Halloween can be a tough time for vegans. Candy and baked goods galore that we just can’t have. What’s a veg to do? Well I’ll tell you. Rest easy, for there are sweets we CAN have. There are vegan candies you may not be aware of that do not contain sugar ground with animal bone, as well as recipes for baked goods. And because I’m so thoughtful, I’ve scouted out some items to help you fit in with the sugar mania that is Halloween.

CANDY
(what you can give out to the little kiddies that you can eat as well!)

  • Airheads Taffy
  • Blow Pops
  • Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
  • Brach’s Orange Slices
  • Brach’s Rootbeer Barrels
  • Charms lollipops
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Cry Babies
  • Dots
  • Fireballs
  • Jolly Ranchers
  • Jujubees
  • Jujyfruits
  • Nabisco Halloween Oreos
  • Ring Pop Lollipops
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sweet Tarts
  • Twizzlers

***you can find more of these vegan goodies at I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan!***

RECIPES
(I tried to pick recipes that ranged from super easy to mildly complex. If you have friends and family that are cynics, let them rave over the goodness before revealing the frightful lack of animal products in them)
Gingerbread Snack Cake

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/8 t. cloves
  • 1/8 t. allspice
  • 2/3 cup soy milk, rice milk, or other non-dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup safflower oil
  • 1/3 cup molasses
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 T. ginger, minced
  • 2 t. vanilla

Lightly oil (or spray with a light mist of oil) a 9-inch square baking pan and set aside. In a large bowl, sift together both types of flour, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, cloves, and allspice, and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until well combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until blended. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before cutting into 9 pieces. Servings may be topped with maple syrup, applesauce, soy ice cream, or Almond Cream.

Yield: One 9-inch square pan or 9 servings. Found at Vegan Chef

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Vegan Pumpkin Pie

bryanna’s pumpkin pie filling

  • 2 cups solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup full fat soymilk
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon each: ginger, nutmeg & salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice OR cloves

place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. pour into prepared 9″ unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 for about an hour. make the day before serving and let sit overnight to properly set.

oil pastry

  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 Tablespoons cold soymilk

sift together flour and salt. in a separate bowl whisk together the oil and soymilk. add wet mixture into dry mixture all at once and stir lightly with a fork. form into a ball and roll out between waxed paper. fit into pie shell. makes one 9″ crust.

Found at Bunnyfoot

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Pumpkin Cranberry Loaf

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cups mashed pumpkin (canned)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350F and lightly grease a 8.5 x 4.5-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin, maple syrup, apple sauce, vegetable oil and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing only until just combined and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in dried cranberries, then pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the loaf springs back when lightly pressed. Cool loaf in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 1 loaf. Found at BakingBites.com

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Bryanna’s Carob Fudge

  • peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • fruit concentrate syrup, maple syrup, or agave syrup
  • carob powder
  • chopped nuts and/or sunflower seeds
  • sesame seeds
  • and 1/4 c. wheat germ (or quick oats)

When well-mixed, wash off hands and leave them wet. Roll into balls, egg shapes (we used to make “Easter eggs” out of these, too) or logs, or press into an oiled pan and cut into squares or other shapes. Roll in coconut (colored, if you wish), ground nuts or ground granola.Found at Brianna Clark Grogan
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Bryanna’s Popcorn Crunch

  • 1/2 c. popcorn, popped
  • 2 c. shelled sunflower seeds (or pumpkin seeds), toasted
  • 1 c. brown sugar or Sucanat
  • 1/2 c. maple syrup or other syrup
  • 1/2 c. molasses
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 c. natural peanut butter

Keep the popcorn and sunflower seeds warm on a cookie sheet or in a metal bowl in a 250 degrees F. oven. Mix the brown sugar, syrup and molasses in a greased 1 and 1/2 qt. heavy pan. Stir while bringing to a boil, then boil hard 2 minutes. Remove from heat, add the extract and stir in the peanut butter until well mixed. Pour over the popcorn and seeds and mix well. Either form into balls or spread on a cookie sheet, cool and break into chunks.

Found at Brianna Clark Grogan

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Vegan Donuts

  • 2 C Flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons egg substitute
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 3/4 C rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp oil

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add egg replacer + water (mixed together before adding), rice milk, oil, and vanilla, mix vigorously until well blended. Pour batter into a doughnut pan (i’m sure the mixture can somehow be rolled out if you don’t have a doughnut pan — i’m sure a muffin pan might do too). Put in oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until done. Dip into a mixed sugar glaze (powdered sugar and water) or roll in a bag filled with cinnamon and sugar.

Found at Zaar

9 Responses to “OOOH AHHH! Vegan Halloween Treats”

  1. B Conley Says:

    I would check that list carefully. Twizzlers are NOT vegan, they contain gelatin. Check your packaging!


  2. Emily Says:

    Twizzlers ARE vegan. I even went to the grocery store to check for the umpteenth time, just to make sure. I checked every type of Twizzler at the store: Nibs, Pull ‘n’ Peels, Bites, Strawberry and Cherry twists… I even checked Red Vines, and though I cannot speak for how the sugar was refined with Red Vines, I know the rest of their ingredients are vegan. The only questionable Twizzler flavor was chocolate since one of the ingredients listed is chocolate. I have Twizzler Strawberry Twists in front of me now. I can take a picture if you’d like. The ingredients are: corn syrup; wheat flour; cornstarch; contains 2% or less of: palm oil; salt; artificial flavor; glycerin; citric acid; potassium sorbate (preservative); artificial color (red 40); and soy lecithin. No gelatin. And Peta, along with other vegan companies, approves Twizzlers so I’m pretty sure they did their research. Perhaps there are some generic twizzler-like candies that do contain gelatin- but none that I’ve seen. So I really have no idea where you are getting your information. But I hope this helps.


  3. Charmander Says:

    I called up Hersheys and asked int he glycerin was vegetable or animal derived, and the lady looked it up and said it comes from vegetable oil. This is for both twizzles, including the pull n peel.


  4. Phillipe bojorquez Says:

    I wanted to express a word of caution about these candies. When i contacted these manufacturers they could no conclusively state that their sugar came from sources that were not filtered through activated carbon and if that activated carbon was from animal origon. They often switch and amalgamate sugars based on a cost effect ratio.

    also from petas own site:

    “*Items listed may contain trace amounts of animal-derived ingredients. While PETA supports a strict adherence to veganism, we put the task of vigorously reducing animal suffering ahead of personal purity. Boycotting products that are 99.9 percent vegan sends the message to manufacturers that there is no market for this food, which ends up hurting more animals. For a more detailed explanation of PETA’s position, please visit http://www.caringconsumer.com/labels.html.

    I emailed them and they said that they felt that listing candies with refined sugar created better PR for veganism that only listen candies without.

    The one i know for sure that does not have refined sugar are mambas. They use beet sugar.

    Good luck all.


  5. Emily Says:

    Thanks for that information, Phillipe. That is very good to know, and surprising coming from Peta. Though Peta does make a valid point that 99.9% vegan is better than most, it’s still unfortunate that consumers are supporting the use of animal products by buying these candies. When in doubt, stick with products that specifically list raw (unrefined) sugar. Natural stores are pretty good at carrying such items.


  6. me343 Says:

    I have seen some Twizzlers with glycerin, some without. The gelatin/glycerin maybe age of the Twizzlers. I know that Hershey’s is nearly, or all, vegetarian, or vegan. It sounds like it is vegan, as long as it isn’t the older ones with gealatin.


  7. Cecile Says:

    Nestle confirmed in an e-mail as far back as Nov. 2010 that the glycerine they use in Twizzlers is vegetable sourced. I had some with glycerine in them, so I went ahead and figured out if the glycerine was vegan (I just learned today that it can come from animal sources or vegetable ones!) and it certainly is. OH by the way PETA is not reliable for being 100% true blue vegan with their lists on this stuff so be careful. They believe in boycotting animal products except that very small percentage of an animal product that may end up in your food. Personally, after being vegan so long, it just grosses me out, not to mention it crosses my values that I hold stronger now. Hope that helps!


  8. Cecile Says:

    sorry *as far back as August 2011* was what I meant to say. If you want to check that they’re still doing that, try shooting them an email. good luck everyone :)


  9. Cecile Says:

    wow I’m going to stop naming dates. LOL I mean aug 2010.


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