Healthy Eating

The 22 Healthiest Store-Bought Halloween Candy Options

Including the best plant-based, dairy-free, low-sugar options!

By: Lexy Parsons

In 2022, Americans spent an estimated 3.1 billion dollars on Halloween candy. Given that traditional Halloween candies contain an average of 25-35 grams of sugar per serving, it’s safe to assume we’re consuming way too many sugary sweets. Sugar aside, classic Halloween candies are typically made with processed ingredients and artificial sugar. The good news is that there are so many healthier Halloween candy options on the shelves. From chocolate bars and rich sweets to fruit gummies and hard candies, there’s something for all your Halloween cravings. Plus, with consumers becoming more mindful and health conscious, more brands are tailoring their products to support various dietary preferences and health needs. No matter if you’re dairy-free, plant-based, Paleo, or Keto, your sweet tooth will be satisfied!

The 22 Healthiest Halloween Candy Alternatives

Ahead, we’re breaking down the healthiest store-bought options for all your Halloween candy needs! Including:

  • Healthier Halloween candy bars 
  • Naturally sweetened chocolate bars
  • Plant-based & vegan-friendly candy options
  • Dairy-free chocolate treats
  • Traditional Halloween candy bars made healthier

Healthier Candy Bars

UNREAL Caramel Peanut Nougat Bar

This healthier candy bar is non-GMO, fair-trade, and sweetened without corn syrup or sugar alcohol. Compared to the leading brand, it’s made with 40% less sugar and double the protein. With layers of dark chocolate, soft nougat, crunchy peanuts, and rich caramel, you can’t go wrong. 

  • Free of soy, corn syrup, sugar alcohol, and artificial ingredients
  • Certified Non-GMO
  • Fair-trade certified chocolate 

Enjoy Life Foods Rice Milk Crunch

If you love Crunch Bars, this dairy-free candy bar is for you. Made with dairy-free rice milk and gluten-free puffed rice, it has the perfect balance of creamy and crunchy. Free from the top 14 allergens (including nuts, soy, and dairy), making it perfect for kids and adults alike.

  • Free from the top 14 allergens
  • Non-GMO
  • Dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free, and soy-free

Alter Eco Mint Crème Truffles

If the mint + chocolate combo is your go-to sweet treat (hello, York Mints and Peppermint Patties), you’ll want to try these mint cream truffles. Made with better-for-you ingredients like organic cocoa butter, whole milk, and raw cane sugar, with a creamy mint filling. Sustainably made, wrapped in plant-based and compostable wrappers! 

  • Organic, Non-GMO, Fair-trade certified
  • Free of soy, corn, gluten, and artificial sweeteners

Little Secrets Crispy Wafers 

Everything you love about KitKat candy bars (think: crunchy wafers and layers of chocolate) in a healthier treat. Made with 30% less sugar than the leading brand and free from sugar alcohol, artificial colors, and flavors. Enjoy in milk or dark chocolate flavors, and choose between full-sized or mini bars!

  • Vegan-friendly flavors
  • Free of artificial colors and sweeteners
  • No sugar alcohol

UNREAL Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar

Bounty bars are a Halloween classic, and this chocolate coconut bar will have you enjoying your favorite candy flavors in a healthier way. Featuring creamy coconut and rich chocolate with only 3 grams of sugar and 3 wholesome ingredients.

  • 51% less sugar than the leading brand
  • Free of sugar alcohol, stevia, and artificial sweeteners
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, and vegan

SkinnyDipped Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Creamy peanut butter cups that serve as a healthier Halloween candy alternative! Free from sugar alcohol, stevia, and palm oil, and made with 64% less sugar than the leading brand. Available flavors include dark chocolate and milk chocolate and contain just 4 grams of sugar per serving or less!

  • Keto-friendly
  • Free of sugar alcohol and stevia
  • Non-GMO

Lily’s Chocolate Milk Chocolate Peanut Candy Coated Pieces

Crunchy peanuts covered in a no-added-sugar chocolate coating. This sweet and salty treat 

is a great choice if you’re looking to lower your sugar intake without giving up your favorite sweets. Available in milk or dark chocolate, with other flavor variations like chocolate-covered almonds or chocolate candies.  

  • Keto and paleo-friendly
  • Free of sugar alcohol and stevia
  • Gluten-free

The Healthiest Chocolate Bars (Naturally Sweetened)

Hu Kitchen Chocolate Bars

Dairy-free dark chocolate bars, grass-fed milk chocolate bars, and every flavor in between to satisfy all your chocolate cravings and beyond! Enjoy these whole food-based chocolate bars as a healthy alternative to traditional store-bought Halloween chocolates. Gluten-free, organic, and made with real, simple ingredients. 

  • Organic & fair trade-certified 
  • Gluten, dairy, and soy-free, naturally sweetened, 
  • Plant-based non-dairy flavors, Grass-fed dairy flavors
  • No refined sugar, sugar alcohol, palm oil, emulsifiers, lecithins 

Flavors include: Simple Milk Chocolate, Almond Butter Crunch Milk Chocolate, Hazelnut Butter Milk or Dark Chocolate, Salty Dark Chocolate, Crunchy Mint Dark Chocolate, Almond Butter Puffed Quinoa Dark Chocolate, Cashew Butter & Raspberry Dark Chocolate, and more

Evolved Chocolate Bars

Rich, decadent, and delicious. These clean-ingredient chocolate bars are made with ingredients like organic cacao, organic coconut sugar, and organic cacao butter. Plus, there are endless flavors to choose from! 

  • Gluten, dairy, and soy-free
  • Plant-based, keto and paleo-friendly
  • Refined sugar-free

Flavors include: Hazelnut Butter, Oatmeal Cookie Dough, Midnight Coconut, Signature Dark, Salty, Brownie Batter, Cashew Butter, Almond Butter, and more.

Honey Mama’s Cocoa Truffle Bar

This melt-in-your-mouth chocolate bar is a mix between a chocolate bar and rich fudge, and it’s delicious. Not only is it made with simple, nutrient-rich ingredients (like raw honey, organic cacao, sprouted almonds, and unrefined coconut oil), but it’s also free from preservatives and stabilizers and can therefore be found in the fridge section.

  • Gluten, dairy, and soy-free
  • Paleo-friendly
  • Refined sugar-free

Flavors include: Peruvian Raw, Coffee Nib Crunch, Birthday Cake, Ginger Cardamom, Lavender Rose, Salted Almond, Oregon Mint, and more.

Dairy-Free Chocolate Candy Treats

Evolved Coconut Chocolate Cups

Dairy-free, vegan, and keto-friendly, these rich and creamy coconut butter cups are every chocolate lover’s dream. They’re made with clean ingredients like cacao and coconut butter, and infused with brain and gut-healthy superfoods like MCT oil and Jerusalem artichoke fiber. Each serving contains 6 grams of fiber and only 1 gram of sugar!

Try their other Keto cup flavors including: Hazelnut Butter, Almond Butter, and Brownie Batter!

Hu Kitchen Chocolate Hunks

These chocolate-covered snacks are made with organic fairtrade cacao and subtly sweetened with organic coconut sugar. With two nut varieties (almond and cashew) and one superfood goldenberry variation, it’s the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch.

Cocomels Oat Milk Chocolate-Covered Bites

Creamy coconut milk caramels covered in silky oat milk chocolate. They’re dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and plant-based perfection. 

Justin’s Super Dark Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter Cups 

These chocolate espresso almond butter cups put traditional peanut butter cups to shame! They’re made with 80% cacao, real organic almonds, and organic roasted coffee. The perfect balance of creamy and crunchy with a thick almond butter layer filling. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and plant-based!

DVASH Organics Walnut Superfood Bites

While not technically candy, these decadent superfood bites can be enjoyed as a guilt-free Halloween chocolate treat. Aside from tasting delicious, they’re naturally sweetened, packed with superfoods, and made with four simple ingredients: dates, walnuts, coconut, and pure chocolate. 

Low-Sugar & Sugar-Free Gummies & Hard Candies

Smart Sweet Gummies

Your go-to brand for all things sweet, sour, and gummy. These low-sugar treats come in varieties like sour melon bites, sweet fish, peach rings, and sour blast buddies. Meaning, you can enjoy these as a healthier alternative to all your favorite sweet and sour Halloween candies! 

Zolli Candy Lollipops

Not only are these better-for-you lollipops vegan and free from added sugars, but they’re also colored with natural dyes (like spirulina, beet, and blueberry)! With zero sugar and cleaner ingredients, they’re even dentist-approved. 

TidBits Gummies

Made with prebiotic fibers and extracts from real fruit juices. Unlike many gummy alternatives on the market, these are free of monk fruit, stevia, artificial sweeteners, and sugar alcohol! And with only 4g of sugar and 60 calories per bag, you can enjoy without guilt!

Lily’s Sweets Sweet & Sour Gummies

Craving gummy bears or sour worms? Enjoy these gluten-free, keto-friendly sweets as a healthy alternative to traditional Halloween gummies. They’re naturally sweetened with allulose and free of added sugars.

Traditional Halloween Candies Made Healthier

SNICKERS Hi-Protein 

4 grams of sugar, 20 grams of protein, and the same delicious Snickers taste?! Enough said. Made with whey and milk protein isolate, sweetened with stevia, and full of 6 grams of fiber — we love to see it. Considering a traditional Snickers bar contains 28 grams of sugar, 4 grams of protein, and 1 gram of fiber, this is a huge leap. While there are still some questionable ingredients (like palm kernel oil, and sunflower and soy lecithin), this is a promising start from big brands like Snickers.

Reese’s Plant-Based Peanut Butter Cups 

Plant-based eaters, rejoice! There is finally a vegan version of Reese’s PB Cup candies. It’s made with oat flour and cocoa butter instead of dairy, with the same peanut butter chocolate taste you know and love. That said, when it comes to nutrient density, there’s not much improvement. The plant-based variety contains 14 grams of added sugar, 7 grams of saturated fat, and only 2 grams of fiber.

Hershey’s Plant-Based Dairy-Free Chocolate Bars

Made with oat milk chocolate and full of crunchy bites of salted almonds, Hershey’s is finally going plant-based. However, while vegan, gluten-free, and peanut-free, it’s important to note that the first ingredient in the bar is still ‘sugar’ with 16 grams of added sugar per bar. Of course, it is a candy bar! Sugar is to be expected. But, are there healthier alternatives on the market? Absolutely.

Indulge Mindfully: The Key to a Healthy Halloween!

While this healthy Halloween candy can help guide you this holiday season, candy is candy! If you’re going to enjoy a treat, enjoy it without guilt. Depriving yourself and stressing over every ingredient can be just as unhealthy as mindlessly indulging. However, there are so many healthier store-bought candy options that make snacking on better-for-you sweets easier. Plus, aside from being more nutritious, these candy options are delicious! Trust us, we’re sweet tooth lovers, too.