Just in case you needed yet another reason to love all things fall, there's really nothing better than sipping on a piping hot PSL while chewing on day-old Halloween treats you didn't have to buy yourself. Sure, the creepy (or corny) holiday is fun to dress up for, but who can beat a national holiday dedicated to indulging in junk food alone? Unfortunately, not all Halloween treats are created equal, and for my plant-based friends, vegan Halloween chocolate can be hard to come by.
They may be hard to find, but vegan chocolates do exist and, trust me, they are delish. Oftentimes, people will assume that just because something is vegan-friendly, it tastes earthy. But just because these treats are usually on the healthier side of the spectrum, rest assured, herbivores like to indulge just as much as the rest of the world.
Even before I went plant-based myself, my favorite chocolate bar was (and still is) vegan. Don't get me wrong -- Reese's cups are my jam, but there's just something so satisfying about sweet treats made from minimal ingredients, organic goods, and natural sugars.
Whether you've been plant-based all your life, or you're just looking for something new to munch on this holiday season, clean Halloween candy is worth hunting for.
1. Chocolate Mint
These vegan mint chocolates are honestly everything.
The creamy Ecuadorian cacao melts in your mouth, while a combination of cool peppermint and Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean add the slightest hint of crunch. Break it apart to add pieces into cookie batter, or take a bite straight from the bar.
2. Crispy Butter Cups
For those who prefer their peanut butter to crunch, these vegan dark chocolate cups are literally unreal. Crispy quinoa pieces are layered into the cup, draped in creamy peanut butter and dark chocolate.
The brand was thought up by a pair of brothers who were told not to eat their favorite store-bought candies out of concern for the ingredients, so you just know these particular vegan treats are packed with the good stuff, and the good stuff only.
3. "Caramel" Bites
Can't choose between sweet and salty? Cocomel introduces a happy medium with these coconut caramel bites that are vegan-friendly, as well as soy- and gluten-free.
The perfect chocolate to keep hidden in your desk drawer when all your coworkers treat their tricks with Werther's, it would also serve as a sweet indulgence added to a bowl of popcorn.
4. Mini Peanut Butter Cups
Looking for a little something to curb your sweet tooth? Justin's dark chocolate mini peanut butter cups are the perfect Halloween treat for vegans who want to indulge, but not too much.
One serving is three cups, but just one or two is sure to satisfy with a rich, decadent dark chocolate made from all-organic ingredients like cocoa butter, cane sugar, and peanuts.
5. Choco Bat
Vegans can get festive for Halloween too with these brilliantly spooky homemade bats, which are made with marshmallow and dark chocolate.
The three-inch treat is an online exclusive courtesy of Sara Sohn, who went vegan back in 1992, but not without the determination to find a vegan gelatin fit for herbivore-friendly 'mallows.
Send one of these cutesy creepers to a loved one, or indulge for yourself this Halloween.
6. Super Dark Chocolate Bar
EatingEvolved chocolates are rare to come by in stores and sell out fast online, so buy in bulk when you can! These vegan-friendly chocolate bars are my absolute favorite because they offer maximum taste with minimal ingredients.
This specific bar is made from organic cacao and decorated with shredded coconut for a naturally sweet taste you can't help but inhaling in one sitting.
7. Everyone's Favorite Cookie
Alright, alright. This isn't a chocolate bar or candy treat, but it is a chocolate cookie, and that totally counts.
Ironically enough, milk's favorite cookie is a vegan's favorite cookie too because, really, who can resist that cream filling? Luckily, this sandwich cookie's ingredients check out and, hey, there's always almond milk, right?