Think back to your fondest Halloween memories. Maybe you think of the first time you put on a cute witch hat and painted your skin green. You might remember hearing "The Monster Mash" or attending a fall festival with games nearby. No matter which part of Halloween is your favorite, there's one star of the show that probably stands out in your mind: the treats.
Being conscious of your health and choosing to eat keto-friendly meals seems like it wouldn't pair well with the biggest candy holiday of the year, but that's simply not true. We're going to show you how you can keep trick-or-treating sweet while staying keto.
When Was Candy Invented?
Candy has been around for much longer than you’d think (and well before those first Halloween masks were donned in October). The first candies were made with honey and studded with fruits or nuts. Early candies were often used medicinally, but by the 17th century, immigration to the US saw the spread of crystallized sugar candies.
Fairy Floss, known today as cotton candy, appeared way back in medieval times. But the innovative cotton candy machine wasn’t invented until 1897 by dentist William J. Morrison, making cotton candy obtainable by the masses — and net him a 1904 World’s Fair prize for “Novelty of Invention.”
Modern candy dates to the 1830s, when modern machinery stepped in. Candy makers then targeted children with penny candy (and not the ultra-rich, like before). Continuous innovations over the next 20 years further cemented candy’s popularity by allowing for heightened efficiency and different shapes to appeal to a wider range of customers of all ages.
Innovation continues today with the advent of MiiRO’s vegan chocolates.
What's Really Going on With Halloween Candy?
Candy and Halloween go together like goblins and ghouls, but did you know that this spooky tradition dates back to the 1800s? What started out as a fun taffy pull has become a multi-billion dollar industry, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that trick-or-treating became synonymous with pre-packaged treats.
Back in the 1930s and 40s, Halloween goodies included everything from cakes, cookies, fruits, and nuts to coins and toys. By the 50s, candy manufacturers realized that they could capitalize on the Halloween market as a convenient way to spread some cheer. Fast forward to 1970, and factory-made candy had become the go-to treat for families across the country.
Do you know how much candy people buy during the Halloween season? Go ahead and make a guess. Did you guess 300,000 TONS? If so, you correctly estimated the amount Americans buy each year, amounting to over 2 billion dollars in sales. (Sheesh.)
What does that mean for you? If you or your kiddos are participating in trick-or-treating activities, you'll likely come home with anywhere between 3,000 and 7,000 calories worth of sugary candy and chocolate. If you're trying to reduce your sugar and carb intake for a keto-friendly lifestyle, loads of sugar could seem counter-intuitive.
What Makes MiiRO Different From Traditional Halloween Candy?
Candy has long been associated with overly calorie treats. But MiiRO knows it doesn’t have to be that way. These plant-based chocolates are high in protein and in fiber (and taste good).
MiiRO skips the added sugars and turns to stevia, high-quality fermented erythritol, and chicory root fiber. Get the sweetness you crave, minus the synthetic additives of other brands. MiiRO makes plant-based products you can count on at a teaspoon or less of sugar per bag or package (with no funky aftertaste either). Just look at these beauties from the MiiRO Chocolate Box:
MiiRO Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars have chicory root fiber, cocoa butter, erythritol, peanut butter, chocolate liquor, natural flavoring, salt, and stevia for chocolate so good, you won’t even consider sharing. Creamy, plant-based perfection at only 4 grams of sugar for the entire 3 oz. bar means this Halloween is about to get a whole lot better.
MiiRO Peanut Butter Cups contain peanut butter, chicory root fiber, cocoa butter, erythritol, chocolate liquor, natural flavoring, salt, and stevia. Creamy and smooth, these peanut butter cups are everything you’ve wanted a PB cup to be, but delicious, plant-based goodness. At 4 grams of sugar for a whole 3.5 oz. MiiRO bag, it’s a real “wow-in-your-mouth” any time of the year.
MiiRO White Chocolate Bar With Crispy Almond Pieces use chicory root fiber, cocoa butter, almonds, erythritol, gluten-free oat flour, natural flavoring, salt, and stevia for a vegan-friendly, plant-based product that will set your heart aflutter. It’s so good, it’s almost scary. Plus, if you eat the whole 3 oz. bar, you’re still only netting 4 grams of sugar.
How To Make Halloween Keto-Friendly
If you're thinking of ways to keep Halloween tasty and fun, it might not go over well if you announce to your little ones that no one will be eating candy this year. Even if you don't have kids, the decision can feel like a buzzkill.
Fortunately, you can make Halloween fun, sweet, and keto with a bit of planning. We've got a few ideas for how to make the day keto-friendly for your household and your trick-or-treaters.
Give Out Keto-Friendly Candy and Desserts
No one should miss out on the magic of Halloween, and that includes trick-or-treating! Whether you want to supply some low-sugar treats for your own kiddos or for your neighborhood goblins and superheroes, we've got 7 ideas to help you make magic happen.
MiiRO Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar
First stop –– our very own MiiRO Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar. It's dreamy and delectable with only 2 grams of net carbs in the entire bar. This velvety smooth masterpiece is plant-based (like all of our chocolates), so it’s awesome for those looking for healthy alternatives too.
MiiRO White Chocolate Bar
Want to pass out something uniquely creamy and sweet? Or perhaps you want to indulge in your own snacking in-between visits from trick-or-treaters. Our MiiRO Vegan White Chocolate Bar With Almond Pieces deliciously satisfies your sweet tooth.
Go ahead and eat the whole thing if you want! With only 3g of carbs, you'll love how it tastes exactly like traditional white chocolate without all the guilt.
MiiRO Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups
Seriously, who doesn't love peanut butter cups? When you want to provide a low-sugar option for your kiddos on Halloween, this one is a no-brainer. Our MiiRO Keto Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups are vegan and keto-friendly, and an entire bag only contains 3 grams of net carbs and 4 grams of sugar.
Perhaps you want to pass out cute little gummy bears for your neighborhood kids. With a little preparation, you can offer treats that don't load little monsters up with too much sugar. Made with real fruit juice, sugar-free maple syrup, and agar agar powder, this recipe is so yummy that you’ll think it’s witchcraft.
The simple video in the link above will walk you through making these simple treats any time of year! Afterward, you can add them to tiny bags complete with decorative googly eyes if you're feeling creative.
Here's a non-traditional snack to pass out! Our chocolate bark recipe is easy to make and perfect for up to eight servings. You can load the top with chopped peanuts to make it more filling (and add a fun boost of protein)!
Either way, this spooky recipe uses dark chocolate, smooth peanut butter, and puffed rice to create a delicious option for low-sugar chocolate sweets! Pass them out to delight the neighborhood.
Want to make an easy, filling treat that's vegan, keto, gluten-free, and dairy-free? It's not as challenging as you might think! All you need is a few bananas, some melted dark chocolate, and other toppings of your choice.
Follow our banana popsicle recipe to create chocolate-coated bananas that are delicious and sweet without added sugar. They're a great option for keeping your little ones full!
Follow our vegan sniickrs recipe to prepare a chocolatey, nutty snack that satisfies cravings without going overboard. Oat flour, ground almonds, and coconut oil make this a yummy alternative to that other candy bar, complete with dates, maple syrup, and MiiRO chocolate to delight your sweet tooth.
Our recipe makes enough for ten hungry treat-enthusiasts. Cut them into bite-sized pieces, and you'll have enough for even more sweet-seekers.
Bottom Line: Keto Treats Are Tons of Fun
You don't have to sit Halloween out if you're eating a keto-friendly diet. Although this holiday is well-known for its sugar-heavy candies, you can treat yourself and the neighborhood to tasty plant-based sweets with MiiRO!