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Popular Halloween Candy Ingredients & Allergens

Halloween comes and goes every year. Every year, we bemoan the sugar found in Halloween candy, but what about the extras? Learn about the candy ingredients lurking in your child’s candy bag.

Two girls dressed for Halloween. Popular halloween candy ingredients you should know for trick-or-treaters.

Ingredients in candy, including artificial food colors and potential allergens are concerning, particularly if you have a child who is sensitive to them.

For example, some children with ADHD have been shown to be sensitive to the dyes and colors in candy and other treats.

Children with food allergies including milk, soy, tree nuts and peanuts have to dodge these ingredients and be extra careful, especially around holidays like Halloween.

[Listen to this helpful podcast interview with a food allergy expert]

Know the Ingredients in Candy to Keep Kids Safe

I compiled a list of popular Halloween candy ingredients and food allergens so that you can choose the best treats for school, home and parties.

Of course, you can make allergy-friendly snacks that include natural sources of sugar and food colorings.

Hello, clementine pumpkins and other healthy classroom Halloween snacks!

Halloween Candy Ingredients & Allergens You Need to Know

If you’re dealing with a food allergy, or are simply keeping track of additives and food colors, this list gives you the information you need.

Even as I gathered this information from the candy-makers themselves, putting it all together in one list was eye-opening!

Take a look below at some of the most popular Halloween candy ingredients and if you are watching food colors, sugar and allergens, I hope this will help you navigate the candy aisle easier.

Candy Ingredients & Food Allergens in Selected Halloween Candy

TYPECANDY INGREDIENTSFOOD ALLERGENS
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Reese’s Peanut Butter CupsMilk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, nonfat milk, milk fat, lactose, soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier); peanuts, sugar, dextrose, salt, TBHQ (preservative)Milk, soy, peanuts
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M & M’s candiesMilk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, skim milk, cocoa butter, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, salt, artificial flavor), sugar, cornstarch, less than 1%–corn syrup, dextrin, coloring (includes blue 1 lake, yellow 6, red 40, yellow 5, blue 1, red 40 lake, blue 2lake, yellow 6 lake, blue 2), gum acaciaMilk, soy; may contain peanuts
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 Peanut M & M’s candiesMilk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, skim milk, lactose, milk fat, peanuts, soy lecithin, salt, artificial flavors), sugar, peanuts, cornstarch, less than 1%–corn syrup, gum acacia, coloring (includes blue 1 lake, red 40, yellow 6, yellow 5, blue 1, red 40 lake, blue 2 lake, yellow 6 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 2), dextrinMilk, soy, peanuts; may contain almonds
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Snickers barMilk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, skim milk, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, palm oil, skim milk, lactose, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, salt, egg whites, artificial flavorMilk, soy, peanuts, egg; made in a facility that also processes tree nuts
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Hershey’s barMilk chocolate (sugar, milk, chocolate, cocoa butter, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier, vanillin, artificial flavor)Milk, soy lecithin
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Kit Kat barSugar, wheat flour, nonfat milk, cocoa butter, chocolate, palm kernel oil, lactose, milk fat, contains 2% or less of soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier, yeast, vanillin, artificial flavor, salt, sodium bicarbonateWheat, milk, soy; made in a facility that also processes peanuts
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Almond Joy candy barCorn syrup, milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, milk, lactose, milk fat, nonfat milk, soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier), coconut, sugar, almonds (roasted in cocoa butter and/or sunflower oil); contains 2% or less of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean and palm oil), whey, cocoa, salt, natural and artificial flavor, chocolate, soy lecithin, hydrolyzed milk protein, sodium metabisulfiteMilk, soy, coconut, almonds; made in a facility that also processes peanuts
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Milky Way barMilk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), corn syrup, sugar, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil, skim milk, less than 2% milk fat, cocoa powder processed with alkali, malted barley, lactose, salt, egg whites, chocolate, artificial flavorMilk, egg, barley (wheat)
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Hershey’s cookies and creamSugar, vegetable oil (cocoa butter, palm, shea, sunflower, palm kernel and/or safflower oil), nonfat milk, corn syrup solids, enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid), lactose, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean and/or cottonseed oil), contains 2% or less of cocoa processed with alkali, whey, chocolate, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, sodium bicarbonate, salt, natural and artificial flavors, tocopherols, PGPR, caramel colorMilk, wheat, soy; made in a facility that also processes almonds and peanuts
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3 Musketeers barMilk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, skim milk, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin), sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil, less than 2% cocoa powder processed with alkali, salt, egg whites, artificial and natural flavorsMilk, soy, egg
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Twix barMilk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, skim milk, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, PGPR, artificial flavors), sugar, enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), palm oil, corn syrup, skim milk, dextrose, less than 2% food starch-modified, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda, soy lecithin, artificial flavorMilk, soy, wheat; may contain almonds
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SkittlesSugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, less than 2% of citric acid, tapioca dextrin, modified corn starch, natural and artificial flavors, colors (red 40 lake, titanium dioxide, blue 2lake, red 40, blue 1, blue 1 lake, yellow 5 lake, yellow 5, yellow 6, yellow 6 lake) sodium citrate, carnauba waxnone
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Twizzler’s (strawberry)Corn syrup, enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, and folic acid), sugar, cornstarch, contains 2% or less of palm oil, salt, artificial flavor, mono and diglycerides, citric acid, potassium sorbate (preservative), artificial color (red 40), mineral oil, soy lecithin, glycerinWheat, soy
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Life Savers hard candiesSugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, natural and artificial flavors, colors (red 40, yellow 5, blue 1)none
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Tootsie RollsSugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, condensed skim milk, cocoa, whey, soy lecithin, and natural and artificial flavorsMilk, soy
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NerdsDextrose, sugar, malic acid, contains less than 2% of corn syrup, artificial flavors, carnauba wax, colors (carmine color, blue 1, blue 1 lake, blue 2 lake, red 40 lake, yellow 5, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6, yellow 6 lake)May contain egg
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Butterfinger candy barCorn syrup, sugar, ground roasted peanuts, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa, molasses, and less than 1% of whey, confectioner’s corn flakes, nonfat milk, salt, lactic acid esters, soy lecithin, soybean oil, cornstarch, artificial flavors, TBHQ and citric acid, yellow 5, red 40Peanut, milk, soy
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Baby Ruth candy barSugar, roasted peanuts, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated palm kernel and coconut oil, nonfat milk, cocoa, high fructose corn syrup and less than 1% of glycerin, whey, dextrose, salt, egg, monoglyceride, soy lecithin, soybean oil, natural and artificial flavors, carrageenan, TBHQ, citric acid and caramel colorPeanut, milk, egg, soy
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Jolly Ranchers hard candyCorn syrup, sugar, contains 2% or less of malic acid, natural and artificial flavor, artificial color (red 40, blue 1, yellow 5, yellow 6), mineral oil, soy lecithinsoy
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Starburst chewsCorn syrup, sugar, apple juice from concentrate, gelatin, food starch-modified, citric acid, less than 1.5%–pectin, natural and artificial flavors, coloring (red 40, yellow 5)None; contains food starch-modified
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Dum Dum LollipopsSugar, corn syrup, malic acid, artificial flavor, artificial colorContains artificial colors and flavors
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Crunch BarMilk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, non-fat milk, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, vanillin), crisped rice (rice flour, sugar, barley malt, salt)Milk, soy; made in a facility that also processes peanuts, nuts, and wheat; contains barley malt (gluten)
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Krackel candy barMilk chocolate (sugar, chocolate, cocoa butter, nonfat milk, milk fat, soy lecithin, PGPR, vanillin, artificial flavor), crisped rice (rice flour, sugar, malt extract, salt, monoglycerides, tocopherols)Milk, soy; processed in a facility that processes peanuts
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WhoppersSugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, whey, cocoa, contains 2% or less of malted milk (barley malt, wheat flour, milk, salt, sodium bicarbonate), resinous glaze, sorbitan tristearate, soy lecithin, salt, natural and artificial flavors, calcium carbonate, tapioca dextrinMilk, wheat, soy
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Sour Patch KidsSugar, invert sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, citric acid, tartaric acid, artificial flavors and red 40, blue 1 and yellow 5none
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SmartiesDextrose, citric acid, calcium stearate, natural and artificial flavors, colors (red 40 lake, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6 lake, blue 2 lake)None if made in the USA
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Candy corn (Brach’s)Sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s glaze, salt, dextrose, gelatin, sesame oil, artificial flavor, honey, yellow 6, yellow 5, red 3Processed in a facility where milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soy are used in the production of other products.
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Fun + Allergy Free Candy

Halloween is a fun time for all kids. Even though these candy ingredients may make you fearful, the most important aspect is to embrace a festive, fun time on Halloween (while keeping your child safe).

Let your child experience the holiday without fear or too much restriction.

If you’re a parent of a child with food allergies or ADHD, take the steps warranted to keep her safe. Choose allergy free treats on Halloween and minimize the presence of artificial food dyes.

Are you surprised by any of these ingredients?

How to Overcome the Candy Hangover

Lots of sweets and treats can give your child a holiday hangover. Here’s how to to recover from the Halloween indulgence and plan for your candy exit strategy:

Halloween Candy Hangover: Enjoy & Let Go

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  1. “Hydrolyzed milk protein” in Almond Joy is another name for MSG, and it ruined my favorite candy bar, which I can no longer eat, due to migraines. I’m concerned as well about “artificial flavors” being cover for MSG-like ingredients, because I’ve had troubles with KitKat, M&Ms, and now Butterfingers or Crunch bars, today.

  2. Nerds says “none” in this article, however Nerds ingredients information shows “may contain Egg.”

  3. Thank you so much for putting this together. We don’t plan on letting our little eat any of this candy, he’s agreed to trade it in for a toy at Target, but just incase something slips by, its good to know!