The Best Plant-Based Candy for a Sweet Valentine’s Day
Your plan for the perfect so-cheesy-your-date-will-melt Valentine’s Day is officially in action. You made reservations weeks in advance, spent hours scouring romantic movies only to settle on The Notebook (again), and even picked up a snazzy new outfit. But you’re stumped on the best plant-based candy to get your partner.
Whether you follow a plant-based diet or are simply trying to incorporate plant-based foods where you can, plant-based candy is great for the environment, great for your health, and a great way to make your date’s stomach flip-flop (which we’re almost certain is because of you and not the gas).
Here are our top picks for the best plant-based candy to get your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
Make a statement with a hard plant-based candy that will be as long-lasting as your relationship (or, you know, just give them the candy without the weird analogy). You can never go wrong with Jolly Rancher Hard Candies that come in a variety of flavors, colors, and sizes.
Or, if your partner prefers a little spice, Atomic Fireballs can turn up the heat on any plain ole movie night. Beware, though: At 3500 Scoville Heat units, their spiciness is comparable to that of jalapeños.
Chewy or Gummy Candy
Many caramels contain milk and other animal-based products, but Cocomels Original Coconut Milk Caramels are 100% plant-based. Cocomels also makes chocolate-covered caramels, caramel bites, and <1g of sugar packs for health-conscious valentines who still need their plant-based candy fix.
If your date is a movie lover, create a full movie theater experience complete with his or her favorite movie candy. Sour Patch Kids are one of the few mainstream gummies that aren’t made with gelatin, and SmartSweets Sweet Fish are a healthy low-calorie, plant-based alternative to the popular Swedish Fish gummies.
Chocolate Plant-Based Candy
Nothing is more synonymous with Valentine’s Day than chocolate (except perhaps overpriced jewelry and unrealistic proposal expectations). Unfortunately, most chocolate is made with milk, which is effectively NOT plant-based.
Notty Peanut Butter Cups are a non-dairy, keto-friendly take on the classic peanut butter cup but with fewer calories. They’re also double stuffed instead of what they call “average stuffed,” and honestly, who wants to be average? Plus, Notty Foods delivers, so you don’t even have to leave your PJs to spoil your date.
To get your date a plant-based candy as unique as him or herself, Raaka specialty chocolate bars are dairy-free and come in unique flavors like Carrot Caramel and Cinnamon Swirl.
Homemade Super Treats
Whether you fancy yourself a chef or just want to try your hand at creating your own version of your favorite plant-based candy, consider finding a recipe to try out at home. For example, you can try adding all your favorite treats into a superfood chocolate bark or make your very own no-bake snickers bars.
Or, if you slacked off this year and forgot to make restaurant reservations, you can even turn the night into a bake-off with your date and each create your own plant-based candy (or entire meals, if you want a challenge). Winner picks the movie!
Outstanding Foods Snacks
For the Valentine who doesn’t have much of a sweet tooth and instead would prefer a salty movie-night snack, might we suggest Outstanding Foods snacks?
With 4 to 9 grams of plant-based protein in each serving and a myriad of outstanding flavors, our Puffs, dairy-free Cheese Balls, and Pig Out Crunchies make just as sweet a gift as any plant-based candy.
While you’re out shopping for your perfect plant-based candy for your valentine, stock up on a few treats for yourself. Find Outstanding Foods snacks in stores near you.