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The Official Guide to Vegan Halloween Candy

Mining through gobs of candy every October can be mind-boggling, but VN’s definitive guide to vegan treats will make this your best Halloween yet.

If ever there is a time for an out-of-control sugar rush, Halloween night is it. Before pulling treats from the depths of a candy-filled pillowcase or grabbing fistfuls from a skeleton-shaped party bowl, consult VN’s comprehensive list of vegan-friendly candy to ensure that all holiday snacking is animal by-product free.

  • Airheads Taffy (website)
  • Allison’s Gourmet vegan caramels (website)
  • Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks (website)
  • Azure Chocolat Beauty Bark (website)
  • Biona Organic Wine Gums (link)
  • BoomChocoBoom! Ricemilk Bar (website)
  • Brachs Fruit Slices (website)
  • Charms Blow Pops (website)
  • Charms Pumpkin Flat Pops (website)
  • Chick-o-Sticks (website)
  • Chuao Chocolatier Spicy Maya (website)
  • Clif Kid Organic Twisted Fruit (website)
  • Crispy Cat Candy Bars (website)
  • Crows (website)
  • Cracker Jack (website)
  • Cry Baby Candy (website)
  • Diivies Super Stars (website)
  • Dots (website)
  • Dum-Dums (website)
  • Endangered Species dark chocolate (website)
  • Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Halloween Bug Bites (website)
  • Ginger People Ginger Chews (website)
  • Go Max Go candy bars (website)
  • Goody Good Stuff Sours (website)
  • The Humphrey Company Original Popcorn Balls (website)
  • Jolly Ranchers hard candy (website)
  • Let’s Do Organic Gummy Bears (website)
  • Mamba Sour Fruit Chews (link)
  • Mary Janes, regular and peanut butter kisses (website)
  • Newman’s Own Licorice Twists (website)
  • Now and Later (website)
  • NuGo Organic Chocolate Bar (website)
  • Panda Soft Licorice (website)
  • Peanut Chews, Original Dark (website)
  • Pez (website)
  • Pure Fun Organic Halloween Pops (website)
  • Q.Bel Double Dark Wafer Bars (website)
  • Saf-T-Pops (website)
  • Seitenbacher Gummy Candies (website)
  • Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates (website)
  • Sour Patch Kids (website)
  • St. Claire’s Organic CandyTarts (website)
  • Stockley’s Cinder Toffee Candy (link)
  • Super Bubble (website)
  • Surf Sweets Fruity Bears, Gummy Swirls, and Super Sour Bears (website)
  • Swedish Fish (website)
  • Sweet & Sara Marshmallow ghosts and bats (website)
  • Tropical Source chocolate bars (website)
  • VerMints (website)
  • Whizzers Chocolate Beans (website)
  • YummyEarth lollipops (website)

Click here for the Ultimate Pumpkin Carving How-To with Dan Piraro!

Click here for the lowdown on Eco-Conscious Halloween

Would you believe that some candies contain animal ingredients? It’s true! Some candies are made from things like gelatin, which is mashed up cow skin, cartilage, and bones. And carmine, the red coloring used in some candies, is made from ground-up bugs. Can you believe that? Bugs! Blecch!

Wondering if some of your favorite sweets are animal-friendly? No worries—check out the list below and satisfy your sweet tooth with these vegan treats:


  • Airheads taffy
  • Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
  • Brach’s Root Beer Barrels
  • Brach’s Star Brites
  • Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar
  • Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Chocolove Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Chocolove Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Bar
  • Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate bar
  • Chick-o-Sticks
  • Cry Babies
  • Dots
  • Dum-Dums
  • Fireballs
  • Hubba Bubba bubblegum
  • Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)
  • Jujubees
  • Jujyfruits
  • Laffy Taffy (some varieties)
  • Lemonheads
  • Mambas
  • Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)
  • Mike and Ike
  • Now and Later
  • Panda Licorice
  • Smarties (U.S. Brand)
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Super Bubble
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Twizzlers
  • Zotz


  • Bremner Wafers
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Famous Amos Sandwich Cookies (Peanut Butter)
  • Ferrara Wafer Swirls With Chocolate
  • Fritos
  • Grandma’s Peanut Butter Sandwich Cremes
  • Hain Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes
  • Herr’s Salsa and Lime Tortilla Chips
  • Keebler Club Crackers
  • Keebler Vienna Fingers
  • Kettle White Popcorn
  • Kool-Aid Gels
  • Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies
  • Lance Capitain’s Wafers
  • Lance Choc-O Cookies
  • Lance Peanut Bar
  • Lance Sugar Wafers (Strawberry Creme)
  • Lance Sugar Wafers (Vanilla Creme)
  • Lay’s Blue Corn Chips
  • Lay’s Potato Chips (Natural Country Barbecue)
  • Lay’s Potato Chips (Thick Cut Sea Salt)
  • Lay’s Stax
  • Lay’s WOW! Potato Chips
  • Lay’s Yellow Corn Chips
  • Lundberg Brown Rice Cakes
  • Manischewitz Whole Wheat Matzo, Unsalted Matzo, and Savory Garlic Matzo
  • Melba Toast (Rye)
  • Melba Toast (Sesame)
  • Melba Toast (Wheat)
  • Microwave popcorn (minus the real butter flavor)
  • Munchos
  • Murray Southern Kitchen Iced Oatmeal Cookies
  • Nabisco Ginger Snaps
  • Nabisco Original Graham Crackers
  • Nabisco Spiced Cinnamon Cookies
  • Nabisco Teddy Grahams (Chocolate and Cinnamon)
  • New York Flatbreads (Everything and Garlic)
  • Nutter Butter Bites
  • Peanuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, and Pistachios
  • Quaker Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes
  • Ritz Regular Crackers
  • Ritz Roasted Vegetable Crackers
  • Salsa
  • Skittles’ Mints
  • Snyder’s Pretzel Chips (Garden Veggie)
  • Snyder’s Pretzel Sticks (Pumpernickel/Onion)
  • Soy Crisps (Barbecue, Deep Sea Salt, Garlic Onion, Salt and Vinegar, and Apple Cinnamon Crunch flavor)
  • Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos
  • Stacy’s Pita Chips (Baked, Cinnamon Sugar, Pesto and Sundried Tomato, Taxarkana Hot, and Tuscan Herb)
  • Sun Chips Original flavor
  • SunSpire Organic Dark Chocolate Almonds
  • Toasteds Crackers (Sesame and Wheat)
  • Tostitos Bite Size Rounds Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Blue Corn Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Crispy Rounds Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Dipping Strips! Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Scoops Tortilla Chips
  • Baked Tostitos Scoops Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Multigrain Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Natural Blue Corn Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
  • Tostitos Natural Yellow Corn Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips
  • Town House Original Crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Triscuits
  • Wasa Crispbread (Multi-Grain)
  • Wheat Thins (Original, Multi-Grain, Reduced Fat, and Sundried Tomato and Basil)
  • Zesta Original Crackers


Not what comes out but what goes in. Sure, you might follow the two-second rule when you drop your Tofutti Cutie on your kitchen floor, but you won’t want to give these disgusting hidden animal ingredients the time of day.

Casein—Whey’s cousin, casein is made from curdled milk. Yuck! Alternatives: soy protein, soy milk, and other vegetable milks.

Gelatin—Rhymes with “skeleton.” Coincidence? I think not. Gelatin is a protein made by boiling cows’ and pigs’ skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Jell-O? Heck, no! Alternatives: carrageen (carrageenan, Irish moss), seaweeds (algin, agar-agar, kelp—used in jellies, plastics, medicine), pectin from fruits, dextrins, locust bean gum, cotton gum, silica gel.

Honey—Sure, honey tastes sweet, but you’ll get a bad taste in your mouth when you learn how it’s “harvested.”

From a former beekeeper: “[T]ypically, beekeepers are gloved and netted to avoid stings (nearly every bee who stings will die due to her entrails being pulled from her body attached to her stinger.) Then the hives are opened as quickly as possible and the bees are ‘smoked.’ Smoke from a smoldering fire carried in a ‘smoker’ is pumped into the hive and the bees are ‘calmed.’ In spite of this, the combs are pulled quickly and many bees are crushed in the process. When a bee is hurt, she releases a chemical message that alerts and activates the hive members who proceed to attack the intruder—giving their lives in the process.”

Alternatives: in foods—maple syrup, date sugar, syrups made from grains such as barley malt, turbinado sugar, molasses; in cosmetics—vegetable colors and oils.

Lard—Lard is such a gross word, it almost makes you wonder why they just don’t call it what it is: “Fat from hog abdomens.” Alternatives: pure vegetable fats or oils.

Pepsin—If the thought of eating lard turns your stomach, stay away from pepsin, a clotting agent from pigs’ stomachs, used in some cheeses and vitamins. Alternatives: microbial coagulating agents, bacteria culture, lemon juice, or vegetable rennet.

Rennet—Certain words just make you cringe, like coagulate, congeal, clot—which is what rennet, an enzyme taken from baby calves’ stomachs, is used for in cheese production. Alternatives: microbial coagulating agents, bacteria culture, lemon juice, or vegetable rennet.

Stearic Acid—It may sound less gross than “lard,” but stearic acid, which often rears its ugly head in chocolate and vitamins, comes from a fatty substance taken from slaughtered pigs’ stomachs—or from cows, sheep, or dogs and cats euthanized in animal shelters. Alternatives: Stearic acid can be found in many vegetable fats, coconut.

Cetyl Palmitate—Check your head if you’re using margarine that contains cetyl palmitate, the fancy term for the waxy oil derived from sperm whales’ heads or from dolphins. Alternatives: synthetic spermaceti, jojoba oil, and other vegetable emollients.

Urea—Urea comes from urine and other “bodily fluids.” It’s used to “brown” baked goods, like pretzels. Alternatives: synthetics

When going to any convenience store, take a look around and see what other food services they offer. Often, you can get made-to-order sandwiches and salads. For instance, Speedway gas stations can make up MTO veggie wraps and sandwiches, and you can also snag bagels, garlic fries (minus the cheese), and cheese-free nachos.


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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 9, 2013 4:03 pm

    I just started seeing Halloween stuff in stores (it always makes me depressed since my birthday is October 29th), and I was wondering what to do for the kiddos this year. This is great! Celeste 🙂


    • September 9, 2013 4:16 pm

      Never be depressed over your birthday, it’s a perfect time to celebrate! Glad you found the information useful! Thanks, hon.


  2. April 22, 2014 2:35 pm

    Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Thank you


  3. August 22, 2015 2:13 am

    Jolly ranchers are made with geletain.


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