Ethical Halloween Treats

Last week, I read a piece about the problematic practices of major food companies when it comes to chocolate products. According to the article, children make up a significant portion of workers on the Ivory Coast farms that produce the majority of the global cocoa supply.

It's strange - I always think to buy fair trade chocolate bars (these are a personal favourite), chocolate chips, and cocoa powder for us, but when it comes to Halloween, I usually buy a big box of mini-chocolates from Nestlé without thinking about it. The irony that I'm stocking up on candy for children that was, in all likelihood, produced by children is horrific to me.

In addition to issues with child labour, companies like Nestlé, Mars, Cadbury, Hershey, etc. are major offenders when it comes to paying workers and farmers unfairly, along with the huge amounts of waste they produce in the form of their non-recyclable wrappers.

This year, I am trying to do better. To that end, I purchased some SmartSweets Sour Blast Buddies to hand out to trick-or-treaters. I had never heard of the company, but apparently SmartSweets was founded by a young Canadian woman, and her products are produced in North America. All of that sounds good to me (hopefully the candy tastes good, too!).

Would love to know other ideas for ethical Halloween treats that a Canadian consumer could readily purchase - let me know if you have suggestions!

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