapped flavors. Buy several packs and break them down.)
Mary Janes (Regular and Peanut Butter Kisses)
Nabisco Oreo Cookies
Nabisco Oreo Thin Crisps
Nabisco Original Graham Crackers
Nabisco Teddy Grahams (Chocolate and Cinnamon)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Apple Crisp)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Cinnamon)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Maple Brown Sugar)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Peanut Butter)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Pecan Crunch)
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Roasted Almond)
Sour Patch Kids
Swedish Fish

Other favorite suggestions: Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks, Smarties, Darrell Lea Soft Eating Licorice, and Seitenbacher Gummy Candies.

If you have the extra dough, treat the parents patting tirelessly behind those pint-sized Firemen, X-Men, and Kittie Cats. Buy a couple boxes of Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (vegan varities in italics above) or Mini Larabars. Show them how good and easy going veg can be.

Happy Halloween!

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