When your sweet tooth is too strong to ignore, lessen your diet guilt by sinking your teeth into an organic treat. Though organic candies and sweets are certainly not calorie free or foods to indulge in too much, they are at least made with wholesome organic ingredients that give them an edge in overall health and nutrition. Here are the 10 best organic candies and sweets.
1. Kopali Organic Fair Trade Chocolates
Kopali's Fair Trade Chocolates are the ultimate in melding indulgent taste, high-antioxidant nutrition and eco-consciousness. Choose from chocolate-covered cacao nibs, goji berries, banana, mulberries and espresso beans. Kopali, the 2007 winner of the Socially Responsible Business Award for natural, organic and sustainable products, brings premium, responsibly produced, antioxidant-rich dark chocolate together with some of the planet's most healthful superfoods in an irresistible, preservative-free treat. For more information, visit KopaliOrganics.com.
2. Yummy Earth Organic Gummy Bears
When the kid in you craves a colorfully sweet chew, give Yummy Earth Organic Gummy Bears a bite. Created by two dads in search of candy untainted with chemicals, artificial flavors and high-fructose corn syrup, these bright little bears are made from organic fruit extracts, rice syrup and other natural ingredients. Each pack, which provides 100 percent of the daily value for vitamin C, offers gummy bears in three fun flavors: Pomegranate pucker, strawberry smash and sour apple tart. Yummy Earth also makes sour worms, candy drops and lollipops in a wide assortment of flavors. For more information, visit YummyEarth.com.
3. St. Claire's Organic Licorice Sweets
Another satisfying chew, St. Claire's Organic Licorice is not only chemical free, it's allergen free as well. Made with organic molasses granules, organic evaporated cane juice, licorice root powder, anise and fennel essential oils, this lovely licorice is hard to resist. For more information, visit StClaires.com.
4. Green & Black's Organic White Chocolate and Strawberries Ice Cream
Rich, creamy and sweet, Green & Black's White Chocolate Ice Cream and Real Strawberry Swirl is scrumptiously pleasurable when the need for a cool dessert arises. Made with nothing less than the finest organic ingredients, it's delicious topped with one of Green & Black's many organic chocolates. If the creamy combination of white chocolate and strawberry isn't your fave, try the organic vanilla or chocolate flavors. Visit GreenandBlacks.com for more information.
5. Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans
Fruit-flavored and delicately shelled around a sweet chewy center, Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans are made with organic, vegetarian-friendly ingredients. Choose from lemon, grapefruit, orange, cherry and grape. Visit SurfSweets.com for more information.
6. Dagoba Organic Xocolatl Nibs
The perfect essence of chocolate and spice, Dagoba's organic cocoa nibs are a 68 percent organic dark chocolate embedded with chilies and spices. Crunchy with a subtle flavor, these nibs are delish sprinkled on ice cream and used in place of roasted nuts or chocolate chips in your favorite baked goods. Visit DagobaChocolate.com for more information.
7. King's Cupboard Organic Cream Caramel Sauce
If your treat of choice is sinfully sweet caramel, you'll love this organic cream caramel sauce. Made with organic milk, evaporated cane juice, butter, sea salt and Madagascar bourbon vanilla, this dessert sauce is superlative on cakes and ice cream... or just spoon it right into your mouth. For more information, visit KingsCupboard.com.
8. Toonie Moonie Organic Marshmallow Creme
Whether you love eating marshmallow creme right out of the jar or enjoy it as a sweet binder for crispy rice bars and popcorn balls, Toonie Moonie's Organic Marshmallow Creme is made with 100 percent organic ingredients including tapioca syrup, evaporated cane juice, egg whites and vanilla extract. Dip into the tub to top sweet potatoes, make marshmallow and peanut butter sandwiches, whip it into frosting or make fudge. Visit ToonieMoonie.com for more information.
9. Annie's Naturals Organic Bunny Graham Friends
If your sweet tooth is on the unconventional (but healthful) side and you like to nibble graham crackers, Annie's Naturals Organic Bunny Grahams are the perfect treat. Available in honey, chocolate, cinnamon and chocolate chip flavors, these tasty little treats are made with wholesome organic ingredients, are free of trans and saturated fats, and are an excellent source of calcium. For more information, visit Annies.com.
10. Navitas Naturals Organic Superfood Chocolate Kits
For those times you don't want to peel a wrapper off your instant chocolate gratification, bring the art of chocolate making into your home with Navitas Naturals new Organic Superfood Chocolate Kits. Available in three delicious varieties including goji berry, cacao nib and goldenberry, each kit lets you make 12 organic chocolates in minutes. Visit NavitasNaturals.com for more information.