OCTOBER IS UPON US AND IT’S TIME TO GET THE CARVING UTENSILS READY! Halloween candy, however, isn’t as simple. Most are filled with corn syrup and artificial dyes, which I try to keep out of the kiddos diet. It took a little digging and reading up on ingredient labels, but I’ve been able to find clean candy swaps for the classics that I can feel good about putting out for the trick or treaters. Read on for a few riffs on the classics that are FREE of offenders like chemical additives, gelatin and artificial colors and sure to satisfy the kiddos sweet tooth and yours too :)! (Remember: We’re talking about candy so they are definitely a treat and meant to be fun and indulgent!)

Edited by Chelsea Leeds

Photography by Ana Gambuto


Wholesome Organic Delish Fish

Sweetened with fair trade organic cane sugar and free of all artificial colors and flavors.

Non-GMO verified, gluten-free, kosher, and vegan!

Swap for: Swedish Fish

Yum Earth Organic Sour Beans

Each pack comes with an assorted variety of pomegranate pucker, perfectly peach, awesome apple, and mango tango flavored beans.

USA organic, Non-GMO, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan.

Swap for: Jelly Bean Candy Company Sour Jelly Beans

Enjoy Life Ricemilk Crunch Minis

Milk chocolate, but vegan thanks to rice milk.  These are dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free and totally allergy-friendly. Crispy bits of gluten-free puffed rice make these the ideal swap for the classic Kit Kat.

Swap for: Kit Kat


Torie & Howard Assorted Chewie Fruities

Find an assortment of sour berry, pomegranate and nectarine, sour apple, meyer lemon raspberry, sour cherry, and blood orange honey chews in each snack pack.

Swap for: Starbursts

Yum Earth Organic Sour Twists- Watermelon Lemonade

Craving bite-sized sour sweets? These check all the boxes!

Swap for: Watermelon Sour Patch

Yum Earth Organic Pops

A total two for one- keeps the kids busy and satisfies their sweet tooth!

Swap for: Dum Dums Lollipops

Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

A dark chocolate twist on the classic milk chocolate Reese’s. These are certified vegan, non-GMO, and free of gluten and soy.

Swap for: Reese’s

Yo Yo’s Fruit Rolls

Made with only 4 ingredients! Apples, pears, raspberries, and black carrot extract.

Swap for: Fruit Roll Ups


Smart Sweet’s Peach Rings

Free from sugar alcohols and artificial sweeteners. These are gluten-free, non-GMO, dairy, soy, peanut, tree nut, and lactose-free.

Swap for: Trolli Gummi Peach Rings