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October 5, 2013

Healthier Halloween Options

by Anne Paddock

For Halloween, it’s all about the candy and that means Trick or Treaters will have bags of sweets that will haunt every parent for about a month. Most candy has sugar or high fructose corn syrup and often artificial colors, flavors sweeteners, and preservatives. Although sugar is hard to avoid, there are alternative candy choices that are certified organic and flavored with 100% natural flavorings from fruits, vegetables and roots.  Sound to good to be true? It’s not. YumEarth Organics makes a variety of treats with all these attributes and more – free of dairy, peanuts, gluten, tree nuts, and soy –  and they taste scrumptious, the way candy is supposed to taste.

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YumEarth Organic Lollipops and made with real fruit extracts and come in 8 flavors: Wet-Face Watermelon, Too Berry Blueberry, Sour Apple Tart, Pomegranate Pucker, Mango Tango, Googly Grape, Strawberry Smash, and Very, Very Cherry. The lollipops are made with organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice syrup, Non-GMO citric acid, natural flavors, organic black carrots, organic black currant, organic apple, organic carrot, organic pumpkin and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Each lollipop is individually wrapped and labeled with the flavor. To see a video on how the lollipops are made, click here.

The 8.5 ounce bag contains 40 lollipops and can be purchased through www.soap.com for $4.67 ($5.49 less the 15% on-site coupon) making each lollipop about 11 cents. Soap.com is also running a Halloween promotion that gives 20% off an entire order of Halloween candy that totals over $35. Free shipping on all orders over $35, too.

425741_295668957219846_1486250016_nGummy Bears by YumEarth Organics are the best gummy bears I have ever tasted. In fact, the first time I opened one of the small packets led me to open and devour two more packets. I wasn’t proud of myself but I certainly enjoyed those gummy bears and I didn’t feel too guilty because they were made with organic brown rice syrup, organic cane sugar, gelatin, natural flavors, organic fruit juice, citric acid, ascorbic acid, organic sunflower oil, and organic carnauba wax (the wax from the leaves of the Carnauba palm tree that gives a shine to products). Each individually sealed single serving packet contains Pomegranate Pucker, Mango Tango, Perfectly Peach, and Strawberry Smash Gummy Bears.

The best way to buy YumEarth Gummy Bears is through Amazon where 50 individual .7 ounce packets sell for $19.99, or 40 cents per packet with free shipping for Prime members. Currently, there is a 15% coupon on Amazon (click on the coupon when you bring up the product) so the 50 packets can be purchased for about $17 or about 34 cents a packet.

YumEarth Organics also makes a variety of other snack products including Sour Beans, Fruit Snacks, Gummy Worms, and Candy Drops. For complete information on all the products, go to the company website:  www.yumearth.com.

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