Vegan Easter Candy from “Normal” Stores like Marshall’s, TJ Max, Home Goods, Trader Joe’s, Target and regular grocery stores!
Is that really possible?
Yes! This will be my 12th Easter on the hunt for treats that are free of dairy, eggs, gelatin, wheat, and food dyes. This year, I decided to share what I found – all reasonably priced and from accessible stores. I went to 4 main stores that can be found in most cities – Marshall’s, Trader Joes, Target, and The Dollar Tree and got more than enough to fill my kids’ baskets.
Where can I find vegan Easter candy that is dye free too?
Candy that is free of food dyes is the most difficult to find. For this, I go to Marshall’s, TJ Max, or Home Goods. All three stores carry specialty food items for reasonable prices. I can almost always find the Yummy Earth, Sunkist, and other gourmet brands of candies there.
I went to Marshall’s and found the following Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dye Free candy:
· Yum Earth- GF Licorice- Peach Flavor (Also soy, nut, and corn syrup free).
· Torie &Howard -Chewie Fruities (Also soy, nut, and corn syrup free).
· Yum Earth – Organic Fruit Snacks (Also soy, nut, and corn syrup free).
· Gem Gem- Ginger Candy (Also soy and nut free).
· Herman the German Orange and Lemon Candy (Also soy and nut free).
· Jelly Belly – Sunkist Orange Slices (Also soy and nut free).
· Cavendish & Hervey Sour Lemon Drops (Also soy and nut free).
· Simpkins – Classic British Travel Sweets (Also soy and nut free ).
· Chocolate Orchard Dark Chocolate Covered Pecans, Almonds, and Cashews
Also a Marshall’s – more vegan candy (not dye free)
· Happy Yummies – Worlds Best Gourmet – Fruit Flavored Jelly Slices and Orange Flavored Slices
· Maud Borup inc – Bubble Gum
· Handmade Egg Shaped Lollipops
The other store that I my go to for dye free candy is Trader Joe’s. All of their products are dye free which makes for one less worry when shopping there!
These are my Vegan, Dye Free Trader Joe’s finds:
· Fruit Jellies (Also gluten, soy and nut free)
· Dark Chocolate covered cherries (Also gluten free)
· Organic Pops (Also gluten, soy and nut free)
· Dark Chocolate Crisps (Also gluten free)
· Soft Black Licorice twits (Also soy and nut free)
· Strawberry Licorice twist (Also soy and nut free)
· Sour Gummies (Also soy and gluten free).
· The Dark Chocolate Lovers Chocolate Bar (Also gluten and nut free)
· Dark Chocolate Baton – Raspberry and 72% cocao (Also gluten free).
· Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar (Also soy and gluten free).
Trader Joe’s also has a few other chocolates that are dairy and egg free. These are just the ones that I bought.
If you don’t need to avoid food dyes, but you do need to avoid animal products, like milk, eggs, and gelatin, there are still many Easter candy options at the local grocery store, pharmacy or Target.
These are the vegan Easter candies that I found at Target and my local grocery store:
· Nerds Jelly Beans (Also gluten, nut, and soy free).
· Skittles (Also gluten, nut, and soy free).
· Sweet Tarts – Soft Bites (Also soy, nut, and dye free).
· Sweet Tarts- Jelly Beans (Also gluten, nut, and soy free).
· Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans (Also gluten, nut, and soy free)
· Lindt – Gold Bunny – Dark (Also dye free) – Look for the brown bow!
· Mamba – regular and sour flavors (Also dye and soy free)
· Justin’s – Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups- (Also gluten, and dye free)
· Enjoy Life Rice Milk Crunch (Also gluten, dye, nut, and soy free)
- *Starburst jelly beans, Twizzlers, Fun Dip, and most hard candies and lolipops are also vegan and easy to find at most major stores.
If you are looking for a bargain, the Dollar Tree also has some vegan Easter candy options for of course – $1.00 per bag.
This is the vegan Easter candy that I found there:
· Smarties (Also gluten, soy, and nut free).
· Sour Patch Kids (Also gluten, soy, and nut free).
· Bobbing Bunnies with candy (Also gluten, soy, and nut free).
· Laffy Taffy (Also gluten and nut free).
· Colombina Tiger pops (Also gluten, soy, and nut free).
· Colombina Sour Bubble Gum Eggs (Also gluten, soy, and nut free).
· Bunny with Gum Balls (Also gluten and nut free).
The Dollar Store is also a great place to find other little non-edible things that you can hide in eggs or put in their baskets. Sticker, erasers, barrettes, bouncy balls or marbles fit well in little plastic eggs. Play-dough, slime, balls, fun string, mini science kits, magic tricks, and plush toys are always good to fill a basket with fun and not overload them with sugar.
(Disclaimer- I have no affiliation to any of these candy companies or stores. If your child has a severe allergy please read all labels carefully. I do include candy that is made on share equipment with allergens. I realize that some vegans do not eat processed sugar – please read labels and make your own choice based on your comfort level). This is PETA’s stand on candy that they consider vegan.
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