Trick or treat: Healthier Halloween Candy

Worst HalloweeN Candy: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Trick: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

Tert-Butylhydroquinone and polyglycerol polyricinoleate are two scary additives found in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Add in the sugars and possible GMO ingredients and you’re looking at an epic nutritional nightmare.  

Best Halloween Candy: justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups
Treat: Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

For that classic chocolate and peanut butter taste, reach for Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Justin's candy is made with organic ingredients and two peanut butter cups from Justin's also contain seven grams less sugar than Reese's. Justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups are vegan, gluten-free, and GMO-free. 

Bad Halloween Candy: Twizzlers
Trick: Twizzlers

The ingredient list on Twizzlers is long on chemical preservatives, oils and enriched flour and short on actual foods. There’s really no nutritional value in this popular candy whatsoever. 

Treat: Clif Kid Fruit Ropes

When we get a candy craving, we’ve been known to stock up on the Clif Kid Fruit Ropes at our local Whole Foods. Clif Ropes taste great and contain no high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, trans fat, artificial flavors or preservatives. This gluten-free candy is sweetened with organic apple juice concentrate and apple puree.  

Worst Halloween Candy: Hershey's miniatures candy bars
Trick: Hershey's Miniatures Milk Chocolate Bars

Classic Hershey’s bars may not seem as bad for you as some of the other candy on this list, but they contain the chemical PGPR and potential GMO ingredients, so we suggest keeping a better chocolate at your desk for those times when a craving hits.

Healthy halloween candy: endangered species dark chocolate bites
Treat: Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bites

Endangered Species Chocolate recently unveiled tiny dark chocolate squares ideal for passing out to trick-or-treaters (there’s milk chocolate bites, too). Perfectly portioned, each square only contains about a gram of sugar, which will keep your little ones (or you) from riding a sugar high into November. At 72% cacao, these treats are packed with good-for-you antioxidants. The squares are gluten-free and vegan and Endangered Species donates 10% of all net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts.  

Worst Halloween Candy - Gummy Bears and Sour Patch Kids
Trick: Gummy worms, gummy bears and Sour Patch Kids

Gummy candies can be addictive, but with a long list of chemical and processed ingredients, these Halloween candies are best left in the dark.

Healthier Halloween treats: Surf Sweets
Treat: Surf Sweets

Surf Sweets makes gluten-free gummy candies that are sweetened with organic fruit juice, contain no artificial colors or flavors and are free of GMOs and corn syrup. These sweet candy treats come in all different shapes (bears, worms and spiders for Halloween) and are great for little ones with food allergies and adults who like to munch on gummy candy during scary movies. 

Worst HalloweeN Candy: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Best Halloween Candy: justin's dark chocolate peanut butter cups
Bad Halloween Candy: Twizzlers
Worst Halloween Candy: Hershey's miniatures candy bars
Healthy halloween candy: endangered species dark chocolate bites
Worst Halloween Candy - Gummy Bears and Sour Patch Kids
Healthier Halloween treats: Surf Sweets
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Healthy Candy

Dear Anonymous, Please click the arrows on the right side of the photo because it is a mini-slide show. Each photo of what is bad for you will be followed with a photo of the "good for you" substitute!

Healthier candy

I didn't see any listed, only what is bad for you. Can you share some better and healthier sweets. Did I miss it?