I’ll be real with you — I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I love chocolate and candy and sweets, which is part of the reason why Halloween is my favorite holiday.
But I know that not everyone is as thrilled as I am to see bags and bags of Reese’s, Butterfingers, Skittles, and more in stores or around the house. Whether you’re keeping to a strict diet or you have some dietary restrictions — such as being lactose intolerant or have a nut allergy — some of the classic Halloween candy just isn’t going to cut it.Luckily, there are plenty of fall and Halloween treats you, your kids, and friends can enjoy even if you’re skipping the Snickers. And let’s face it, most candy isn’t exactly great for you, but some are definitely healthier than others.
Bare Simply Cinnamon Crunchy Apple Chips
Caramel apples are a Halloween mainstay, but that sticky sweetness isn’t always a must-have. Bare makes a delicious, baked apple chip that tastes like apple pie, but without any added sugar or GMO. The chips are also fat free and Kosher — great if you’re looking for a midday snack to curb your candy craving.
Tootsie Rolls have always been one of my Halloween favorites and they’re surprisingly not awful for you. Three of the mini’s clock in at just 70 calories and the candies contain none of the eight most common allergens.
UNREAL Halloween Candies
If you’re looking for a new Halloween favorite, try out UNREAL. They have a variety of candy cups and candy coated chocolates — my personal favorite are the candy coated milk chocolate peanuts — that taste great while still being relatively healthy. Peter’s mom is gluten-free and loves their dark chocolate quinoa peanut butter cups. Great for handing out to trick-or-treaters (or eating them all yourself)!
Mike & Ike
If chocolate isn’t your game, Mike & Ike‘s fruity jelly beans are a low calorie and allergen-free option. They also have some real fruit flavors mixed in, so they’re not totally artificial.
Alter Eco Salted Caramel Truffles
If you still want a little chocolate on Halloween, indulge in these amazing salted caramel truffles. Made with dark chocolate, coconut oil, and sea salt among other pure ingredients, the truffles are almost 100 percent organic and fair-trade. They come individually wrapped (in compostable wrappers, no less) for easy snacking and sharing.
PAYDAY‘s are essentially just peanuts and caramel, so two of their snack sized selections are only 180 calories combined. Plus, nuts make you fuller faster and give you natural energy, so you’ll only need to eat two to feel perked up.
Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Crunchy Cookies
If you’re gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, or vegan — these chocolate chip cookies are for you. They’re non-GMO and made free from the eight most common food allergens with zero trans fats. They come in two-cookie packs, so they’re great for lunch boxes or after dinner treats.
Brookside Chocolate Covered Fruit
I’m obsessed with these chocolate covered fruit treats! They are super tasty and are a healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth. Really, you only need a handful to curb your carvings. Plus, the antioxidant packed pomegranate, acai, and goji berries help prevent disease and are great for your skin.
Images: Wikimedia Commons ; Target ; Courtesy of Bare, Alter Eco, Enjoy Life, UNREAL ; Brookside