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It’s the most frightful night of the year. Ghouls and goblins, pirates and princesses, mischief makers galore will be haunting your doorstep in pursuit of sweet, delectable offerings. But if high-fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, and other spooky chemical additives make your skin crawl, here’s a grab bag of organic and all-natural treats that will appease the most ravenous fiend, no tricks necessary.
CLIF KIDS ORGANIC SPOOKY S’MORES
Clif Kids reinvents that campfire classic into a healthful energy bar that’s low fat and chockfull of whole-grain oats, fiber, and 12 essential vitamins and minerals. Free of hydrogenated oils, artificlal flavors and colors, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives, this limited-edition kids’ 130-calorie energy bar bursts with flavor from certified-organic ingredients such as figs, honey, chocolate chips, cocoa butter, and flaxseed, which should satisfy the sweetest of sweet tooths without morphing into a nutritional nightmare.
DIVINE FAIR TRADE GOLD COINS
Little plunderers will delight in peeling away the gold and copper foil to reveal the delicious milk chocolate that lies sandwiched between. These chocolate coins are made with fair-trade-certified ingredients, including cocoa grown at a farmer’s cooperative in Ghana, as well as all-natural cocoa butter, real vanilla, and GMO-free soy lecithin.
EQUAL EXCHANGE ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE MINIS
Made with organic- and fair-trade-certified ingredients, including cocoa liquor, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, and ground vanilla, these bite-size minis are so addictive, you won’t be able to stop yourself from tucking a few away for your own nocturnal noshing. Bonus: They’re vegan and gluten-free, too.
YUMMY EARTH ORGANIC LOLLIPOPS
Created by two dads who got the heebie jeebies just thinking about what lurked in their kids’ candy, Yummy Earth’s vegan, 100% natural lollipops are handcrafted using fruit extracts and vegetable-based colors, in fun flavors like Wet-Face Watermelon, Too Berry Blueberry, Googly Grape and Strawberry Smash. Besides being dairy-, gluten- and wheat-free, these lollies also come stamped with the certified-organic seal of approval, which means no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers were used to grow any of their ingredients.
BLUESTOCKING BONBONS PEANUT BUTTER CUPS
Peanut butter and chocolate get into a harmonious groove without the need for additives, fillers or artificial sweeteners. Bluestocking Bonbons’ ersatz Reese’s are handcrafted with organic, fair-trade dark chocolate, organic peanuts, and just a hint of cane sugar. And thanks to the substitution of organic coconut milk for dairy, these peanut butter cups are completely vegan, to boot. (Note: Some children have nut allergies, so check with them or their parents before you hand these out.)
FRUITABU ORGANIC SMOOOSHED FRUIT FLATS
The extra “o” in “Smoooshed” isn’t a typo; it stands for organic, just as nature intended fruit to be. Fruitabu’s fruit leathers don’t contain any added sugar—the fruit purees that make up each stretchy piece are already naturally sweet. Parents will be pleased to note that their little tykes will get half a serving of fruit in every flat, whether they reach for apricot, grape, apple, raspberry, or strawberry.