Halloween season is already upon us, and there’s candy and pumpkins everywhere you look. While I normally look forward to this time of year because those available-too-early pumpkins bring with them the first signs of fall, I know there are plenty of you out there dreading the candy situation.
We are lucky enough to only deal with an allergic adult, but for many of you Halloween means yet another thing you child has to miss out on and another thing for you to worry about. But, I’ve got you covered. There are plenty of options out there for kids with milk allergies.
Skip the chocolate
First things first, stay away from mass-produced chocolate. It all contains milk, even the dark chocolate. Even the higher-end chocolate. Know what is considered safe for your child, especially when it comes to “may contain” statements, and read your labels like a crazy person. Follow your doctor’s protocol, and don’t risk anything when it comes to cross contamination.
Fruity, sugar-based candies tend to be milk free (again, read your labels). Sour and hard candies also tend to be safe. As well as candy corns and pumpkins.
Enjoy Life Foods and No Whey Chocolate both make dairy free and allergy-friendly chocolate candies with cute Halloween designs. They would be a great option for swapping out chocolate that your kid brings home.
Dairy Free Halloween Candy Tips
- Teach your child what’s safe. If your child is participating in trick-or-treating and old enough to understand the difference, make sure you talk with them about what candy is safe to choose.
- Make a candy trade. Have some back up candy options at home. You probably already will, but have some dairy free Halloween candy to swap out in case your child brings home candy containing dairy.
- Make your own Halloween candy favorites like dairy free peanut butter cups or homemade Twix bars. You kid can still participate in trick-or-treating and other festivities, but they’ll won’t completely miss out on the chocolate. Or, try making some fun Halloween brownies together to celebrate the holiday.
- Find a teal pumpkin. The teal pumpkin project is becoming more and more popular, and there is even a map made each year to help you find participating houses giving out non-food treats.
Watch out for ingredient variations
Did you know that mini versions of candy might have a different ingredient list that their larger counterparts? My friend Megan from Allergy Awesomeness blew my mind with this recently, and I knew I had to share this with you, too. Definitely watch out for this and always read the labels.
Dairy Free Halloween Candy Options
- Atomic Fireball
- Blow Pops
- Candy corn
- Candy pumpkins
- Circus Peanuts
- Dots (except yogurt Dots)
- Dum Dum lollipops
- Dum Dum Chewy Pops
- Dubbie Bubble Bubble Gum
- Enjoy Life Chocolate Minis
- Fun Dip
- Free2b Sun Cups
- Fruit snacks
- Good and Fruity
- Gummy bears
- Gummy worms
- Hot Tamales
- Jelly Beans
- Jet-Puffed Boo Mallows and Ghost Mallows
- Jolly Ranchers
- Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- Lifesavers Pops
- Mike & Ike
- Necco Wafers
- Now and Later
- No Whey Chocolate
- Peeps Pumpkins and Ghosts
- Pixy Stix
- Ring Pops
- Saf-T Pops
- Smarties (US only)
- Sour Patch Kids (watermelon, extreme and xploderz)
- Swedish Fish
I’ll try my very best to keep this updated and add to the list of dairy free candy options as I find them. Tell me about you favorite dairy free Halloween candy options in the comments below, and if you find any options that aren’t already listed, I would love to hear about them. Happy Halloween!
More dairy free resources:
- The Ultimate Dairy Free Panty Guide
- Are eggs dairy free?
- Dairy Free Substitutes for Butter
- Our Favorite Dairy Free Swaps
Published: September 27, 2018. Updated: October 18, 2022.
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