15 Cleaner Store-Bought Halloween Treats

Halloween is in the (fall) air, and if you’re trying to keep your eating clean, it’s a season that can be scary for more than just its spooky costumes. It’s hard to go anywhere in October without seeing bags and bags of bargain candy lying around, chock full of artificial ingredients and ready to tempt you. But guess what? You don’t have to choose between celebrating Halloween and offering healthy candy choices! It’s actually possible to do both… and to give trick-or-treaters something fun to walk away with on October 31 without spending hours in the kitchen to get it done.

healthy halloween candy for trick-or-treaters in a basket15 Healthy Candy Options for Halloween

Be the coolest (and healthiest) house on the block.


Check out these healthy candy options for Halloween treats, all of which you can order or buy in-store! 

1. All the YumEarth Halloween Healthy Candy Options: Just because you’re trying to keep things on the cleaner side with the snacks you’re handing out to trick-or-treaters doesn’t mean that you have to give up candy entirely! I understand that you probably have at least a little nostalgia associated with getting sweet treats on Halloween, and YumEarth’s awesome products will give you a chance to spread the love to your neighborhood kiddos without spreading scary ingredients and allergens. All of YumEarth’s offerings are organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, and nut-free, so you can feel really good handing out their lollipops, CANDY CORN, gummy bears, licorice, fruit snacks, sours, and hard candies come trick-or-treat night. 

2. UNREAL Chocolate Treats: If chocolate is your Halloween treat weakness, then you need to check out UnReal’s line-up. This awesome brand makes peanut butter cups, almond butter cups, chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate bites with quinoa, and more to satisfy every one of your chocolate cravings in October and beyond. They also use exclusively fair trade, sustainable, and organic ingredients and are certified gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO. No downside here, chocolate lovers! 

3. Justin’s Nut Butter Cups: Justin’s is more than just their nut butter packs. In fact, their nut butter cups might be just the thing to round out your Halloween treat selection. Available in milk, dark, and white chocolate with peanut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter, these delicious little bites will make your sweet tooth sing… and with all-natural ingredients! 

4. Enjoy Life Halloween Candies:The Enjoy Life company is great all year long, but they’re really showing up for the upcoming occasion with mini dairy-free chocolates in dark chocolate, ricemilk, and ricemilk crunch flavors. All of Enjoy Life’s products are free of gluten and other major allergens like soy, peanuts, egg, and sesame. The crunch is my personal favorite!

5. Hu Kitchen Dark Chocolate: Chocolate lovers, I have more good news for you — chocolate from Hu Kitchen gets the LCK stamp of approval and is another possibility for Halloween gifting! Every Hu product is free of dairy, GMOs, refined sugar, cane sugar, and sugar alcohols, so no matter which flavor you go with, you can feel pretty good about it. These might be just a litttttle on the pricey side for trick-or-treaters, but they are ideal clean treats to have on hand for you and your loved ones this Halloween season.

Healthy halloween candy in a basketOther non-candy healthy Halloween treat options:

6. Pretzel Bags: There’s absolutely nothing lame about handing out bags of mini-pretzels to costumed kiddos, so get over that stereotype. Most kids love snacking on pretzels… and parents will be thrilled to see their littles come home with at least a few treats that aren’t chock full of sugar. Snyder’s of Hanover offers mini-bags of gluten-free pretzel sticks. You might also consider pretzels from the Whole Foods 365 brand or cauliflower pretzels from From the Ground Up. 

7. Sensible Foods Freeze Dried Fruit Packs: I’ve recommended freeze dried fruit as a convenient and healthy store-bought snack before (they’re perfect as a clean travel snack!), but it’s a great Halloween option, as well. The Sensible Food brand is perfect for the occasion, because they offer small, easy-to-hand-out packets in dried Fuji Apple, Cherry Berry, and Tropical Blend varieties. Best of all, they’re all made with nothing but fruit, straight from nature! Yum. 

8. Smashmallow Mini-Bags: Between s’mores and cocoa (like my dairy-free mocha hot chocolate recipe!), there’s something just a little extra cozy and nostalgic about a marshmallow… and you can capture those vibes for trick-or-treaters this Halloween by handing out mini-bags of Smashmallows! More than just delicious, Smashmallows are marshmallows made with organic cane sugar and sustainable dark chocolate, and they’re certified by the Rainforest Alliance, making them that much more guilt-free. Smashmallow Snack Packs are available in cinnamon churro and mint chocolate chip flavors, and I’m pretty sure any kid that comes to your house is going to be obsessed. You might also consider handing out Smash Crispies, individually packaged crispy rice treats that play by the same ingredient rules as the company’s yummy marshmallow selection. 

9. Annie’s Organic Bunny Grahams: The perfect blend of graham and animal crackers, these delish Bunny Grahams from Annie’s Organic are absolutely ideal Halloween handouts. Annie’s has been making organic cool in mainstream spaces for years now, but in case you need a reminder, all of their products are certified organic and non-GMO. I would highly suggest picking up a few extra packs of Bunny Grahams for yourself! They’re great to have on hand for snack cravings throughout the fall. 

10. Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn: There’s a reason people talk about the magical marriage of salty and sweet. It really is magical… and it appeals to lots of taste buds. I’ve tried to capture this myself with my recipe for Maple Kettle Corn, but you can skip the DIY portion and get the same effect for trick-or-treaters by picking up packets of Boom Chicka Pop’s kettle corn. This popcorn is whole-grain, gluten-free, and free of cholesterol and trans fat, making it a healthier alternative to its competitors. As the bags say, “BOOM!” 

11. Surf Sweets: Satisfy your craving for all things gummy this Halloween with the amazing Surf Sweets brand! You’ve got your gummy bears and your gummy worms — not to mention lollipops and jelly beans! — some of which are sour or flavored with cinnamon. Surf Sweets even has a Spooky Shapes multipack, which is (literally) made for October. The best part about all Surf Sweets products is that they’re allergy free, making them that much safer for trick-or-treating, Halloween parties, and classroom celebrations. They’re sweetened with organic cane sugar and organic fruit juice and are colored with vegetable dye… all of which sounds perfectly okay to me! 

12. Skinny Pop Popcorn: SkinnyPop is basically just popcorn without all of the things that make regular popcorn questionable health-wise. It’s made using just popcorn kernels, sunflower oil, and salt! I’m pretty sure you can’t get much simpler than that. With this in mind, SkinnyPop’s smaller bags might be just what you’re looking for as a Halloween treat. 

13. SmartSweets Gummies: “Kick Sugar, Keep Candy!’ is the SmartSweets motto… and it’s a plan that I can completely get behind. Gummy lovers rejoice, because this company believes that candy doesn’t have to be terrible for you — and they’re proving it every day with their line of gummies, all of which are made without sugar alcohols, artificial colors, artificial flavors, gluten, and GMOs. SmartSweets may be your new go-to destination for gummy fish, sour gummies, gummy bears, and peach rings —some of which are even plant-based — for Halloween and beyond. 

14. Biena Baked Chickpea Puffs: Prepare to be the coolest neighbors on the block! I’m pretty sure most of your trick-or-treaters will be new to baked chickpea puffs, and it’s hard not to be popular when you introduce something so fresh and so cool to your community! Biena’s chickpea puffs are available in sample-sized bags in a variety of flavors (Vegan Ranch, Blazin’ Hot, Aged White Cheddar). What’s up, trendsetter? 

15. RX Nut Butter Packets: Shake things up this trick-or-treat night by skipping the traditional candy and handing out healthy nut butter packets from RXBAR instead! This high-protein, no-filler brand offers a wide range of nut butters — everything from chocolate peanut butter and vanilla almond to honey cinnamon peanut butter and peanut honey butter, plus so many more! — in handy little packets that are perfect for tossing into a trick-or-treat bag. If you decide to hand these out, don’t forget to have some alternative options on hand for kiddos with nut allergies. No trick-or-treater left behind! 

P.S. Don’t forget about the Teal Pumpkin Project for those who need non-food items! Check out everything you need for it here.


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How to Make Marshmallows (Paleo)

These Paleo Marshmallows, made with honey and maple syrup, are a surprisingly easy (and impressive) project, and also the very best tasting marshmallows you’re likely to ever eat. Below we offer so many tips on successfully making them, as well as options to flavor them!

Cubes of Paleo MarshmallowsPaleo Marshmallow Recipe

After so many of you successfully made our Homemade Marshmallow Fluff and loved it we knew it was time to get testing to make Paleo Marshmallows! It may seems a little daunting to think about making something like marshmallows, but truly it isn’t that hard. Making these marshmallows is not only a fun activity with impressive results, but seriously they are the BEST marshmallows you’ll ever have tasted–we promise.

What makes this gelatin marshmallow recipe different?

Our recipe is a little different than a lot of marshmallows out there. Aside from being made without any corn syrup and using only unrefined sugars to sweeten the marshmallows, our recipe is different because it includes egg whites, which is a classic French style. The addition of egg whites makes for a fluffier marshmallow that is easier to handle while you are making them. But don’t worry, the egg whites are cooked by the hot sugar syrup to a safe temperature. These fluffy marshmallows are melt-in-your-mouth delicious and are worth the (small) effort to make homemade.

Pouring beef gelatin marshmallows

Here are the Tools You Need for Homemade Marshmallows

Tips for Making Homemade Marshmallows

The first thing you need to know about making marshmallows is that you are making candy! You’ll be cooking up a very hot sugary syrup and then pouring it into beaten egg whites and softened gelatin and whipping them up until the whole mixture has transformed into a glossy stiff peaks. Then you place it in a starch dusted container and let it set before cutting.

  1. The size of the pan you use to make the square marshmallows depends on how big you would like your square marshmallows. For a smaller marshmallow squares use a half sheet pan, or a 9×13 pan. For larger marshmallows use an 8″x8″ or a 9″x9″ pan. Or alternatively you can make cylindrical marshmallows, which will need a sheet pan to hold the piped mixture.
  2. Prep your containers that you will be setting the marshmallows in ahead of time. You want to line them with parchment and vigorously dust with arrowroot or a combination of arrowroot/ powdered sugar. Don’t worry you won’t be eating all of this but it is merely to coat the sticky part of the marshmallow and you shake off any excess starch.
  3. The bowl and whisk attachment of your electric mixer must be cleaned well because if there is any grease in it, it will prevent the egg whites from whipping up properly.
  4. Use a mild flavored honey. A strong flavored honey, or raw honey will shine through more with a honey flavor (of course). We use a mixture of honey and maple syrup so that one flavor isn’t more dominate and the two together works more as a sweetener as opposed to be a flavor component.
  5. The added water in the sugar mixture helps the sugar come to a boil without burning. Put the water in the pot first, then the other two sweeteners. Do not stir the pot. Do not move the pot. You run the risk of crystallizing the sugar, especially because we aren’t using corn syrup.
  6. Make sure you handle the gelatin properly. You’ll want to let it bloom, or hydrate properly as the instructions indicate. The hot sugar syrup acts as the means to melt it so that it can fully incorporate in the marshmallow cream. It will set up after the mixture cools.
  7. You want your sugar mixture to reach the “soft ball” stage or 235ºF-240ºF. This stage gets it’s name from the fact that if you put a droplet of cold water into the boiling sugar, it will turn into a soft ball. This hot sugar mixture is what cooks the egg whites and turns it into marshmallows. If you didn’t have a thermometer you could theoretically test the doneness of the sugar by dropping it in water and watching the reaction, as described above.

Marshmallows made with Gluten free marshmallow recipe

Troubleshooting Tips for Paleo Marshmallows

  1. There are lumps in the bloomed gelatin: It wasn’t bloomed properly. You can try to remove the lumps of the gelatin, or if there are too many you should start over with the gelatin process.
  2. If the egg white mixture hasn’t thickened up: Either the sugar syrup was not the proper temperature, or you haven’t whipped the egg whites long enough, or possibly the bowl had some grease in it. So If it isn’t looking thick and glossy, try whipping longer. And of course use a thermometer to make sure the sweetener has boiled enough! U
  3. The marshmallows are too sticky to work with: Use more starch! Marshmallows are super sticky and you need to coat them in enough starch in order to handle them. You can always dust off the starch after you have finished cutting them, but know that if there isn’t enough starch on them before you go to store them they could end up a sticky mess, so go heavy handed with the starch.
  4. The marshmallows are very wet: The batter was likely under whipped.

Different marshmallow flavors

How to Store Paleo Marshmallows Made with Egg Whites?

Since there are egg whites in this recipes, this marshmallows cannot be stored indefinitely like marshmallows made with only sugar / corn syrup. Before storing, let the cut marshmallows “dry out” for at least 6 hours, or overnight. Store the well dusted marshmallows in an airtight bag / container for up to 1 week at room temperature. We doubt they will last that long anyways! If you find that the marshmallows have started to let out some moisture (which can happen naturally with homemade marshmallows, or sometimes the cause is under whipping the batter) take the marshmallows out of the bag and sift again with arrowroot and powdered sugar mixture and let dry before placing in another clean, dry container.

Options for Flavored Marshmallows

The possibilities are endless as to what you can add to the marshmallow cream mixture before you set, or even what you coat the marshmallows in at the end to flavor them. We tried out a few different add-in’s to flavor the marshmallows. Choose your add-in and fold them after the egg whites have thickened up. You can also divide the marshmallow mixture and make multiple flavors with one batch of marshmallows. You have to work quickly though because ones the marshmallow cream cools down it will set.

  • Freeze Dried Fruit: We tried strawberries but bet any freeze dried fruit will work well here. Start with 1/4 cup crushed freeze dried fruit.
  • Matcha Powder: About 1-2 tablespoons
  • Espresso Powder: Start with a teaspoon and add more if needed
  • Cinnamon: Start with 2 teaspoons and add more if needed)
  • Cocoa: Add about 1-2 tablespoons
  • Dried Ginger or Turmeric: Start with a 2 teaspoons for a batch
  • Mint Extract (a few drops) and Chocolate Chips

Instead of coating with arrowroot, try coating with:

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Crushed Nuts
  • Cocoa

Paleo marshmallows getting toasted

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How to Make Marshmallows

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:10 Inactive Time 04:00 Total Time 04:25 Yields Large batch

Ingredients

Directions

  1. To make square marshmallows: prepare a container for the marshmallows (see note). Lightly spray the container and then line it with two strips of parchment that fit the container to create a sling. Generously dust the container with arrowroot (or combo arrowroot and powdered sugar). Alternatively, to make traditional cylindrical marshmallows: line a sheet tray with parchment and generously dust with arrowroot. Set aside.
  2. In a clean mixing bowl for an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, add egg whites.
  3. In a large pot add ⅓ cup water, honey and maple syrup, in that order, being careful not to get any of the mixture on the sides of the pot. Turn the heat to medium and let the sugar mixture cook undisturbed.
  4. Meanwhile prepare gelatin: Add ½ cup water to a small bowl. Sprinkle gelatin over the water and mix to moisten the gelatin. Let bloom (or hydrate) for at least 5 minutes. Once bloomed, add to the egg white mixture and briefly whip until the mixture is homogenized and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. When the the sugar syrup has reached 240°F, remove from the heat and let cool slightly, or until it has stopped bubbling, about 1 minute.
  6. Then very slowly and carefully pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites bowl, hitting the side of the bowl if possible, in a thin, steady stream.
  7. Once all of the syrup is in, increase the speed and continue to whip for 10-12 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and glossy and the mixing bowl is mostly cooled.
  8. Add in vanilla extract and whip for one one more minute. If you are adding in any optional add-ins, add them now.
  9. For square marshmallows: Working quickly pour mixture into the prepared container and smooth over. Dust generously with more arrowroot and let set for at least 4 hours until cutting. To cut remove from the container and cut with a pizza cutter that is greased with coconut oil. Dust again all the cut sides with more arrowroot, shaking off excess. For cylindrical marshmallows: Fill a piping bag with a large circular tip (or simply cut a piping bag) with the marshmallow mixture and pipe it in lines the length of the sheet tray until all the mixture is gone. Dust generously with arrowroot. Let set for 4 hours at room temperature. Cut with a pizza cutter that is greased with coconut oil into cyridrical shapes. Dust more with arrowroot, shaking off the excess before storing.
  10. Let the cut marshmallows dry out for at least 6 hours before storing in an air tight container or bag. Store for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

  1. The size of the pan you use to make the square marshmallows depends on how big you would like your square marshmallows. For a smaller marshmallow squares use a half sheet pan, or a 9x13 pan. For larger marshmallows use an 8"x8" or a 9"x9" pan.
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Caramel Turtle Cups

These Homemade Chocolate Turtles are the ultimate lightened-up homemade candy. They’re so delicious and making them at home is easy, using only a handful of wholesome ingredients like our Vegan caramel, pecans and dark chocolate. They are the  perfect treat to have on hand in the fridge or freezer for when you want something sweet!

homemade chocolate turtles cupsHomemade Chocolate Turtles

Homemade Chocolate Turtles just might be the best homemade candy of all time. If you don’t know what a turtle is, let me tell you: It’s chocolate with homemade caramel and pecans. We made a handheld version that is easy to make and eat. Plus we lightened these up using vegan, dairy-free caramel and dark chocolate, so these are essential a healthy snack, right?! Run, don’t walk, into the kitchen to get started on these now!

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How to Make Chocolate Turtles

To make these chocolate turtles you mostly just assemble ingredients. The only thing that needs to be prepared is the caramel. For this recipe, we are using our favorite vegan caramel. It is made with a handful of wholesome ingredients and is super simple to make requiring no special equipment and it’s made in just under 20 minutes. We tested this dairy-free caramel with three different types of unrefined sweeteners: maple syrup, honey and coconut sugar. They truly all have their own flavor, so you can make whichever you’d like. We really enjoyed using a mix of the coconut sugar and maple syrup for our turtles recipe.

Here is how simple it is to make the caramel: You put all of the ingredients in a medium-large pot and cook it over medium-high heat, undisturbed for about 15 minutes until it’s slightly thickened and darkened in color. Seriously, how easy is that? We wrote a whole post about it, so go check out all you need to know and the exact recipe to make it there.

You will want to let your caramel cool before trying to use it in this recipe. If possible, let it cool overnight in the refrigerator. As the recipe says, this caramel will be thin when it is first made and will thicken up as it chills.

Once you’ve got your cooled caramel you can mix in some pecan pieces and melt the chocolate. After that, there isn’t too much more to do other than assembling! We used a muffin tin to make our turtle cups. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with parchment paper or silicone liners and then add in some chocolate. Using a spoon, push the chocolate 1/3 of the way up the sides. Next, freeze it for 10 minutes. Then, add in the turtle mixture, before topping with more chocolate and sea salt if desired.

Making healthy turtles recipesHow to Melt Chocolate

We suggest melting chocolate over a double-boiler. Most people don’t have an actual double boiler at home, so make up your own by placing a heat proof bowl over a simmering pot of water. Just make sure that the bowl is not touching the water. Using this method to melt the chocolate is easy and it ensures you don’t over cook the chocolate. Overcooking the chocolate can make it separate, or “break”.

The microwave is an alternative way to melt chocolate. If you do use the microwave heat the chocolate in very short bursts, no more than 20 seconds, while whisking in between each time.

Stack of vegan chocolate turtlesHow to Eat and Store Chocolate Turtles Cups

These chocolate cups are best eaten when they are slightly warmed at room temperature (so the chocolate isn’t super hard), but they’re best stored in the refrigerator or freezer. 

They’ll keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or slightly longer. And in the freezer they’ll keep for up to 3 months. 

I like to store them in the freezer long term, and then grab out when I’m craving a healthy treat. Let it sit on a plate at room temperature for about 15 minutes and then it will be good to go!

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Homemade Chocolate Turtles

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:03 Inactive Time 00:10 Total Time 00:28 Yields 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup vegan caramel, prepared and cooled
  • 1-1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) dark chocolate chips 
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pecans, toasted and chopped finely
  • 12 whole pecans, for garnish

Directions

  1. Place parchment paper or silicone muffin liners in a 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate using the double-boiler method: Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer and place a heatproof bowl over the top. Make sure the simmering water isn't touching the bowl. Add the chocolate and the coconut oil to the bowl and slowly melt and stir the chocolate, whisking together at the end. Alternatively you could melt the chocolate in the microwave at 20 second intervals, whisking in between until it's fully melted.
  3. In a small bowl combine cooled caramel and pecans and mix together.
  4. Place 2 teaspoons of chocolate into each of the molds with a spoon and gently push the chocolate 1/3 of the way up the sides of the parchment paper. Place in the freezer to harden for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from freezer and drop in about 1 tablespoon of caramel mixture into the center of the chocolate and smooth down.
  6. Top the caramel with 2 teaspoons melted chocolate and let sit for a few minutes before topping with whole pecan. 
  7. Store in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
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