Going vegan is a big decision, but a great one! You are doing something great for the environment, and are probably sacrificing some of your favorite foods to do so.
Luckily, these days there are plenty of vegan alternatives for our dietary staples. There is a whole range of vegan milk options, vegetable-based butter alternatives, and aisles’ worth of veggie sausages.
However, something that you might be missing is your sugary candy fix.
Whether you’re having a movie night and miss having a range of snacks, or you need a boost of E numbers but don’t know what you can have, life without candy can be pretty dismal.
We are here to tell you, though, that there is a whole world of vegan candy for you to explore! There are vegan alternatives to loads of our favorite candy snacks, and plenty of innovative ones, too!
So, you no longer have to eye up your friend’s packet of Sour Patch Kids enviously. Instead, take a look below at some of the tastiest vegan sweets out there, and stock your cupboards full of them!
If Jelly Beans are one of your favorite non-vegan sweets, these sour grape-flavored candies will be right up your alley.
These candies are what they say on the packet: sour, chewy, and full of a fruity grape flavor. Their shape is really similar to regular Jelly Beans, but we actually prefer their light purple color!
If sour grape doesn’t sound like heaven to you, these candies are also available in lemon and orange sour flavors, and in assorted bags with all three flavors.
An added bonus of these candies is that they are also free from palm oil and soya, as well as being completely vegan. This means that they are even better for the planet than loads of vegan foods!
This company makes a great packet of vegan sweets, which includes a wide range of different candies.
This bag of treats includes cherry cola bottles, fizzy and non-fizzy Dracula teeth, fizzy sour apples, sour vegan watermelon slices, space mix, blue babies, meerkats, tongue painters, and mermaids!
Plus, every time Hey Candy comes up with a new candy creation, they add a vegan version to the vegan candy pouch, so you will never get bored of them!
Next up are these mouth-tingling lemonade flavored chewy straw sweets, which look as delicious as they taste, They come in jars of 5oz, 8oz, or 9oz, meaning you can fulfill your candy craving no matter how big it is!
These sweets from the Candy Club also come in other variations, including blue raspberry sour belts, rainbow sour belts, and strawberry sour belts.
Our personal favorite is the strawberry sour belts, which have the perfect mix of fruity and sour!
Pink Panda has upped the vegan candy game with these delicious sour sweets. Choose between heart-shaped Peachy hearts, star-shaped Astro Blasters, gem-shaped Treasure Chews, or a mix of them all in the Variety Pack!
All of these candies are soft, chewy, and a delight to eat. Plus, not only are they suitable for vegans, but they are also better for you than regular sweets.
They have only 2g of sugar in each bag, and as few as 90 calories! This means that one whole bag is the equivalent of one serving; no limiting yourself to a few sweets is necessary!
These plant-based, gluten-free candies are a real treat and taste like the real deal.
Up next are Smart Sweets’ delectable peach rings. They are entirely plant-based, and are a low-calory alternative to regular sugar-filled candy.
The whole bag contains just 3g of sugar and fewer than 100 calories, meaning that each flavor-filled mouthful can be entirely guilt-free.
These candies have a sweet and tangy peach flavor, which has been derived entirely from natural sources; these sweets have no artificial sweeteners, colors, or flavors, and are also gluten-free and non-GMO.
What more could you want from a vegan candy?
Smart Sweets has also developed these delicious berry-flavored sweets that are in the shape of fish.
Their gummy texture tantalizes your tongue, and gets you wanting more!
Choose between a pack of 6 bags or a pack of 12, to make sure that your cupboards are always ready to provide you with a sweet kick.
Just like the peach rings, these sweet fish are free from artificial sweeteners, colors, and flavors, and are also gluten-free and non-GMO.
You wouldn’t know that they are good for you from their full and sweet taste, but these tasty fishies have less than 100 calories and 3g of sugar per serving! Treat yourself to these berry-flavored pick-me-ups!
Candy Kittens is a company that is fronting the vegan candy industry in the UK, and for good reason.
These vegan candies are not only full of flavor, but they also have a great texture, come in an assortment of cute shapes, and are packaged beautifully!
These kitten-shaped candies in particular are mango flavored and give you a fruity punch with each bite.
Candy Kittens also produces candies in the flavors Sour Watermelon, Wild Strawberry, Blueberry Bliss, and more!
As well as being completely vegan, these candies are free from palm oil and artificial flavors and colors, meaning that they are extra good for both the environment and for you.
These are some of our favorite vegan sweets, and we would highly recommend the sour watermelon flavor!
Licorice is a bit like marmite; i.e. you either love it or you hate it. If you are someone that loves this unique candy, you have probably been missing it since going vegan. Luckily for you, YumEarth is here to save the day!
They have developed these organic licorice pieces which taste as good as regular licorice, but they are vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO.
As well as the classic black licorice, YumEarth has also developed flavored licorice, and you can choose from delicious vegetarian peach, pomegranate, or strawberry flavored candies.
These candies are packed full of flavor and also have a great texture, so if you have been missing your licorice, what are you waiting for? Add a bag or 12 of these to your basket now!
I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite types of candy is Skittles. Now, these are not Skittles, but they are as close as you are gonna get to them whilst you are vegan.
YumEarth has made these multi-colored chewy candies that look and taste exactly like Skittles, but with none of the gelatin or artificial additives.
They are fruity, juicy, and perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or an evening treat.
Within each bag, you will find candies that are orange, green apple, lemon, strawberry, and grape flavors. If you have these, you will be able to enjoy all the flavor and sweetness of regular candy without any of the guilt.
YumEarth is pretty good at taking regular candy types and making them vegan. As well as repurposing the classic skittle, YumEarth has also remade the family favorite, Chewits.
These Chewys are cuboid-shaped, chewy, fruity candies, that look and taste exactly like chewits. The flavors of the candies are orange, lemon, strawberry, and cherry.
Our favorite one is the strawberry chewy! As well as being vegan, these candies are also free from the most common allergens and are non-GMO and gluten-free.
This means that these sweets are so much better for you than regular candy. What they lack in artificial additives does not take away from their flavor, though!
Project 7 has taken the lowly gummy worm and transformed it into a low-sugar vegan treat. Each whole bag of these wormy sweets has fewer than 60 calories and only 3g of sugar.
That is well under half the amount of calories of regular gummy worms, and with seven times less sugar than regular ones, too. Because of this, you do not have to see these candies as a treat, but could even implement them into your daily diet!
As well as being vegan, these sour worms are also keto. They have none of the unhealthy consequences of regular sweets, but twice the fun and flavor!
If the fizzy soda isn’t enough to quench your thirst for cola, try out these cola gummies from Smart Sweets. These all-natural candies are a vegan take on the classic cola bottle sweet, but with so many added benefits!
There are no artificial sweeteners or flavors, and they are entirely plant-based! Choose between a pack of 6 bags or a pack of 12, and never go without these fab candies again.
Plus, if you want to eat a whole bag of these bad boys in one sitting, you can; each bag has under 100 calories and only 3g of sugar, making them equivalent to one healthy serving!
With 13g of fiber in each bag, too, these candies are so much healthier than their non-vegan counterparts.
Another Project 7 product we highly recommend is these low sugar, keto, vegan, low calorie sour gummy bears! These bears are just as delicious as regular gummy bears but are completely plant-based and natural.
These gummy bears are pretty much sugar-free, having under 3g of sugar in an entire packet, which makes them better for your body and your teeth than regular sweets.
Plus, if you are looking to add a little extra fiber to your diet, these candies could really help you out; they have a whopping 19g of fiber per bag! Add these to your shopping basket to get your guilt-free candy hit.
If gummy bears are up your street, you will love these organic gummy bears from Yupik.
These bears are as full of flavor as regular gummy bears, but they are also gelatin-free, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free!
These bears are chewy, yummy, and are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth without harming your health.
You might have seen quinoa in healthy salads and other savory dishes, but Unreal has also discovered that it is just as brilliant in candy form!
Talk about versatility! These little ‘chocolate’ candies taste just like crunchy M&Ms but are much better for you.
Crispy bites of quinoa are coated with a vegan dark chocolate layer, which is also Fair Trade Certified! These candies are good for your mood, your body, and the environment.
Add these non-GMO snacks to your shopping list if you want a chocolatey treat for any occasion!
Something you can always rely on to pick you up from a mid-afternoon lull is a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Unfortunately, those treats are far from vegan. Thank goodness for Unreal!
Alongside their chocolatey quinoa bites, Unreal also offers their very own vegan peanut butter cups.
All of the ingredients used to make these treats – including the dark chocolate coating – are completely vegan, so you will no longer have to miss Reese’s pieces!
Another benefit of these candies is that they contain 36% less sugar than their famous non-vegan counterparts, and they are also gluten-free and non-GMO.
If you love peanut butter cups as much as we do, we are certain you will want to try Unreal’s Almond butter cups! They have all the benefits of the peanut butter cups, but with the tasty flavor of almonds instead of peanuts.
We love both, so we think you should get a few bags of each…
When you went vegan, you probably thought that you would have to give up loads of your favorite candy treats.
Thankfully, though, dozens of brands have developed delicious vegan alternatives that you can enjoy guilt-free!
From vegan knock-offs to brand new candies, you can choose from a wide range of delicious snacks.