Updated October 16, 2019. | Whether you’re eight or 80-years-old, a proper Halloween mandates candy. But beyond all the sugar and artificial ingredients, so much of it is loaded with animal ingredients from milk and eggs to gelatin.
What Is Gelatin?
Gelatin, also called gelatine, is a colorless, flavorless ingredient made from animal collagen. It’s made by boiling the tendons, ligaments, skin, or bones of cows or pigs. In food, it’s used in many gummy candies, marshmallows, fruit gelatins, and puddings. Several gummy candies — like Sour Patch Kids — are gelatin-free.
Bay Area food tech startup, Geltor, aims to replace animal gelatin. It created vegan gelatin by using bioengineering to introduce protein genes into yeast. The yeast is then placed in a fermentation tank and fed nutrients, resulting in a gelatin-like substance.
Are Food Colors Vegan?
Some food colorings are vegan and others are not. Carmine, a red pigment used to color food and cosmetics, is made from cochineal, a type of scale insect. But, Danish bioscience company Chr. Hansen has created vegan carmine from sweet potatoes. Carmine may be listed as cochineal, cochineal extract, crimson lake or carmine lake, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120 on labels. Other food colorings are suitable for vegans.
Why Is Milk Added to Chocolate?
According to The Chocolate Society, the earliest instance of milk being mixed with chocolate dates back to the late 17th century. It’s said that Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum and physician to Queen Anne and George II made a concoction of cocoa and milk. He was allegedly inspired after a trip to Jamaica, where a mixture of cocoa, water, and spices was used as a medicinal drink.
It wasn’t until two centuries later when the Cadbury brothers created the first commercially available milk chocolate. Milk solids are used to give the chocolate a milder flavor and smoother texture. But these days, several brands have successfully made vegan milk chocolate using plant-based alternatives. However, vegan chocolate may not always be ethical. According to The Food Empowerment Project, 70 percent of the world’s chocolate is sourced from West Africa, where organizations and journalists have exposed the widespread use of child labor.
Fortunately, there are a number of Halloween candy options that are completely vegan. We’ve rounded up the top 101 vegan-friendly candies to hand out this Halloween. Trick or Treat!
101 Vegan Halloween Candy Options
Vegan Chocolate Candy
1. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
2. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter Cups
3. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
4. Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
5. UnReal Crispy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
6. UnReal Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
7. UnReal Dark Chocolate Crispy Quinoa Gems
8. UnReal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
9. UnReal Dark Chocolate Peanut Gems
10. Little Secrets Dark Chocolate Pieces Sea Salt Peanut
11. Little Secrets Dark Chocolate Pieces Dark Chocolate
12. Little Secrets Dark Chocolate Pieces Sea Salt Almond
13. Enjoy Life Halloween Rice Chocolate Minis
14. Sjaak’s White Chocolate Ghosts
15. Sjaak’s Melk Orange Caramel Bites
21. Free2B Foods Dark Chocolate Mint Cups
22. Free2B Foods Dark Chocolate Sun Cups
23. Free2B Foods Dark Chocolate Sun Cups Minis
24. Free2B Foods Rice Chocolate Sun Cups
25. Free2B Foods Rice Chocolate Sun Cups Minis
26. Free2B Foods Rice Chocolate Sun Cups Minis
27. ChocolateEmporium Holiday Wrapped Chocolate Bar
28. ChocolateEmporium Foiled Pumpkin, Frankenstein, and Witch Hat Pops
29. ChocolateEmporium Mini Foiled Pumpkins
30. Halloween Oreos
31. Lake Champlain Dark Chocolate Halloween Squares
32. No Whey! Pea Not Cups and Minis
33. No Whey! Choco No No’s
34. No Whey! Fear Not Spook Free Treats
35. Hotel Chocolat Tiddly Vampires Chocolates
36. Hotel Chocolat Wingston the Bat Chocolates
37. Moo Free Mini Moos Chocolate Bars (various flavors)
38. Caho Chocolatier Dark Chocolate Bars (various flavors)
39. Cocoa Parlor Chocolate Bars (various flavors)
40. Equal Exchange Dark Chocolate Minis
Vegan Gummy and Fruit-Flavored Candy
61. Sugarfina Apple Pie Gummies
62. Sugarfina “Mr. Bare Bones” Skeleton Sugar Skulls
63. Annie’s Bunny Fruit Snacks
64. Squish Candies Vegan Wicked Witches
65. Squish Candies Vegan Fruit Belts (various flavors)
Vegan Sour Candy
Vegan Caramels and Nutty Candy
86. Gin Gins Spicy Hot Coffee Ginger Candy
87. Lulu’s Organic Salted Caramels
88. Jed’s Maple Products Pumpkins & Ghosts
89. Go Max Go Foods Cleo’s Peanut Butter Cups
90. Go Max Go Foods Cleo’s White Peanut Butter Cups
96. Go Max Go Foods Mahalo Bar
97. Sjaak’s Eli’s Earth Bar Treasure Bar
98. Pnut Punch
99. Brach’s Sugar Free Butterscotch Hard Candy
100. Brach’s Sugar Free Cinnamon Hard Candy
101. Super Fudgio Orangic Coconut Toffee Caramels