I've been struggling with what to do for Halloween candy to hand out this year. I know that the typical chocolates found in the grocery store are made with slave labor. I blog about spending purposefully. How can I with a clear conscience hand this stuff out to the kids that come to my door on Halloween? On the other hand, it is cheap and yummy and tradition. Then there is the issue a availability, I don't even know where to begin to find a fair trade treat. Most fair trade chocolate candy bars are large and expensive. Earlier this week I was determined to find something so I started searching online.
In my search, I found this handy little list from the green living section of Good Housekeeping magazine. The Daily Green article link
Many of the items on this list came from The Natural Candy Store, so I decided to check them out. I picked out some adorable spider gummies and sour gummy worms. They are made in the USA, allergen free, gluten free & organic. And yes, they were relatively expensive. It was $20.30 for a 12 pack. But as I've come to learn, we all vote with our dollars.
For a cheaper option, pretzels, fruit snacks or gummies found at the grocery store are also alternative ideas.
I was thinking about including a note about why we chose these treats. Again, I am torn between educating people but don't want to come across as judgemental. I think I will save the education for this blog and other social media outlets this year.
Please share your thoughts, questions and ideas on this subject!