- Sjaaks makes some awesome chocolates, with some vegan options. All are Organic and Fair Trade...and tasty! They are well-priced, too. A 1.5lb tub of their individually wrapped peanut butter bites will set you back a mere $30 or so, and that should take care of about 100 rings of the doorbell.
- Divine Chocolates is another personal favorite. A half pound tub with about 50 pieces of 70% dark chocolate costs $14.99. More importantly, though, the chocolate is really good. "The cocoa is grown in the shade of the tropical rainforest, and slowly fermented and dried in the sun by the farmers, who take great pride in the chocolate company they co-own."
- Endangered Species sells bags of Fair Trade Milk and Dark chocolate mixes at retailers like Whole Foods and Vitamin Cottage. If you want to forgo the milk and purchase just the vegan varieties, you can do that through their online store. They also sell in larger quantities than the bags, for those who live in areas where the doorbell rings all night long. Not only is this chocolate Fair Trade, but the farmers also co-own their product, and the company adheres to strict environmental standards. A portion of proceeds from the sale of their chocolates are donated to organizations that work to preserve natural habitats for endangered animals.
Of course, there are plenty of non-chocolate treats, too...just make sure that you are not buying candy from the parent companies that support the use of slave labor. (Kraft, anyone?)
Or, you can skip the candy altogether. We've taken to that approach in recent years. My husband did have a conniption the year I tried handing out mini boxes of raisins, insisting that our home would be egged by morning if I continued with the execution of my plan...but we've had good success doling out glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces, boxes of crayons, bubbles, mini paint and brush sets, or healthier food items like individual packages of organic animal crackers, pretzels, trail mix packages and granola bars.
Like it’s not enough to make the crappy chocolates from corn syrup and cow’s milk...the major candy companies force foreign engineering students and little kids to make the crappy chocolates, too, and terrorize them in the process. Hershey’s, you are the worst. Fair Trade, you guys. It costs more because it isn’t made by slaves.