Your Guide to Allergen-Free Copycat Halloween Candies

Halloween doesn't have to be a total bummer for kids with food allergies, in fact it can be quite delicious. Here's a shopping guide to help you stock your candy bowls for trick-or-treating.

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It's never easy having food allergies, but Halloween is certainly one of those tougher times. Trick-or-treating can be a little unnerving when you don't know what's in each candy. Good news: Treats safe for those with allergies have come along way and it's now fairly easy to find a replacement for most kinds of treats. No matter what kind of candy you desire, you can usually find a copycat that will allow you to indulge without fear. But, like with anything else, ALWAYS check the labels to make sure ingredients or processing have not changed.

9 Allergen-Free Copycat Halloween Candies

The candies listed below are safe for those allergic to eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, and sesame. These companies take precautions with cross-contamination.

Love Candy Corn? Try YumEarth Candy Corn

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Who doesn't love candy corn for Halloween? Traditional candy corn often contains soy and sometimes sesame and can be made in a facility that processes so many different allergens. YumEarth has their own candy corn free of all of the major allergens and you would never know the difference! Their candy corn is organic and free of artificial dyes, but still is the same tri-color triangle we love to indulge in every October.

Buy it: $14.99 (10-pack);

Love Reese's? Try Free2B Chocolate Sun Cups Instead.

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are delicious but if you have a nut, soy, or dairy allergy they can be dangerous territory. Free2B offers their version of dairy-free chocolate sun butter cups giving you the classic hard chocolate shell and creamy center without the worry. They are free of 12 major allergens and come in dark or milk chocolate.

Buy it: $32.39 (12-pack);

A Safer Way to Go Fish

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Although Swedish fish are safe for most kids with allergies (the fish themselves are void of the major allergens) it's unclear if the facility they process at is. If you are looking to be extra safe (and cut out some sugar to boot), try these Sweet Fish. The sweets contain none of the major allergens and the company works hard to avoid any cross contamination with other ingredients.

Buy it: $16.68 (6-pack);

Switch Your Bag of M&M'S for Choco No No's

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If popping M&Ms into your mouth is a no can do, these Choco No No's are a great alternative. Dairy free, they still have the hard candy shell in fun (all natural!) colors with a chocolate center. They are free of all major allergens so no need to worry, and they come in the perfect trick-or-treat size.

Buy it: $17.95 (2-packs of 12 mini bars each);

Like Twizzlers, but Without the Wheat

pack of Smart Sweets allergen-free red twist licorice candy
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Licorice is one of those deceiving candies that sounds like it will be allergen-free but most licorice (Twizzlers and Red Vines included) contain wheat. This Smart Sweets version is free of wheat and all of the other major allergens, but still has that soft bite you expect from licorice, with red berry flavor to boot.

Buy it: $15.99 (6-pack);

Zollipops Won't Scare Your Dentist!

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Dum Dums suckers are mostly free of allergens and are a safe bet for most, but they are finished with a touch of soy oil, so if you are sensitive to soy — beware. Zollipops offer a ball-shaped lollipop similar to Dum Dums with a variety of flavors. These contain no sugar, so dentists love them too.

Buy it: $3.99 (pack of 14-16 pops);

Enjoy Life Lets You Enjoy Mini Chocolate Bars

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Everyone gets excited over the variety of mini chocolate bars that land in your trick-or-treat bag, but for kids with allergies, most of those need to be thrown out immediately as they contain dairy and often gluten or nuts. Enjoy Life Foods to the rescue. Their mini chocolate bar variety pack has dark chocolate (rice) milk chocolate and crunchies (resembling a Nestle crunch) in a cute monster-embellished package.

Buy it: $32.50 (4 packs of 18 pieces each);

Roll by the Rolos and Try These Mouthfuls Instead

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Rolos may have dairy but you can still get the yummy caramel goodness from these Righteously Raw Dark Chocolate Lucuma Caramel Mouthfuls. Made free of major allergens and sweetened with dates, the rich chocolate on the outside with a caramel center will be just as satisfying.

Buy it: $29.99 (12-pack);

No Whey Bars Are the Snickers Alternatives You'll Love

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Snickers are a no-no for those with food allergies (milk, soy, peanuts, eggs, and tree nuts) but there is an alternative. No Whey bars have their pea- "Not" nougat: a vegan smooth caramel enveloped with chocolate. With the crunch, gooey caramel and chocolate exterior, you'll get the same satisfaction.

Buy it: 26.95 (12-pack);

Other Allergen-Free Halloween Candies to Consider

If you have food allergies but are ok to eat candy that may be processed in a shared facility, there are many popular candies that you can eat. Here are a few that are free of most allergens.

  • Skittles
  • Starburst
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Jelly Belly jelly beans
  • Smarties

Peanut/Tree Nut Free

  • Haribo Gold Bears
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Mike and Ike
  • Junior Mints
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Dum Dums
  • Ring Pops


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