by MPD
Categories: Eats.

Three 6 Mafia got it right when they said, “It’s hard out here for a pimp.” But even though it still might be hard for said “pimp,” things are getting easier and easier for all the vegans in the house. As Halloween Eve approaches and that sweet tooth starts a achin’, we here at Ecorazzi would like to review a few cruelty-free candies suitable for that adorable little costumed vegan in your life. So now, for your snacking enjoyment, here’s a list of our top 10 favorite vegan candies that are just perfect for that recycled, eco-friendly trick-or-treating basket we know you’re rocking!

1. Swedish Fish- Who says vegans can’t eat fish?
2. Sour Patch Kids- Abbot and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, Sweet and Sour. I’ll take wonderful duos for three hundred, please.
3. Jelly Belly’s- Yep! All are vegan! Truly the flavor inventors dream!
4. Chick-O-Stick- Peanut butter? Coconut? UMMMM….YES PLEASE!
5. Bottle Caps- Like the taste of soda, but not the calories? Then try one of these bite size fizzy tasting yummies!
6. Mike & Ike’s- So many flavors and all fully vegan. You gotta love that!
7. Jujyfruits- A candy classic! I give these cavity-causing, sticky sweets two thumbs up.
8. Goldenberg’s Original Peanut Chews (those unidentified black and orange wrapped candies)- One of the most androgynous Halloween candies, but also one of the most delectable!
9. Airheads- HEY! Vegan sweets are never dumb!
10. Gobstoppers- Pure everlasting deliciousness – plain and simple!

Now your turn! What are some of YOUR favorite vegan Halloween candies?

  • laura

    There is a great Canadian candy company that only makes vegan treats that are also free from gluten, artificial colours and flavours, synthetics and preservatives. Ooh, as if that isn’t enough, they are also certified organic and kosher…AND the stuff tastes good! Check them out at

  • Ashley

    Um, last time I checked, NO Jelly Bellys are vegan, they have beeswax, and some Mike and Ikes have confectioners glaze.

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  • VeggieTart

    Jelly Bellys have beeswax, so they are definitely not vegan.

    For those who like Starburst, which have gelatin, Mamba candies are vegan fruit chews.

    Edward & Sons is the company that has a line of vegan candies.

    And Pure Fun is the Canadian vegan company.

  • parrish

    Good call, everyone! I stole some of these off a list of vegan approved candies put out my a major organizations…I won’t say who. Nice work vegan crew! We should get capes made!

  • Erin Cathleen

    Umm… What? Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids have gelatin, I’m pretty sure, not to mention all those artificial dyes. You do know where Red 40 comes from, right? -_-

    But y’know what is actually vegan, and tastes amazing? Smarties! Not the sour hard candies… Those are The American Smarties. I’m talking about the British candy-coated chocolates. They don’t have any artificial dyes! (How that is possible, I do not know). Plus they taste a million times better than their American counterpart, M & M’s. Now that’s something to say mmmmmm about.

  • Ashley

    Swedish Fish are vegan, unless they have carmine or cochineal, but they definitely don’t have gelatin. And British Smarties aren’t vegan, it’s milk chocolate, and I read they have cochineal. British Starburst on the other hand don’t have gelatin, but they’re made by Mars(I think it’s Mars) who did some really bad animal tests.

  • Brandi

    Sour Patch kids are too vegan..

    Sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, citric acid, tartaric acid, natural and artificial flavors, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, blue 1

    Twizzlers are vegan, and no they do not have gelatin, they have flour and corn syrup.. Hydrogenated oil so that’s no good but they are vegan. I love Twizzlers too much for my own good.

  • Riley

    Regular American style Smarties are vegan – and the best candy ever.

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  • J

    Swedish fish contains beeswax and the red/orange ones are colored with carmine (lice) which means they are not vegan. Trust me I’m from Sweden and I know my candy!

  • Ashley

    Since when do swedish fish have beeswax? My husband had some a couple months ago, from the States, and they were fine.

  • Ashley

    From another site

    ‘INGREDIENTS: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Mineral Oil, Carnauba Wax, Artificial Colors (FDC Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Blue #1)’

    Caranauba wax is not beeswax, and it says nothing about carmine.

  • Christine

    For what it’s worth, FD&C Red #40 is not made from cochineal insects. Carmine (aka Natural Red 4) is bug based. So the swedish fish appear to be vegan-friendly, at least from the coloring standpoint.

  • Erin Cathleen

    Oh, yup, I checked and Sour Patch Kids aren’t so bad! I was psyched to see that they don’t have gelatin. Good to know that Swedish Fish don’t either. What a bummer about the Smarties, though… but that’s okay for me, I’m just a vegetarian, not a vegan. Yay for milk chocolate! I tend to shop for “vegan” candies since I know I won’t have any gelatin, which definitely isn’t vegetarian. But what about all the artificial dyes in these candies? Aren’t they made from crushed insects or something? Ew.

  • Kelly

    Blow pops !

  • VeggieTart

    Red #40 is vegan; it’s not made from insects. It’s bad stuff, but it is vegan. And last bag of Sour Patch Kids I bought, there was no gelatin in them. Believe me, I read labels obsessively. And the American Smarties–the little tarts in a roll–are said to be vegan.

    Carnauba wax is definiely vegan.

    It will say carmine/cochineal if it’s fron insects.

    But do beware of any “glazes,” as those typically are insect based.

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  • Dominique

    Jelly Belly’s actual beans don’t have gelatin, but the stamp on the jelly beans is a marshmallow stamp. So yeah, they’re not vegan. Also, swedish fish are vegan. At least in the u.S. I don’t know worry about swedish fish actually from sweden. Too bad if those aren’t vegan though.

  • erika

    jelly belly’s have beeswax in them! not vegan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!