BOO! It’s Trick or Treat Time

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Who doesn’t love Halloween? I’m instantly taken back to the fun I had every year as a kid. Free candy? Come on! It’s a big time of year for candy companies as well. Many retailers report 30% of their yearly sales from October to December. And Halloween candy sales alone net candy companies an average of 2 billion dollars yearly.

That’s cool. What’s NOT cool is building that profit on the backs of poor farmers and child labor. Most chocolate is from the African west coast. Slave wages, pesticides, and the poisoning of the environment and workers is not what we want to support.

Fortunately, there are some great options out there!Screen Shot 2016-10-15 at 3.51.52 PM

Organic Chocolates:

Look for these Organic Chocolate companies – all of which are fair trade and use responsibly harvested, organic Palm fruit oil.

Check out the Fair Trade Halloween kit option from Equal Exchange. 150 (Milk or Dark) chocolate minis, including a Fair Trade informational card.

Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 7.40.15 PMEndangered Species Chocolate – Donates 10% of its net profits to organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation, and humanitarian efforts. A kid (of any age) can get behind that.
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Divine Chocolate – These chocolate Gold Coins can go from Halloween through the holidays! Divine Chocolate is a woman-led , fair trade co-op from Ghana. Let’s hear it for the girls!!

Screen Shot 2016-10-15 at 4.59.18 PMUnreal Candy  – Milk/Dark peanut butter cups & candy coated chocolate peanuts. Sold at WholeFoods & Target, and also available online. 

Screen Shot 2016-10-15 at 4.17.38 PMAlter Ego – Truffles made with pure coconut oil, in compostable wrappers. A delicious way to help relieve the individual wrapper guilt.

 

Glee Gum Pops - zero artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors or flavors!

Glee Gum Pops – zero artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors or flavors!

Organic Candies:

Screen Shot 2016-10-15 at 10.44.51 PMAvoiding chocolate entirely is an obvious way to get around that fair trade-cocoa-product dilemma. I love YummyEarth. Created by two N.J. Dads with a goal of producing organically delicious, natural treats for their families. The result: mouth watering gummys, fruit snacks, licorice & lollipops that burst with YUM! And this year, they are offering a Halloween special edition of gelatin free gummy bears & gummy worms – for all our little vegan goblins!

Conventional Candies:

As I mention at this time yearly, the Mars company is the best conventional Halloween treat choice. You can find them in most grocery/drug stores. There is no nutritional upside here, but they deal only in fair trade chocolate, which means that no child labor is involved. The last thing we want is other people’s kids slaving away to make sure our kids have a great Halloween. Let’s agree to set a baseline there at least.

Mars Candies Include:

Dove

3 Musketeers

M&M’s

MilkyWay

Snickers

Twix

Non-Edible Prizes:

If nutrition is your bug-a-boo, consider giving non-edibles like fun erasers, temporary tattoos or stickers.

FlowerIconTinyAnd remember, compost those pumpkins!


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Send them back to the Earth! Pumpkins are 100% compostable, once you remove the candles and any ornamentation that you may have stuck to them. And if you are able, offer to collect post-Halloween pumpkins from your building or street and transfer to a compost collection site. Yard composts will happily take them. Be sure to hack them up to help them biodegrade faster.

 

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  1. elizabethwolf@mac.com' Elizabeth says:

    This has SO much useful info. Thank you!

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