“You’ll get a stomach ache.”

“You are going to get a mouth full of cavities.”

“There are too many GMOs in it.”

Okay, okay – when we were kids, our parents weren’t talking about the GMOs in the foods we eat and the products we put on our bodies.  As more and more research uncovers the harmful effects of GMOs in foods, more companies are switching to non-GMO ingredients and labeling their products as GMO Free.  We still have a long way to go but until then, protect your little ghouls and goblins from harmful GMOs.

Organic and Non-GMO Halloween Goodies

Halloween Handout recommendations by Nature’s Batchers:

YumEarth Fruit Snacks

“We eat these year-round.  I love that I can read the label and undersyumearthfruitsnackstand what is in them.  The fruit snacks come in little fruit shapes that my kids love to play with.  They come in little .7 oz snack packs that are perfect for tiny hands and little trick-or-treat bags.  With these gummies, you don’t have to worry about allergies or satisfying a bunch of different diets; in addition to being free of GMOs and artificial preservatives and colors, they are vegan and gluten free.  They are the best-tasting vegan gummy snack that I have ever tried, and even if your neighborhood trick-or-treaters aren’t vegan or celiac, they will love these.”

– Danielle T, North Carolina


Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups

“Justin’s makes the best peanut butter, but everyone should try their peanut butter cups.  Not only do they taste amazing, but they are also USDA certified organic and gluten free.  I can pronounce all of the ingredients on the package.

“We are big on Halloween here and throw a small Halloween party with friends and neighbors every year.   I’ll have a basket of these peanut butter cups available for guests and my son will be passing some out to trick-or-treaters.  I would never give out any junk that I wouldn’t want my own children to eat.”

-Eli R., Illinois


Betty Lou’s Golden Smackers

“If someone told you that they had come up with a gluten free, non-GMO version of a
Snickers bar that had all of the same great taste, you probably wouldn’t believe it, right?  I was a skeptic at first, but honestly – you HAVE to try these!  Betty Lou’s usmackers_peanutbutter_2ses peanuts to make the fluffy nougat in the center and tops this with velvety GMO-free caramel before coating with rich chocolate.  In between all of that deliciousness, Betty Lou’s somehow packs in 7g of protein.  I absolutely adore these. Buy a few boxes for the trick-or-treaters and a few for yourself; you will have a hard time sharing.”

-Hanna S., New Hampshire


Endangered Species Chocolate “Bug Bites”

bb_promo1-300x239“Don’t let the name fool you – this is just pure non-GMO dark chocolate (no bugs/bug protein in it).  They are called “Bug Bites” because (1) they’re bite-sized bits of yummy chocolate and (2) each piece includes one of 15 cute full-color educational trading cards with information about an insect.  Both boys and girls like these treats and get really excited about sharing the information on the trading card inside.  Plus, what says Halloween more than bugs?!”

– Arraya T., Minnesota

Feel-Good Candy: 10% of sales of Endangered Species products goes back to saving endangered animals.


Barbara’s Bakery “Snackimals” Animal Cookies

“My kids loved animal crackers when they were young.  As a parent, I liked when my kids bar_snackimalscookies_chochippage_031414got treats like these in their Halloween bags because I could pack it in their lunch boxes for school the next day (without having to worry about their poor teacher having to deal with a post-Halloween sugar-high)!  The “Snackimals” are low in both sugar and sodium, which is why they have always been one of my favorites.  They also come in great-tasting flavors (we usually went with the Chocolate Chip flavor).  Even though they are made with organic, GMO-free ingredients, they taste just as great as any cookie that you would buy in the store.”

-Tina K., Ohio


Brother’s All Natural Fruit Crisps


“I used to pass out pieces of fruit to Trick-or-Treaters.  I’m sure the kids weren’t as excited about the apples and pears as they were about all of the junk that they were getting.  I found out about Brother’s All Natural Fruit Crisps, which – unlike other dried fruit snacks – have no added sugar or added preservatives.  They literally just naturally dry the fruit and put it in these fun, kid-friendly packages with Disney characters on them (they have adorable Halloween packaging, too, by the way).  I actually like to eat these myself; they taste great on top of yogurt or just by themselves as a snack.  It’s a fun way to get in your daily servings of fruit, and keep it healthy for the holidays without getting booed by the neighborhood ghouls and goblins!”

-Dan S., New York

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