We all know that health plays a big role if you want to live a long happy life. And we also know that not every delicious treat contributes to our well-being. Snack by snack, sweet by sweet it can actually lead us down the short road – straight to diabetes and then … well to death. And also to the death and suffering of millions of animals. Let that sync in… Yes… Candy is evil.

So why is candy so evil and is there anything we can do about it? Should I never digest a jelly bean ever again? Should I lock up all the chocolate bars? How can I calm my nurse girlfriend when she comes home from a 12 hour night-shift of reanimating crazy half-deaf people. She needs chocolate! – We all do. Or should we just accept a sugar overdose related death? Is there another way?

Unhealthy Candy

First we need to understand what’s so bad about these delicious treats. There are various factors which make candy unhealthy:

  • Crazy amounts of processed sugar
  • Artificial flavorings, colors and preservatives
  • Animal based ingredients

The addictiveness and high caloric content of sugar is the killer combo that leads to obesity. It is also proven that big amounts of sugar will turn off your immune system temporarily. Yikes!

Artificial flavors might be used to make up for the lack of sugar. Or to give that extra addictiveness or boost in taste. Artificial colors are used for that extra shine or for the unnatural radioactive neon glow. Artificial preservatives increase shelf life and ease conditions of transport. Any processed stuff is not good for you.

Using animal based ingredients like dairy, gelatin or beeswax is just unnecessary damage to our ecosystem. These also tend not to be the healthiest as they are fairly processed.

Why are we doing this? Why are we disturbing the bees and slaughtering pigs for candy? A big reason is that it’s cheaper to do it this way – a bigger buck in Mr Mars pocket.

Healthy Cruelty-Free Sweets

The truth is we all want to munch on something sweet while enjoying the movies or after a stressful day of slaying out there. As more people are becoming conscious of their choices – companies are following. There are more healthy vegan alternatives then ever. They might be a bit more expensive than non-vegan treats, but they are worth every penny. And they wont get you killed. We have field-tested and picked out the most healthier ones. When scouting for delicious treats we accounted for:

  • At minimum has to be vegan and cruelty-free
  • Low sugar content
  • No artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives
  • Higher than usual protein content
  • Contains healthier than usual ingredients like: turmeric, ginger etc
  • Medicinal health benefit such as: vitamin supplement (D3, B12), probiotic, prebiotic or other.
  • And ofcourse has to be tasty 🙂

So the answer is: Yes – you can have candy. Just choose wisely and stock up creates of the good stuff, so you wont go crazy if it’s 2 am, Game Of Thrones just released a new episode and you have no vegan alternatives to binge on.

Vegan Gummies

Are Gummy Bears / Gummies Vegan?

In Estonia there is hardly any plant-based gummy bears. If you search hard enough you can find some stores that stock vegan gummies (Biomarket). But in US and some other countries, or online shops like Amazon you can find plenty of vegan gummy candies.

So why are some gummy bears not vegan? Because they contain gelatin. Gelatin is made from collagen found in animal body parts like skin and bones. Yumyum! – not so fun.

Are Jelly Beans Vegan?

What about jelly beans – are they vegan? Usually jelly beans do not contain gelatin but they might contain beeswax and shellac. Beeswax is wax produced by bees – this gives the beans their shine. And shellac is basically bug poop… this supposedly gives a good flavor. These ingredients make most jelly beans vegetarian, but not vegan. There are more and more vegan jelly beans appearing on the market. We have noted down the best ones.

Vegan “Gelatin”

If you would like to make your own gummies, then you can make some vegan gelatin by yourself. You can use either agar-agar, which is made from algea. Or you can use a type of dried seaweed called carrageen. There is also Vegan Jel – which is a powder that you can add into your mixture. Good agar-agar can also be ordered from Amazon.

Vegan Gelatin
Jel – Vegan Raspberry Gelatin by Bakol

Best Organic Vegan Gummy Bears

1. Surf Sweets – Organic Fruity Bears

Surf Sweets - Organic Fruity Bears by Wholesome
Surf Sweets – Organic Fruity Bears by Wholesome

Your daily dose of vitamin C in the form of these bad boys! Personally love the grapefruit and orange taste. Good to stack up on these for horrible winter days. Nothing wrong with some braincandy!

2. Wholesome – Organic Cinnamon Bears

Cinnamon Organic Bears by Wholesome
Cinnamon Organic Bears by Wholesome

Gummy bears with cinnamon – what?!? You either hate them or love them. Simple ingredients and a spicy taste which makes them really unique. Best match for some warm tea after a nice hike in the woods.

3. J. Luehders – Smoothie Gummies

Smoothie Gummies by J. Luehders
Smoothie Gummies by J. Luehders

Healthy as it can get – smoothie made into gummies. These have an awesome texture. Banana, cherries, apples and passion fruit – all in one 🙂

4. Organic Gummy Cubs – Cubilicious Peaches

Organic Gummy Cubs - Organic Candy Factory
Organic Gummy Cubs – Organic Candy Factor

California made gummy bears without all the crap. Gelatin free, gluten free, gmo + pesticide free, nothing artifical ever, no corn syrup, vegan and a cub hug of vitamin c.

5. Yummi Bears Organics – Gummy Vitamin

The Original Gummy Vitamin: Yummi Bears Organics by Hero Nutritionals
The Original Gummy Vitamin: Yummi Bears Organics by Hero Nutritionals

More than 20 years, made in the USA. These can be consumed as a vitamin C supplement. They have a sugary coating, so it’s more of a treat than a vitamin. Very tasty 🙂

Probiotic Gummies

And of course, when we were looking for the best vegan gummies, then you cannot get past all the vitamin and probiotic gummy bears. The fact that there is candy in the form of cubilicious bears that tastes amazing and at the same time is a health supplement gives me better hope for the future of the world. If you or your kids have a hard time taking pills, then gummies can be a perfect substitute.

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are live friendly bacteria that aid your health and digestion and are in the form of dietary supplements or food. Probiotics can help with an unsettling stomach and against bloating.

What are Prebiotics?

Prebiotics are usually plant fibers which help with digestion. The main difference from probiotics is that they are not live bacteria. But they play a role in the same mission. Prebiotics can prepare the arena for probiotics to thrive on by providing essential food for the good bacteria.

Best Vegan Probiotic Gummies

1. Yuve Sugar-Free Probiotic Gummies

The bacteria used in this one is Bacillus Coagulans. It is known for various health benefits such as:

  • Specifically mentioned to improving the vaginal flora.
  • Relieves abdominal pain and bloating in irritable bowel syndrome patients.
  • Increased immune response to viral changes.
  • Preventing recurrence of clostridium difficile associated diarrhea.
Vegan Sugar-Free Probiotic Gummies from Yuve
Vegan Sugar-Free Probiotic Gummies from Yuve

Yuve is an awesome vegan company – they’re all about sustainability and their whole product line will always be plant-based. These gummies taste great even without any additional sugar and are specifically good for women as they promote healthy women’s flora and skin. Also suitable for men ofcourse. Comes in strawberry and orange flavors.

2. BeLive Probiotic Gummies – Digestive Health

BeLive also uses the same type of bacteria Bacillus Coagulans as Yuve.

Probiotic Gummies by BeLive
Probiotic Gummies by BeLive

I have to say good packaging is what caught my eye on these initially. They are not gummy bears but gummies. So no cubilicous cubs in this one. Would say these are the best, as they are not overly sweet, and taste like actual fruit! They also work very well against bloating if used daily.

3. BeLive Prebiotic Fiber Gummies

The prebiotic here is Chicory Root & Inulin which are highly effective chewy fibers having benefits such as:

  • Improve digestive function.
  • Control blood sugar level.
  • Lower cholesterol levels.
  • Lower constipation.
  • Helps in achieving a healthy weight.
Prebiotic Fiber Gummies from BeLive
Prebiotic Fiber Gummies from BeLive

Also from BeLive – these fiber gummies are best combined with probiotics to get the most out of good bacteria. One benefit of getting your digestion in order is that your waist size might decrease quite a lot! Use regularly before judging these as it takes time for the bacteria to do their job and reach harmony.

4. UP4 Probiotic + Prebiotic Gummies

UP4 uses a combination of Bacillus Coagulans and Bacillus Subtillis. Some benefits of Bacillus Subtillis are:

  • Helps balance the gut.
  • Resists harmful organisms by affecting their ability to colonize.
  • Supports beneficial enzyme production in the gut including amylase, protease, pullulanase, chitinase, xylanase, and lipase.
Probiotic + Prebiotic Gummies from UP4
Probiotic + Prebiotic Gummies from UP4

This is a simple all in one solution containing both probiotics and a prebiotic. The prebiotic in this one is inulin which is sourced from chicory root. Also includes an additional vitamin C boost. The gummy consistency is achieved by using pectin. The only problem is that they are so tasty it makes you want to grab more than the daily recommended amount.

5. Havasu Premium Elderberry Gummies

Premium Elderberry Gummies from Havasu
Premium Elderberry Gummies from Havasu

This is not really a probiotic neither a prebiotic. But it’s a good gummy addition to take in addition for an improved immune system. These gummies have even more antioxidant power than a fresh whole orange. The main powerhouse here is the superfood Elderberry and added Zinc. You can take them throughout the year, every day.

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