One of the best ways to prevent your kids from getting sick and to keep them healthy is to feed them healthy foods.
But this can be a challenge since most kids love candy and sweets!
We are constantly being bombarded with advertisements for candy and other snacks filled with artificial colors and flavors.
Of course, you still don’t want to overdo it on the healthier version of popular candies. But opting for these is a balance between the unhealthy name brands and not letting your kids have any candy at all.
Below are several of our favorite healthy candy alternatives to some of the popular brands out there.
Since most grocery stores don’t carry all of the healthier options, I’ve linked where you can find them on Amazon. (Some of them are sold in bulk.)
The only downside is that because these candies are healthier, some of them cost more than the regular version. But I personally would rather pay more for something healthier than fill my kids with artificial dyes and flavors.
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All of our kids love these: they’re organic, the colors come from natural sources, and they really do taste very similar to Skittles.
I try to avoid giving my kids candy that contain artificial color dyes, some of which are actually banned in certain countries outside of the United States (where we live.) So these are a great substitute.
✅YumEarth Fruit Flavored Organic Giggles are also vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, soy-free, and manufactured in a peanut-free facility.
These taste very similar to sour Skittles and are a big hit with kids that like sour candy. (I could eat way too many of these myself!)
✅These Sour Giggles are vegan, organic, non-gmo, gluten-free, colored with real fruit and vegetable juices, and are peanut-free and soy-free.
I was so excited when I found this alternative to Startburst because I loved Starburst as a kid. But I wanted to find something without the artificial colors.
✅These YumEarth Fruit Chews are non-gmo, organic, vegan, contain no artificial dyes or flavors, and are allergy-friendly.
These are the best alternative I’ve found for Sour Patch Kids as far as health and taste. All of our kids like these!
✅These Sour Blast Buddies are plant-based with no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or colors.
If your kids are a fan of the Watermelon Sour Patch flavor, these are a good substitute.
✅These Sourmelon Bites are plant-based, naturally flavored, and free of artificial colors and sweeteners.
I’ll be honest that these are not my favorite healthier candy substitute in comparison with some of the other ones listed on this page.
They seem to have changed their recipe and I don’t like the current version as much.
But that said, these are still the best alternative I’ve found for Swedish Fish so far.
✅These Sweet Fish are naturally flavored, free from artificial colors and sweeteners, and plant-based.
If your kids enjoy eating peach rings, but you’d like to ditch the artificial colors and flavors, these are a great alternative.
✅These Peach Rings are plant-based, gluten-free, and colored with real fruit and vegetable juices.
These pops taste great, (my lollipop-loving son loves them,) and unlike typical lollipops, they aren’t filled with artificial colors and flavors.
✅ These Fruit-Flavored Pops are non-GMO & organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, made in a facility free from peanuts & tree nuts, and colored with juices from real fruits and vegetables.
I ate Twizzlers all the time when I was younger. But as I got older we wanted to stay away from color dye. And it’s hard to find licorice that is healthy and tastes good.
Granted, this RJ’s Licorice doesn’t taste the same as Twizzlers and the flavors are different too. But it does taste pretty good for a healthier licorice option.
✅Both the Raspberry Licorice and Mango Licorice are naturally colored and flavored, plant-based, and non-gmo.
If you’re looking for healthy chocolate candy, these are a better option. They don’t have the exact taste of M&Ms, but most kids will still like these.
✅UNREAL has different flavors of these candy coated chocolates- milk chocolate, candy coated dark chocolate covered peanuts, (which is a great alternative for peanut M&Ms,) and dark chocolate crispy quinoa gems.
These bars are somewhat addicting if you like candy bars.
✅These candy bars are a great alternative to Snickers or Baby Ruths. They are non-gmo, soy-free, and contain nothing artificial.
I find these taste similar to Almond Joys EXCEPT the healthy version has no almonds. But they’re still really good.
✅These Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars are vegan, non-gmo, and gluten-free.
If you’re looking for candy bars that are healthier than Twix or more allergy-friendly, these will work.
These No Tricks Caramel Cookie Bars are milk-free, peanut-free, gluten-free, free from tree nuts, egg-free, soy-free, and more.
They’re also vegan and have no artificial colors or flavors.
If you’re looking for a healthier peanut butter cup, these taste pretty good, and are a great alternative to Reese’s peanut butter cups. Our kids love these. (And they’re also gluten-free!)
✅Justin’s has milk chocolate peanut butter cups, but they also have other varieties, such as dark chocolate peanut butter cups, dark chocolate crispy peanut butter cups, dark chocolate almond butter cups, dark chocolate cashew butter cups, and my personal favorite- white chocolate peanut butter cups.
If you want to give your kids healthy hard candy alternatives, YumEarth has different flavors- without the artificial colors and flavors.
✅YumEarth has Fruit Flavored Hard Candy, Wild Peppermint Hard Candy, and Cheeky Lemon Flavored Hard Candy, all of which are vegan, peanut/tree nut-free, soy-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and naturally flavored.
So those are 15 healthy alternatives for candy. If you’re looking for healthier candies for your toddlers or kids, these will help.
✅Don’t forget to grab our free printable Healthy Habits Kids’ Match Game.
Have a great day and thanks for reading!
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