The 31 Best Vegan Candies—for Any Time You Want to Share Sweetness

Whether you're vegan or lactose intolerant, these candies are not off-limits.

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Following a vegan diet means that you strive to be totally animal-free in your food choices—including the candy you might choose to eat as a treat. Going vegan doesn't mean you have to go without candy though.

These store-bought candy types—from suckers to gum to fizzy drops to caramel and peanut butter bars—taste like the regular kind. Yet they contain none of the usual vegan-unfriendly no-go's, such as honey, confectioner's glaze, gelatin, shellac, dairy, casein, or whey. Plus, they're primarily PETA-approved...and fit perfectly into trick-or-treating pumpkins and bags.

The candies on this list work well for any of the usual events and seasons that feature candy—Halloween, Easter, Christmas, and birthday party gift bags. Some individually wrapped candy is suited for offering at the checkout registers of stores or tossing from a float during Mardi Gras. And, others come in containers that make them perfect for the coffee or break room at your office.

Airheads

Airheads

Airheads are not only vegan, there's gluten-free as well! One exception: Airheads Bites, which contain beeswax, gelatin, and shellac.

To Buy: Airheads Bars

Atomic Fireballs

Atomic Fireballs

If you're vegan and like your candy with a kick, try Atomic Fireballs, which contain no animal products and are gluten-free. Just don't pop too many at once!

To Buy: Atomic Fireballs Candy 2-Pound Tub

Big League Chew

Big League Chew

Vegan gum lovers rejoice: Big League Chew is 100% vegan, and not made with lanolin like a number of non-vegan gums.

To Buy: Big League Chew 80 pcs

Bottle Caps

Bottle Caps

I love love love the fizzy flavor of Bottle Caps candy, and it's a huge plus that they're vegan. Looking forward to getting these in this year's trick-or-treat mix.

To Buy: Bottle Caps Cola Candy, 5 Ounce, Pack of 10

Brach's Lemon Drops

Brach's Lemon Drops

Lemon drops are the perfect not-too-sweet, not-too-sour candy that just happens to be vegan, and made with 100% lemon juice.

To Buy: Brach's Sugar-Free Lemon Drops Hard Candy

Charms Blow Pops

Charms Blow Pops

Gotta love candy with a sweet surprise inside. In this case, chewy bubble gum keeps the fun going—and both the gum and the lolli are animal product-free.

To Buy: Charms Blow Pop Assorted - 100 ct

Chick-O-Stick

Chick O Stick

Chick-O-Sticks are a major childhood favorite, a chockful of peanut buttery goodness. And I'm so happy to find out they're vegan!

To Buy: Chick O Stick Candy Bars 8 Pack

Cocomels

Cocomels

Vegan caramel isn't easy to come by, so let's give praise to Cocomels. Their candies are all plant-based, meaning you don't have to sacrifice your vegan diet for a caramel craving.

To Buy: Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels Variety 3 Pack

DOTS

Dots

Dots are the perfectly poppable movie theater candy that also makes the rounds every Halloween—and to my surprise, they're gluten-free and vegan!

To Buy: Dots Assorted Fruit Flavored Gumdrop

Dum Dums Lollipops

Dums

I used to hoard Dum Dums as a school kid, hoping that if I send in enough wrappers, I'll get a free backpack. That never happened, but I'm glad I can still enjoy them as a nostalgic vegan treat. These mini lollipops are great to have next to a checkout register as a way to say, thank you for choosing our business.

To Buy: Dum Dums Original Pops - Value Pack

Fun Dip

Fun Dip

Fun Dip may get messy, but that's the price you pay to enjoy this colorful vegan candy.

To Buy: Fun Dip Candy Bulk Variety Pack of 12

Gobstoppers

Gobstoppers

Gobstoppers have many colorful layers, but none contain animal products...which makes this vegan candy a winner.

To Buy: Wonka Everlasting Gobstopper Theatre Box (Pack of 2)

Hubba Bubba Bubble Gum

Hubba Bubba

I haven't chewed Hubba Bubba Bubble Tape in a while, but I just realized how eco-friendly this gum is, thanks to the paper-free carrying case—and it's vegan! Now that's 6 feet of fun. What kid wouldn't love to see this in their birthday party gift bag?

To Buy: Hubba Bubba Gum Awesome Original Bubble Gum Tape, 2 Ounces (Pack of 6)

Jolly Ranchers

Jolly Ranchers

A kid once told me that I smell like Jolly Ranchers. I take that as a compliment because these vegan candies smell as good as they taste, and they come in an assortment of ways to enjoy them, from lollipops to sticks.

To Buy: Jolly Rancher Halloween Candy Assortment

Jujubes

Jujubes

Chewy, delicious, and gelatin-free: Jujubes really are the perfect vegan candy.

To Buy: Jujubes Candy, 5.5 Ounce Theatre Box, Pack of 12

Jujyfruits

Jujyfruits

Jujyfruits are the slightly cooler cousin of Jujubes because of their fun fruit shapes, and they happen to be vegan as well. They're not a substitute for actual fruit, but, they're close enough.

To Buy: Jujyfruits Candy, 10 Ounce, Pack of 6

Laffy Taffy

Laffy Taffy

The delicious creamy flavor of Laffy Taffy had me fooled. I never would have guessed these delicious taffy pieces were vegan-friendly! Individually wrapped, they work great for handing out to customers as a thank you or throwing from floats during Mardi Gras.

To Buy: Laffy Taffy Assorted Fruit Flavors Bulk Party Box

Mamba

Mamba

Mambas are basically smoothies in candy form—except they're not as healthy. But at least they're vegan!

To Buy: Mamba Fruit Chews 48-0.88 oz packs

Nerds

Nerds

Nerds are super cute and come in a variety of colors. The fact that they're vegan is just a plus.

To Buy: Nerds Rainbow Candy Video Box, 5 Ounce, Pack of 12

Now and Later

Now And Later

Now and Laters are the perfect vegan candy for those who tend to scarf down their candy way too fast. They basically melt in your mouth to let you savor the flavor.

To Buy: Now & Later Original Chews, 60 Ounce Jar

Pez

Pez

Pez is another classic candy that to my surprise is vegan. Eat them alone or in a cool dispenser for plenty of fun this Halloween, Easter, and in stockings at Christmas.

To Buy: Pez Candy Refill Assorted Fruit (3 Pack)

Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix

Pixy Stix are essentially powdered sugar dyed a rainbow color. It would be ridiculous if they weren't vegan!

To Buy: Pixy Stix Candy Filled Fun Straws

Red Vines

Red Vines

Licorice lovers rejoice, Red Vines are vegan and so fun to eat. Set these in the break room and watch your coworkers grab them up.

To Buy: Red Vines Licorice, Original Red Flavor Soft & Chewy Candy Twists

Ring Pops

Ring Pops

Remember getting "engaged" to your childhood crush with a Ring Pop? You can still enjoy this vegan candy (that doubles as fun jewelry) as an adult. Ring pops make great additions to birthday party gift bags. They're fun for grown-ups too, imagine them at a bridal or baby shower.

To Buy: Ring Pop Hard Candy Pops, Variety Pack, 40 Count

Skittles

Skittles

As a vegan, Skittles are my all-time favorite. These vegan candies are like a party in your mouth!

To Buy: SKITTLES Original Fruity Candy 54-Ounce Party Size Bag

Smarties

Smarties

I love how Smarties work for basically every holiday involving candy. The fact that they're vegan and gluten-free makes them the ultimate sweet treat. You can hand out these single-serving rolls knowing they're vegan and gluten friendly.

To Buy: Smarties Candy Large 15 Ounce Bag

Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch

Sour Patch Kids are chewy, sour, sweet, colorful, and vegan. What more could you ask for?

To Buy: SOUR PATCH KIDS Soft & Chewy Candy, Family Size

Super Bubble

Super Bubble

Challenge a fellow vegan friend to a bubble-blowing contest with this vegan gum. You won't be disappointed.

To Buy: Super Bubble Gum, Assorted, 54 Ounce Tub

SweeTarts

SweeTarts

The original hard SweeTarts are vegan, but the chewy variety is not (they're made with egg albumin). Enjoy with caution!

To Buy: SweeTarts Original & Chews

Twizzlers

Twizzlers

Twizzlers, like Red Vines, are a go-to vegan licorice candy that's sure to satisfy. These make a great addition to break rooms and office coffee bars.

To Buy: Twizzlers Halloween Candy, Bulk Strawberry Licorice

Zotz

Zot

Last but not least, the fizzy favorite Zotz is totally vegan and has a surefire explosion in your mouth. A great individually wrapped choice to give out to kids and adults.

To Buy: Zotz Fizzy Candy, 7 Flavor Assorted, 5-Pound Bag

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