Halloween is for sure one of my favorite times of the year. I can’t wait to prepare all the goodies for trick or treating, the decorations in our house and getting my kids’ costumes ready. Of course I’m just as crazy about all the candy just like everybody else, no matter how much I try to watch my sugar intake throughout the rest of the year. Trail mixes are some of our favorite snacks in our house all year around. For Halloween we created a Candy Corn Trail Mix – with no artificial colors!
I was really excited when I found naturally flavored candy corn at Whole Foods a few days ago. Candy Corn without any artificial flavors or colors and non-GMO ingredients. I have always loved the look of candy corn but I have to admit that the conventional kind consists of too many artificial ingredients for my liking.
I was willing to give this one a try and I was so amazed how really good it tastes. It has a light vanilla/honey flavor and it is pleasantly sweet!
With all the different types of candy for trick or treating I always try to stick with more natural options in our house. I especially keep the amount of candy with artificial dyes to a bare minimum. Fruit juice sweetened lollipops and gummies and bubble gum are my favorite options. My kids feel so much better with these and usually don’t experience that sugar high that comes from conventional candy. In addition, the taste of natural flavored treats is so much yummier 🙂
For this trail mix I used Semisweet Chocolate Chips (I use Chocolate Chips by Enjoy – made without soy, dairy and nuts), Organic Thompson Raisins and lightly salted Pretzel Sticks or Pretzels and All Natural GMO-free Candy Corn by Sweet’s) give this trail mix the right sweet and salty fun balance.
This trail mix is not only tasty for little trick-or-treaters, but tasty for grown-ups just as well.
It also makes a great hostess gift!
I usually keep my trail mixes in a Ball Mason Jar, so the flavors stay nice and fresh.
For a classic trail mix without the corn candy I usually add dried pineapple chunks, peanuts, dried coconut flakes or dried cranberries to the mix.
Other all natural candy options I like for Halloween: