Give to trick-or-treaters without the guilt.
Halloween is one of my favourite times of year. I love the weird and the wonderful, the dark and the disturbing. When I was a teenager, my mum would throw massive Halloween parties and the whole family would come in costume. All of downstairs would be decorated, with ghosts and ghouls at every corner. The spread would be awesome, although nowadays I imagine I wouldn’t eat most of it!
Even if you steer clear of the obvious bad boys like milk chocolate and non-vegan cake, there is a non-vegan ingredient in almost all jelly-based sweets: gelatin. Gelatin is used to set jelly (which is where it gets its name from) and is made from the goo from boiled cow bones. This means it’s not even vegetarian!
Gelatin is such a sneaky ingredient and it’s caught me out many times. Fortunately, there are loads of vegan sweets on the market. Give some to trick-or-treaters, or pretend you’re not in and eat them all to yourself!
Vegan sweets for trick-or-treaters.
Well, the good news is Skittles, Starburst, Millions, Jelly Tots, Double Lollies, Parma Violets and Love Hearts are all vegan. So if you’re not inclined to worry about single-use plastics (maybe you have an ecobrick on the go) then you’re golden.
Although Parma Violets are 100% my favourite childhood sweet, there is so much plastic left over from those cute little tubes! My usual go-to for trick-or-treaters is to empty a share size bag or two of whichever sweets I fancy into a bowl and let them take a small handful. To that end, this vegan variety pack from Amazon will do the trick!
Remember those plastic boxes of sweets in the corner shop? Well, Amazon seller Pimlico sells boxes upon boxes of vegan sweets, and now I have a dream of starting my very own vegan pick n mix stand. One of my earliest memories is going to the corner shop where my grandparents lived and buying a 10p mix.
What’s your favourite vegan sweet? Let me know in the comments!