With Halloween just around the corner, now is the time to start buying candy for those little ghouls and goblins. This Halloween, give them treats that also treat the environment gently. There is a growing variety of eco-friendly candy—from organic chocolate to organic lollipops—available online and from local organic groceries, health food stores, or consumer cooperatives.
The Sierra Club asked five candy aficionados to recommend eco-treats that’ll sate any sweet tooth and go down easy:
ANNE SHAEFFER, a classically trained pastry chef in Chicago, started Sulpice Chocolat in 2009. Last year, her company was the official chocolatier of the Grammys; attendees got Shaeffer’s hand-painted bars in their gift bags.
“One of my favorite vegan candies is the Blueberry Licorice from PANDA. From first smell to last bite, you can tell that these little chews are made from real blueberry puree. The taste reminds me of a perfectly balanced jam—tart but not too sweet. And they have the familiar chewy texture of licorice without being tough.” About $4 for 7 ounces
As the cofounder of Choclatique, Los Angeles-based ED ENGORON has traveled to more than 130 countries in search of the world’s best artisan sweets. Engoron, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu, is also a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and food consultant.
“The colorful Organic Sunny FruitSlices from solar-powered SUNRIDGE FARMS (sold in bulk at many markets) are jelly candies with a great mix of fruit flavors—cherry, grapefruit, lemon, orange, grape, and strawberry. They’re made with organic, all-natural evaporated cane juice, tapioca syrup, and grape juice concentrate.” About $7 for 10 ounces
Find out what other treats were recommended here.