High fructose corn syrup, artificial flavorings and dyes, hydrogenated oils…
Halloween can be a scary time for Natural Mamas.
But don’t despair! We can bring back the natural at Halloween time by serving or giving away healthy treats.
Here are my top 10 healthy Halloween treats
- Honey Sticks – think of these as liquid pixie sticks but a healthier, natural sugar that has nutrients
- Yummy Earth Products – these are some of the cleanest candies out there… soy free, dairy free, nut free, GMO free, high fructose corn syrup free, and the list goes on…
- Xylitol gum – Xylitol is a healthier option than aspartame, which is found in most sugar-free gum. Fortunately, there are many gums sweetened with Xylitol hitting the market.
- Anne’s Fruit Snacks – yes, they have sugar but they are free of artificial dyes, gluten, hydrogenated oils, and a lot of other nasty stuff. Plus, they have fun Halloween packs that are great to giveaway
- Raisins – an oldie but goodie, this dried fruit is a natural as it gets.
- Honey Popcorn Balls – retro treat that just might be a hit with some kiddos. Check out the great recipe below!
- Fruit leather – Made of 100% real fruit, this is a great treat that doesn’t rot the teeth. You can buy cheap online in bulk.
- Mini Juice boxes – kinda outside of the box, no? BUT, I think these could be a hit on the big day. Think about it… kids are out, walking the streets, and they’re PARCHED. Quench that thirst with 100% fruit juice.
- Stickers – Who doesn’t love stickers?! Find some cute Halloween-themed ones and give them away.
- Spider rings – A treat that doesn’t involve food, spider rings are fun and scary at the same time.
Honey Popcorn Balls Recipe:
- 20 cups air-popped popcorn (from 2/3 to 1 cup kernels)
- 1 1/4 cups butter, cut into chunks, plus more for your hands
- 1 1/4 cups honey
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325°. Put popcorn in a large roasting pan. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, use a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon to stir together 1 ¼ cups butter, the honey, and salt until butter is melted. Increase heat and boil honey mixture gently 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in vanilla.
Carefully pour honey mixture over popcorn in roasting pan and stir gently to coat. Bake popcorn, stirring every 5 minutes, until deep golden all over, about 25 minutes.
Let popcorn stand 5 minutes, or just until cool enough to handle. Working quickly with lightly buttered hands, press small handfuls of the mixture into 1 ½ inch balls, occasionally loosening popcorn from bottom of pan with a spatula. If mixture cools too much to be malleable, return it to oven for about 45 seconds to soften.
Put popcorn balls on prepared baking sheet and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Adapted from MyRecipes.com.