Skip Spooky GMO Candy: Healthy Halloween Treats and Candy Alternatives

Halloween is just a few weeks away! This was one of my favorite holidays all year as a kid. I loved going out to trick-or-treat every single year (even as a high school senior – yes I’m that cool!). Now as a homeowner, we get to hand out candy to the neighborhood kids. I love answering the door to say hello and see their costumes and give them a yummy treat. I wouldn’t call candy healthy but it’s a time honored tradition and just so much fun. What spooks me now is that so much of the candy we grew up eating is full of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).
Why skip GMOs?
GMOs are bad for the planet and your body, here’s why:

  • GMO foods are bred for herbicide tolerance (they kill weeds and bugs) – this has resulted in superweeds and superbugs (Yikes!)
  • GMOs kill bees which are needed to pollinate the fruits and veggies that grow on farms
  • Increased allergies in people
  • Antibiotic resistant bacteria that requires stronger antibiotics to clear up
  • Over 60 countries ban GMOs and/or require labeling, sadly not the US
  • GMOs have not been fully studied, why eat something we know could harm us but we don’t know exactly how

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GMO filled candy: Hershey’s, M&Ms, Mars, Milky Way, Snickers. Most of the popular brands we all know and love are full of GMOs. Boohoo, but there’s a better way!

Now here’s a list of non-GMO candy: Endangered Species Chocolate, Unreal brand candies (they have snickers, M&Ms, reese’s cup type candies only made with real ingredients), Annie’s brands, Yummy Earth Organic Candy.

For non-GMO candy and other foods, check out this website from non-GMO Verified Project: http://www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo/search-participating-products/

Avoid spooky GMOs in your Halloween candy. Last year I bought Annie’s Homegrown Bunny Grahams so cute and wonderful. Mix with dried fruit and nuts for a healthy snack. And Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops.
Skip candy altogether and handout these fun items:

  1. Stickers or temporary tattoos
  2. Halloween prizes from Michaels, Dollar Tree, Target
  3. Fruit leather
  4. Whole fruits such as apples or mini tangerines
  5. Mini notepads or pencils
  6. Magnets
  7. Mini apple juice boxes

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