I remember when I was young, Halloween was ridiculously exciting. I wouldn’t say my family ever celebrated Halloween, but my parents definitely let us make our rounds through the neighborhood, candy spilling out of pillow case bags by the time we made it home from our door to door journey. In other words, we had candy til Christmas.
As the years have passed by, my love of chocolate has yet to cease. However, I have been made more aware of the injustice that takes place in the chocolate industry. Slave labor (particularly, child slave labor) is regularly used by well known chocolate companies that I grew up purchasing from. Here are some statistics you deserve to know, via Slave Free Chocolate:
- 2.3 million children work in the cocoa fields of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire.
- These children are vulnerable to brutal labor practices, including trafficking and slavery.
- Candy companies- including but not limited to Nestlé, Hershey, Cargill, ADM, and Barry
Callebout–have admitted accountability and promised to remedy this situation.
- Sadly, 14 years has passed since this agreement and little has changed.
- The candy industry is a US 70-billion-dollar industry.
I’m not here to guilt trip you for all the name brand chocolate bars you’ve devoured over the years (guilty hand raised here, too!) What I’d rather do is share some amazing alternative companies, making ridiculously delicious chocolate, in perfectly shareable sizes for handing out to little trick-or-treaters this Halloween!
A company I buy from regularly is Alter Eco. I have blogged about them previously and can’t get enough of their rich, creative flavors. However, their large chocolate bars are just not practical for Halloween. An easy compromise is picking up a bag of Alter Eco’s Fair Trade Truffles, in flavors such as salted caramel or dark velvet. Each bag comes with about 10 individually wrapped truffles and costs $8.
Equal Exchange Fair Trade Halloween Minis
I love this Fair Trade Your Halloween Kit that Equal Exchange offers! Not only do you get 150 mini, Fair Trade, organic, dark or milk chocolate bars, but you also get 150 illustrated information cards about choosing Fair Trade. This is a great way to not only treat your neighborhood kids to quality, ethically made chocolate, but also a way to teach their families about buying Fair Trade! 150 chocolates and cards for $30.
Divine Fair Trade Chocolate Coins
Divine Chocolate is actually available at Fair Trade coffee shops here in South Korea, so I am ecstatic to add it this list! These little bags of Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Coins are just adorable. “Fair Trade” is actually embossed on the foil, so when you hand these out, you are helping share about ethical chocolate in the process. $4 for a bag of 13 coins.
I recently did a blog post about this rad, Seattle based chocolate company. However, their delicious chocolate bars are just too big for handing out on Halloween! Luckily, I was shocked and excited to discover Theo Kids’ Crunch Bars. Didn’t know about these either? You’re welcome! These are the perfect size for passing out to little princesses and dinosaurs this Halloween. $2 per bar, available in Raspberry, Almond, and Banana.
Okay, these may not be real candy, but wouldn’t you feel a little better passing out something healthy alongside all the sugar kiddos will consume this Halloween? These cute, colorful LARABAR Minis come in Apple Pie, Cashew Cookie, and Cherry Pie. Each bar is made from real food and is GMO-free. I blogged about this company a while ago, so if you’d like to learn more, check out my post here. You get a package of 12 mini bars for $15.
I received a few bars of Nimbor chocolate for my birthday and woweee, it was fantastic! Learning more about this company, I was excited to see that many of their chocolates are Fair Trade certified, while others are ethically traded. Each bar is organic, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten free. Nimbor’s Daily Dose of Chocolate miniature squares are not only adorable, but a more healthy and ethical treat for your kiddos and their friends this Halloween!
Phew! What a list! I hope you find these six delicious, ethical treat alternatives helpful as you prep and plan for Halloween next week. As always, shopping a bit more responsibly doesn’t have to be difficult. I hope these posts help you and your family access ethical brands with ease. Whether you’re taking your kids around the neighborhood, gathering at your church for a harvest festival and some trunk-or-treating, or simply snuggling at home with a good book, I hope you have a fantastic + safe Halloween!