The Best Vegan Halloween Candy Carmine, also listed on labels as cochineal or natural red 4, is used as a bright red color additive to food and is made by crushing up female cochineal beetles. Surprisingly, even some brands of cane sugar are not veg- an-friendly since the companies use bone char to refine the sugar. Bone char is essentially animal bones (usually cow) heated to extremely high temperatures until it turns into carbon. The carbon byproduct is then used to filter the cane sugar, but doesn’t become part of the sugar itself. While it may seem like there are very few vegan-friendly candies you can dish out on Hallow- een night, fear not! I have put together a list of vegan options to help you easily pick out your sweet treats. Swedish Fish are another veg- an-friendly option, but some of their flavors contain honey, so be sure to check the label. B efore you know it, there will be goblins and superheroes knocking at your door and demanding treats! Roaming the candy aisles for vegan-friendly sweet treats can be over- whelming, especially when you have to carefully read labels for animal products disguised by unfamiliar names. Here are some tips to make your candy shopping both simple and cruelty free! Many popular candies contain animal products and should be avoided. Many candies con- tain fillers like gelatin, which is derived from boiled animal bones and tendons. Gelatin can be found in candy corn, Starbursts, marshmallows, and gummy candies (gummy bears, gummy worms, etc.). Milkfat is often used in candies containing chocolate, such as Snickers, Kit Kat and Tootsie Rolls, all of which contain dairy. 14 Raise Vegan OCTOBER 2018 Of course, if you decide hand- ing out sugary treats isn’t your thing, there’s a campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project which is a great alternative and allows you to still be able to participate in trick-or-treating. Essential- ly, if you’d prefer to hand out non-food items, you paint a pumpkin teal and leave it near your door. This lets families know that you have non-food items for trick-or-treaters who may have food allergies or prefer little toys instead. Some great non-food treats include stickers, glow sticks, toy cars or little figurines.