If you find the ingredients in Halloween candy a little spooky, you may want to try making treats for your children this holiday. The recipes below for healthier Halloween candy are a great way to please palates in search of sweets this season.
Here are a few of my favorite healthier candy recipes:
- Mounds Candy Bars
- Peppermint Patties
- Almond Joy Bars
- Nut Butter Cups
- Orange Coconut Clusters
- Fudge Babies (fruit sweetened, no added sugars, agave or honey)
Our boys are now 11 and 13; they started their Halloween candy careers when they were 7 and 9 years old. BTT (before trick-or-treating) we used to take them to a haunted house at the Waldorf school which seemed to entertain (and distract) them from the unhealthy aspects of Halloween quite effectively.
Our strategy now is to let them trick-or-treat. However, when they get home, we offer them money for their candy –we pay by the piece, and they love it. Even though they are still left with sugar to eat, they probably sell us about 80% of their haul and then keep the special things that they really like.
This works for me because the boys are at an age right now where they are increasingly out of the house and have more freedom of choice to exercise surrounding food. And selling the candy to us allows them to create their own boundaries with foods they know are seductive, yet devoid of nutrition.
If you’re trying to maintain a healthy household, how do you deal with the onslaught of processed sugar that arrives at Halloween each year? Do you let your children trick-or-treat? If you do, do you let them keep their candy? What about the Halloween fairy? Does she visit your house? Let’s all share our strategies (or lack thereof) for dealing with this difficult season.