Important candy facts to keep your trick-or-treaters safe this spooky season.
Important candy facts to keep your trick-or-treaters safe!
Remember to always check the labels, and if you have any additional questions, contact the manufacturer!
Candy corn often contains egg whites. If listed free from egg, make sure you are not substituting one allergen for another. Candy corn can also be made with sesame oil, which does not have to be included on the label until January 1, 2023. If you have a sesame allergy, make sure to contact the manufacturer for clarification.
Mini or ‘Fun Size’ Candy
Candy that comes in "mini" sizes may have different ingredients than its larger counterparts. Be sure to double-check the ingredients on mini candies to confirm they are safe.
Last Year’s Favorites
Just because a candy was safe last year does not mean that it will be safe this year. Manufacturers can change ingredients, so it is safest to read the labels every time.
Candy Without Labels
If you cannot clearly identify the product with certainty, it may be best to toss it, or have your child trade you for a safer alternative.
Licorice candy typically contains wheat as a binding ingredient. If you have a wheat allergy, make sure to check the labels.
While the top 9 allergens account for over 90% of reactions, there are over 200 reported allergens, and because of this, there is no such thing as “allergy-free” candy.
Dark chocolate often contains traces of milk, and while this may not affect someone with lactose intolerance, it is considered unsafe for those with a milk allergy.
Candy’s Containing Sesame
Some chocolates or other candies, such as candy corn, may contain sesame. While the FASTER Act was passed earlier this year, sesame does not legally have to be declared on the label until January 1, 2023. Be sure to contact the manufacturer if you have any questions.
Teal Pumpkin Project
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a simple way to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive. Placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep signals that, in addition to candy, you offer non-food trinkets and treats that are safe for all trick or treaters.Learn More