Top 10 Healthy Halloween Treats

Top 10 #Healthy #Halloween treats from http://MamaNatural.com
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

  1. Honey Sticks – think of these as liquid pixie sticks but a healthier, natural sugar that has nutrients
  2. 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…
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Raisins – an oldie but goodie, this dried fruit is a natural as it gets.
  6. Honey Popcorn Balls – retro treat that just might be a hit with some kiddos. Check out the great recipe below!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Stickers – Who doesn’t love stickers?! Find some cute Halloween-themed ones and give them away.
  10. Spider rings – A treat that doesn’t involve food, spider rings are fun and scary at the same time.

Honey Popcorn Balls Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

What are you giving away to trick or treaters?

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

Please note: Many links on this site, especially those to Amazon, are affiliate links. Should you click on these links and purchase something, the price is no different for you and I earn a small commission. Thanks for supporting Mama Natural!

Disclaimer: The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease. This notice is required by the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

29 Comments

  1. Catherine October 26 at 2:01 pm

    I bought some honey sticks one year (for an Easter treat) and my son had a reaction to them. Apparently some honey is secretly sweetened with HFCS. So, take caution with those.

  2. Jennifer M. October 26 at 1:19 pm

    Buddy Fruit gummies and smoothies aren’t too bad either. No sugar, corn syrup, dyes or gluten. In most grocery stores.

  3. Stephanie @GoodGirlGoneGreen October 16 at 10:59 pm

    My daughter loves raisins! I was just going to swap out all the “conventional” candy for Annie’s bunnies but maybe she will be okay with raisins as well!

    PS-I love all your videos.

  4. Angelica October 9 at 5:37 am

    Last year we did the same organic lollipops, Halloween pencils (the type that have the multiple inserts you switch out), little containers of bubbles, Annie’s fruit snacks, and Halloween stickers. I bought the bubbles and pencils in bulk through Oriental Trading Company and t worked it great! The parents of little ones loved the bubbles and the older kids were asking if we still had pencils at the end of the night. I’ll be doing the same again this year.

  5. jaimi October 20 at 4:03 am

    knowthecause.com is the best health website: caution on the popcorn..or anything corn actually! Bad stuff!!

    We gave stickers and quarters in the past for halloween…they have these mints sweetened with xylitol and that would be a good one:)

    • Jennifer M. October 26 at 1:13 pm

      You can always do non-GMO Organic Popcorn

  6. Jennifer October 17 at 6:57 pm

    Our kids have a great dental health practice and I’m not so much worried about the sugar for dental rot, but my concern is for eliminating artificial dyes, sweeteners, and corn syrup from entering their sweet little bodies. Love the honey sticks (nice little immune boost too)!

    Switch Witch is where it’s at! That way we can still participate and have fun with the neighbors without the concern of what dreaded thing they’re giving my kids.

    I always feel so incredibly empowered after watching your clips. Thank you so much Natural Mamma for your blessed inspiration! You’re the best!

    Thanks for the lovely ideas:-)

  7. Lindsey Mangham October 17 at 3:58 pm

    worst treat?? That nasty peanut butter taffy in the orange and black wax paper. YUK!

    • Ashley October 17 at 4:36 pm

      My poppop hands them out along with Mary janes yuk! Lol I think it’s the cheapest candy they sell.

  8. Christine October 17 at 12:31 pm

    Pretty sure fruit leather indeed *does* rot your teeth! Just because it’s natural, doesn’t mean it’s better as far as tooth decay goes. My dentist warned me against fruit leather, because it’s still full of sugar, and sticky, so it tends to hang out on the teeth for a long time. It’s the same with gummy style kid vitamins. For the record, I do love fruit leather. ;)

  9. Ashley October 17 at 12:10 pm

    I actually don’t get trick r treaters, but I do let my daughter trick or treat. Then I switch out her candy for a present & some natural mama approved treats :)
    Loved all the ideas except with making stuff (recipe).. If something isn’t sealed it’s just to risky, can’t trust people today. And if I were to hand out, I’m sure other moms would feel the same and it would get wasted.
    Other ideas- my daughter loves mints! So I usually get yummy earh or newmans own mints.

  10. Candice October 26 at 6:26 am

    Thanks or sharing this top 10 healthy Halloween treats, surely the kids will loved it and the Honey Popcorn Balls Recipe? love it!

  11. Amy Turner @ Credit Donkey October 24 at 4:15 am

    I love raisins and popcorn balls! I have a sweet tooth and I enjoy candies, but I don’t go much for lollipops, they kind of hurt my lips. I give away lollipops for kids though, they simply love it!

    • Genevieve October 24 at 8:29 pm

      Raisins are good but I REALLY love dried pineapples, apples, figs, and mango. Have you ever tried these? Date are always delightful too. Like FUDGE :).

  12. Dana Boyle October 19 at 1:56 pm

    I always loved raisins and my 3 and a half year old niece does too, but she also loves lolipops very much. Healthy alternative versions of those are great.

    I’m a big believer in moderation for treats. As a kid my mom dumped out most of what we got in the garbage after we didn’t eat it in weeks. We were only allowed one thing here and there. My favorites were candy bars, of course – particularly the peanut butter variety – which nowadays can send peanut allergy parents screaming.

    My lease favorite thing? Candy corn. Gross. :P

  13. CC October 19 at 5:31 am

    We use halloween to give away old trick or treating booty…

    I’m rather glad that Halloween isn’t a huge thing over here, because to be honest, I hate candy and I don’t like wandering the streets at night. And the dogs go beserk every time someone tries to trick or treat.

    Over the years I’ve been given orange peel, banana peel, an apple with a big bite in it and a kiss from one of my classmates brothers when I went trick or treating. Lol.

    • Morgan October 8 at 5:20 pm

      Year-old candy? Gross. I don’t think that’s safe.

  14. Mel October 18 at 3:44 pm

    It’s ok to have candy in moderation, but so many people are unaware of proper dental care and that little bit of candy can really hurt their mouths. Chronic tooth decay is the number one childhood illness and it’s so preventable! Thank you for having these healthy options this Halloween. I will be doing the same and trying to raise awareness for the America’s Toothfairy organization! http://bit.ly/rj2K08

  15. creole wisdom October 18 at 9:42 am

    I love popcorn balls, seriously ! Love them :) I’m with you on the raisins, though!

    There was a dentist in my neighborhood growing up and he handed out (you guessed it) toothbrushes.

    I have never been a sugar person. I hardly ever have it, just not my thing. I think as a kid I threw out most of the candy I got, but I did have a soft spot for reeses peanut butter cups (yum!)

    Worst thing to get? I’d say the necco candies. Chalky and gross!

Trackbacks

Speak your mind