As I’m diving more and more into the atrocity of food chemicals in our society, I have a suggestion for the health future of our children.¬† This Halloween have your cake and eat it too: help kids fill their pillow cases full of organic and fair trade candy! This will not only help prevent expensive dentist bills due to refined-sugar overload, but will also help create sustainable ecology and economies all over the island.
Look for these alternatives to the usual synthetic loot; they can all be ordered online (obviously a little late for this year, but maybe in time for the Holiday Season):
1.¬†¬† ¬†Yummy-gummy goodness: Try Surf Sweets Gummy Worms or Organic Classic Gummi Bears from Surf Sweets or Let‚Äôs Do Organic, both made with organic natural sweeteners and sans artificial colors and flavors.
2.¬†¬† ¬†The new chew: Look for Glee Gum, a natural gum (no synthetic plastics) in cinnamon, peppermint and tangerine flavors, made with sustainably harvested natural chicle from Central American rainforests.
3.¬†¬† ¬†A smarter kind of Smarties¬Æ: Sun Drops by Sunspire– candy-coated chocolate or peanut bites with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
4.¬†¬† ¬†Fruit Lollipops by Pure Fun or Yummy Earth: organic lollipops in both old and new flavors- lemon, green apple, watermelon, goji berry, tangerine, and pomegranate. No synthetic colors here; their colorings come from red beet, red cabbage, annatto extract, turmeric extract, purple carrots, and alfalfa extract!
5.¬†¬† ¬†Fair trade eco-chocolate: Try organic dark/milk/white chocolate squares from Green & Black‚Äôs, organic and fair trade dark chocolate bites from Equal Exchange, or ethically-traded milk-chocolate squares by Endangered Species.
6.¬†¬† ¬†Crystal Cuts: Colorful old-fashioned hard candies from Hammond‚Äôs in Grape, Orange, Lemon, and Cherry.
7.¬†¬† ¬†Maple hard candies: Leaf-shaped candies flavored and colored with real maple syrup.
8.¬†¬† ¬†Spicy Cinnamon Candy by Pure Fun: This certified organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher candy actually contains red cabbage to get its color!
9.¬†¬† ¬†Organic dark-chocolate covered raisins by Sunspire: a much healthier version of Raisinettes¬Æ.
10.¬† Organic Jelly Beans by Surf Sweets
11.¬†¬† More pep in your step: Honey Mint Patties by Honey Acres are an incredibly pure version of Pep¬Æ mint and chocolate patties- their ingredients are only honey, unsweetened chocolate, and peppermint.
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I am going trick or treating and all I want is Reeses peanut butter cups!!!
Here are the ingredients and overall rating of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups:
Milk Chocolate (Milk Chocolate contains Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Nonfat Milk, Milk Fat, Lactose, and Soya Lecithin and PGPR (as Emulsifiers) Peanuts, Sugar, Dextrose, Salt, and TBHQ and Citric Acid (to Preserve Freshness).
The PGPR stands for saving money but replacing cocoa butter for Castor Oil (castor beans). Cocoa butter is much more expensive but the replacement is much more questionable. Castor oil and its derivatives have applications in the manufacturing of soaps, lubricants, hydraulic and brake fluids, paints, dyes, coatings, inks, cold resistant plastics, waxes and polishes, nylon, pharmaceuticals and perfumes.
Nothing you really want to eat!!! and it is only to “lubricate” the Chocolate so that is is a bit smoother going down your throat.
Now the other conspicuous ingredient is TBHQ (sounds innocent and cute right???). Well, you really don't want to know what this substance does to you, but too much of it will instantaneously KILL you.
This is a real pain in the neck chemical and it actually only “condoned” by the food and drug administration since the application doesn't really “qualify as safe” according to same.
Now what is this TBHQ: Don't stumble to pronounce it or maybe even do not try it.
Are you really sure you want to eat this????
Forgot something. People with asthma, or tendency to allergies should avoid at all cost TBHQ. It is marked as one of the triggers of asthma attacks, is the leading cause of ADHD in children and is highly suspicious of being a leading cause for Altzheimer's (researchers are still battling over this one).