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A Vegan Easter Guide: The Best Vegan Easter Candy of 2021

Easter is just around the corner and we’re on the hunt for the best vegan candy 2021 has to offer.

The Easter holidays are the one time of the year you’ll find vegans eating eggs and bunnies… of course, chocolate ones.  And we have to say, Easter 2021 should have vegans very excited.

Each year, vegan snack companies bring out new and exciting plant-based candy, which we often curate into our Vegancuts snack boxes.

And as vegan snack box experts, we can confirm – this Easter is all about vegan candy.

So, sit back, scroll, and drool your way through our list of the best vegan candy for Easter 2021. 

Is Candy Vegan?

Unfortunately, most candy is not vegan. When people think of non-vegan foods meat, dairy, and eggs spring to mind – but not often chocolate and candy.

In fact, a lot of candy doesn’t contain any obvious animal products – so why is candy not vegan?

That’s because candy often contains ingredients derived from animal bones, fat – and yes, even insects.

Non-Vegan Ingredients Found In Candy

 

  • Gelatin: made from bones and ligaments from cows and pigs
  • Carmine: made from a crushed insect
  • Lard: made from animal fat
  • Confectioner’s Glaze (aka Shellac): made from insect resin
  • Bone Char: often used for filtering sugar, made from bones of cattle [1]

Luckily for vegans, huge innovations by vegan candy companies have led to brands finding simple, more natural ways to achieve the flavors and textures everyone loves, minus the need for animal products.

And I think we can all agree that makes holidays like Easter all the more fun for everyone.

So, let’s hop right into the tastiest list of vegan candy you’ll find this Easter.

Easter Gift Idea For Vegans

There’s a lot of new vegan chocolates and candies to make Easter a tasty holiday for vegans. However, if you’re looking to go the extra mile this holiday we’ve got the best Easter gift you can give.

The Vegancuts Snack Box has 10+ plant-based candy, chocolates, treats and more each month. The 100% vegan subscription is the ideal gift for snack lovers this Easter.

chocolate snack box vegan subscription

What’s more? Our readers can get a $5 discount on any Vegancuts snack box subscription by using the coupon code: VEGANEASTER.

Vegan Easter Chocolate Candy

Creek House Chocolates

Creekhouse Chocolates Vegan Chocolates
 
Creekhouse Chocolates’ vegan cream-filled bunnies and eggs are a great option for a vegan or dairy-free guest that used to love Cadbury eggs. In addition, the Chocolate Truffles are a decadent collection of melt-in-your-mouth vegan chocolates, filled with natural and exotic flavors.
 

Lulu’s Double Love Chocolate Bars

Lulu’s Love Vegan Chocolate Bars

These artisanal chocolates pack deep flavors and quality ingredients that will satisfy your resident chocolate connoisseur.

Shop Lulu’s here.

Chocolita Raw Vegan Chocolate Bars   

vegan chocolate bar

Chocolate for the exotic. Chocolita might just be the most tempting vegan chocolate on the market. 

I mean, who is curious to try flavors like Lavender Dreamtime Raw White Chocolate and Pine Pollen & Lemon Raw White Chocolate? 

Shop Chocolita here.

No Whey Chocolate Candy

vegan chocolate candy by no whey

No Whey is a brand dedicated to bringing familiar childhood candies to the vegan, gluten-free food space. 

The Choco No No’s are candy-coated, creamy chocolate bites that will win over kids and adults.

Bixby & Co. Vegan Gourmet Chocolate Bars

Bixby Assorted Bon Bon

These vegan chocolates are crafted with a variety of nuts, fruits, spices, and crisps, and are the perfect treat for someone who likes a hint of crunch in their candy.

Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

 

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These dark chocolate peanut butter cups have the perfect firm bite of chocolate with a creamy, natural peanut butter center.

Unreal chocolates are available on Amazon.

 

Non-Chocolate Vegan Easter Candy

Easter tends to revolve around chocolate, but there’s plenty of non-chocolate vegan treats to keep everyone else happy too.

Remember the perfectly crunchy and chewy Easter candy from childhood that you would trade like baseball cards with your friends? These same beloved flavors and textures have gotten a plant-based upgrade in recent years that appeals to shoppers of any lifestyle. 

From vegan jelly beans to the sticky caramel of your dreams, these vegan candy brands are tapping into vegan Easter candy seekers’ nostalgia with a revamped twist.

Surf Sweets by Wholesome

 

Surf Sweets Vegan Candy

Surf Sweets are a line of fruity, chewy vegan and gluten-free candies that use real fruits and vegetables to achieve the familiar taste and feel of these classic treats.

Yum Earth Candies

 

YumEarth Organic Vegan Candy

Yum Earth is an allergen-friendly vegan candy brand with a variety of fruity candies, flavored with real fruits and vegetables.

Gin Gins

 

Gin Gins vegan candy

Gin Gins by The Ginger People are a vegan, gluten free candy made from real, fresh ginger and are hailed as both a natural remedy and scrumptious vegan candy.

Cocomels

 

Cocomels Vegan Caramel | Vegancuts

Cocomels are one of those candies that often allow you to watch someone’s face light up when they taste them for the first time.

The balanced flavor of the stretchy, chewy coconut-based vegan caramel makes for a luxurious tasting candy that no one would even guess was vegan. 

Cocomels are available on Amazon.

Unique Easter Vegan Treats

Easter doesn’t need to be all about the typical chocolate and candy. Vegans are adventurous when it comes to food, so why not indulge in some unique vegan Easter snacks too?

These are some of our favorites:

Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies

 

Emmy's Organics Vegan Coconut Cookies | Vegancuts

These chewy coconut macaroon-esque cookies are made from natural, organic ingredients and make a perfectly sweet and light vegan snack or dessert option.

One Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies

 

Vegan 1 Bowl Sugar Cookies

1-bowl sugar cookies are a whole food plant-based approach to the classic sugar cookies from childhood.

These cookies are a great Easter activity for kids, as they are easy and fun to decorate. [2]

U-LUV Brownie Cookies

 

U-LUV Vegan Cookies

These cookies were featured in the Vegancuts April 2020 Snack Box and were a real treat for our subscribers.

Not only are U-LUV’s Brownie Cookies a tasty two-in-one dessert with a crunchy texture and brownie flavor, but these cookies also help children in need.

A portion of each purchase from U-Luv Foods goes to the Denver Dream Center whose mission is to impact children less fortunate.

Now that’s what U-LUV to hear!

Hippeas Chickpea Puffs

 

Hippies Nacho Chickpea Puffs

These vegan cheese puffs are made from chickpeas for added protein and have an airy, crunchy texture.

Fun fact: Celebrity activist Leonardo Dicaprio actually invested in Hippeas.

You can learn about more celebrities promoting veganism here.

Hippeas are available on Amazon.

Popchips

 

Popchips Vegan BBQ Chips | Vegancuts

These puffed potato chips have a unique crispy, crunchy texture. Vegan flavors include sea salt, barbeque, sea salt & vinegar, tangy bbq, and peanut butter nutter puffs.

Pop Chips will likely be easy to find at many grocery stores.

Organic Vegan Easter Candy

USDA Organic Vegan Easter Treats | Vegancuts

If you’re looking for organic vegan candy this Easter, we’ve got you covered.

The best way to identify certified Organic candy and snacks is with the USDA Certified Organic seal, printed on the packaging of products. The USDA categorizes Certified Organic foods into four categories (3): 100% Organic, Organic, Made With Organic * * *, and specific individual Organic ingredients.

Here are the products from our list that fit within these four Organic categories (including specification of category for each product).

  • Bixby and Co. Vegan Gourmet Chocolate Bars | Mostly Organic
  • Creekhouse Chocolates | Organic
  • Lulu’s Love Chocolate Bars | Organic
  • Yum Earth Candies | Organic
  • Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies | Organic
  • Hippeas | Organic

Gluten-Free Vegan Easter Candy

Having a gluten-free Easter is important whether you’re celiac, gluten-sensitive or health-conscious. 

The good news is most of the vegan brands and products we work with are also gluten-free.

Here are the snacks you can be sure will be gluten-free this Easter:

  • Bixby & Co. Vegan Gourmet Chocolate Bars
  • Lulu’s Love Chocolate Bars
  • No Whey Chocolate No Nos
  • Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  • Surf Sweets Candies
  • Yum Earth Candies
  • Gin Gins
  • Cocomels
  • Emmy’s Organics Coconut Cookies
  • Brownie Cookies from U-LUV
  • Hippeas
  • Popchips

Vegan Easter Candy Available In Grocery Stores

If you’re seeking vegan Easter snacks a little closer to home, you won’t need to search too far.

Local grocery stores hold a wide array of vegan (and accidentally) vegan snacks to satisfy a lot of vegans this Easter.

Here are some of our favorites:

Sour Patch Kids

 

Sour Patch Kids Vegan Snack

Get Sour Patch kids on Amazon.

 

Skittles

 

Skittles Vegan | Vegancuts

 

Get Skittles on Amazon.

 

Jolly Ranchers and Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans

Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans Vegan | Vegancuts

Get Jolly Ranchers on Amazon.

 

Dum Dums

 

Dum Dums Vegan | Vegancuts

 

Get Dum Dum’s on Amazon.

 

References:

  1. PETA, “Which Candies Are Vegan?”
  2. Minimalist Baker, 1-Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies
  3. USDA, “Organic 101: Understanding the Organic Label”

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