October is here, which means your local grocery store is likely already flooded with halloween themed snacks, treats, and candies. We believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality ingredients for taste, and vice versa. So, for this week’s Trash Panda Tuesday, we’re here with our favorite Halloween candy picks that are both made with real ingredients and so delicious that you just might not want to hand them out. For more recommendations (or if you think we missed something), head on over to our Instagram!

Lily’s Milk Chocolate Style Peanut Butter Cups

It’s no secret that we at Trash Panda love Lily’s candy. They emphasize “less sugar, more life” - and a quick scan proves this to be true. These milk chocolate peanut butter cups are addicting to the point where they shouldn’t just be bought as a Halloween candy. Bonus points for being individually wrapped for all the Trick-Or-Treaters out there.

Smart Sweets Fruity Gummy Bears

Similar to Lily’s, Smart Sweets is a fan-favorite and rightfully so. With less sugar than other gummy bear brands (and a shorter ingredient list too), Smart Sweets Fruity Gummy Bears are all treat, no tricks. You can’t go wrong with any of the Smart Sweets products - we love their Sweet Fish too!

Honey Mama’s Peppermint Cacao Nectar bar

No refined sugar, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and paleo. Honey Mama’s Cacao Nectar Bars check just about every box there is. Their Oregon Mint bar is light, refreshing, and perfectly sweet. With their large variety of flavors, there’s a bar for whatever you’re craving (see: TP pumpkin spice picks).

Maxine’s Heavenly Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies

On that same note, Halloween is peak pumpkin-spice season, and Maxine’s Heavenly Pumpkin Pecan Spice Cookies are non-GMO, plant-based, and taste like Fall. For our pumpkin spice lovers out there, this one is for you. Plus, these are available on Amazon, so there’s really no reason not to try.

Utz Halloween Pretzel Treats

For those who don’t have as much of a sweet tooth, try Utz’s Halloween Bats and Jacks Pretzel Treats. These individually packaged pretzels are sure to put anyone in the Halloween spirit, and round out any candy bowl.

72% Cacao Twilight Delight Intense Dark Chocolate

And lastly, we’re going with Ghiradelli’s dark chocolate squares. After all, it’s hard to beat chocolate. Plus, dark chocolate is known to have health benefits and be a powerful source of antioxidants, so we’re not complaining.
Ultimately, Halloween is a time for celebration and if there’s a candy you love - have it. We’re just here to highlight some brands that do the seemingly impossible: combine real, quality ingredients with the crave-worthy sweetness of candy.

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