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Label Wise: How to Choose Healthy & Green Halloween Treats

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

by Corey

Parents are becoming more and more savvy about how conventional candy companies work: Make the “treat” with the least amount of effort and sell it for the most money. Using real, wholesome, ethically sourced or even safe ingredients are not necessarily part of the deal.

Luckily, there are now many awesome options available. Healthy (and healthier), ethically sourced and sustainably grown Halloween treats are becoming easier and easier to find. Even super market chains, major online retailers and big box stores have jumped on the bandwagon, making these items more accessible to families no matter where they live.

But it can be confusing to negotiate the web of certifications and labels that some treat brands boast. Are they really meaningful? Or just “green-washing”? This list will (hopefully) make the process of buying healthier Halloween treats (and party fare) more simple.

Just look for as many as possible of the following:

In addition, you may want to consider giving away goodies or serving foods that are peanut-free, gluten-free, dairy free and/or egg free. These are some of the most common food allergens. And with 1 in 13 kids suffering from food allergies*, limiting highly allergic foods is one way to ensure that Halloween is safe and fun for everyone.

*Source, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Green Halloween® is a nationwide non-profit initiative started by mother-daughter team Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell. In 2010, Green Halloween became a program of EcoMom® Alliance and has events in cities across the U.S.

Fair Trade Mania!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It’s creamy, sweet, melts in your mouth and all-around delicious! Despite our obsession with this product, numerous health concerns have been raised as well as the issue of sustainability and fair trade. So now, companies are trying to find ways to make their sweets and confections appeal to a more eco-aware crowd of consumers. Last year two giants in the candy industry, Cadbury and Mars Incorporated announced they were creating fair trade chocolates.

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Cadbury, a step ahead of Mars, already has fair trade chocolate for sale to the public. They claim that their chocolate bars are all now 100% fair trade certified cocoa. While Mars announced a partnership with The Rainforest Alliance to create sustainable chocolate. This is a very exciting collaboration between the candy giant and a NGO who works hard to “conserve biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

With more and more candy companies embracing healthy and sustainable alternatives, the holidays (especially Halloween) are looking sweeter and sweeter!