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5 Non-GMO Halloween Treats to Share

5 Non-GMO Halloween Treats to Share

This Halloween, don’t get scared by candy with frightening GMO ingredients in them (which is most candy), give the ghouls and ghosts at your door something much better! Support companies that make wholesome products as another way to voice your opinion on the upcoming November 6 vote in California. Enough “Yes on 37” votes would require manufacturers to label offending goods as containing GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

Here are five Halloween goodies for trick-or-treaters that you can feel good about passing out, as long as you’re not tempted to keep them all for yourself! Each company is committed to making GMO-free products, and proud to do so.

UNREAL 54, Candy Coated Chocolates with Peanuts: UNREAL candies, inspired by a 13-year-old boy looking for a candy that’s “unjunked” of artificial ingredients, is available at Target, CVS, and Kroger chains just in time for Halloween. Available in mini sizes, they are comparable to their traditional counterparts. These Peanut M&M look-alikes have 200 calories, 16 grams of sugar, and 11 grams of fat, but also 3 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. Plus, they dye the candy coating with beet root and purple cabbage!

Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops: These vegan suckers made from real fruit extracts come in fun flavors like Wet Face Watermelon, Pomegranate Pucker, and Mango Tango. They’re packed with flavor but free of GMOs, artificial dyes, and gluten. One lollipop has 22 calories, 17 grams of sugar, and no fat. A bag of 50 is $7.99, and Yummy Earth products are found at Whole Foods, Toys “R” Us, and Babies “R” Us, and health food stores. Trader Joe’s also has delicious Organic Pops.

Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks: These cute little gummies contain no additives or preservatives, but the best part is that they’re made without gelatin, a truly repulsive ingredient. One pouch has 70 calories, 10 grams of sugar, and no fat. Pick up a bag at Target or most local grocery chains that carry Annie’s products, usually in the organic section. The Halloween-themed graham cracker bunnies are also a healthy snack in a festive pack that’s free of GMOs.

Angie’s Kettle Corn: Popcorn is great as a Halloween treat because it’s a whole grain and has less sugar than candies. A 24-pack of Angie’s Kettlecorn can be found at Target for $7.99. Their “naturally simple products” contain no trans fats, artificial flavors, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners, and only four ingredients – popcorn, corn oil, sugar, and salt. One individual bag has 70 calories and 4 grams of sugar.

Endangered Species Rainforest Mint Chocolates: Although these aren’t marketed for Halloween, the individually-wrapped chocolates not only taste good, they help the environment. Ten percent of Endangered Species’ profits are donated to support habitats and species survive. The ethically-sourced squares have 17 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar, 0 grams of trans fat, 4 grams of fiber, and 3 grams of protein. One reasonably priced bag of ten is $3.29, and can be found at natural food stores.

As GMOs are in approximately 70 percent of packaged products in the grocery store, the vast majority of traditional candies and chocolates contain them. If, however, you’re unsure if certain Halloween treats have GMOs in them, keep this list in mind:

Ingredients Commonly Made With Genetically Modified Organisms:

  • Sugar (not specified as cane sugar)
  • Anything ending in “ose” (high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, glucose)
  • Aspartame (brand names are Nutrasweet and Equal)
  • Corn starch and modified food starch
  • Anything containing soy and soy products not certified organic
  • These oils: soybean, cottonseed, canola, and vegetable
  • Food additives and artificial ingredients including caramel color, xanthan gum, and citric acid

Simpler put, if it’s made from corn, soy, sugar beets, or canola, chances are that crop was genetically modified. More than 86 percent of these crops grown in the United States are GM varieties. Steer clear of GMOs this Halloween while still giving kids something that tastes delicious and you’ll be the most popular house on the block.

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1:00AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

thanks for sharing

12:10PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Also Archer Farms organic fruit strips available at Target....they are great year round. The coloring they use is from carrots, berries and beet juice. Simply good.

3:50PM PST on Nov 27, 2012


5:18AM PDT on Oct 29, 2012

Thanks Brandi for these wonderful ideas.

10:04PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Non gmo - the only way to eat!

7:14PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Have never seen the big deal about this holiday - but then it's just like Christmas - a real opportunity for selling more junk. Bah and Boo....

5:11PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Angie's Kettle Corn, unless all the ingredients are organic it is GM. Most things have GM ingredients so stick to organic. That's the best way to oppose Monsanto.

4:29PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

This is good to know. The alternative would be for us to put rocks in the little goblins' bags just to be on the safe side. But then we might have gotten some of them back through our windows...

11:42AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

10:08AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012


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