Try Some Natural or Organic Candy This Holiday Season!
Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012 at 8:00 am
The holidays are a special time of year where we spend time with family and friends and remember all of the things we have to be thankful for. It’s also a time where we get to indulge not only in huge meals, but also in our favorite sweets. Whether we’re receiving them as gifts, baking them in your oven, stuffing them in stockings, or simply buying some to enjoy at home, sweets are an inescapable part of the holidays. This year, why not give some natural or organic candies a try?
What’s the Difference?
Natural and organic candies come in a variety of flavors. You can find hard candies, chocolate, gummy candies, and jelly beans in organic or natural varieties. The term “organic” is defined by the USDA, and any product bearing the term “organic” must be approved. Organic and natural candies are typically made with cane sugar or another natural sugar. Traditional candies often have high fructose corn syrup in them, which may be a concern to some. Natural and organic candies are also made with natural dyes and flavors. In other words, a peppermint candy cane has actual peppermint flavoring in it. Artificial dyes come from a variety of sources such as beta carotene.
What’s the Benefit?
Whether or not you switch to organic or natural candy, you have to remember that candy is candy. It’s all high in sugar, not the best thing for your teeth, and can cause stomach aches when enjoyed in large amounts. That being said, if you’re going to indulge and eat something potentially bad for you, why not make sure it doesn’t have any scary ingredients or chemicals in it? Enjoying a lemon hard candy made with natural ingredients might just make you feel better about answering your sweet tooth’s call. Fair trade chocolate is also available, which is not only delicious, but beneficial to the environment and to cocoa farmers around the world.
Where Can I Find Natural or Organic Candy?
Natural and health food stores carry all natural candies for you and your family to enjoy. You can also find tons of internet candy stores that offer natural and organic varieties. You can also try researching some of your favorite commercial brands. They might offer a natural variety of your favorites.
Natural brands of candy include Tru Sweets, Yummy Earth, Kimmie Candy Company, Bissinger’s, Q-bel, Endangered Species Chocolate, Alter Eco, Lake Champlain Chocolates, VerMints, Glee Gum, and many, many more.