Each Halloween season, my husband, the kitties and I gather together on the kitchen floor to transform pumpkins into Jack O’ Lanterns. We spend much of October watching scary movies and on the 31st we binge on high quality vegan chocolate.
The rest of our celebration rotates from year to year to prevent the establishment of a boring routine. Sometimes we go to the theatre to watch a horror movie. We’ve been known to take a ghost tour of the local cemetery, a haunted history tour or stumble around a corn maze.
This year we’ve cycled back to handing out treats to the neighborhood kids, which is always tricky for we vegan-folk.
Non-vegans pick up giant sacks of fun-sized candy bars at $3.00 for 25 pieces. I love seeing the kids in their costumes but I’m disappointed when I have to hand out the typical mainstream “happens-to-be-vegan-high-fructose-crap-candy”. (Airheads, Dum Dums, Jolly Ranchers, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids and Twizzlers)
Here is my game plan for this year so as not to disappoint the reigning generation of kids dressed in vague costumes I can’t seem to recognize.
Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups – This year Justin’s released their peanut butter cups individually wrapped in sacks of 10 for $5.99 (These are a favorite of mine.)
Glenny’s Chocolate Marshmallow Treats (gluten free) – Individually wrapped, gluten free, vegan and delicious. They also come in a variety of flavors. Buy a six pack (5 bars per box) for around $20. (The only issue here is that the individual packages don’t have labels. If you opt to hand these out, keep a box on hand to show the parents so they know what their children are ingesting.)
Endangered Species Dark Chocolate - is my first choice as the chocolate is delicious, organic, high quality, fair trade and 10% of proceeds go to help Endangered Species. They even sell individually wrapped squares in 10 piece pouches. Check out this deal on Amazon for 60 pieces at $22.
Sweet and Sara – I love Sweet and Sara and incorporate them into most of our holidays. At Christmas/Yule/Winter Solstice our stockings are stuffed with peanut butter smores, rocky road bars and marshmallow snowmen. At the Spring Equinox/Easter/Ostara our baskets are filled with vegan peeps and other delights. Thanksgiving is an excuse to indulge in pumpkin spice marshmallows. Halloween means marshmallow pops, chocolate-bats and marshmallow ghosts. (Incase you aren’t familiar with why vegans and vegetarians don’t eat mainstream marshmallows it is because they contain pigs.)
NaturalCandyStore.com – Nearly all of the treats above, and so many more, can be found on the Natural Candy Store’s website. I’ve yet to order from this company but look forward to doing so through out the holiday season. They have a page for vegan candy and very clear labeling. Vegan food coloring and sprinkles for baking. Heart shaped boxes of chocolates for your Valentine. They also have organic candy canes, caramels, chocolate coins and wait until you see their Halloween offerings.