What to give out on Halloween night is always such a conundrum for me. I began by avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup. That stuff is really not good for you! Then came Fair Trade. Then the question of all those plastic candy wrappers that will be on this planet for pretty much forever.
This year, I'm also trying to avoid Palm Oil. Once thought to be a healthier type of vegetable oil, palm oil has become very popular amongst manufacturers and can be found in more than 50% of products including baked goods, cosmetics, body care products, cleaning products and, yup, you guessed it, candy! Given its popularity, palm oil is now responsible for major deforestation of rain forests, pushing its inhabitants - including elephants and orangutans - toward extinction. (To learn more about palm oil, check out and how to help, check out RAN's page and heart-wrenching video.)
So, if you cross out HFCS, non-fair trade chocolate, palm oil, not packaged in plastic, what's left? What do you give out?