VeganMoFo, Day 13: What do vegan zombies eat?

October 13th, 2009 11:32 pm by Kelly Garbato



Sorry. Cheesy, I know. But it’s been a long, frustrating day, and for some odd reason, this tired old joke always elicits a grin.

Anyway, I don’t know about you, but I could use a fun, fluffy post. And what’s more fun and fluffy than vegan Halloween candy? (That’s a rhetorical question. There is nothing funner or fluffier than vegan Halloween candy. Nothing. Nada. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Rien. Nichts. Niente. Niets. I said good day!)

The way I see it, vegan Halloween candy can be separated into two groups: the cheap, readily available, accidentally vegan stuff that you keep on hand for trick-or-treaters, and the expensive, hard-to-find, specialty goodies, which are oftentimes veganized versions of old, pre-vegan favorites.

Not that the two groups are mutually exclusive, of course – if you’re over the age of 12, probably you don’t consume candy on a daily basis. Thus, a fistful of dark chocolate Peanut Chews or a mile’s worth of Fruit by the Foot is indeed a special treat, pedestrianism be damned. And that’s okay! You don’t need to drop a small fortune on gourmet vegan foodstuffs to Kenneth Lay out this Halloween. On the flip side, if you do sit atop a small mountain of money, all Scrooge McDuck stylie, feel free to distribute gourmet vegan goodies which proudly proclaim their veganism all over the mofo packaging, in a sneaky guerrilla effort to lure some of the neighborhood children over to the light side. But toss in vegan literature at your own risk – ‘twould be very un-vegan to wake up to an egg-covered landing on November 1st!

(And yes, I am assuming that everyone reading celebrates Halloween, because if you don’t, you should! Between the candy, the costumes, the pumpkin carving, the hay rides, and the horra movies, everyone should be able to find at least one aspect of the holiday worth consecrating!)

What follows are two lists of vegan candies; the everyday stuff is vegan per PETA, so take these with a grain of salt – there be some rumblings on the internets re: the accuracy of PETA’s “accidentally vegan” list. Also, I’ve only included candy here; for party snacks, please refer to the original list.

The gourmet vegan goodies, on the other hand, come from firsthand knowledge and the product inventory in vegan-owned online shops, so mistakes in these listings are much less likely.

So, what are your Halloween plans, my lovely vegan zombies? The Mr. and I have a longstanding (read: four years, maybe five) tradition – we spend the day watching horror movies, relaxing with the dogs, and chowing on all sorts of vegan junk food. Pizza, spring rolls, french fries, cupcakes, turnovers, ice cream, pop corn, candy, brownies, soda, liquor – ah, that’s the life!

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I’ve been dying to dress my dachshund kid up in a hot dog outfit to entertain the trick-or-treaters, but we literally have not had a single one since moving to the Midwest – all of our residences have been so rural.

On the plus side, no interruptions during the movies!


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Accidentally Vegan

Airheads Taffy

Big League Chew Gum

Blow Pops

Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy

Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy

Brach’s Orange Slices

Brach’s Root Beer Barrels

Brach’s Star Brites

Bubble Tape Gum

Charms lollipops

Chew-ets Peanut Chews (Original)


Chocolove Dark Chocolate bar

Chocolove Orange Peel (Dark Chocolate Bar)

Cracker Jacks

Cry Babies

Dem Bones

Dole Madarin Orange Fruit Gels


Dum Dums


Fruit By the Foot

Ghirardelli Twilight Delight Intense Dark

Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews (Original)

Hubba Bubba Gum

Jolly Ranchers (lollipops and hard candy)



Kool-Aid Gels

Kozy Shack Jammin’ Gels

Krispy Kreme Fruit Pies


Mary Janes (regular and peanut butter kisses)

Now and Later

Ring Pop lollipops

Smarties (U.S. version only)

Sour Patch Kids

Super Bubble

Swedish Fish

Tropical Source mini chocolate bags

Utz Puffed Caramel Corn

Velamints Mints

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Not candy, but no Halloween party is complete without these day-glo orange goodies:

Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili Flavored Tortilla Chips

Nabisco Halloween Oreos [Update, 1/27/10: Or not.]


Intentionally Vegan

Allison’s Gourmet Organic Vegan Chocolate Mint Cups

Allison’s Gourmet Organic Vegan Crunchy Almond Toffee

Allison’s Gourmet Organic Vegan Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Allison’s Gourmet Organic Vegan Fudge

Allison’s Gourmet Organic Vegan Peanut Butter Cups

Allison’s Gourmet Organic Vegan Vanilla Caramels

Alternative Baking Company Vegan Cookies

Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks

Australian Nougat Company’s Macadamia Bliss Nougat Bars & Miniatures

B Fresh Solar Vegan Energy Gum

B Fresh Vegan Chewing Gum

Betty Lou’s Fudgie Filbert Balls

Betty Lou’s Organic Smackers

Biona’s Organic Tutti Frutti Wine Gums Biona Organic Tutti Frutti Wine Gums

Bug Bites’s Organic Dark Chocolates

Candy Tree’s Organic Licorice Vines

Candy Tree’s Organic Orange Lollipops

Chicago Soy Dairy’s Dandies Vegan Marshmallows

Chimp Mints’s Chocolate

Cocoa Loco’s Organic Chocolate Covered Brazil Nuts

College Farm Organics’s Organic Chocolate Mint Candies

College Farm Organics’s Organic Naturepops Lollipops

Conscious Creations’s Dark Chocolate Covered Hazelnuts

Conscious Creations’s Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Divine Organics’s Raw Chocolate Brittle

Dulce Vegan’s Cinnamon Rolls

Dulce Vegan’s Organic Brownie Bites

Dulce Vegan’s Vegan Double Chocolate Twinkies

Dulce Vegan’s Vegan Twinkies

Endangered Species Chocolate Company Vegan Chocolate Bars

Enjoy Life’s Boom Choco Boom Ricemilk Bars

Fruitabu’s Organic Smooshed Fruit Twirl Roll-Ups

Ginger Chews Candy

Glenny’s Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats

Go Max Go Foods’s Vegan Candy Bars (Jokerz, Twilight, Buccaneer, Mahalo)

Go Raw’s Organic Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Golden Crunch (Chocolate Covered Vegan “Fairy Food” aka “Sponge Candy”)

Haribo’s Cola Breeze Gummy Candies

Helwa’s Organic Filled Wafers

Holy Cow’s Vegan Fudge Bars

Kookie Karma’s Healthy Kookies

Kopali Organics’s Organic Fair-Trade Chocolate Covered Banana

Kopali Organics’s Organic Fair-Trade Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans

Larabar’s Jocalat Pure Organic Chocolate Food Bar

Laura Lee’s Flaky Peanut Butter Treats (formerly Crumblz) – Original Peanut or Macadamia Coconut

LaVie French Fruit Candy Tins

Let’s Do Organic’s Classic Gummi Bears

Let’s Do Organic’s Super Sour Gummi Bears

Living Nutz’s Rawzins (Organic Raw Chocolate Covered Raisins)

Liz Lovely’s Bite Size Gluten Free Cookies

Liz Lovely’s Handmade Artisan Cookies

Liz Lovely’s Organic Lovely Oh’s

Newman’s Own Organics’s Organic Breath Mint Rolls

Nickanedit’s Organic White Choco Stix

Nutrilicious’s Packaged Vegan Donuts

Organica’s Premium Swiss “Milk-Style” Chocolate Couverture Bar

Organica’s “White Chocolate” Bar

Paskesz’s Kosher/Vegan Baby Jelly Beans

Perfected Foods’s Vegan Jerky Bites

Planet Organic’s Organic Goji Goddess Chocolate Covered Goji Berries

Primal Sticks Meatless “Beef” Sticks

Primal Strips Vegan Jerky

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Pure Fun’s Organic Chocolate Meltdown Candies

Pure Fun’s Organic Fruit Pinwheel Candies

Pure Fun’s Organic Root Beer Barrel Candies

Ritter Sport’s Vegan Marzipan Bar

Rose City Chocolatier’s Vegan Chocolates

Seitenbacher’s Fruity Gummi Candies

Sharkies Organic Energy Fruit Chews

Sjaak’s Fair-Trade Organic Chocolate Mini-Bites

Sjaak’s Organic Almond Butter Bites

Sjaak’s Organic Chocolate Bars

Sjaak’s Organic Chocolate Mini Bites

Sjaak’s Organic Extra Dark Chocolate Halloween Peanut Butter Bites

Sjaak’s Organic Peanut Butter Bites

Sjaak’s Vegan Nuts and Chews

Smart Treats’s Vegan Chocolate Cups

Sour Mamba Fruit Chews

Spun City’s Organic Cotton Candy

St. Claire’s Organic Mints

Stonewall’s Jerquee

Sun Flour Baking Co.’s Blondie Bar

Sun Flour Baking Co.’s Cookies

Sun Flour Baking Co.’s Golden Brownie

Sunspire’s Dark Chocolate Coconut Bar

Sunspire’s Organic Earth Balls Chocolates

Surf Sweets’s Super Sour Gummi Worms

Surf Sweets’s Vegan Gummy Candies

Sweet and Sara’s Rocky Road Bark

Sweet and Sara’s S’Mores (Vanilla, Peanut Butter)

Sweet and Sara’s Vegan Marshmallows (Vanilla, Strawberry, Coconut)

Taza Chocolate’s Organic Chocolate Mexicano Discs

Tofurky Jurky

Terra Nostra’s Organic Rice Milk Chocolate Bar

Tree Huggin’ Treats’s Crispy Cat Candy Bars

Tubi’s Organic Black Licorice

Uli Mana’s Organic & Raw Hemp Chocolate Brownies

Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies

Vegan Dream’s Rawhide Jerky

VeganSweets marshmallows

Whizzers Chocolate Beans

Whizzers Chocolate Footballs

Whizzers Chocolate Speckled Eggs

Yoga Snacks’s Organic & Raw Hemp Chocolate Brownies

Yummy Earth’s Organic Candy Drops

Yummy Earth’s Organic Lollipops

Yummy Earth’s Organic Roadside Root Beer Candy Drops

Yummy Earth’s Organic Wild Peppermint Drops

Update, 10/15/09: VegNews has a list of vegan Halloween goodies, complete with links to company websites, here.


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6 Responses to “VeganMoFo, Day 13: What do vegan zombies eat?”

  1. poopiebitch Says:

    Hey! That first picture (of the vegan zombie) is my friend Bianca (of at the Memphis Zombie Walk! Woo!

  2. The Voracious Vegan Says:

    THANK YOU for this! Such an informative post, thanks for taking the time to compile it to share with us.

  3. Shannon Says:

    Yum! I love your Halloween traditions. This year, we’ll be spending the day standing around a *massive* copper kettle of apple butter. It’s a friend’s family tradition that we’ve been absorbed into. Normally they don’t do it on Halloween, so I don’t know what happened this year. My husband told me not to complain, because this year I get to stir a cauldron! ;)

  4. Jennie Says:

    Oh delicious vegan treats. This is our first Halloween with potential Trick-O-Treaters, and I’m not sure if we’re going to be “those people” who just don’t answer the door or not. I have been thinking a lot about vegan kids and what on earth they do if the house they’re visiting doesn’t have vegan candy…

    Surprised (but excited!) to see the Doritos on there. I know they don’t have any overt animal ingredients on the label, but I’ve avoided them like the plague because I know Doritos has been known to do mean things like put chicken stock in their chips and not tell.

  5. Kelly G. Says:

    @ poopiebitch – Awesomeness! I bet she’s lovely company, flies and rotting flesh aside.

    @ Shannon – Oooh, you get to be a witch? Nice.

    @ Jennie – Don’t risk it! You don’t want to be the house that gets egged and tp’ed! We always keep some extras on hand just in case, even though the odds that anyone will stop by are way low.

    Growing up, I was lactose intolerant, so I traded the chocolate candy away for dairy-free stuff. Or if that didn’t work out, my parents would buy me out with candy or money. I bet vegan kids do something similar – so it’s up to us to put some vegan candy in circulation!

  6. peace Says:

    What’cha talking about? I eat candy every day!

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