The Healthiest Candy You Need To Try

Avoiding candy and sweets to become healthier can be a difficult task, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Glassware with different chewy candies

Sure, you could opt for sugar-free candies to help with this, but man-made artificial sweeteners aren’t good for your health either.

Luckily, the world of sweets is evolving, and there are quite a few options available that aren’t too bad for you.

Whether you want something chocolatey or sticky, companies are beginning to make candies a little healthier with natural ingredients and less sugar.

Healthier Candy Options

Here are some of the healthiest candy brands you should try on your next grocery store visit.

Smart Sweets Sweet Fish

If you’re a lover of those sweet red gummy fish, Smart Sweets offers a healthier version that has three grams of sugar and 100 calories per bag!

They’re also plant-based, gluten-free, and use no artificial colors or sweeteners!

I think they taste and look just like the normal sweet fish you usually buy! They’re delicious!

Smart Sweets offers a range of tasty gummies and other healthier candy choices!

Unreal Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars

Unreal offers a line of candies that use nothing artificial and low amounts of sugar.

One of these candies includes dark chocolate coconut bars, which are bars of chewy organic coconut covered in rich dark chocolate.

They have three grams of sugar per bar and are vegan, gluten-free, certified non-GMO, and soy-free! I love these, as they aren’t overly sweet.

Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bites

Endangered Species has a line of chocolate products that only use natural ingredients, including the following:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Fair trade vanilla, sugar cane, cinnamon, and coffee beans
  • American-grown fruits and nuts
  • Organic caramel

Their dark chocolate bites have 88% cocoa, giving you only two grams of sugar per serving (two squares).

They’re very rich and will satisfy your chocolate craving. I love dark chocolate, so these are a yes for me!

They also donate 10% of their net profits to wildlife organizations!

Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Justin’s has a tasty line of nut butter and nut butter cups that are all certified organic, use sustainable and non-GMO ingredients, and are Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Their dark chocolate peanut butter cups use organic dark chocolate as their first ingredient, followed by organic peanut butter.

I love the addition of dark chocolate instead of milk! I also love Justin’s peanut butter – it’s one of my favorite brands.

Alter Eco Chocolate

Alter Eco uses good growing practices, high-quality natural ingredients, and recyclable packaging to create many chocolate products and other items.

Their chocolate bars come in the following flavors:

  • Super Blackout 
  • Total Blackout
  • Mint Blackout
  • Raspberry Blackout
  • Brown Butter
  • Burnt Caramel
  • Sea salt
  • Salted Almonds
  • Salt and Malt
  • Coconut Toffee
  • Quinoa Crunch 

Each bar uses high amounts of cacao. So, they aren’t overly sweet, but they taste great and will fulfill your sugar craving without going overboard.

I highly recommend the Mint Blackout bar!

Dove Candy Bar

Dove is a popular chocolate brand that you’ve probably had, but you might not know that their candy is healthier than other popular brands out there.

Dove uses sustainable farming practices and makes its chocolates and chocolate bars with sugar, cocoa butter, and milk, among other ingredients.

I think their dark chocolate bar is the best.

Lily’s Sweets Gummy Bears

Lily’s Sweets has a large variety of candies and chocolates available that have no sugar added, use non-GMO ingredients, are gluten-free, and are naturally flavored and colored.

Their gummy bears are popular as an entire bag has less than one gram of sugar, 88% of your daily intake of fiber, and 70 calories! 

I love these gummy bears, and I’m happy I can eat them without any worries about unnatural ingredients or excess sugar. My favorites are the orange and strawberry flavors.

The Little Secrets cookie bars are everything you could ask for in a candy bar, but without any guilt, as they have 30% less sugar than similar candies!

Like their other products, Little Secrets cookie bars use fair trade practices, no sugar alcohols, and nothing artificial! They’re also soy-free and non-GMO. 

These are a favorite of mine, as the gooey caramel, crunchy cookie, and smooth dark chocolate shell make the perfect bite. 

Theo’s products are USDA organic and non-GMO, use fair trade practices, and are kosher!

Their mint chocolate cookie bites make the perfect poppable sweet snack, and a serving size is 23 pieces for just ten grams of sugar.

They’re also vegan and soy-free! These 55% dark chocolate organic bites are highly addicting and I love the crunchiness!

Thrive Market’s Paleo Dark Chocolate Bar

Thrive Market is a company that offers all kinds of healthy foods and foods for people with allergies and specific eating lifestyles (vegan, paleo, soy-free, gluten-free, etc.).

I love their paleo dark chocolate bar, which is also vegan and uses ethically sourced cocoa.

It has 72% cacao and uses coconut sugar as a sweetener, which is healthier than normal cane sugar. 

Wholesome Cinnamon Organic Bears

Wholesome uses fair trade, organic, high-quality sweeteners in its products, including its cinnamon bears.

These gummy bears use fruit juices and syrups, natural cinnamon, and natural colorings from fruits and vegetables. They’re also non-GMO and gluten-free!

The cinnamon bears remind me of fall with their dark red coloring and spiciness. 

Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels

Cocomels has plenty of tasty caramel products for you to try, which use coconut milk rather than dairy products. Their original coconut milk caramels are:

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Corn syrup-free
  • Vegan

They only have two grams of sugar each and contain organic ingredients!

I love the chewiness and smoothness of these delightful coconut milk caramels.

Haribo Starmix

Haribo’s Starmix combines all your favorites into one bag, including:

  • Bears
  • Snakes
  • Happy Cola
  • Happy Cherries
  • Gummi Rings

Each serving from this bag is only 100 calories and 12 grams of sugar, which isn’t bad at all for gummy candy.

Haribo gummies are hard to resist, so it’s nice to know that I can have a few without feeling any guilt. 

Peanut M&M’s

Peanut M&M’s are on the healthier side of candy, as much of the candy is just peanuts with a milk chocolate coating.

Nuts, such as peanuts, are good for you in moderation as they provide a good amount of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Peanut M&M’s are my go-to movie snack.

Unreal Milk Chocolate Gems

If you love plain M&M’s but are looking for a healthier alternative, Unreal has some tasty chocolate gems that only have 14 grams of sugar per serving.

They also color the candy coatings with vegetables, so you aren’t getting any artificial food colorings.

These taste just like the original M&Ms to me, but there’s nothing bad in them!

Manuka Honey Pops

Lollipops are one of my favorite candies, but they do contain an unhealthy amount of sugar.

Wedderspoon has organic honey lollipops to satisfy that stick candy craving without tons of sugar or artificial colors and flavors.

They use organic cane sugar syrup and organic honey to make them sweet, and they even have 100% of your daily vitamin C intake!

Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets Hard Candy

Dr. John’s has a variety of sugar-free candies and chocolates available if you’d rather not have any cane sugar at all.

They sweeten their hard candies with xylitol and stevia extract, which are both nature-made sweeteners.

They also flavor and color their candies with fruit and vegetable juices. I love the watermelon-flavored ones!

Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar

Lindt is one of the most famous chocolate brands in the world, offering the best of the best when it comes to chocolate.

Their 90% cocoa dark chocolate bar is one of my favorites to indulge in, as it’s very rich and only has two grams of sugar per serving.

Dark chocolate like this also has antioxidants and plenty of minerals, potentially aiding in your heart health.

Healthier Candy Options

  1. Smart Sweets Sweet Fish
  2. Unreal Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars
  3. Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Bites
  4. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
  5. Alter Eco Chocolate
  6. Dove Candy Bar
  7. Lily’s Sweets Gummy Bears
  8. Little Secrets Dark Chocolate with Salted Caramel Cookie Bars
  9. Theo Mint Chocolate Cookie Bites
  10. Thrive Market’s Paleo Dark Chocolate Bar
  11. Wholesome Cinnamon Organic Bears
  12. Cocomels Coconut Milk Caramels
  13. Haribo Starmix 
  14. Peanut M&M’s
  15. Unreal Milk Chocolate Gems
  16. Manuka Honey Pops 
  17. Dr. John’s Healthy Sweets Hard Candy 
  18. Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar 

Final Thoughts

It is rather challenging trying to avoid sugar altogether, so the best option is to find healthier versions of sweets that will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Use this list of the healthiest candy brands to make your sweet snacking habits a little healthier for your body and reduce your overall sugar intake.

Let us know in the comments below which healthy candies you enjoy the most.

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.