There’s no way around it: Halloween is a sugar fest. In that past, I’d try to limit my candy consumption (or even avoid it entirely), but that’s just no fun. What works a whole lot better? Enjoying sweets that are healthier for my body (no artficial sweeteners, dyes, or fats) and kinder to the planet. Best of all, there are more green candy options than ever! Here, my list of must-haves:
Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Minis Perfect-sized bites of chocolate-y goodness that are Fair Trade certified, plus vegan and gluten-free. You’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants, too! ($35 for 150-pack, shop.equalexchange.com )
Yummy Earth Organic Gummy Bears These chewy cubs have something for every princess and pirate at your door, with sweet and sour flavors like pomegranate pucker and strawberry smash. And at only 44 calories a bag with 50 percent of the daily vitamin C requirement, you may want to keep some for yourself. ($7 for a 30-pack, yummyearth.com )
Treat Size EnviroKidz Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars Don’t let the fact that they’re whole grain, low fat, and low sodium fool you: These bars are super-tasty. Plus, these new gluten-free, snack-size treats are perfect for the growing number of ghosts and goblins who are avoiding gluten. ($6 for an 18-pack, naturespath.com )
Endangered Species All-Natural Milk Chocolate Treats They’re made with premium, ethically traded chocolate that children (and grown-ups!) will love, and 10 percent of the company’s profits are donated to help support endangered species. These bites of bliss are also available in dark chocolate. ($6.70 for 24-pack, chocolatebar.com )
St. Claire’s Organics Naturally Sweet Tart Candy One box of the assorted fruit tart pouches packs a tangy punch of lip-puckering pleasers, with flavors such as sweet peach, watermelon, and sour lemon. You can dole out these low-carb, low-cal treats sans worry as they’re certified organic, allergy-free, and vegan. ($11 for 12-pack, stclaires.com )
Come Sunday, what will you be munching on giving out?