Trick or Treat—Where is Your Halloween Candy Made?

by Sarah on October 26, 2011

Candy

 

I know it has been a few weeks since I last posted–life got busy.

Halloween is just a week away, and as usual I had not purchased my candy. While at the grocery store, I decided to load up on my favorites for Halloween-Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Twix and Almond Joy. It is the one time of year that I can purchase more than one bag of candy and not feel guilty. The Reese’s bag was the first one I grabbed and of course I had to read the label—Manufactured in Mexico.  Bummer! Ugh!  No Reese’s for me this year! NO Twix or Almond Joy either.  I continued to search and I found A LOT of the  “Distributed by” labels,  Made in Mexico and one even Made in Turkey.

Brach'sReese's

So I continued to search, now looking at candy bags that I had not even heard of before today. I think I was on a sugar high, just by being close to so much candy for so long. I am happy to say that I did walk out of the grocery store with lots of Made in the USA labeled candy–Smarties, DOTS, Chick-O-Stix, Peeps, Tootstie Rolls, Dum Dum Pops and Sour Punches. One company even proudly displaying Made in the USA on the front of the bag. 

Chick O StixTootsie RollDotsSmartiesDum DumSour Punch

To all the little ghosts and goblins that will be coming to my door this year,  I have plenty of Made in the USA treats for you!

Update:  First of all, China Ate My Jeans has an excellent post on Halloween candy.  And secondly, a loyal reader brought it to my attention that her bag of Smarties was Made in Canada.  I certainly approve of Made in Canada, but I did want to clarify that I misread the label. It states that it is Packed in the U.S.A. I must have been that sugar high that I mentionedWinking smile It proves that you must read labels very carefully!

Smarties back

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mbn October 26, 2011 at 4:59 am

Well, this is disturbing news. I would have assumed our candy would be manufactured in the USA. Thanks for checking out those labels Sarah! I wonder now about Mars Co. and Snickers – I’ll have to look into those. A Hershey’s brand (Reese’s) being made in Mexico is just un-American in my book. My husband (a Reese’s addict) is in disbelief. I wonder where the kisses and bars are made and why Hershey, PA smells like chocolate if they don’t manufacture here. The candy corn – is that from Brach’s or an off brand? Hooray for Tootsie Rolls and Smarties – love those! I also love the jumbo rolls of Smarties that Joanne’s sells at their checkout – I’ve never seen them that big.

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Sarah October 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

mbn,
Thanks for commenting! I wish we could ban the “Distributed by” label so we could see where everything is actually manufactured.
Sarah

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Carolyn October 27, 2011 at 4:32 am

Will be checking my candy.

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Sarah October 27, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Carolyn,
Thanks for commenting! Check all labels, even the candies I mentioned, because I looked at another Tootsie Roll product and it was not labeled Made in the USA!
Sarah

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sharon from farm and fru fru October 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

oh my goodness! so happy to see your blog and will be checking my candy today….if it is still here….and i can find where i hid it….or did i eat it all?

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Sarah October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Sharon,
Thanks for commenting! I love your blog Farm and Fru Fru!
Sarah

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mae November 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I was just shopping for something cheap, in bulk when I spotted Red Bird Brand soft peppermint puffs. Proudly made in the USA. Real cane sugar not HFCS (I know, I know, it’s candy, whatevah. Real sugar is a start).

Open the container and whoosh, the aroma of real mint.

I thought the kids would scoff at it a bit but the response was fantastic “great! mints! thanks” was what I heard all night from angels to vampires and zombies.

I have not posted a review to my blog yet but will on http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/

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Sarah November 2, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Mae,
Thanks for commenting! Where did you find the Red Bird Brand peppermint puffs? They sound really good! I will check out your blog.
Thanks again,
Sarah

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Mae October 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Sarah,

Sorry for the long (nearly year long) delay. I just saw your post.

I first found Red Bird Brand at my pet store. Yes, the LPS, that’s local pet store folks has many things. Pet supplies of course and paper towels, batteries etc. I can’t count on them to stock any particular non-pet supplies. I think their buyer just has fun with us. That day, candy!

My review here: http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/2011/11/trick-or-treat-where-is-your-candy-from.html

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Sarah October 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Thanks for getting back in touch and for the information! Happy Halloween!

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Sarah November 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Great post! Not only has Hershey’s outsourced much of their chocolate manufacturing to Mexico, they also refuse to take action to stop the use of child labor in the supply of their cocoa. Check out the “Time to Raise the Bar” Campaign: http://www.raisethebarhershey.org/

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Sarah November 2, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Sarah,
Thanks for commenting! That is just so wrong! I will check the website.
Thanks again,
Sarah

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Sheri November 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Just Born, the makers of Peeps and Goldberg’s Peanut Chews still make their candy in PA. There may be certain procucts in the Mars line still made in USA also , not sure though.

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Mae February 3, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Here’s my favorite local chocolate company. Wonderful products made in the good ol’ USA and sourced from chocolate that is child slavery free:

http://madeinusareviews.blogspot.com/2010/05/body-by-chocolate.html

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