Halloween is an excuse to eat candy, and lots of it! But did you know that many of your favourite Halloween candies might not be vegan? Who would think that there would be animal by-products hiding in innocent sugar-coated candy? We didn’t! So we decided to help you out and make a list of our favourite vegan candies, and a list of what to watch out for!
Without further a-do, here are our top 10 favourite vegan candies (in no particular order)! All of these should be easy to find in ‘fun size’ and perfect to hand out to your trick-or-treaters, or to stay at home and eat yourself!
Top 9 Vegan Candies
1. Laffy Taffy
4. Sour Patch Kids
5. Swedish Fish
8. Blow Pops
- 9. Sweet Tarts
What makes candy not vegan?
So now that you have your candy in-hand, you may be wondering what makes some candy not vegan. We’re glad you asked! Some ingredients to watch for are:
- Gelatin is made by boiling the bones and tendons of cows and pigs in water to create this protein that is then used as a thickener in many candies.
- Red Food Dye #4 also known as Carmine is created from crushing female Cochineals which are a small bugs. The crushed bugs are then dipped in acidic alcohol to produce ‘natural red food dye’. Red or purple hue candies are most likely to have this in their ingredient list.
- Shellac gives candies a shiny shell, and is created from a resin that is secreted by the Iac bug.
- Bone Char can be hard to detect in candies however it is used to refine granulated sugar. Bone Char is created by ‘charing’ the bones of animals to produce a black and granular material that is then used to filter and remove colour from sugar.
- Beeswax is used to finish of candies and give them a shiny appearance and prevent them from sticking together. This ingredient isn’t as common in candy, but can be found on gummy candies. The alternative to this ingredient that is vegan friendly is Carnauba wax, which is created from the Carnauba Palm.
Don’t let these ingredients scare you, while many candies do contain the above, there are still TONS of yummy vegan candies to munch on. It will require a little more thought when picking out candy, but we hope this list helps to make your Halloween (or any day you need candy) a little bit easier!
Happy candy eating!