💯 Why Do One Better

By switching over to a sweet treat that is nontoxic, you will be avoiding many ingredients that really shouldn't be there in the first place.

We don't have a piece on the true cost of candy yet, where we will go further into the environmental and human issues and discuss about the future direction of candy.

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For now, take a look at the ingredients below to learn more about why they could prove harmful to you. Also check out other potential brands that we recommend for a more sustainable, ethical and more affordable option!

We want to callout that we are not food experts, so we highly recommend you look further into these ingredients through the links we provided below.

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🗒️ Ingredients to Watch Out For

We recommend you look into more depth about these ingredients and how they could affect your body. Generally, these descriptions should apply to most people. Sourced from Greenopedia, The Chalk Board Mag and Big Green Purse.

  • Artificial Colors and Flavors: Synthetic ingredients made in a lab, which can contain thousands of chemicals (and can be derived from petroleum).
  • Artificial Sweeteners: Aspartame, sucralose, saccharin and acesulfame K are some in this group. They may increase sugar cravings and lead to weight gain.

Natural colors and flavors can be a better alternative, but products that are "all natural" can still contain synthetic and GMO ingredients since the word "natural" isn't regulated by the FDA. Companies that go the extra mile to explain where there natural ingredients come from are probably a safe bet.

  • BHT: Preservative banned and heavily restricted in other countries because it is linked to cancer.
  • Caramel Color: Made from ammonia and contains the chemical 4-MEI, which is classified as a possible carcinogen.
  • Carmine/Cochineal: Red coloring made from squished beetles.
  • Castoreum: Makes candy and other treats smell like vanilla, strawberries, or raspberries. It comes from the dried castor sacs near the anus of beavers. Opt in for products that use pure vanilla extract.
  • Confectioner's Glaze: Gives a shiny coating to jellybeans, candy corn, and chocolate. Often times it is made from the secretion from a scaly insect in Thailand.
  • PGPR: Cheap emulsifier used to replace more expensive cocoa butter.
  • TBHQ: Preservative derived from petroleum and is linked to asthma, allergies, and dermatitis.
  • Vanillin: Artificial vanilla flavor made from wood or petrochemicals.

👍 Alternatives

Check out some of these brands for a more sustainable, ethical and affordable option. We know that some prices are higher than average (around $1.40), so we are always on the hunt for more affordable alternatives.

We picked the following brands because of their committment to producing candy with the highest quality ingredients, that are safe and better for you and your body.

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Note: We are not sponsored for any of these links today.

Candy Brand Recommendations