Avoiding artificial Halloween candy, which may contain toxic ingredients, is not easy. So, how can we avoid artificial candy? My kids LOVE Halloween, they love candy. Who doesn’t right? The only thing is the traditional halloween candy has many artificial ingredients in them and as an anti-artificialist, I need to try and avoid fake ingredients and make better choices for my kids…as much as possible.
May Contain Toxic Ingredients?
Tert-Butylhydroquinone. What is it? How about polyglycerol polyricinoleate? It doesn’t sound so yummy. Is it unfortunate that these two ingredients are in my Most Favorite Halloween Candy of all time??? I mean I am willing to steal from my kids just to saveur one…or three. Well…polyglycerol polyricinoleate is an emulsifier and the other a stabilizer. Good thing those words are not on my kids weekly spelling test. They are just a few of the crazy chemicals invented in a laboratory that are present in Halloween candy.
I wish I could just end the post with this alone and we would all decide to stop eating these candies. But I can’t because we like them so much.
Who Cares About Calories
Just for the record this post is NOT about the calories we are consuming. It’s actually about all the “crap” companies use to make these candies. Seriously! Who cares about all those calories, saturated fat, sugar and sodium. I mean it’s Halloween right? We can drink only green juice the next day and work out 6 days in a row. My concern is that we are making it ok that 27 letters in an ingredient is ok. The more we purchase this the more often they include those ingredients. Dollar votes people!!!
Really it is just the pure deliciousness of chocolate and peanut butter. I have a passion for those two ingredients and honestly combining chocolate chips and peanut butter in a bowl can satisfy me just as much…if not more. Sometimes when checking ingredients on a package and I read only 4 items. I shake my head and say how is this possible? Honestly, how can chocolate, dates, nut butter, and coconut oil taste so good? I second guess it all the time because seeing those ingredients alone are shocking.
But can you actually purchase something that simple to hand out for Halloween? Not really. First of all you would have to make it yourself and you know that will not fly, (i.e. the razor blade incident) and products like that have to be refrigerated. So now what?
Let’s pause for a second and figure out a possible different approach to Halloween. Maybe, just maybe, we can create a “Better Choice” plan, so that we can actually feel better about this “sweet” holiday and our devouring and devotion of chocolate and peanut butter.
Choosing Something Better – 5 Alternatives to Avoiding Artificial Halloween Candy
- Make fun Halloween Candy and ask the kids for a swap out. Check out these great recipes. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Salted Caramels, Healthy Butterfingers
- Have your kids sort their candy into favorites and not so favorite and ditch the so-so’s. One of my sons actually enjoys organizing his candy! Our school has a candy donation program and the kids feel “good” about participating in this.
- Pass out the candy that your kiddos get from their trick or treating. My kids LOVE passing out candy. If you still have some when you close the doors leave a bowl outside for the stragglers.
- Pass out non food items, (like we do). My husband likes stocking up on surplus toys like yo-yo’s or the larger glow sticks. One year we passed out little flashlights and the trick or treaters loved them.
- Choose healthier candy to pass out. Whole Foods and even Target have healthier options these days. Vote for healthier food production with your dollars. Start this trend on your block!
Create your own tradition
I hope this helps you with your challenge of avoiding artificial Halloween candy. However there is one more thing…make sure you do the same thing every year. Creating your own tradition of Halloween, is the most important part for kids. Knowing what is actually in the candy helps with the motivation, so be sure to read the ingredients for a healthier holiday!
For more inspiration, check out my sister’s awesome book report, “How Sugar Is Killing Us”