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Trick or Treat? Cruelty-Free Candy!

Published on October 16, 2009 by   ·   29 Comments Pin It
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Vegan Candy Is Dandy! Would you believe that some candies contain animal ingredients?   Some candies are made from gelatin, which is mashed up cow skin, cartilage, and bones, and carmine, the red coloring used in some candies, is made from ground-up bugs.   Wondering if some of your favorite sweets are animal-friendly?   No worries-check out the list below and satisfy your sweet tooth with these vegan treats. But remember, just because the list above mentions tons of vegan candy options, that does NOT mean they are healthy options for regular consumption!   My health food store has a PLETHORA of truly healthy treats that you can feel zero guilt sharing with your little ones.   A visit to your local health food store or whole foods will fix you up with some guiltless treaters quick as a pram.   But if you want to kick it old school and let the littles go sugar high nutso, check out this list of safe-to-nosh vegan treats:

Courtest of ScienceDaily.com

Image Courtesy of ScienceDaily.com

CANDY:

Airheads taffy
Atkins peanut butter bars
Blow Pops
Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
Charms lollipops
Chick-o-Sticks
Cracker Jack
Cry Babies
Dem Bones
Dots
Dum-Dums
Fireballs
Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
Hubba Bubba bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
Jujubees
Jujyfruits
Lemonheads
Mambas
Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
Now and Later
Pez
Ring Pop lollipops
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Sour Patch Kids
Super Bubble
Swedish Fish
Sweet Tarts
Tropical Source mini chocolate bags
Twizzlers
Zotz

SNACKS:

Bean dip (make sure it’s lard-free)
Cracker Jack
Fritos
Lance’s Toasty Crackers
Lay’s Stax
Lay’s WOW! potato chips
Microwave popcorn (minus the real butter flavor)
Munchos
Peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and Pistachios
Pretzels
Salsa
Skittles’ Mints
Tostitos
Trail mix
Triscuits
Wheat Thins

HEALTHY KIDS OPTIONS:

Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit: Fruit sticks sweetened with natural fruit are delish and cutely packaged.

Kid Organic Twisted Fruit/ (18pk/box), $15.99

Kid Organic Twisted Fruit/ (18pk/box), $15.99

Endangered Species Bug Bites: Bite-size organic chocolate treats made with ethical chocolate.   And 10% of net profits from E. Species chocolates are donated to help support species, habitat and humanity.

Dark Chocolate Halloween Treat Collection, 72 pieces, $18.

Dark Chocolate Halloween Treat Collection, 72 pieces, $18.

Organic Gummy Bears:   Gelatin-free gummy bears made organic spinach powder, apple pectin, and natural fruit flavors.

Organic Vegan Gummi Bears, $3.39.

Organic Vegan Gummi Bears, $3.39.

Yummy Earth Lollipops: Entirely organic lollipops made with actual organic fruit.

150 YummyEarth organic lollipops in 8 flavors, $25.

150 YummyEarth organic lollipops in 8 flavors, $25.

Want more adult healthy sweets options? Try sending someone you love:

Lagustas Lucsious Truffles, $15.

Lagusta's Luscious Truffles, $15.

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY: You won’t want to give these disgusting hidden animal ingredients the time of day.   Take a good look at the ingredient list below so you know what to avoid in all your food stuffs, particularly your sweets.

  • Casein-Whey’s cousin, casein is made from curdled milk. Yuck!
  • Gelatin-Rhymes with “skeleton.” Coincidence? I think not. Gelatin is a protein made by boiling cows’ and pigs’ skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Jell-O? Heck, no!
  • Honey-Sure, honey tastes sweet, but you’ll get a bad taste in your mouth when you learn how it’s “harvested.” From a former beekeeper: “[T]ypically, beekeepers are gloved and netted to avoid stings (nearly every bee who stings will die due to her entrails being pulled from her body attached to her stinger.) Then the hives are opened as quickly as possible and the bees are ‘smoked.’ Smoke from a smoldering fire carried in a ‘smoker’ is pumped into the hive and the bees are ‘calmed.’ In spite of this, the combs are pulled quickly and many bees are crushed in the process. When a bee is hurt, she releases a chemical message that alerts and activates the hive members who proceed to attack the intruder-giving their lives in the process.”
  • Lard-Lard is such a gross word, it almost makes you wonder why they just don’t call it what it is: “Fat from hog abdomens.”
  • Pepsin-If the thought of eating lard turns your stomach, stay away from pepsin, a clotting agent from pigs’ stomachs, used in some cheeses and vitamins.
  • Rennet-Certain words just make you cringe, like coagulate, congeal, clot-which is what rennet, an enzyme taken from baby calves’ stomachs, is used for in cheese production.
  • Stearic Acid-It may sound less gross than “lard,” but stearic acid, which often rears its ugly head in chocolate and vitamins, comes from a fatty substance taken from slaughtered pigs’ stomachs-or from cows, sheep, or dogs and cats euthanized in animal shelters. Still want to chew on that piece of Fido?
  • Cetyl Palmitate-Check your head if you’re using margarine that contains cetyl palmitate, the fancy term for the waxy oil derived from sperm whales’ heads or from dolphins. “I can’t believe it’s not ” oh, wait. It is” Whale head wax”?
  • Urea-Urea comes from urine and other “bodily fluids.” It’s used to “brown” baked goods, like pretzels. Um, yeah. And the oven is for ??

Via PETAKIDS.

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Readers Comments (29)

  1. Kristin says:

    I LOVE SWEDISH FISH! I’m going to order some of those bug bites too to give out to the kids (and most likely indulge in myself lol)

  2. Kristin says:

    Urea is in a lot of shampoos too. I love pointing out that it’s animal piss to my friends.

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  4. Chrissie Eden Vazquez says:

    Urea gives shine b/c it’s acidic…BUT that effect can be achieved with a simple white vinegar rinse. :)

    PS–there is nothing…NOTHING on earth…like Swedish Fish.

  5. trollhare says:

    Funny thing… “Swedish fish” sold in Sweden isn’t vegan, containing both beeswax (all of them) and carmines (the red ones). How unfair ;)

  6. Franni says:

    I prefer the natural/organic, vegan candy but there are times where I just reach for the not so natural/organic, vegan candy but that’s going to change soon! Vegan candy rocks!

  7. Etirsa says:

    I’m gonna share this with my readers. Thanks, Chlo.

  8. Sugar says:

    Thank you for the healthy info. Thank GOODNESS Chic-O-Sticks made it on the good list! Oh soooo yummy. I heart peanut butter!

  9. gina says:

    oooooo I love Sour Patch Kids!

    I’m thinking I may score come of those fruit twists for the kids in my ‘hood. Those sound yummy!

  10. kimsy says:

    @Sugar: I had a friend who melted vegan chocolate and poured it over Chic-O-Sticks to make vegan “Butterfingers.”

  11. Chloe Jo says:

    Guys: Beware: My fellow went down to the drugstore to pick up some candy corn only to be met w/ an ingredient list that read like a vegans nightmare (whey, milk powder, etc). Moral of this story: no matter what is on the list above: ALWAYS read ingredients… xCx

  12. jdavis says:

    Not only that, egg whites! I couldn’t believe it, in candy corn???? Is dairy REALLY necessary? That’s just crazy

  13. karla says:

    @jdavis: if you’re up for DIY, I made these and they’re bigger than old school, but fun and lovely: http://theurbanhousewife.blogspot.com/2007/09/homemade-vegan-candy-corn-happy.html

  14. Susan Kramer says:

    What a great list – thanks! I tweeted it @fcffollower since we were just talking about vegan candy corn yesterday

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’ve been buying the Yummy Earth Lollipops for my kids and all the kids in my family for over a year. They truly are the most delicious lollipops ever. And I don’t feel guilty giving them out. Yummy Earth just started making Gummy Bears also that are really well….yummy.

  16. Amber says:

    One quick note about Tostitos. The regular ones appear to be vegan, but the hint of lime ones have milk in them!

  17. Fallopia Tuba says:

    Swedish Fish rock but what about when your little demon goes trick-or-treating and comes home with a bag full of Milky Ways and Charleston Chews? Just try to get it away from them!

    Of course dairy isn’t necessary in most candy, but milk powder is a cheap filler and as long as people don’t object to it, they’ll keep adding it. After all, only about 3% of all humanoids are vegan.

  18. Susie says:

    I think it’s well accepted now that plants have primitive neuroendocrine systems. When farmers (or more typically unfeeling machines) wrench them from the ground, they experience unmeasurable pain. Do any of you know of any candies that use plant alternatives?

  19. Brittany says:

    Don’t forget peanut chews!!! :D

  20. Jennifer says:

    Although I am not a fan myself, I am pretty sure that Skittles are now Vegan. They used to have Gelatin in them but no longer do.

  21. Canaduck says:

    I think it’s kind of funny when I see a list like this one–it seems so limiting. SO MANY candies are vegan. I’ve been vegan for years now and I still eat way, way too much candy. Right now I’m eating a bar of vegan white chocolate!

  22. Sunshine says:

    At first I was so super excited that Skittles are now Vegan!!! But, I was let down quickly as I became aware that they are not cruelty free because they are produced by Mars Co.
    -Mars Company does animal testing.
    Just something to check out.

  23. alice says:

    Jello is vegan!

  24. taylor says:

    now with a hint of lime AND dairy! wtffff.

    oreos are vegan.

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  27. emily says:

    Sweedish Fish have Red40 which is crushed bugs. They aren’t vegan…

    • Christina says:

      Just an FYI:
      “Allura Red AC is a red azo dye that goes by several names including: Allura Red, Food Red 17, C.I. 16035, FD&C Red 40, E129…Red AC was originally manufactured from coal tar, but is now mostly made from petroleum. Despite the popular misconception, Allura Red AC is not derived from any insect, unlike the food colouring carmine, which is derived from the female cochineal insect.” From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allura_Red_AC




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