Monday, October 31, 2011

C is for Candy (sorry Cookie Monster)

Happy Halloween!

While I'm not keen on taking my 2 year old trick-or-treating, I do enjoy passing out candy to other little kids for their parents to deal with at 10pm while they still run in circles from a sugar high...  But I digress.  My kid eats candy on occasion, and specifically will eat candy tonight.  She also eats enough fruit leather to constitute candy- that stuff is SUGAR.  Again, I digress.

Last month we went to an event held here in Anchorage called Trick or Treat in the Heat.  It's for Alaska kids to get a chance to go trick or treating before it snows (cue snow yesterday morning- bummer).  They can wear their costumes without the snow suits, and it's fun.  Basically an entire subdivision pretends it's Halloween.  They decorate their houses, pass out candy, and there's music and fun.  You buy tickets ahead of time and the proceeds all go to children's charities, and it's done in honor of a boy who lived on the street  years ago.  I can't go into more detail without sobbing, so here's the link if you want to learn more:

Anyway, when we went to this event, we needed to know which candies were vegan friendly, and which are not.  I found two handy lists from PeTA kids and Veg News.  I just kept both lists pulled up on my phone, and we would help our daughter pick the vegan option if there was one.  Otherwise, she had one of those plastic pumpkin buckets, and since she's a little young to discuss not having certain candies, we would steal her chocolates while she wasn't looking and trade them with her friends for hard candies and taffys.  It worked suprisingly well, and I'm impressed with my husband's stealth.  If we ever fall on hard times, he may have a future as a pick pocket.

Since we founds these lists, I've been happily enjoying chick-o-sticks like crazy.  If you haven't had them, they are like a Butterfinger without the chocolate.  They would be easy to dip in chocolate for your own vegan Bart Simpson experience.  I've also recently discovered that my local health food store is carrying Go Max Go candy bars, and that has changed my waistline for the worse.  I won't lie.  We were also lucky to find a combo pack of Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids for passing out to the little goblins that come to our door.

From PeTA Kids :
Airheads taffy
Brach's Cinnamon Hard Candy
Brach's Root Beer Barrels
Brach's Star Brites
Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar
Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate bar
Cry Babies
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Laffy Taffy (some varieties)
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses) 
Mike and Ike
Now and Later
Panda Licorice
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids
Super Bubble
Swedish Fish
Sweet Tarts

From VegNews:

  • Airheads Taffy (website)
  • Allison's Gourmet vegan caramels (website)
  • Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks (website)
  • Azure Chocolat Beauty Bark (website)
  • Biona Organic Wine Gums (link)
  • BoomChocoBoom! Ricemilk Bar (website)
  • Brachs Fruit Slices (website)
  • Charms Blow Pops (website)
  • Charms Pumpkin Flat Pops (website)
  • Chick-o-Sticks (website)
  • Chuao Chocolatier Spicy Maya (website)
  • Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit (website)
  • Crispy Cat Candy Bars (website)
  • Crows (website)
  • Cracker Jack (website)
  • Cry Baby Candy (website)
  • Diivies Super Stars (website)
  • Dots (website)
  • Dum-Dums (website)
  • Endangered Species dark chocolate (website)
  • Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Halloween Bug Bites (website)
  • Ginger People Ginger Chews (website)
  • Go Max Go candy bars (website)
  • Goody Good Stuff Sours (website)
  • Hot Tamales (website)
  • The Humphrey Company Original Popcorn Balls (website)
  • Jolly Ranchers hard candy (website)
  • Let's Do Organic Gummy Bears (website)
  • Mamba Sour Fruit Chews (link)
  • Mary Janes, regular and peanut butter kisses (website)
  • Newman's Own Licorice Twists (website)
  • Now and Later (website)
  • NuGo Organic Chocolate Bar (website)
  • Panda Soft Licorice (website)
  • Peanut Chews, Original Dark (website)
  • Pez (website)
  • Q.Bel Double Dark Wafer Bars (website)
  • Saf-T-Pops (website)
  • Seitenbacher Gummy Candies (website)
  • Sjaak's Organic Chocolates (website)
  • Smarties (website)
  • Sour Patch Kids (original variety) (website)
  • Stockley's Cinder Toffee Candy (link)
  • Super Bubble (website)
  • Surf Sweets Fruity Bears, Gummy Swirls, Sour Worms, and Super Sour Bears (website)
  • Swedish Fish (website)
  • Sweet & Sara Marshmallow ghosts and bats (website)
  • VerMints (website)
  • Whizzers Chocolate Beans (website)
  • YummyEarth lollipops (website)

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