It’s fall Y’ALL! Despite the balmy 90 degree afternoons resembling summer, Halloween is right around the corner. The leaves are changing, pumpkin spice is everywhere and the shelves at Target have been stocked in all things orange and black for months! If your kids are like mine, there is a suspenseful countdown for CANDY, Halloween costumes and trick or treating happily happening. 

Truth be told, I’m the only one not happy about the candy countdown. I’m not a fan of the addictive patterns and erratic behavior issues I see in our children when they consume an excess of candy containing artificial dye and harmful additives. When they were younger I was much more in control of the candy they consumed, and happily donated the loot of candy to our pediatric dentist office the next morning. Lucky for me, they were simply too young to notice. 

Now our kids are older, more aware and more autonomous over their candy consumption. I have to trust that the knowledge I’ve passed on regarding health & nutrition prevails…

Lucky for us there are organic, dye free options for nearly EVERY popular Halloween Candy  YES!!!! My kids and I have sampled them all, and they are delicious! Even my candy loving 7 year old daughter approves, and she’s a very tough candy critic.
{Stay with me for the smart swaps!!}. 

According to, these are America’s Top 10 favorite Halloween Candy.

All of which contain GMO’s, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Trans fat, harmful chemicals and petroleum based artificial dye. Despite the negative impact that COVID-19 has had on our health as a country, candy sales are expected to exceed THREE BILLION this year!!!! Let that sink in a minute….
I could go on and on about how candy should be taxed more vigorously and veggies should be subsidized, but I’ll try to keep this light and holiday centric (ha!).

Let’s talk about Smart, GMO free, Dye Free, Healthy Halloween Candy Swaps!

I Hope You Enjoy!

    1. REESE’S Organic Dark Chocolate Cups

      Just as delicious as the conventional version with less additives.
      *Product does contain dairy.
      If you need an organic + dairy free option UNREAL Dark Chocolate PB Cups are amazing! I get ours at Whole Foods or HEB

      Answer photo 1 REESE'S Organic Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, 1.4 oz - Front of Package
    2. Milk Chocolate Gems by UNREAL are a delicious swap for M&M’s. Fair Trade Chocolate, no sugar alcohol, no soy, no dye.

    3. When it comes to Halloween candy, I’m a HUGE snickers fan, and these Dark Chocolate Caramel Peanut bars by UNREAL pass the satisfaction test! If you have some extra time on your hands, I also really LOVE this GF, Vegan, No Bake Snickers recipe. 

    4. Organic Cinnamon Bears by Wholesome are your new favorite “Hot Tamales”. Spicy and sweet without the synthetic Red 40 dye!

    5. Project 7 and Yum Earth are your all natural answers for Skittles, Tootsie Pops, Sour Patch Kids and Starburst. Our kids LOVE these swaps.

      Yumearth Giggles Chewy Candy Bites, Organic | Packaged Candy | Priceless  Foods
      Sour Fruit GummiesGiggles | Chewy Candy | Chewy Fruit Candy | YumEarth
Cortney is a mother of two, #atxfoodie and lover of fitness! She married her soul-mate, Max, after a love at first sight experience in Las Vegas. Together, they have two children Zander (7) and Zia (5). As a family, they love exploring Austin, trying new restaurants, s’mores by the fire, and vacationing in CO & Cali! Her passion lies in health and wellness. She adores grocery shopping, farmers markets, cooking new recipes, and exercise! Cortney is on a quest to keep her family healthy, dining on the cleanest ingredients, while still having fun and eating paleo chocolate chip cookies!! She started a Health Coaching business in 2019 to help families find the joy in living and eating healthfully! Follow her journey and learn more about her coaching services @happydinneratx and


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