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Blast from the Past: Retro Treats for Halloween

halloween Let’s take a trip back to the 1950’s when even the ingredients in most treats were safe and simple. Then and now, Halloween has always been a time for tricks and for treats and a day enjoyed by kids and grown-ups alike.

Today many adults and children suffer from allergies or medical conditions that prevents them from eating certain candies/treats because of the ingredients they contain.  If you’re preparing Halloween treats for your kids. neighbors or friends then you’ll be pleased to know there are a whole range of old fashioned retro sweets that cater to different dietary requirements so everyone can enjoy Halloween safely. Even better? Plan a 1950’s Halloween party! Dress your children in their costume of choice from the Wizard of Oz to the Avengers and bring the adults along as well! Enjoy a Halloween worry free with a blast from the past!

Retro Sweets to suit all Dietary Needs

Gluten-Free Treats
If you know children who need to stick to a gluten-free diet due to a wheat allergy then the good news is you can still fill their trick or treat buckets with the past-time faves from lollipops, candy canes, bubblegum and certain gummy candies. And fans will be pleased to discover that even the fun Double Dip with its tasty sizzle dipping stick is suitable for a gluten-free diet.

Sugar Free Candies
There are plenty of sugar-free retro sweets alternatives available for kids who need to avoid sugar due to weight issues or because it puts them at danger because they’re diabetic. There’s no need for them to stand by watching their friends enjoying their favorite  sweets while they go without. Sugar-free alternatives include the fabulously fruity Sherbet Strawberries, the distinctively warming Aniseed Twists, the traditional favorite of Rhubarb and Custard and Cola Bottles – the classic retro sweet still popular in candy stores everywhere.

Vegetarian Treats
If you know a child who is vegetarian it might not immediately occur to you that this means they have to watch out for certain ingredients in sweets, but as with a Halal diet, many vegetarians avoid gelatin and other animal products contained in lots of retro sweets. Gelatin-free old fashioned sweets include Cadbury’s Chomp containing all that chocolate and caramel flavor in 100% vegetarian form, creamy Butterscotch and vegetarian-friendly Chocolate Limes with their tangy green shell and gooey chocolate center.

Treat Everyone this Halloween
We hope this gives you an insight in to just a few of the alternative retro sweets available so you don’t give the neighbors kids a fright this Halloween! Get them sweets that meet all dietary requirements and watch them enjoy their treats.

 Alexander is a seasoned food blogger with particular interest in street food, confections, cuisines and the cultures and histories behind it. He lives in London, UK with two beautiful kids and his lovely wife. He’s other interests including travelling and gadgets.

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