Friday Food News: Halloween Alternatives

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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays but it is also a holiday with way too many sugary and sweet treats. Of course, everything is fine in moderation, but families today may have dietary restrictions like a gluten allergy or they may be looking for healthier options for their kids. We are right there with you and luckily there are many treats on the market that still satisfy your kids need for a sweet and salty treat while also being a bit on the healthier side. Here is what we found:

Pirate's Booty

Now through October, Target stores across the country will be featuring the Pirate's Booty Aged White Cheddar half-ounce 20-count Halloween multipacks! Each individual pack is a deliciously baked and made from puffed rice and corn that is blended with real aged white cheddar cheese. Also, Pirate's Booty half-ounce 65 calorie packs have half the fat and less calories than potato chips, while still maintaining a great taste. While not a health food by any means, they are good snack for kids who like their snacks to be a little on the savory side of things. These are also perfect for trick or treaters at your door or as a lunchbox snack for your own children.


snap

We can't deny that Halloween is also about chocolate and why we would? We love it every now and again and now there is a fantastic line of sweet treats called SNAP Infusion Supercandies that contain all natural flavors and colors, along with B vitamins to boost energy, antioxidants to support the immune system and electrolytes to balance hydration. Available online in 5 "types" (Gum, Tart, Mel, Gummy and Bean), we discovered that the caramel ones were the hands-down favorite, while the tart was loved by the kids - though less so by the adults. Prices begin at $24/caddy for the tarts and gum and $28/caddy for the caramels, with the promise of three day shipping. A bit pricey for candy but worth it if you are seeking sweetness with a boast of vitamins and antioxidants.

Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Truffles

Gluten-free candy can be hard to come by, but there is no need to sacrifice taste when alternatives can be created right in your own kitchen. Elana Amsterdam, author of TheGluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten-Free Cupcakes and the blogger behind Elena's Pantry offers great seasonal treat ideas that are safe for gluten-free families, including some delicious treats like Pumpkin Cinnamon Cheesecake, Vegan Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream, and more! We found these Gluten Free Chocolate-Orange Truffles, which we think are a fantastic replacement for those way-too-sweet Halloween candies, and even better - your kids won't even know the difference!

Gluten Free Chocolate-Orange Truffles
Ingredients
½ cup (raw) cashews
¼ cup creamy roasted almond butter
¼ cup agave nectar
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange zest
¼ cup cacao powder

Directions
Place cashews in a food processor and pulse until the texture of coarse sand
Add almond butter, agave, cacao powder, vanilla and orange zest and pulse until smooth
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, until firm
Remove from fridge and roll into ½ inch balls
Coat with cacao powder and serve

Makes 12 truffles

Shannon is a Canadian mom to her two little Texans and the author of
'??BentoLunch.net '?? What'??s for Lunch at Our House,'?
her blog detailing the adventures of feeding her children.

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