6 Spooooky value-based treats for Halloween!
On a typical day, you probably wouldn't find yourself giving the go-ahead to your kids to cram a bunch of sugar into their faces after dark, but Halloween is very special (for children and the adults who sneak into their candy buckets to squirrel away choice pieces for secret enjoyment).
Halloween is also a wonderful time to share your values with your entire neighborhood! It's easy to align your treats with your personal values, and even on Halloween, contribute to making the world a better, more compassionate place for everyone (at least until the sugar crash ☠️ ).
Smarties (Rockets, in Canada): The Smarties Candy Company has been family owned and operated for almost 70 years. It is currently being run by three women family members. (Note: This is the US-made tart, sugary version of Smarties, not the Nestle-owned, international chocolate version.)
Annie’s Homegrown Berry Patch Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks (General Mills) - General Mills, Annie’s parent company, is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Coalition’s 2017 Equality Index.
Satsumas - While certain companies are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint and to make the world a cleaner, healthier place, a widely acceptable Halloween treat with a comparatively lower footprint than almost any candy is the Satsuma. By the end of October, US grown Satsumas are just coming into season! No processing, natural wrapper, juicy, and sweet!
Non-Exploitation of People / Fair Trade
Equal Exchange Organic Chocolate 55% Dark Minis - Equal Exchange products are fair trade which means that all people in the supply chains receive fair compensation and that farming processes are relatively sustainable. Equal Exchange sources its chocolate, sugar, and vanilla from small farmer co-ops in Africa and Latin America in order to be able to trace where these ingredients come from and ensure that nobody people were exploited in their production.
Endangered Species Bug Bites, Smooth Dark Chocolate, 0.35 Ounce (Pack of 64) - These chocolates are certified Fair Trade, vegan, and do not contain GMO ingredients. 10% of all Endangered Species Chocolate profits are donated to support projects that protect and promote the well-being of wildlife.
Snickers, 3 Musketeers, and Skittles (Mars, Incorporated) - Players in the NFL (as well as other sports organizations) are protesting systemic mistreatment of African-Americans by law enforcement. The companies that sponsor the NFL now face boycotts of their products and services, see #boycottNFLsponsors and #punchtheminthewallet. Mars, Incorporated continues to sponsor NFL games and support the stage on which these players are able to publicly protest. Some of the more popular Mars candy products include: Snickers, M&Ms, 3 Musketeers, Twix, and Skittles.