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10 Healthy Candy Options for Your Sweet Tooth This Halloween

By Beth Lipton & Kiersten Hickman
October 2, 2023
Lindsey Engelken for Clean Plates

There’s something nostalgic about eating candy around Halloween that brings us right back to the fun of getting dressed up and running around the neighborhood, knocking on doors with your friends. So of course, when your kids come home with those plastic pumpkins brimming with candy, it can certainly be challenging to not dig in yourself — especially if you’re looking for healthy candy options to cut back on your sugar intake. That’s why we love having a few healthy candy options on hand for moments like this!

Rather than futilely trying to avoid all candy at this time of year, which feels kind of impossible, we think it makes more sense to lean into the season. You can still enjoy candy and be good to yourself by making sure it’s made with higher-quality ingredients, less sugar, and no artificial flavors and colors. Indulge in the season with these healthy candy options that still hit right in those nostalgic feels.

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1. Unreal Chocolate Gems

unreal milk chocolate gems

These colorful, healthy candy coated chocolate pieces are absolutely the grown-up answer to childhood favorite M&Ms. Available in milk chocolate, dark chocolate with crispy quinoa, and dark chocolate with peanuts, they’re made with Fair Trade-certified chocolate, free of artificial dyes, soy-free, and far lower in sugar than their predecessor. However, they’re still bright and colorful — and have the same super-satisfying crackle.

Buy now: Unreal Milk Chocolate Gems

2. Hu Vanilla Crunch Dark Chocolate

hu chocolate vanilla crunch

If you were the kid who traded gooey, fluffy Milky Ways for the satisfying snap of a Nestle’s Crunch or Hershey’s Krackel, we see you. This grownup version by Hu Kitchen will scratch that same itch. Made with organic 70% chocolate and puffed quinoa for crunch, it’s dairy free, has no refined sugar, no palm oil, and no soy lecithin. Just rich chocolatey goodness with plenty of crunch.

Buy now: Hu Vanilla Crunch Dark Chocolate

3. Skinny Dipped Peanut Butter Cups

skinny dipped cups

Peanut butter cups are another Halloween classic — we’ll go so far as to say that they’re among the most sought-after in the plastic pumpkin. We love Skinny Dipped’s version for several reasons: they have less than half the sugar of the originals (thanks to a mix of maple sugar, cane sugar, and allulose), and the peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio is perfect, in our opinion: it’s got the exact right sweet-salty balance. Plus, they’re available in both milk and dark chocolate.

Buy now: Skinny Dipped Peanut Butter Cups

4. SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears

smart sweets gummy bears

If fruity, chewy candies are your jam, this one’s for you: these have 80% less sugar than traditional gummies, thanks to being sweetened with a combination of allulose and monk fruit. They also have no artificial colors, are nut-, soy-, and gluten-free, and they still bring super-bright flavors (namely peach, apple, raspberry, and lemon). SmartSweets also have gummy worms, sour gummies, Swedish fish, peach rings, and more.

Buy now: SmartSweets Fruity Gummy Bears

5. Unreal Dark Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bars

unreal dark chocolate caramel peanut nougat bars

Caramel, peanuts, and peanut butter nougat, all covered with milk chocolate — this might be the MVP of Halloween candies, the one your big brother would not trade, even for all of the other chocolates in your bag. If you’re a big fan of those fun-sized Snickers bars but want something with a little less sugar, these Unreal bars are also “fun” sized, non-GMO, fair trade, soy-free, and sweetened without corn syrup or sugar alcohols.

Buy now: Unreal Dark Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat Bars

6. Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets Lollipops

dr johns lollipops

One of our favorite post-trick or treating memories is dumping out the plastic pumpkin and sorting the loot, and you had to have a lollipop in your mouth while you did it (#science). But now, we have to think about our teeth, so lollipops are pretty much out. Or are they? Dr. John’s are sugar-free and made without artificial dyes, flavors, or sweeteners, yet they’re still bright and available in all kinds of flavors. Of course, there are classics like strawberry, orange, and watermelon, or you can go for more interesting creamsicle, mango, pink grapefruit, and pomegranate. They’re sweetened with xylitol and erythritol, so you can enjoy this healthy candy without worrying about cavities.

Buy now: Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets Lollipops

7. Glee Tarts

tarts sugar free candies

The first time we tried these, we couldn’t believe they were actually sugar-free. They look just like Smarties and dissolve into tangy, sweet-sour sand in your mouth just like SweeTarts, but they’re made with xylitol. They’re super cute, and they come in bold, bright flavors like Meyer lemon, pineapple, passion fruit, and cherry, without artificial coloring or flavoring. The hardest part is not eating the whole box at once.

Buy now: Glee Tarts

8. Smart Sweets Caramels

smart sweets caramels

These caramels are so perfectly chewy and flavorful, they honestly may even taste better than the real deal — and only one gram of sugar per bag. To put this into perspective, each bag contains around seven caramels! Without any artificial sweeteners, added sugar, or sugar alcohols, these tasty sweets contain 94% less sugar than normal caramels. This healthy candy seems a little too good to be true, don’t you think?!

Buy now: Smart Sweets Caramels

9. Evolved Keto White Chocolate Bar

evolved keto white chocolate

Look, we know that white chocolate is controversial, but we don’t believe in yucking anyone else’s yum. So if you’re a white chocolate fan, you’re in a safe space here, and we have a better-for-you option: these creamy bars by Evolved. Organic, soy-, and gluten-free, they’re made with just five wholesome ingredients, including Rainforest Alliance Certified cacao butter and monk fruit. This is a bar to savor unapologetically — and Evolved makes fantastic dark chocolate bars for those who prefer that, too.

Buy now: Evolved Keto White Chocolate Bar

10. Panda Red Licorice

raspberry licorice

There was always that house that gave out Twizzlers, and always that friend who had to go there. If that was you, here’s your new fave, minus the artificial dyes and corn syrup. Available in strawberry or raspberry, these red licorice bites are made with real fruit concentrate and molasses, and they’re vegan.

Buy now: Panda Red Licorice

Read next: 10 Halloween-Night Dinners to Make Before Trick or Treating

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