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Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Goodies: 2017

Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Candy | smelltheroses.com

Halloween is right around the corner so I thought it would be fun to share with you what I’m handing out to the kiddos this year. đŸŹđŸ«đŸ­Â Working as a nurse, I meet so many children with life-threatening food allergies. It seems like nut, gluten, and dairy allergies are only becoming more common. With those kids in mind, I decided to seek out various Halloween treats that were allergy-friendly. I also made sure to pick products that were 100% vegan as part of my personal preference. I’m a firm believer that all of our favorite treats can be made without the use of animal products (i.e. gelatin, dairy, eggs, etc.).

What do I mean by allergy-friendly? I’m referring to products free of the top 8 most common allergens:

Allergy-friendly Halloween Treats | smelltheroses.com

I was pleasantly surprised to see so many yummy vegan and allergy-safe options this year. I bought most of the products at my local Target too! My friends over at free 2b were kind enough to send me a bag of Halloween treats after I reached out to them!

🎃 For those of you who have not bought Halloween candy yet, I hope this post inspires you to pick some allergy-safe options. There is still time to order online or head to your local Target to purchase some of the products featured in this post. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and I am not being paid to feature any of these brands. This post does not contain affiliate links. As always, all thoughts/opinions are my own! 


Allergy-friendly & Vegan Halloween Goodies: 2017

Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Candy | smelltheroses.com

Allergy-Friendly & Vegan Halloween Candy | smelltheroses.com



Sun Cups for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

free 2b Sun Cups

Finally, a replacement for the beloved peanut butter cup that is safe for those with nut allergies. Allow me to introduce you to Sun Cups, a top-12 allergen-free candy filled with roasted sunflower butter and coated in vegan chocolate! I can’t even begin to put into words how yummy these are. Plus, free 2b offers a wide variety of other allergen-free candies – check them out here!

Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (Cocoa Mass*, Sugar, Cocoa Butter*), Sunflower Seeds, Organic Powdered Sugar (Evaporated Cane Juice, Tapioca Starch), Organic Palm Fruit Oil**, Sea Salt.

Certifications: Vegan | Top-12 Allergen Free | Rainforest Alliance Certified |Project Non-GMO Verified | Fair-trade Certified Ingredients | Kosher

free 2b Sun Cups | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Thrive Market or free2b Online Store



Yum Earth Organic Gummies for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Yum Earth Organic Gummy Candy

What kid (or even adult) doesn’t love gummy snacks?! I specifically love these gummies because they are made without gross gelatin (an ingredient derived from various animal body partsÂ đŸ€ą). Therefore, these are one of the few gummy products available that are 100% vegan!

Ingredients: Organic Rice Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Pectin, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Flavors, Organic Color from Concentrate (Apple, Carrot, Pumpkin, Blackcurrant), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Carnauba Wax.

Certifications: Vegan |Top-8 Allergen Free | USDA Organic |Project Non-GMO Verified | Gluten-free | Nut-free | Dairy-free

YumEarth Organic Gummies | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



Yum Earth Organic Lollipops for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Yum Earth Organic Lollipops

These organic lollipops taste so yummy without all the artificial flavors and colors found in conventional lollipops. Every flavor tastes great so I know all of the kids will love them!

Ingredients: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Ascorbic Acid, Colored with Concentrate (Carrot, Blackcurrant), Colored with Organic Concentrate (Carrot, Apple, Blackcurrant), Turmeric (Color) Organic Annatto (Color).

Certifications: Vegan | Top-8 Allergen Free | USDA Organic | Project Non-GMO Verified | Gluten-free | Nut-free | Dairy-free

YumEarth Organic Pops | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



Black Forest Organic Sour Heads for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Black Forest Organic Sour Heads

How awesome is it that there is an organic alternative to Sour Patch Kids?! Formulated with 100% natural ingredients and free of artificial colors/flavors, these are definitely a better option for the sour candy lovers out there.

Ingredients: Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Potato Starch, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Cornstarch, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Colors (Black Carrot Juice, Carrot Juice, Turmeric).

Certifications: USDA Organic | Project Non-GMO Verified | Gluten-free | Dairy-free

Black Forest Sour Heads | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



BOOMCHICKAPOP for Halloween | smelltheroses.com

Angie’s Boomchickapop (Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn)

This popcorn is seriously addicting! I have to admit, I may have eaten a bag or two before putting them aside for the trick-or-treaters. I love this Kettle Corn because it is lightly sweetened so it is not overwhelming or as unhealthy as other options out there. With such a clean formula and great taste, these single serving bags are perfect for handing out on Halloween!

Ingredients: Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, Cane Sugar, Sea Salt

Certifications: Vegan | Top-8 Allergen Free | Project Non-GMO Verified | Kosher | Gluten-free

Boomchickapop Kettle Corn | smelltheroses.com

Buy Online: Target



Happy Halloween! | smelltheroses.com

I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions/comments, feel free to comment below or contact me through my contact page.

Check out my other Halloween Posts too: Peanut Butter Cup Spider Cookies | Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups Review

Happy Halloween! Be safe and have fun!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

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Vegan Halloween Spider Cookies – Justin’s PB Cups

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

How adorable are these peanut butter cup spider cookies!?Â đŸ•·đŸ„œÂ After browsing Pinterest and seeing so many cute Halloween dessert ideas, I became inspired to recreate one using only all-natural & vegan-friendly ingredients. Although I would not call these “healthy”, they do contain clean ingredients you can actually understand/pronounce! I believe if you’re going to treat yourself to sweets, you should still be conscientious of what’s in them.

Instead of using regular mini Reeses, I swapped them for mini organic Justin’s peanut butter cups! The Justin’s team was kind enough to send me over a few peanut butter cups when I told them I was writing this post so thank you Justin’s!

Below is my favorite vegan peanut butter cookie recipe. It is extremely simple and takes only 20 minutes to make! Right after the recipe I’ve included instructions on how to make the spider cookies! Enjoy!Â đŸ•·

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com


Recipe: All-Natural / Vegan Peanut Butter CookiesÂ đŸ„œ

Ingredients

  • Dry:
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 2/3 cup oat flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter and brown sugar until creamy. Once creamy, mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining dry ingredients together (oat flour, baking soda, and salt).
  5. While beating the peanut butter mixture, gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture until dough forms. Add the almond milk until combined but be sure to not over mix!
  6. Roll 2 tbsp of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on the parchment-lined pan. Slightly flatten the balls with your palm.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cookie edges start to turn golden (be careful not to burn them!).
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely.

How to Make Spider CookiesÂ đŸ•·

Supplies:

  • Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups (available online or at Target)
  • Vegan Chocolate Frosting (I used Wholesome Organic Chocolate Frosting)
  • Candy Eyes (available at Walmart, Target, Michael’s, AC Moore, and some grocery stores)
  • Piping bag (can also use a regular ziplock bag with corner snipped)
  • Optional: spider-web doilies 🕾 (available online at Walmart, I saw them in both Target & AC Moore)
  • Optional: orange napkins

Instructions:

  1. Using a small amount of frosting, stick a Justin’s peanut butter cup face down in the center of a cookie.
  2. Add frosting to a piping bag and pipe 8 spider legs on top of the cookie. If you do not have a piping bag, add frosting to a ziplock bag and snip off a tiny piece of one of the bag’s corners to use to pipe the legs.
  3. Attach the eyes using a small dot of frosting.
  4. Place in the fridge to cool.
  5. Optional: Lay a spider web doily over an orange napkin to display your cookies on!

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookie | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com

Vegan Peanut Butter Spider Cookies | smelltheroses.com


Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin’s Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

If you read last’s years Halloween post, you know I am a die-hard Justin’s peanut butter cup fan (I eat way more of these than I care to admit). If you are a chocolate-loving fan of Justin’s nut butters, I guarantee you will LOVE these!Â đŸ«

Why I Love Them:

  • The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin’s smooth peanut butter.
  • They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  • They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  • The palm oil found in Justin’s is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to deforestation and habitat loss!
  • The dark chocolate cups are vegan! (please note: they are manufactured on the same equipment as the milk chocolate cups but the equipment is thoroughly cleaned in between batches to prevent cross-contamination)

Justin's Peanut Butter Cups | smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Justin's Organic Peanut Butter Cups| smelltheroses.com

Swap out your peanut butter cups! | smelltheroses.com


I hope you try this recipe and love it as much as I do! Have a Happy Halloween!

xoxo Caitlyn | smelltheroses.com

 

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My Favorite Halloween Treat: Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cup Minis

Happy Halloween!

So.. calories don’t count on Halloween, right?! One can dream! 😂 If you’re like me, it takes a little more self-control than usual to not snack on the bowl of candy intended for the trick-or-treaters. Luckily, being more conscientious about the ingredients in the products I consume has helped me curve most of my cravings. And even more luckily, there are natural candy options to satisfy my chocolate cravings this Halloween.

..So you can imagine my excitement when I was shopping for Halloween candy and saw my all-time favorite candy in Target’s Halloween section and in a bulk bag! 😍

So what candy am I talking about?

If you haven’t tried them yet, allow me to introduce you to Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cups! (Caution: your life will never be the same)

Justin’s is a natural brand that specializes in nut butter. After their various kinds of nut butter gained nationwide success, they decided to dive into the world of candy making and added these organic peanut butter cups to their product line (available in dark, milk, and white chocolate)! I discovered these a few years back and I have been addicted ever since (bye bye Reeses)! Originally, the candy only came in a standard 2-pack but last year the company introduced its minis. I dare you to try and only eat one!

What I Love About Them:

  1. The chocolate is super rich and the perfect compliment to Justin’s smooth peanut butter.
  2. They are 100% natural and USDA certified organic (no hidden scary ingredients).
  3. They are Rainforest Alliance Certified (learn more about this impressive certification)
  4. The palm oil found in Justin’s is certified sustainable meaning it does not lead to deforestation and habitat loss!

Fun Fact: I met the one and only Justin at Natural Products Expo West last March and had an embarrassing fan-girl moment 🙈

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Let’s Break it Down:

Ingredients:

  • Organic Milk Chocolate:
    • Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
      • Purpose: The main sweetener in the milk-chocolate.
      • Source: Made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
    • Organic Cocoa Butter (Rainforest Alliance Certified)
      • Purpose: One of the main fat sources in the milk chocolate. Cocoa butter helps the product taste very creamy and holds the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Similar to palm fruit oil, cocoa butter is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point; this is part of the reason that chocolate ‘melts in your mouth’.
      • Source: It is a healthy saturated fat source extracted from cocoa beans. When the cocoa beans are being ground to produce cocoa powder, the cocoa butter is a by-product that is collected.
    • Organic Whole Milk Powder
      • Purpose: This is the “milk” component in milk chocolate that is absent in dark chocolate. It provides that nice creamy taste!
      • Source: It is produced when water is slowly evaporated from organic whole milk. The result is a finely powdered milk with the same nutrient component as regular liquid milk. When the peanut butter cups are made and water is added, the powder milk is then rehydrated.
    • Organic Chocolate Liquor (Organic Cocoa Butter)
      • Purpose: This is the “chocolate” component made of equal parts of cocoa solids and fats.
      • Source: This is produced by grinding whole roasted cocoa beans into a liquid/semi-solid.
    • Organic Soy Lecithin
      • Purpose: This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with water to prevent the fats from separating when mixed.
      • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.
    • Organic Vanilla
      • Purpose: It provides a great vanilla aroma/flavor to the product without using any artificial chemicals.
      • Source: This is a pure extract from organic vanilla beans.
  • Organic Peanuts
    • Purpose: Used to create the peanut butter (self-explanatory).
    • Source: Organic peanuts (it doesn’t get any simpler than that!)
  • Organic Powdered Evaporated Cane Sugar
    • Purpose: The main sweetener in the product’s peanut-butter.
    • Source: This is made from drying cane sugar syrup and grinding the granules into a fine mesh powder.
  • Organic Peanut Flour
    • Purpose: It provides the product with that great peanut flavor without having to use so much peanut butter that the fat levels get too high!
    • Source: It is made from real peanut butter. Peanut flour made by removing the oils/fat from peanut butter which results in a dry powder that is only 12% fat and 52% protein.
  • Organic Palm Fruit Oil (Sustainably Sourced)
    • Purpose: It is one of the main fat sources in the product. Palm fruit oil helps the product taste very creamy and works with the cocoa butter to hold the product together once the liquid chocolate cools. Palm fruit oil is solid at room temperature but has a very low melting point. This is part of the reason that chocolate ‘melts in your mouth’.
    • Source: It is extracted from palm fruit! Palm fruit is a healthy blend of both saturated and monounsaturated fats.
  • Organic Vanilla Flavor
    • Purpose: Flavors are used in small percentages in the product but provide a great sensory experience.
    • Source: Organic natural flavors are the cleanest of all other flavor variations (artificial, natural and artificial, or natural). Artificial flavors can get scary, being made up of synthetic man-made chemicals. Organic natural flavors are made up of components that are found in nature and are certified organic by an organic agency.
  • Sea Salt
    • Purpose: Sea salt is a wholesome natural form of sodium chloride. Salt enhances the overall flavor of the product and helps bring out the chocolate and peanut flavors!
    • Source: Produced from the evaporation of sea-water.
  • Organic Soy Lecithin
    • Purpose: This is an emulsifier which helps mix fats/oils with water to prevent the fats from separating out when mixed.
    • Source: This is extracted from and found naturally in organic soybeans.

(Disclaimer: ingredient descriptions come from a certified food scientist who did not develop this product – sources/purposes are assumed based on typical practices in product development)

This product contains peanuts, soy, and milk. Contains trace amounts of tree nuts due to processing on shared equipment.

*These peanut butter cups are vegetarian-friendly but not vegan.

Nutrition Facts:

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Where to buy Justin’s:

 

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In-Store & Online

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Some Extra Halloween FunÂ đŸŽƒđŸ‘»đŸŹ

vegetarian-zombies

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waiting for trick-or-treaters!

Belle (the fairy-princess) and Ollie (the knight) patiently awaiting the trick-or-treaters!


I hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

What are your Halloween guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments!

xo Caitlyn