Happy Halloween! Just for fun, here are some treats from companies that support ethical practices. All of these treats meet the four criteria that I was personally looking for: 1. it has to be ethically made (Fair-Trade, Organic, GMO-free), 2. it has to be relatively affordable accounting for the value of a superior product, 3. it has to be free from junk like GMOs, artificial colors and flavors, hydrogenated oils, corn-syrup and preservatives, and 4. it has to be visually appealing and festive.
Admittedly a splurge, but totally worth it. The quality is so good, one or two candies will satisfy any sweet tooth. No need for the Switch Witch here!
I learned about this company when working with People's Food Coop. Available at an affordable price (about fifty cents each) and so delicious you will not miss any of the stuff you grew up with. You can find it at your local coop or natural grocery store as well as online.
Have just a few special goblins stopping by this Halloween? These foil wrapped jack-o-lanterns are too pretty to pass up!
Missing Resses Peanut Butter Cups? Justin's comes pretty close.
A couple of other candy choices for kids are Alter Eco's Truffle Medley, Enjoy Life low-allergy chocolate minis, Equal Exchange chocolate minis, ZenBunni refined sugar free chocolate bars, Endangered Species "Bug Bites," and glow sticks or crayons for a non-food option.
Plus, here are some grown-up treats from a few of my favorite lady-owned businesses here in Portland, Only Child Chocolate Co., Alma Chocolate and Missionary Chocolates. Hint: They all pair well with wine.
Image Credit from Top: Alma Chocolate, The Natural Candy Store, Lake Champlain Chocolate, Sjaaks Chocolate, Mama Ganache, Smell the Roses, Haribo, Missionary Chocolates