Sunday, October 6, 2013

10 GMO Free Trick-or-Treat Options

Whether you are avoiding candy or simply avoiding GMOs, I've got lots of fun trick-or-treat hand out options that don't support the companies using genetically modified corn syrups and sugars. Not sure why GMOs are bad? Check out my primer here.


Organic Candy

Maybe you're not ready to go totally candy-free. These candies are organic - meaning they do not use sweeteners or sugars containing GMOs. Any dentist will tell you, though, that they are still candy - be sure to brush your teeth after you eat it!
Yummy Earth Organic Lolliops
Yummy earth is one of my favorite organic candy brands. Not only are they artificial dye-free, but they are also gluten free, soy free, nut free, dairy free and certified kosher. 
Buy it on Amazon: 125 lollipops // 325 lollipops



Yummy Earth Candy Drops
More tasty treats from my favorite organic candy brand. Not only are they artificial dye-free, but they are also gluten free, soy free, nut free, dairy free and certified koser.
Buy it on Amazon: Approximately 460 pieces



Non-Candy Edibles

Kids love getting sweet treats on Halloween. Who cares if they aren't candy? As long as they taste good (and these do!) your little ghouls and goblins will be happy.


Annie's Homegrown Organic Vegan Fruit Snacks
These might not technically be candy but they are enough like candy that kids love them. In fact, we may or may not have used these to bribe my son to use the potty early in his learning process. These fruit snacks are vegan as well as certified by the Non-GMO Project.
Buy it on Amazon: 24 pouch box



Organic Raisins
Pick up snack packs of organic raisins at your local grocery store or buy in bulk and save on Amazon. Get a huge box (12 bags each containing 14 boxes of raisins). Save leftovers to pack in your lunch!
Buy it on Amazon: 168 boxes


Granola Bars
Granola bars still pack the same chewy satisfaction of a candy bar but with less sugary sweetness. My son loves Clif Bars and they are an advocate of GMO labeling as well.
Buy it on Amazon: 18 bars




Cheddar Bunnies
Annie's Cheddar Bunnies are another of those kid foods that most children are going to be interested in. Be aware, though, these are not allergy friendly as they contain both wheat (gluten and dairy).
Buy it on Amazon:36 snack packs


Non-Food Fun

Stand out from the crowd and give fun toys or treats for the kids that don't run the risk of giving them a tummy ache. These are also perfect for kids with food allergies!

  
Temporary Tattoos
I have yet to meet a child who doesn't love temporary tattoos. Temporary tattoos are inexpensive (they tend to cost less per-piece than even a bag of candy at the grocery store) and are a fun treat kids will love playing with at home.


Play-Doh
Who doesn't love play-doh? This variety pack comes full of small, one ounce cans of Play-Doh in Halloween colors like orange, black, white and purple.
Buy it on Amazon: 15 One Ounce Cans of Play-Doh



Glow Sticks / Glow Jewelry
Glow sticks are fun and help keep kids safe while they are out and about on Halloween night. Pick up glow sticks and glow jewelry at your local dollar store or buy it in bulk to save money through Amazon. 


Stickers
Stickers are another great, inexpensive way to keep kids and your dentist happy.


I hope you found something here to inspire you to have a healthier Halloween! I'd love to hear what you're giving out to trick-or-treaters this year.

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7 comments:

  1. I gave out yummy candy several years in a row. The moms loved it but the kids gave me a look like where is the big candy bars.

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  2. Great ideas! I'm going with the fruit snacks or the lollipops this year. I can't say I agree with the glow sticks or the play-doh, though. Too many nasty chemicals for my liking.

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  3. Great list. The only one I stuck my tongue out at were the Cascadian Farms who are owned by General Mills and donated over a million dollars to defeat California's proposition to get GMO's labeled. And, this is only my humble opinion, but if you care about GMO's you shouldn't support "corporate organics" who lobby against labeling.

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    1. Amy, thank you for your great feedback. I was aware that General Mills donated millions to defeat GMO labeling in California and we have stopped buying their products as a result. I was unaware that Cascadian Farms was a General Mills subsidiary. I've update the post to link to Organic Clif Bars for kids instead. We also love Clif Bars and I especially love that they donated money to support GMO labeling in California.

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  4. Love this list & great ideas. Just a note to anyone who is or know someone who is gluten-free, most store bought playdough contains wheat. Just be sure to read the label.

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  5. Love this list & great ideas. Just a note to anyone who is or know someone who is gluten-free, most store bought playdough contains wheat. Just be sure to read the label.

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  6. Love these ideas. I am thinking about the cheddar bunnies or the stickers! Might not make the high school kids who trick or treat at my house happy but oh well!

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