Gumdrops, gummy bears, licorice, lollipops, sour worms, gumballs, caramels, taffy, chocolate. O candy. So sweetly sinful and sinfully sweet!
Let’s be real. Of course candy has one form of sugar, sweetener or another in it. That ‘s where all the magical yumminess comes from. But if you’re going to indulge in a treat or two, choose ones with sustainably, ethically sourced organic ingredients. More importantly, don’t put questionable ingredients in your body like artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners, and preservatives, GMOs, and duh, duh, duh… high fructose corn syrup!
After all, Halloween should be scary. Not your candy ingredients.
Here are our go-to candies. We trust these five brands because we put them through the wringer when we decided to carry them. We evaluated them on the quality of their ingredients, sustainability practices, whether they had a social mission, if they were allergy friendly, and if they could suit a variety of dietary needs – so you can have your sweets and enjoy them, too.
In no particular order:
1) Surf Sweets
- Gummies, jelly beans, sour gummies, fruit rings
- Sweetened with organic fruit juice
- Certifications: Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Gluten Free, Vegan,
- Free of dairy, casein, soy, corn syrup, artificial colours and flavours, top 10 allergens
- Made in a nut-free facility
- Giving back: 1% For The Planet member and to organizations that conserve the environment and support healthy child initiatives
- Gummies, wine gums, yogurt fruit gummies, licorice
- Certifications: Organic, Gluten Free, Vegan
- Free of nuts, lactose, and artificial colouring and flavours
3) Denman Island Chocolate
- Organic, fair trade chocolate made on Denman Island
- Flavours: Cocoa Loco, Simply Dark, Zesty Orange, Toasted Hazelnut, Rosemary Baby, Razzle Dazzle, Gingerama, Espresso Chunk, Cool Mint, and Holy Mole
- Environmental Partnerships: Sierra Club of BC, the Dogwood Initiative, Denman Island Conservancy, Western Canada Wilderness Committee, and the Georgia Straight Alliance
4) Yummy Earth
- Sour beans, fruit bears, lollipops, drops, gummy worms, fruit snacks
- Certifications: Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten Free
- Coloured with fruits, vegetables and roots
- Free of casein, high fructose corn syrup, peanuts, tree nuts; corn free options
5) Newman’s Own Organic
- Licorice flavours: strawberry, pomegranate, black, sour strawberry, sour cherry, sour apple, sour mango
- Mint flavours: cinnamon, peppermint, ginger, wintergreen
- Organic and natural ingredients, Kosher
- All profits go to charity and support causes such as addressing hunger, community empowerment, children’s health, and more.
HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM LEFT COAST NATURALS!