Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Unreal Candy Unjunked

So, with Halloween right around the corner, and autumn officially here, it's been all about fall in my house– munching apples, pumpkin picking, hayrides, and decorating. And, as mentioned, gearing up for the 31st. 

Something that I always at least try to do when it comes to choosing candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters is to find a brand that is of the lesser evil, such as organic lollipops. We all know "healthier" candies are hard to come by, unless you make it yourself, but luckily someone– a 13-year-old boy, actually –has come to the rescue.

When Unreal Candy Unjunked™ co-founder Nicky Bronner one day looked into finding out just what was really in his Halloween candy, he discovered just how bad for the human body it really is. He and his dad set out on a mission to recreate some of their favorite candies using all natural ingredients, no artificial anything, and less sugar than the average candy. Incredibly, they achieved success and Unreal was born!

Unreal™ makes all the classics in better-for-you versions: "M&Ms", "Snickers" and "Reese's Cups" are all now available in (practically) guilt-free versions. I've tried all of those that I just mentioned, and they tasted great! Which is, of course, the most important factor when it comes to finding sweets without all the junk on the ingredients label. Here are just some of the better-for-you ingredients you can find in Unreal™ candies:
  • beetroot juice (for color)
  • organic blue agave (sweetener)
  • traceable cacao (Fair Trade chocolate)
When possible, Unreal™ uses organic and Fair Trade ingredients, as well as vegetable-based food coloring, and are Kosher and corn-free. Additionally, they all claim to use sustainable palm tree oil (a type of oil that has proven to be especially detremental to the rainforest that is commonly used in many chocolate candies), all non-GMO ingredients, and are also gluten-free. Sounds to good to be true, right? Well, it looks like it's something to believe in, and for a chocolate lover like me, this is VERY EXCITING NEWS!

as for the Greensumer Tier of Truth...

Made in a sustainable, eco-friendly manner
Made from sustainable, eco-friendly materials
USDA organic (some)
Fair Trade certified (working towards)
Animal cruelty-free (uses grass-fed dairy)
Super awesome!

You can find where to purchase Unreal Candy Unjunked™ by clicking here. Have a happy Halloween!

Bonus: easy to make, eco-friendly Halloween ghosts that children of all ages can make–


Easy to make: all you need is papertowels, tissue to stuff the heads with, pipe cleaners or string, and tape, plus a marker to draw the face on with. This only took a few minutes and was very easy to do with my Lily, who's 3 1/2. Alternatively, you could use tissue paper, burlap, coffee filters, or plastic bags. Have fun! Boo!

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