Celebrate Halloween with this fun and allergy friendly Halloween Snack Mix! Our festive trail mix is combines sweet flavors and crunchy textures, but our recipe is peanut free, gluten free, dairy free, and school safe.
Hey all, we have a really fun post for you today: an allergy friendly Halloween Snack Mix!
We recently bought a bag of the YumEarth candy corn to try out and I decided to make something fun with it for Halloween. I thought of all kinds of things to make, but settled on a spooky and sweet snack mix for Halloween parties.
Since most Halloween snack mixes have peanuts in them (yummy but not allergy friendly), I made our recipe nut free, gluten free, and school safe!
Our Halloween trail mix is:
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
- Peanut free
- Tree nut free
- School safe
Since we don’t need to detail how to make this recipe, here are some ideas for swapping ingredients and finding allergy friendly candy corn and chocolate candies!
Please remember to always read the labels and not to just rely on our recommendations since recipes and manufacturing facilities can change!
Allergy friendly candy corn
People have either a love or hate relationship with candy corn, but if you love them and have multiple food allergies (especially tree nut or peanut allergies), you know how hard it is to find candy corn you can have since most brands contain or are cross contaminated with common allergens.
YumEarth is the first brand of candy corn that we’ve found that is completely soy, peanut, and tree nut free (it does have eggs). YumEarth candy corn is also free of high fructose corn syrup and dyes as well!
Jelly Belly has a candy corn that is made in a peanut-free facility, but it contains soy protein. It tastes good, so it’s another option if you aren’t allergic to soy.
We really haven’t had much luck finding other brands that are allergy friendly, but if we find new brands of allergy friendly candy corn, we’ll update this post as we find them.
Allergy friendly chocolate candies
Just like with the candy corn, there are only a few allergy friendly options out there for allergy friendly chocolate candies (like M&Ms) for our fall snack mix.
The best option for multiple allergies are the No Nos from No Whey chocolates. We used those in this Halloween trail mix and they are delicious and just like milk chocolate M&Ms. They are also dye free and naturally colored, so they’re a good option for people who are sensitive to dyes as well.
The brand Unreal makes some dark chocolate candies that are dairy free but they do have cross contamination warnings for other allergens like peanuts.
Several years ago, there used to be a brand called SunSpire that had M&M type candies (called SunDrops), but I haven’t been able to locate that brand.
If you can’t find any good M&M alternatives, you can use some allergy friendly chocolate chips in this snack mix instead! Here are some options:
- Nestle Simply Delicious semi-sweet chocolate chips (we prefer the taste and texture of these ones)
- Enjoy Life Foods semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Pascha semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Pure Food semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Simple Truth Organic vegan semi sweet chocolate chips
For candy eyes, we just found some generic brand ones at our local store that seemed to be pretty allergy friendly (we didn’t see cross contamination warnings for peanuts). But if you can’t find candy eyes that fit your allergies, you can make your own homemade candy googly eyes!
Adding other candies, seeds, or nuts to our snack mix
If you want to add some other kinds of candies to the snack mix, here are some others that are top 8 free, just remember to double check the labels (check out the Spokin Halloween candy guide, too!):
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish fish
You can add some pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds to the snack mix if you want some crunchiness and saltiness (like the peanut mixes). But they will tend to settle toward the bottom of the snack mix.
SuperSeedz is a top 8 free pumpkin seed brand that makes regular sea salt pumpkin seeds but also some flavors (like Dark Chocolate or Cinnamon) that would be delicious in our Halloween snack mix!
If you can tolerate tree nuts or peanuts, you can add your favorites to this mix as well, just make sure to leave them out if you’re taking this mix to a party with people who have nut allergies.
Check out our roundup of gluten free and dairy free Halloween recipes!
Spooky Halloween Snack Mix (Gluten Free)
- 1-1/2 cups Cinnamon or Apple Cinnamon Chex cereal (or plain corn or rice Chex if you want a less sweet snack mix)
- 1/2 cup No Whey Chocolate No-No's (2 pouches of No-No's)
- 1/2 cup YumEarth candy corn (if you can only find snack packs of candy corn, it's about 6 snack packs)
- Optional: candy eyes, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, etc.
- Mix everything in a bowl, tastes best served immediately.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container.
Sarah Jane Parker is the founder, recipe creator, and photographer behind The Fit Cookie. She’s a food allergy mom and healthy living blogger based in Wyoming. Sarah is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, ACE Certified Health Coach, Revolution Running certified running coach, and an ACE Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist