It was difficult to choose among Ethique’s shampoos and conditioners. Their conditioners are also palm oil free.
Ethique Hair Sampler
We were happy to see they Ethique offers a Hair Sampler pack.
It comes with five small bars: three shampoos and two conditioners.
We bought this as a way to try them. We loved each one. Each lasts a long time. And amazingly, they produce foam and lather. Having never tried a shampoo bar before, they were easy to use.
Also, the scents weren’t strong. Even better: They are natural and not made from chemicals.
The Hair Sampler is great way to try a few to see which work best for your scalp and hair needs.
Ethique’s hair products don’t leave residues on your scalp, nor will they inflame your scalp. Since the 1990s, I’ve reactive to SLS and other chemicals in shampoos. I don’t have any issues since using Ethique’s shampoos and conditioners. It’s been incredible.
Since purchasing the Hair Sampler, I bought the full-sized Heali Kiwi. I liked it but want to try another one. Now that it’s running low, I’m ordering Ethique’s Frizz Wrangler.
In addition, Ethique donates 20% of profits to organizations including: International Animal Rescue; The Orangutan Project; World Animal Protection; HUHA (Helping You Help Animals)
Note: Of all the conditioners we looked at, so far this is the only brand of conditioner without palm oil we were able to find available in the United States.
On a personal note, after using the Sampler, I chose to purchase The Guardian. I’ve used this conditioner for months; the bar lasts a very long time. My hair was always tangly after getting out of the shower but now I comb through it easily.
Fat and the Moon
All of Fat and the Moon’s products are palm oil free. They offer an extensive line of products.
They have a dry shampoo without palm oil.
Lavender & Cocoa Dry Shampoo
With just four ingredients, this dry shampoo includes lavender essential oil and cleans your hair and scalp without stripping away your natural oils.
This is a company who makes all of their products palm oil free. This includes their shampoo bars, hair oils, bar soap, and lotions. They highlight that they are palm oil free.
Their ingredients are easy to find on their website.
In addition, their products are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free and vegan friendly. Even more, they don’t use parabens and sulfates.
They make four different shampoo bars, 3.5 ounces each.
All hair types:
Shampoo Bar with Shea Butter & Apple Cider Vinegar
Beach Hair Shampoo Bar
Thick hair and curly hair: Citrus Shine Shampoo Bar
Dandruff prone; oily scalp: Not a Flake Shampoo Bar – made with tea tree oil and lime oil
Based in California, Unearth Malee is a palm oil free company.
Their products are also vegan and organic. And, they advertise they are palm oil free on their labeling.
These bars are between 4.5 oz and 5 oz.
Normal to Dry hair:
Agave Nectar Aloe Shampoo Bar
Coconut Milk Thai Lime Shampoo Bar
Dry scalp: Rosemary Mint Green Tea Shampoo Bar
Shampoo for thin hair: White Orchid Ginseng Shampoo Bar
They give back to non-profits, including Orangutan Foundation International.
Please support these brands of palm free shampoos and palm oil free conditioner. Have you found others? Please add them to the Comments so we can check them out. See our lists of Palm Oil Free Products.
Use this list as a starting point. It is not guaranteed. Look for Palm Oil Free labeling from the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme which is recognized in 20+ countries, including the United States.
Over-the-counter medicine without palm oil is difficult to find. Palm oil derivatives are common in capsules, tablets, pills and liquid medications.
We seek out palm oil free medications because our son has negative reactions to palm oil. In the past, we didn’t realize the antihistamines and other medications were making him worse due to the palm oil derivatives in them.
He would get sore throats. Some of them would lead to longer illnesses.
(Note, palm oil derivatives are also most always in vitamins, minerals, and supplements.)
Palm oil free medication
Recently, we found a palm oil free solution for antihistamines, allergy medications, fever reducers, etc. We have these over-the-counter (OTC) medications without palm oil.
Please note, this is not medical advice. Discuss with your healthcare provider what medications you should take.
Here we are sharing our experience. This is the way we were able to acquire palm oil free medicine.
Medicine without palm oil
First, it’s important to know some of the common palm oil derivatives in medications. They include:
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Read the labels for the vitamins, supplements, and medications in your home.
Chances are, you will see at least one of these ingredients listed on each bottle or package because there are many palm oil uses in medicines.
Ingredients such as Propylene Glycol keeps liquid medications shelf-stable.
Manufacturers use stearates such as Magnesium Stearate to help lubricate capsules and tablets. Also, stearates help ensure the tablets don’t stick to the machine
Polysorbate 80 helps bind ingredients together and to improve the consistency in gel caps.
There are many other reasons as well, including using them as stabilizers and fillers.
Using a compounding pharmacy
If you have a compounding pharmacy in your area, you may be able to get medicine without palm oil. You will need a prescription from your doctor.
First, know what OTC medications you are trying to replace. Next, call the compounding pharmacy to ask if they have the active ingredient available.
Ask the compounding pharmacy for approximate pricing before you call your doctor’s office to ask for a prescription.
Most likely, the compounding pharmacy will not accept health insurance. Therefore, you will be paying for the medication out of pocket. It’s important for you to know the charges before you order the medicine.
Find out as much as you can before you call the doctor’s office to minimize questions later.
Read below to learn our experience buying four compounded prescriptions without palm oil:
Pain medication in the form of Ibuprofen
Two antihistamines (Claritin equivalent and Benadryl equivalent)
Pain medication without palm oil
We didn’t realize the OTC children’s liquid Ibuprofen we were giving our son had palm oil derivatives.
We wanted a palm free option on hand to be able to give him for fevers or pain relief. Because every label we read in the stores contained palm oil derivatives, we called a compounding pharmacy.
We asked if we could have the Ibuprofen itself — the active ingredient in these OTC medicines — in some form.
The person at the compounding pharmacy said we could with a prescription from our physician. They explained if it was a liquid, it would only last for 30 days (without the palm oil derivative-type of ingredients such as Propylene Glycol).
In order for it to be shelf-stable longer than 30 days, we asked about them making it into a capsule form.
After speaking with the compounding representative, I called my son’s pediatrician’s office. I explained what I wanted.
The doctor was able to write and prescribe 400 mg of Ibuprofen in capsule form with additional notation on the prescription to include “hypoallergenic medicine.” The doctor added “not to include Propylene Glycol and Magnesium Stearate.”
We now have 90 capsules, each with 400 mg of Ibuprofen, to have as the need arises.
The receipt / label states: 90 CAP IBUPROFEN (NO FILLER) (VEGGIE) 400MG CAPSULE
Talk to the pharmacist
It’s essential you talk to the pharmacist once he/she has the prescription from your doctor. Our compounding pharmacist called us after she received it.
You have to clarify what the pharmacy will make the capsule with.
Originally, when I spoke with the rep, she said it would be derived from pine bark.
Upon pressing further in the conversation with the pharmacist, I learned the capsules would contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate as well.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is often made from palm oil.
After much consulting with the pharmacist, they were able to make it without the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.
(Note, I should have asked the doctor to include “no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” on our other prescriptions. This is something you may want to do. If you don’t, remember to tell them you don’t want Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in the medication.)
Again, this is not medical advice. At the store, the pharmacist said to be sure we give him food when we give him Ibuprofen (adults too). She suggested a banana or yogurt, even if it was at night. She said the medicine is hard on the stomach.
Cough medicine without palm oil
During the calls for the Ibuprofen, with the compounding pharmacy and doctor, I also asked for a palm oil free cough suppressant medicine.
The doctor wrote a prescription for Dextromethorphan. They didn’t have it in stock and had to order it. The minimum they would fill was 90 capsules.
Based on my son’s age and weight, the doctor prescribed 30 mg capsules.
I picked up the Ibuprofen and asked about the capsule for the cough medicine. The representative again assured me it would be made from pine bark.
After I pressed further, she said they would need to add a filler because each capsule was only 30 mg. It was too small an amount to fill with only the Dextromethorphan. If they did it by hand, it would be time-consuming and cost more.
After discussing the options, we agreed upon baking soda, Sodium Bicarbonate, as the filler.
The label reads: DEXTROMETHORPHAN HBR (SOD BICARB-VEGGIE) 30 MG
We are very relieved to have these medicines on hand for the times our son is sick.
Update: I am happy to report the Ibuprofen and cough medicine both relieved his symptoms and didn’t cause additional problems and reactions as medications have in the past.
It is a huge relief to have these medications. We threw away our other OTC pain and cough medicines so we wouldn’t give them to him in error.
Antihistamines without palm oil
A week after we picked up the above medicines, I ordered allergy medications.
The OTC children’s liquid allergy medications we had in our medicine cabinet all had what-seemed-to-be palm oil derivatives in them. When my son took these medications, he would get a sore throat.
(The companies have yet to respond to my email inquiries asking them to confirm if the ingredients in question are derived from palm oil.)
First, I wanted a stripped-down Benadryl equivalent. The active ingredient in Benadryl is Diphenhydramine, a histamine-blocker.
Second, I wanted an OTC allergy medication for typical allergy symptoms. I was hoping to get the active ingredient in Allegra. We had never used Zyrtec or Claritin.
I called the same compounding pharmacy I used to get the Ibuprofen and cough medicine to ask if I could get these antihistamines. They had the active ingredient in Benadryl which they could make for me with a prescription.
However, they were unable to get Fexofenadine, the name of the active ingredient in Allegra. The pharmacy rep said they could use the active ingredient in Zyrtec which is Cetirizin. She explained, however, “it would be expensive,” and dissuaded me from it.
She needed to verify and call me back to see if they could get Loratadine, the active ingredient in Claritin.
Calling another compounding pharmacy
While I was waiting, I called another compounding pharmacy in our area. This second compounding pharmacy had the Benadryl equivalent, Diphenhydramine, in stock.
They too were unable to get the Fexofenadine. However, they did have the Claritin equivalent, Loratadine, in stock.
From this second pharmacy, I was able to acquire these antihistamines without palm oil.
I phoned my son’s pediatrician’s office and explained exactly what I wanted in the form of these two medications. The pediatrician called me back. He was able to write the prescription like he did for the other two medications.
When the pharmacist had the prescriptions, he called me to clarify and confirm what I wanted. We had a detailed conversation to ensure there wouldn’t be any palm oil derivatives in the capsules or as fillers.
The labels read:
DIPHENHYDRAMINE (DYE/LACTOSE FREE) 25 MG CAP
LORATADINE (DYE/LACTOSE FREE) 10 MG CAP
Now with four common OTC medications being palm oil free, we feel much better about giving these to our son when it’s necessary.
Cough drops without palm oil
Typically, the cheaper the cough drop, the more likely it contains palm oil.
Many store brand cough drops include these palm oil derivatives:
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Name brand cough drops often contain Glycerin.
Unless you contact the company directly to ask them the SOURCE of these ingredients, you won’t know if they are derived from palm oil.
However, generally, companies are looking for inexpensive ingredients, and palm oil is cheap.
We have not yet researched cough drops without palm oil. However, a brand to consider may be Halls Cough Drops. If you are at the store, you may want to keep this brand in mind.
We found these cough drops without Glycerin or Medium Chain Triglycerides and use them exclusively:
Young Living Essential Oils Thieves Cough Drops
The active ingredient is 8 mg of menthol.
Ingredients include 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils. Also, they are free from preservatives, dyes, artificial flavors, and sugar.
Talk to your doctor
If you are seeking medicine without palm oil, it’s important to speak with your doctor. Most medications contain fillers, lubricants, stabilizers, emulsifiers, and more.
In order to get a “stripped down” version, you will most likely need to go to a compounding pharmacy.
Talk with your doctor about options for medicines.
For us in our situation, it’s been reassuring to know we can give our son these palm oil free medications when he needs them.
Many people avoid palm oil due to the environmental issues. Once you know names for palm oil derivatives, it may surprise you to learn how prevalent palm oil is in everyday products.
Read labels. Be an educated consumer. See our list of palm oil free products and support them when you shop. What’s in your medicine? Please leave a note in the Comments.
Food manufacturers now use palm oil because it mimics “what’s good about” trans fats.
Makes foods creamy and thickens
Palm oil helps to thicken foods, adding creaminess.
Manufacturers use palm oil for this reason in foods such as ice cream, margarine, buttery spreads, frosting, chocolate and hazelnut spread, salad dressing, gravy in jars, chocolate, caramel, whipped topping, etc.
Makes foods easy to stir
You may see palm oil in brands that highlight their “no stir” labeling.
Companies use palm oil in peanut butter, canned frosting, ice cream, hazelnut and chocolate spread, buttery spreads and margarine and other foods in which consumers want to be able to spread or stir the product.
Keeps food from drying out; keeps it crispy and crunchy; and extends the shelf-life
Palm oil acts as a preservative.
Companies use palm oil and palm oil derivatives so products stay fresher longer on store shelves.
They want the crackers and cookies to stay crunchy, the sliced bread to stay fresh, and the cereals and granola bars to stay crispy.
For this reason, palm oil is used in these types of foods: boxed cake mix, snack foods, pre-packaged bakery, canned shoestring potatoes and potato crisps, canned French fried onions, jerky, candy and gum, etc.
Makes foods chewy
Palm oil is used to make foods chewy, gummy, or stretchy.
This is especially common in these types of non-chocolate and chocolate candy.
It’s also very common in ready-to-eat (RTE) cereals as well as in snack and protein bars.
Keeps foods stable and acts as a moisture barrier in frozen conditions
Palm oil helps in foods stay intact while frozen.
You will find it in frozen desserts, including ice cream, sherbet, cake, pie, ice cream novelties, frozen meals, and in frozen pizza.
Companies use palm oil as an emulsifier to stabilize processed foods and prevent them from separating.
It’s used for this purpose in margarine, baked goods, packaged frosting and icing, salad oils, whipped cream topping, condensed and evaporated milk, non-dairy creamer, peanut butter, and caramel.
If you read ingredient labels for foods that have a coating or that are meant to coat, you will likely find palm oil or palm kernel oil.
Some examples include fondant, almond bark, yogurt-covered and chocolate-covered pretzels, snack bars, chocolate candy, baked goods, ice cream toppings, and chocolate coating on ice cream cones.
Creates shiny appearance
In addition, palm oil is able to create the shiny appearance in foods.
You will find palm oil in confectionery, coated snack bars, in yogurt- and chocolate-covered foods, and in bakery.
Replaces cocoa butter, milk fat, dairy in foods
Another application for palm oil is to replace ingredients.
Palm oil can be a substitute while still maintaining the integrity of the product — providing stability, mouthfeel, texture, etc.
Manufacturers use palm oil in caramel, butterscotch and many candies, in baking chips, dairy-free and low fat cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts, creamer, condensed and evaporated milk, and more.
Many gluten free and vegan foods such as crackers, butter, and cheese will use palm oil as replacements.
A candy or product labeled “chocolate flavored” typically contains palm oil as a less expensive substitute for cocoa butter.
A carton of “frozen dairy dessert” usually contains palm oil as a cheaper substitute for dairy fat.
Enhances mouthfeel and texture
Even in foods in which companies aren’t eliminating ingredients, one of the big uses for palm oil is to enhance the mouthfeel and texture in foods.
You will find it in pizza dough, candy, whipped topping, refrigerated cookie dough, gravy, hamburger, sausage, ice cream, buttery spreads, margarine, creams and fillings, and cookies and desserts.
Helps with pre-cook process
Manufacturers use palm oil to pre-cook foods before selling them.
Think of foods such as ramen noodles in which the consumer adds hot water before eating.
Palm oil is mac ‘n cheese, noodle soups, and other RTE instant foods.
For anti-caking; keeps foods from sticking together
There are many uses for palm oil derivatives in foods, including Propylene Glycol.
This is one of several palm oil derivatives that works well as an anti-caking agent.
Manufacturers use these anti-caking agents in soup and dip mix, powdered drink mix, grated cheese, pizza dough, candy, spices, cake mix, in addition to many more foods.
Prevents products from sticking to the machines
A candy manufacturer wrote us back to say this about Magnesium Stearate, a palm oil derivative:
Magnesium Stearate is used in candy to help candy not stick to the machinery as they are produced. It’s also used to maintain the shape of the candy.”
Palm oil increases volume and fluffiness
Manufacturers and bakers use palm oil to increase volume in biscuits, bread and baked goods.
As a result, palm oil gives these products a better appearance.
Also, according to Bakerpedia.com, it’s the only vegetable oil with an approximate 50/50 makeup of unsaturated fatty acids and saturated fatty acids. It acts similarly to butter in baked goods.
Absorbs water and retains moisture
Some products need to be able to absorb water and/or to retain moisture.
Companies use palm oil for this purpose in extracts, such as vanilla and almond, and some brands of food coloring.
What else is palm oil used in? As a humectant, companies use palm oil in baked goods, prepared foods, drink mixes, fondant, and cake mixes.
Another one of the uses for palm oil is to replace lard.
Palm oil works well in this capacity because its saturated – monounsaturated – polyunsaturated ratio is similar to lard.
Palm oil uses include fortification.
Companies use palm oil derivatives to supplement milk, RTE cereals and other foods which require fortification.
As an example, if you see a Vitamin A content of 10% or greater, it’s most likely in the form of Vitamin A Palmitate, a palm oil derivative.
You will see Vitamin E in the form of Tocopherols or Tocotrienols (typically from red palm oil) which is in foods, vitamins and more.
Above we explained some of the uses for palm oil in foods, vitamins and medicine, self-care products, beauty products, and cleaning products. When you account for the hundreds of palm oil derivatives, you can see how it is able to take on many forms for many different types of applications.
Even the organic versions typically contain palm oil.
Biggerbolderbaking.com offers an easy recipe to make your own frosting using (real) butter, (whole) milk, pure vanilla extract, and confectioners’ sugar. It includes palm oil free ways to make vanilla, chocolate, coffee, mint, strawberry, peanut butter, and lemon frosting.
Pie crusts for pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie
As stated above, your pie crust will most likely contain palm oil unless you make it from scratch without shortening.
There are many recipes for pie crusts using butter online from toriavey.com.
Most all prepared desserts at the grocery store contain palm oil ingredients. This includes cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, scones, tarts, and more.
If you make your own desserts, you can ensure they are palm oil free. As we stated above: Use real butter and whole milk, and avoid shortening.
Disclaimer: Read labels at the point of sale. Manufacturers change ingredients. This list isn’t guaranteed and is meant to be a starting point. Products should be certified Palm Oil Free by the International Palm Oil Free Certification Trademark Programme.
At Halloween, candy companies sell big bags with a mix of different candies. When you buy a bag with just one type of candy, it’s easier to avoid palm oil.
Buy just one type of candy per bag, and make your own mix!
Manufacturers change their labeling regularly. This list of candy without palm oil is intended to be a starting point. We researched online, in stores, and emailed companies and used this list of hundreds of names for palm oil. (Most don’t include “palm” in the ingredients.)
We regularly update this candy list. You make a big difference when you support orangutan-friendly palm oil free candy and treats at Halloween and all year.
Chocolate without palm oil
These convenient options make it easy for the Everyday Consumer to make an impact.
Milk Chocolate with Almonds
Special Dark with Almonds
Halloween labeling:Glow in the Dark Snack Size Wrappers Milk Chocolate (shown)
Note: Bags of Hershey’s Miniatures may contain palm oil derivatives. See below. Mr. Goodbar Chocolate Candy with Peanuts includes palm oil.
Milk Chocolate – silver foil
Milk Chocolate with Almonds – gold foil or holiday colors
Note: M&M’s Dark Chocolate Peanut – purple and yellow bag – contains palm oil.
In 2018, Peanut M&M’s (yellow bag) changed their recipe and now includes palm oil. Labels now list palm oil as an ingredient.
Be sure to read all labels. Some newer flavors may contain palm oil derivatives, including Mixed Tocopherols.
Please note, Mars Wrigley Confectionery does not make claims these M&M’s are palm oil free. In addition to researching labels, I am using personal experience to say these M&M’s flavors are palm oil free. My son gets very sick from palm oil and derivatives and has enjoyed these M&M’s safely.
Goobers Milk Chocolate Covered Peanuts
Raisinets Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins
Sno Caps Semi-Sweet Chocolate Nonpareils
Reese’s: READ LABELS
Peanut Butter Cups: some individually wrapped snack size and standard size
Note: They’ve confirmed they have different recipes for their Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
You must read labels. Look for the BAGGED, INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED snack size or standard-sized cups in the candy section without a holiday theme. Many are palm oil free.
See below for an explanation about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Milk Caramel Sea Salt
Dark Almond Sea Salt
White Raspberry Popping Candy
Milk Honey Almond Nougat
Dark Pecan Coconut
Dark Milk Pretzel Toffee
Halloween labeling: Milk Caramel Sea Salt Halloween Tiny Tony’s
They wrote to say they don’t use palm oil in any of their chocolate.
York Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint Patties:
All varieties and sizes, including Halloween labeling:
Halloween Snack Size – purple spiderwebs on bag (shown)
Halloween Pumpkins – autumn-colored bag
DOVE Chocolate Simply Smooth:
Milk Chocolate Promises
Dark Chocolate Promises
Candy without palm oil
Boston Baked Beans
Candy Corn– read labels to find it without palm oil; see below
Dots – including bag with 17 mini boxes for Halloween
Dum Dums Original Pops – all flavors
Good ‘N Plenty
Hard Candy –All flavors of their Hard Candy is free from palm oil derivatives. This includes their bags of Original, Fruit ‘N’ Sour, Fruit Bash, plus individual flavors. Give a handful!
Lollipops Spooky Sweets (shown)
Grape and Strawberry “For the Love of Nerds”
Red Hots Original Cinnamon Candy
22 Halloween Ring Pop bag
36 Halloween Ring Pop box (shown)
Wholesome Organic Lollipops – 30 count
Assorted Flavor Lollipops: 80 count; at Target
Hot Chili Lollipops
Organic Candy Corn: 24 count; at Target
Organic Hard Candies:
Organic Pomegranate Pucker
Assorted Flavor Gummy Worms
Organic Sour Beans
Organic Fruit Snacks: 12 pack at Target
Organic Tropical Fruit Snacks
YumEarth very transparently lists all of their ingredients on their website.
Nuubia Chocolate: Makes all of their chocolate without palm oil.
Nelly’s Organics: They make all of their chocolate bars without palm oil.
Peanut Butter Coconut
Tony’s Chocolonely: They make all of their chocolate without any palm oil. See above.
Also, it’s great The Hershey Company and Mars, Inc. still make some palm oil free chocolate. This makes it easy and accessible for the Everyday Consumer to choose palm oil free chocolate.
When possible, choose fair trade chocolate to make an even greater difference.
Fair Trade Chocolate without palm oil
There are other chocolate manufacturers — usually Fair Trade Certified Chocolate — who make their candy without palm oil as well; however, they may not be as practical to hand out for trick or treating.
We will be adding more to this post to include Fair Trade Certified Chocolate.
Some brands to consider — that as of now we believe to be palm oil free — but haven’t thoroughly researched yet — are:
barkTHINS —Read labels; most of their flavors are palm oil free.
Equal Exchange Chocolates
Tony’s Chocolonely — All of their chocolate bars are palm oil free.
Remember, just because it doesn’t say palm oil, palm kernel oil, or hydrogenated palm oil, it may still contain it.
There are many ways candy manufacturers use palm oil in candy. These ingredients are usually derived from palm oil.
In chocolate-type candy, these may appear as:
Cocoa Butter Substitute (CBS)
Cocoa Butter Equivalent (CBE)
Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil
Mono- and diglycerides
In non-chocolate candy, these ingredients may be derived from palm oil:
Citric Acid – often but not always
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Mono- and Diglycerides
Vitamin A Palmitate
Finding candy ingredients online
The Hershey Company is a company who very clearly and transparently lists all of their ingredients online. It’s very easy to find the ingredients for all of their candy products.
Some of the other candy manufacturers list their ingredients but you really have to search for the information. Most of it is just colorful, animated advertising.
Some candy companies’ websites don’t have ANY information about their ingredients.
The Hershey’s site is by far the most transparent system of any of the mainstream candy companies, including Mars, Inc., Nestle, Wrigley, Wonka, Ferrara Pan, Goetze, Spangler, Mondelez International, Tootsie Roll Industries, and the others.
Additionally, we researched in stores.
We also emailed the companies to confirm their candy is palm oil free. We are waiting for confirmation on some, especially as to where the “source” of their ingredients come from.
Many candy companies will not answer the question of the SOURCE of some of their ingredients.
Meaning, it may say “Citric Acid” on the package but was that citric acid sourced from palm oil? (We have confirmed it is the red whips, licorice type candies.)
Many companies didn’t write back to disclose the source of their Mixed Tocopherols, Mono- & Diglycerides, etc. which are common in candy.
International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme
We used their list — which includes hundreds of palm oil derivatives — to research ingredients in candy.
Using Palm Oil Free labeling is the only way to know for sure if something is palm oil free. Please use this list as a reference only.
Palm oil free Halloween candy
Please note, we continue to update this list to include what we believe to be palm oil free candy, chocolate and treats.
Our intention was to compile an updated list of Halloween candy without palm oil. We wanted it to be easy for consumers to find in stores so we focused on popular candies.
While there are many specialty candy companies who do make palm oil free candy — and we want to support them — it’s not always practical to buy them, especially when you want to buy in bulk for lots of trick or treaters.
Also, while it’s tempting to buy a big bag with a variety of candies, it’s better to buy individual bags of each candy.
It’s rare you will find a mix of candy without palm oil all in one bag.
Note, many manufacturers change ingredients for their Halloween and holiday candy. They may offer different sizes, packaging and flavors.
Disclaimer: We obtained this ingredient and product information from researching online, contacting companies, and in stores. Please note, manufacturers change their labeling regularly. We have compiled this information for reference purposes only. Use this list as a starting point as you read labels and do your own due diligence. This list is not guaranteed.
This is not meant to be medical advice. As the consumer, please read ingredient labels for each product you plan to purchase. Contact companies if you have questions about their ingredients.
Sometimes even on the same shelf, for the same exact-looking product, the ingredients vary. (This is especially the case for Brach’s Candy Corn and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Some state “Palm Oil” ingredients and some do not.)
Candies with palm oil ingredients
While this site strives to focus on and highlight products and candy without palm oil, we want you to know the candies we researched to show you how prevalent palm oil is popular candy brands.
We researched each of these candies and treats. If they are appear below it is because their labels list “Palm Oil,” “Palm Kernel Oil,” “Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil,” or due to their ingredients, they contain what appear to be palm oil derivatives.
We emailed companies to confirm and will continue to update as they get back with us. If they didn’t get back with us, we included them on this list because they didn’t confirm with us.
Many companies wrote to say they use sustainable palm oil and that they are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). However, we choose candy without any palm oil.
Remember, with so many orangutan-friendly candies to choose from (above) you can easily choose those that don’t contain palm oil.
List of Halloween treats and candies which have flavors that contain or may contain palm oil ingredients
Airheads – You have to read the label on each package and variety; most contain Palm Oil, Glycerol, etc.
Mellowcreme Autumn Mix
Football Candy Corn
Bull’s Eyes – Goetze’s Original Caramel Creams & other flavors
Caramel Apple Pops (Tootsie)
Pumpkins- Mixed Harvest
Pumpkins- Caramel & Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate & Cookie Crisp
List of more candies which may contain and do contain palm oil
Cookie Layer Crunch Bar
Cookies ‘n’ Cream Bar
Kisses: Read labels; many list palm oil
Mr. Goodbar: Hershey’s Mr. Goodbar now includes palm oil (summer 2019). You may find both of these on the shelf:
Milk Chocolate with peanuts – doesn’t list palm oil in ingredients
Chocolate Candy with peanuts – includes palm oil in ingredients
Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment
A note about Hershey Miniatures: This is a mixed bag of their mini candy bars. It will include some combination of Special Dark, Milk Chocolate, Mr. Goodbar, Krackel. Most all varieties with Mr. Goodbar now contain palm oil.
Awesome Twosome Bites
Crunch ‘N’ Chew
Thai Coconut Peanut
White Chocolate Peanut
Mr. Goodbar: See above under “Hershey”; their “Chocolate Candy with Peanuts” now contains palm oil
Oreo Chocolate Candy Bar
Quaker Chewy Halloween Mini Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – 28 count for Halloween
Red Vines – There is a minute amount in their Citric Acid which is derived from palm oil.
Reese’s makes so many different versions and flavors, with different ingredients and suppliers.
They usually list palm oil, palm kernel oil, etc. so read the label in advance. If it says Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and doesn’t cite the source, there may be palm oil in it, according to what it says on their website.
We wrote to them about their Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: Snack Size; 10.5 oz; UPC: 3400040211
When we sent them the UPC code, their nutrition expert confirmed they do not contain any palm oil or palm oil derived ingredients.
Also, they went on to explain:
Not all of our REESE’S products, however, are made with the same recipe.
For example, we do include palm oil as an ingredient in our unwrapped REESE’S PeanutButterCups, Minis, and some of the other variations of REESE’S products such as our White REESE’S PeanutButterCups and our Halloween White REESE’S PeanutButter Ghosts.
In addition, the REESE’S PeanutButterCups that we manufacture specifically for International markets may also contain palm oil.
The great news: You may be able to find Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups without palm oil! (THANK YOU, REESE’S!)
However, you must be diligent about reading the labels. If it says palm oil, palm kernel oil, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, etc., put it back, and look for another one.
Look for the BAGGED, INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED snack size or standard size cups in the candy section without a holiday theme.
More candies that may contain or do contain palm oil
Rice Krispies Treats Original – 12 count
Rice Krispies Treats Original Mini Squares
Tootsie Roll Midgees
Tootsie Roll Pops
Twix (all, including Twix Ghost)
Welch’s Fruit Snacks Mixed Fruit (with Vitamin A Palmitate)
Zoos support orangutan-friendly candy
Many zoos have a Halloween event — Zoo Boo, Boo at the Zoo, Boo Zoo, etc. — in which guests are encouraged to wear costumes and trick or treat throughout Halloween-themed areas. These are fun, family-friendly events.
Oftentimes, zoos publish lists of orangutan-friendly candy in order to create awareness. However, sometimes these lists are outdated.
Additionally, many of them focus on candies that use sustainable palm oil. These lists are important because they increase awareness around candy and palm oil.
We want to highlight and showcase the candy companies and brands who have found ways to make candy WITHOUT ANY palm oil.These are the companies we want to promote and tell consumers about.
Why choose candy without palm oil
In many areas in our world, and especially in Sumatra and Borneo, palm oil plantations are devastating tropical rain forests. Native people as well as populations of wildlife, including orangutans, Sumatran tigers, and more are affected.
Remember, when you don’t buy products that list Palm Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil, and Red Palm Oil, you will make a big difference!
We have compiled this information for reference purposes only; it is not guaranteed. This list is meant to be a starting point in order to help you find palm oil free Halloween candy and candy throughout the year.
We also want to inform you about how prevalent palm oil is in the candy industry.
Note: Gum without palm oil is difficult to find as it usually contains Glycerin or Glycerine, typically palm oil derivatives.
Think of other things to pass out besides palm free snacks and candy to trick or treaters. This can be nice for kids with food allergies.
Coins – Give a quarter, dimes or nickels. You can give a half dollar if you don’t have many trick or treaters.
Glow sticks, Halloween toys – Wal-Mart, Target, Oriental Trading all sell glow sticks, Halloween balls, necklaces and trinkets. Watch for the environmental impact of these items.
Here’s an alphabetical list of palm oil free candy.
List of Orangutan-Friendly Halloween Candy Without Palm Oil
Boston Baked Beans
Candy Corn Treat Packs
Classic Candy Corn
Mini Candy Corn
Naturally Flavored Candy Corn
Milk Chocolate Bars
Milk Chocolate Promises
Dark Chocolate Bars
Dark Chocolate Promises
Dum Dums Original Pops
Good ‘N Plenty
Glow in the Dark Snack Size Wrappers Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate with Almonds
Special Dark with Almonds
Fall Harvest Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate with Almonds
Monster Kisses Milk Chocolate
Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate
Spooky Kisses Milk Chocolate
Milk Chocolate with Almonds
Special Dark with Almonds
Jolly Rancher Hard Candy
Jolly Rancher Lollipops Spooky Sweets
Cookies & Screem
Fun Size Milk Chocolate Glow in the Dark Trick-or-Treat Packs
Mini’s Milk Chocolate Minitube
Mint with Dark Chocolate
White Candy Corn
White Pumpkin Pie
Nerds Grape and Strawberry “For the Love of Nerds”
Raisinets – Milk and Dark Chocolate
Red Hots Original Cinnamon Candy
Reese’s – must read labels; snack size, individually wrapped cups may be palm oil free
Wholesome Organic Lollipops
York Peppermint Patties
Yum Earth Organic Candy Corn
Yum Earth Organic Pops
List of candy without palm oil
Is your favorite candy palm oil free? Do you know of others? What do you think about companies using palm oil in candy? Leave a message in the Comments.
We continue to update this post. It’s important to buy palm oil free candy all year. When you shop for holiday candy — think Valentine’s Day candy and Easter candy — read ingredient labels. They often change for holidays.
You can have a Happy Halloween and still be orangutan-friendly.
Read all labels. Manufacturers change ingredients. This list is meant for reference only and to be a starting point.
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