16 Healthy Halloween Candy Swaps That Won’t Get Your House Egged
No, we're not recommending handing out boxes or raisins or quarters this Halloween! There's a growing number of healthier Halloween treats that kids (and adults!) will actually love—and there's no bouncing off the walls followed by a major crash involved.
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Instead of microwave popcorn, try SkinnyPop Popcorn
SkinnyPop popcorn is an oft-recommended alternative to traditional microwave popcorn by health experts, and now it comes in portion controlled (and Halloween-friendly) multipacks. The filler-free popcorn packs are made without GMOs, gluten, dairy, or preservatives. SkinnyPop is also Teal Pumpkin Project-approved, meaning it’s free of all major allergens.
Instead of Kraft Jet-Puffed Miniature Marshmallows, try Smashmallow
Smashmallow makes highbrow alternatives to traditional marshmallows. Not only do they come in a relatively long list of flavors like cinnamon churro and meyer lemon poppy seed, but they’re made without a long list of chemicals. Note, however, that marshmallows are still marshmallows—even if they’re called Smashmallows—so the number one ingredient in these is still sugar (albeit organic sugar). So remember to stick to one serving (30g or four marshmallows for a total 90 calories and 14g of sugar).
Instead of Rice Crispy Treats, try Smash Crispy Marshmallow Treats
We don’t have to tell you that Rice Crispy Treats are not a good option, but because the love for snap, crackle, pop runs deep, we have an unbelievable doppelganger for you: Smash Crispy marshmallow treats. Also made by Smashmallow, they’re low in fat, contain organic cane sugar, and come in three flavors: cinnamon churro, strawberries & cream, and mint chocolate chip.
Instead of Hershey’s Kisses, try Enjoy Life Foods Halloween Chocolate Minis
Enjoy Life Foods Halloween chocolate minis are bite-size mini chocolates free-from the top eight allergens. They come in dark chocolate, ricemilk chocolate, ricemilk crunch chocolate, as well as a variety pack.
Instead of Candied Apples, try Bare Cinnamon Apply Chips
Bare Cinnamon apple chips are crunchy but sweet baked apple chips made with fresh apples and cinnamon—nothing else! That means no added sugar, preservatives, fat, sodium, or cholesterol, and they’re a good source of fiber.
Instead of Peanut Butter Kisses, try NuttZo 2go
You already know that nuts are chock full of healthy fats; the one issue is portion control. Like all things, healthy fats are only healthy in moderation. Nuts are also high in calories. NuttZo 2go solves these problems with their portion controlled squeezable packs made with seven nuts and seeds. Aside from healthy fats, these packs are full of protein and omega-3s. Check out these 14 things you never knew about Halloween candy.
Instead of Bubble Yum, try Spry Dental Defense Strong Longer Bubble Gum
Spry Dental Defense Strong Longer bubble gum is a great alternative to traditional gum. It’s sweetened with xylitol, a natural sweetener, which can help keep mouths not only fresh but clean by inhibiting bacteria from sticking to teeth and tissues.
Instead of a Snickers, try Navitas Naturals Superfood Cacao Cranberry Bar
Navitas Naturals, a brand leader in the superfood category, recently launched grab-and-go bars perfect for an immune-boosting Halloween treat. Their superfood cacao cranberry bars (like all the brand’s products) are made only with certified organic, plant-based, and minimally processed ingredients including cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, cacao beans, and quinoa. Don’t miss these 14 things nutritionists do on Halloween that you don’t.
Instead of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, try Unreal Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup
Unreal takes the high fructose corn syrup out of some of your favorite childhood treats. Case in point: their mini dark chocolate peanut butter cup, a total doppelganger for the Reese’s kind. Note that Unreal products aren’t actually made with healthy ingredients (no quinoa or sunflower seeds sprinkled in here!), but the lack of chemicals, additives, and HFCS make them a better alternative to mainstream treats.
Instead of Sour Patch Kids, try Brandless Sour Gummy Worms
Brandless is a new website that sells healthy food, organic beauty products, and a few other everyday items all priced at $3. For Halloween, they have a variety of sweets and treats with the standout being their sour gummy worms. Again, these aren’t healthy per se, but an exceedingly better alternative to filler-filled competitors. They’re non-GMO, gluten-free, they’re free of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and trans fats. Check out these 12 other non-candy Halloween treats that kids will love.
Instead of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, try Wholesome Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans
Wholesome Surf Sweets organic jelly beans are made without synthetic colors. They’re also naturally flavored and vegetarian (no questionable animal fats here!), have 100 percent vitamin C per serving, and you’ll recognize all the ingredients on the nutrition label.
Instead of Fruit Roll-Up, try Kind Fruit Bites
You probably know Kind for their bars, but they’ve also launched bite-size snacks made with only real fruit–no juices, purees, concentrates, preservatives, or added sugar. Here are more healthy Halloween candies that won’t wreck your diet.
Instead of potato chips, try Pea Crisps
You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that Amazon is very interested in being a major player in the food space. One of the things that hasn’t drawn quite as much media attention as their Whole Foods acquisition is Wickedly Prime, an Amazon exclusive snack line only offered to Amazon Prime members. If you’re not a Prime member yet, we have your deliciously addictive reason to join: pea crisps. A healthier alternative to potato chips, each bag of seasoned dried green peas has just 90 calories and two grams of fiber.
Instead of puffed chips, try Chickpea Straws
Happy Tot’s chickpea straws were designed to help tots consume their daily vegetables. They’re baked with ingredients like organic garbanzo beans and organic spinach. But let’s be honest, most adults could use more produce in their diet too. We’re not saying these will replace your raw and cooked veggies, but they’re a great alternative when you want a savory treat. They’re also completely sodium free and sold in portion-controlled 30 calorie packs. Next, make sure you know these 15 Halloween etiquette rules everyone should follow.