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Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year. Summer is fine and all, but autumn wins hands down. There are so many amazing colours, flavours and textures around at this time of year, not to mention Halloween and (my favourite) Bonfire Night (yay!). With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of some of my favourite (vegan) sweet treats for your Halloween festivities.
Oh, by the way, the pumpkin just below is mine from last year. I never carved a pumpkin as a child, but now I find it a fun excuse to use pumpkin in lots of recipes, haha.
These vegan marshmallows come in oh so many yummy flavours and are perfect for Halloween. Made in England, with natural colours and flavours. I’m oddly addicted to the caramel marshmallows, yum yum. Has anyone ever tried their mango flavoured marshmallows? I’m intrigued.
2. Bear yoyos
If you want something a little healthier, without actually giving out fresh fruit (not a bad thing), try Bear yoyos. I emailed the company to ask about their products and they said that all their fruit products are completely vegan (yay). Also, while their products are made all over the world to get fruit that is in season, their head office is in London.
I love these mini bears! I used to snack on them all the time when I worked across from H&B. Perfect for putting in a sweet bowl and handing out to trick or treaters. The only downside is the relatively small packets for the price, but they are oh so yummy. Available at Holland and Barrett.
For a sugar free treat, try these tingz, a gum product accredited by the British Dental Health Foundation (shuuuush! Don’t tell the children). The come in orange + mandarin and strawberry + vanilla varieties. Also, as a Yorkshire lass, I truly appreciate their online shop name http://ebuygum.peppersmith.co.uk/. Hehe, e buy gum, heh *smirk*. Made in UK.
Traditional cola bottles, now veganified, what could be better? Natural ingredients and recyclable packaging, that’s what. Luckily, goodygoodstuff has got that taken care of.
Cheaper per pack than Sweet Vegan, but currently only available in vanilla flavour (strawberry flavour coming soon). However, they are nut free, gluten free and again made with natural flavours and colours. They might be more suitable for topping hot chocolate with as well, but I’ve not tried to do so with either brand. If anyone has, let me know. Some kind of spooky vegan Halloween hot chocolate might be in order :). Head office in Manchester.
Delicious vegan fudge, this stuff is seriously amazing. I used to take packs of the stuff with me into college and work and everyone would be munching on the stuff, non-vegans included. It’s super creamy, fudgy fudge 😛 If you haven’t tried it, it is definitely a must! They also do coconut ice, which is yumtastic, but with a much sweeter taste (my sweet tooth doesn’t mind at all). Made in England.
For something a bit luxurious, try some of the themed chocolate shapes from Hotel chocolat, a British company. These dark chocolate skull lollipop look seriously spooky, but perhaps reserve them for party guests and not the neighbour’s kids. You could also try their tiddly vampires or the dark chocolate boo box.
9. Neal’s yard wholefoods pontefract cakes
A bit of traditional liquorice won’t go a miss. My Dad loves these. According to wikipedia (the source of all, probably factual, knowledge) these were originally called Pomfret cakes, after the old Norman name for Pontefract. Anything originally from Yorkshire gets my vote. Available from Holland and Barrett or try your local independent health food shop.
10. Over to you! What’s going in your vegan sweet stash this Halloween? Chocolate, biscuits, hard-boiled sweets, fresh fruit? Let me know in the comments below, I’d love to hear about any other vegan sweets, particularly those from the UK 🙂