Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something… healthy to eat? While apples and toothbrushes might sound like the optimal Halloween handouts in your mind, realistically, your little ghost or goblin isn’t likely to share the sentiment. A better-for-you alternative you can both agree on? Healthier picks, like ours below—they’re better for trick-or-treaters and the planet, and they’re just as tasty as traditional fare!
UNREAL 77 Peanut Butter Cups Started by 13-year-old Nicky Bronner, UNREAL’s mission is to “unjunk” candy—meaning using only responsibly sourced ingredients, and ditching GMOs and artificial flavors and preservatives. These chocolate peanut butter cups are sweetened with organic blue agave and palm fruit oil (from a Brazilian farm helping to preserve rain forests), so they only boast about half the sugar found in traditional candy, and contain three grams of protein and five grams of fiber. ($4.99 for 12, getunreal.com)
Torie & Howard Organic Hardy Candy With four inventive flavors to choose from (like pomegranate and nectarine and blood orange and honey), these organic hard candies make for perfect Halloween goodies. Plus, a portion of the company’s proceeds go to Autism Speaks and the World Wildlife Federation. ($54.99 for five pounds, torieandhoward.com)
Equal Exchange Organic Milk Chocolate Minis What sets these melt-in-your-mouth chocolates apart from the rest of the pack? Well, the company works with small-scale farmer co-ops in Paraguay and Madagascar to produce organic chocolate and cane sugar, their chocolates are soy- and gluten-free, and these mini chocolate squares have just a hint of hazelnut, adding a delectably different flavor trick-or-treaters will love. ($35 for 150 pieces, shop.equalexchange.com)
Xlear fruity SparX Xlear’s tiny, tangy hard candies swap out sugar for xylitol, a low-calorie sugar substitute from a natural alcohol found in fruits and vegetables. Plus they contain natural fruit flavors and no artificial coloring, and come in festive Halloween-themed packages. ($7.50 for 30 packets, xlear.com)
Seattle Chocolates Truffle Bars With names like Dead Sea Salt and Bloody Orange, who wouldn’t want to sink their fangs into one of these chocolate truffle bars? The company also donates a portion of their proceeds to cancer and children non-profits throughout the northwestern U.S. ($3.00 per bar, seattlechocolates.com)
Surf Sweets Spooky Spiders Traditional gummy worms take on a creepy, crawly twist in four kid friendly flavors: cherry, lime, tangerine, and blueberry. Made with organic fruit juice, these gummies are gluten- and dairy-free too, so everyone can enjoy! ($2.19 per bag, surfsweets.com)