The Best Vegan Candy for Christmas


Christmas is not complete without candy.

Unfortunately, a lot of traditional candy is out.

That includes most convenient treats that have a festive flair (Skittles are probably not vegan as an example).

But all is not lost.

There’s still some vegan candy that’s perfect for Christmas, and it’s getting better year-by-year. (Same goes for vegan Halloween candy)

Here are some of the best options I’ve come across.

Wholesome Organic’s Candy Canes

Most vegans avoid “normal” candy canes. Some have beeswax or shellac, and most have controversial artificial colors at the very least.

I’d recommend looking for organic candy canes, which are almost always vegan.

Wholesome Organic’s candy canes are relatively easy to find, whether online or in a store like Whole Foods.

Surf Sweet Organic Jelly Beans

surf sweet jelly beans

Just like candy canes, there aren’t too many vegan jelly bean brands, but Surf Sweet is one option.

While it’s only certified “vegetarian,” there are no animal products in it, which means that it should be vegan-friendly as well unless I’m missing something.

Vegan Wrapped Soft Caramels

vegan soft caramels

These are the only vegan caramels I’ve come across for sale.

They are made by AvenueSweets using coconut milk in place of the cream that is usually in caramel (and coconut oil instead of butter).

No Whey – Signature Truffle Collection

no whey truffles

There are 5 chocolate flavors in this 6-pack truffle collection:

  • “Milk” Fudge
  • Raspberry
  • Coffee
  • Salted Caramel
  • Grand Marnier

The chocolates are vegan and have no artificial colors. They are also made in a gluten-free facility in case you have any allergies.

In terms of chocolates for Christmas goes, another good place to look if you live in the U.S. is the Natural Candy Store.

Vegan Gourmet Cashew Brittle

vegan cashew brittle

Chocolate brittle is a perfect treat for the holidays.

You can find vegan chocolate brittle in most chocolate specialty stores, or on large stores online like Amazon.

It’s also fairly easy to make your own. Here’s my favorite chocolate bark recipe from OhSheGlows.

Bonus: Vegan Northwest Gift Basket

vegan gift basket

This is an awesome vegan gift basket that’s all hand made in the United States.

Inside, there’s:

  • Popcorn
  • Raw pumpkin seeds
  • Olive and herb bread dip
  • Bumble bar
  • Dark chocolate bar
  • Plantain chips
  • Skout bar
  • Multigrain crackers
  • Black tea
  • Green tea
  • Biscotti

All of it is vegan, and most is gluten-free as well.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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