Our Recommendations for Vegan Easter Candy

The Best Vegan Easter Candy of 2020

Easter is one of the holidays that is sure to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. From chocolate Easter bunnies to jelly beans galore and classic Easter candy like Peeps, every Easter egg hunt participant – past or present – has a favorite.

While not all childhood favorite candies are vegan, there are a plethora of vegan candy companies making versions of these popular candies with clean and cruelty-free ingredients. Plant-based eaters and those with food allergies can rejoice in the fact that in 2020, there are Easter treats for everyone.

The experts from Vegancuts have searched across the vegan food scene to find Easter Candy that truly deserves a place in your home.

Why Is Some Candy Not Vegan?

Non-Vegan Easter Candy

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Aside from common ingredients like dairy and eggs, there are lesser known animal ingredients hidden in a lot of candy. 

Common Non-Vegan Candy Ingredients

  • 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]

With all of the product innovations in the past decade, brands are finding simple, more natural ways to achieve the flavors and textures shoppers love, while also offering cruelty-free options.

Now that you know which animal-based ingredients to avoid, it’s time to dive into our top recommendations for vegan Easter candy.

Vegan Chocolate Easter Candy

Vegan Chocolate Bar

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The creamy mouthfeel, perfect sweetness, and decadent flavor that are associated with popular and high-end traditional chocolate have been achieved by up-and-coming Artisan brands, using vegan ingredients. Here are the top vegan chocolate Easter candy options, vetted and hand-picked just for you.    

Classic Chocolate

Bixby & Co. Vegan Gourmet Chocolate Bar 

Bixby & Co Vegan Gourmet Chocolate Bars | Vegancuts

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.

Buy your Bixby here.

Creekhouse Chocolates (including: Easter bunny & egg and chocolate truffles)

Creekhouse Chocolates Vegan Chocolate Bunny | Vegancuts

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.

Buy your Creekhouse here.

Lulu’s Love Chocolate Bars 

Lulu’s Love Vegan Chocolate Bars | Vegancuts

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

Buy your Lulu’s here.

No Whey Chocolate 

Choco No No's | Vegancuts

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.

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For the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Lovers

Unreal Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups 

Unreal Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups | Vegancuts

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

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Non-Chocolate Vegan Easter Candy

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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 | Vegancuts

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.

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Yum Earth Candies

YumEarth Organic Vegan Candy | Vegancuts

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

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Gin Gins

Gin Gins Candy | Vegancuts

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.

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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. 

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Easter Treats That Aren’t Candy

The Vegancuts Snack Box contains sweet and savory treats.

While candy is usually the most popular Easter treat, there are still some who prefer snacks like crackers, chips, and cookies over candy. here are a selection of vegan Easter treats and vegan Easter recipes that will satisfy their tastes.

Sweet

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.

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1 Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies by Minimalist Baker

Vegan 1 Bowl Sugar Cookies | Vegancuts

These 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]

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Birthday Cake Cookies from Partake Foods 

Birthday Cake Cookies by Partake Foods | Vegancuts

These cookies are a delicious “two-in-one” vegan dessert or treat: the crumbly, dense texture of a sugar cookie with the flavor of birthday cake.

You can get these cookies and more delicious vegan snacks in the March Vegancuts Snack Box.

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Savory

Hippeas Chickpea Puffs 

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

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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, andpeanut butter nutter puffs.

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

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Vegancuts does the hard work for you every month by bringing you 10+ of the most unique and delicious Vegan foods through the Vegancuts Snack Box. Checkout this video for a sneak peek into the March Snack Box.

Organic Easter Candy & Treats

USDA Organic Vegan Easter Treats | Vegancuts

Does an Organic diet best fit within your values? Here are tips from the experts at Vegancuts. 

Overall, the best way to identify certified Organic candy and snacks is with the USDA Certified Organic seal, printed on 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 Easter Candy

Certified Gluten Free Vegan Easter Treats | Vegancuts

At Vegancuts, we take dietary needs seriously. Whether you are celiac, gluten sensitive, or prefer gluten free products,  here are the vegan Easter treats from this list that are certified gluten-free:

  • 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
  • Birthday Cake Cookies by Partake Foods
  • Hippeas
  • Popchips
Gluten-Free Snack Box

Save time searching through ingredient lists by getting your own vetted and curated Gluten Free and Vegan snack box. 

Vegan Easter Candy in Traditional Grocery Stores

Accidentally Vegan Easter Candy | Vegancuts

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Surprise! Some of the candy you see frequenting movie theatres and grocery store shelves is vegan already. Stores like Walmart offer affordable pricing on everyday goods and are often easier to get to. Vegancuts understands that not everyone has access to specialty grocery stores. The good news is that it won’t stop you from finding products that match your values. Target is another common grocery store that has made efforts in recent years to add vegan products to their shelves, across all departments. Here are our favorites:

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids Vegan | Vegancuts

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Skittles

Skittles Vegan | Vegancuts

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Jolly Ranchers and Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans

Jolly Rancher Vegan | Vegancuts

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Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans Vegan | Vegancuts

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Dum Dums

Dum Dums Vegan | Vegancuts

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Vegancuts ‘Tis the season for vegan Easter candy – but, why enjoy only once a year? Vegancuts makes it simple to discover the best vegan products. Our experts search every corner of the cruelty-free world to uncover new vegan brands and meticulously review and select products that we can stand behind. Open the door to vegan and say hello to your new sweet and savory favorites

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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