It’s that time of year when kids young and old can get dressed up and enjoy spooktacular festivities, and we’re here to help you have a fun AND fair time.
Each year American spend billions of dollars on Halloween candy, but not all candy is created equal. Many chocolates and sugars come from supply chains that can include underpaid workers, child labor, and even slave labor, which is why we have some better ideas to keep the “scary” out of your sweets.
For your one-stop-shop we suggest your local Whole Foods Market which should have a plethora of fair trade and vegan options.
- Endangered Species Chocolate bars: not only are they fair trade but they donate also 10% of all profits to support conservation efforts. Plus, they offer plenty of vegan options including dark chocolate, espresso, and cacao nibs. Think of your typical Hersey’s or Crunch Bar, only better.
- YumEarth Organic Pops: these delicious lollies come in a variety of flavors and are guilt free at the same time with no artificial flavors or colors, no preservatives, plus are gluten free and organic. Just don’t tell the kids that.
Now, if you’re like the rest of us and order online we have another great place for you! It’s called the Natural Candy Store, a fully functional online store specializing in natural and organic ingredients. Most of these delicious candies can never really be found in stores and they have fast and reliable shipping, including next-day shipping for your procrastinators. Beyond fair trade, they seek out recycled and biodegradable supplies, too. They even have an entire Halloween Candy section for easy shopping!
- Chocolate Coins by Divine Chocolate: these even include “FAIR TRADE” embossed on the foil to help spread the word
- Butterscotch Buttons by CleanCandy: these are certifiably delicious! Certified as fair trade, organic, gluten-free, and vegan, these bite-sized treats have no tricks
- Peanut Butter Cups by Theo Chocolate: these claim to be the first fair trade peanut butter cups! Organic, soy free, palm free and made by a true chocolate maker and a true peanut butter maker
And don’t forget the apps! The Food Empower Project has a extensive list of fair trade and vegan chocolates, as well as an app for your iPhone or Android.