Even the organic versions typically contain palm oil.
Biggerbolderbaking.com offers an easy recipe to make your own frosting using (real) butter, (whole) milk, 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. 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.
Palm oil free Thanksgiving
Palm oil is in many of our favorite Thanksgiving foods.
When you prepare your shopping list, use the suggestions above to be sure you can enjoy your Thanksgiving feast without palm oil.
The turkey, sweet potato casserole, and cranberry sauce should be free from palm oil. When you make your sweet potato casserole, be sure to use real butter.
All year long, when you choose processed and pre-made foods, choose the ones with the least amount of ingredients. Read labels. You can choose palm oil free options most of the time.
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.
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: Avoid the bags of Hershey’s Miniatures, even with the flavors above. They often contain palm oil derivatives. See below. Mr. Goodbar now includes palm oil; Mr. Goodbar with palm oil and without palm oil are both in stores.
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. However, Mars, Inc. — on their site www.mms.com/us/nutrition — has still not updated this product. It doesn’t state “palm oil.”
Be sure to read all labels in case they start to change their other M&M’s flavors. Some newer flavors now include Tocopherols, which are often made from palm oil.
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.
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!
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
Also, it’s great The Hershey Company, Mars, Inc., and Nestle 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: Most of their flavors are palm oil free.
Divine Chocolate — All of their chocolate is palm oil free.
Endangered Species Chocolate — Checking on the source of the tocopherols/Vitamin E.
Equal Exchange Chocolates
How to find candy without palm oil
This is the very best thing you can do.
Do not buy products with the obvious “palm oil” words — palm oil, palm kernel oil, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, etc.
You make the biggest difference — at the store — when you choose the candy that is palm oil free.
Avoid big variety packs.
Around Halloween, you will see the “candy mix” bags. These are the big bags with a variety of candy types and flavors.
Do not buy them.
As an example, you might see a bag with Hershey’s Milk Chocolate combined with Twizzlers and Whoppers. Only one of these candies is palm oil free.
Instead, if you like a mix to offer to trick or treaters, you can buy the individual bags.
For example, you can buy a bag of Milk Chocolate M&M’s, a bag of Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars with Glow in the Dark Wrappers, a bag of Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, and a bag of Dum Dum Lollipops.
Look for less ingredients.
When you have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that’s then stuffed with Reese’s Pieces, you have even more ingredients to be concerned with.
With simple candies, you have a better chance of them being palm oil free.
Don’t buy chocolate-flavored.
The FDA has different requirements for “chocolate” vs “chocolate flavored.” Read the package description.
Less expensive holiday candy, especially at dollar stores, are often chocolate flavored.
Chocolate-flavored candy has imitation cocoa butter (mostly from palm oil) which we explain next.
Don’t buy candy with cocoa butter equivalents or substitutes.
Avoid candy with Cocoa Butter Equivalent (CBE) or Cocoa Butter Substitute (CBS) listed in the ingredients.
The FDA allows for these enzymatically-produced fats made from palm oil to be used in:
Coatings on soft candies
Confections and frostings
Sweet sauces and toppings
Real cocoa butter is expensive. It’s one of the most widely used raw materials in the chocolate and confectionery industries.
Palm oil mimics what cocoa butter can do. Cocoa butter is responsible for the flavor release, mouthfeel, snap, gloss and the shelf life (of the final product).
Most chewy, creamy, caramel, toffee, peanut butter, coated, and nougat type candies contain palm oil.
Palm oil derivatives — such as Magnesium Stearate — keep candy pieces from sticking to the machines.
If a company uses coconut oil or other higher quality oils in some of their products, there is a greater likelihood they aren’t using palm oil. Palm oil is a cheap oil, and it’s very versatile; that’s why companies use it.
The FDA’s ban on trans fats went into effect in July 2018; candy companies have been using palm oil as a replacement.
Learn common names for palm oil derivatives in candy.
In addition to avoiding candy with the word “palm” in it, take it a step further.
Don’t buy candy with Mono- and Diglycerides.
Next, don’t buy candy with Magnesium Stearate.
Then, avoid candy with Tocopherols.
If you can take one more step, work to avoid Glycerin on candy labels.
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/are usually derived from palm oil:
Citric Acid – often but not always
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Mono- and Diglycerides
Vitamin A Palmitate
Finding 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 these 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.
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.)
International Palm Oil Free Certification Accreditation Programme
We used their list — which includes hundreds of palm oil derivatives — to research ingredients in candy.
Palm oil free Halloween candy
Please note, we continue to update this list to include 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, 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 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 is not meant to be medical advice. As the consumer, please read ingredient labels for each product you plan to purchase. 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 contain palm oil and some do not.)
Candies with palm oil
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.
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 contain and may contain palm oil
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 (all varieties)
Caramel Apple Pops (Tootsie)
Charms Blow Pops (all flavors)
Charleston Chew (all flavors)
List of more candies which may contain and do contain palm oil
Candy Corn Bar
Cookie Layer Crunch Bar
Cookies ‘n’ Cream Bar
Cookies & Creme
Milk Chocolate Caramels
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 Nuggets Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Almond
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. The palm oil derivative usually found in this product is monoglycerides and/or tocopherols. Some varieties of Mr. Goodbar now contain palm oil as well.
Crunch ‘N’ Chew
Kit Kat (all types and flavors)
LifeSavers: may contain derivatives
Big Ring Gummies
Pep O Mint
Win O Green
Mike and Ike: may contain derivatives
Cookies & Screem
English Toffee Peanut
Mexican Jalapeno Peanut
Thai Coconut Peanut
White Chocolate Peanut
Mr. Goodbar: See above under “Hershey”; it now contains palm oil
Pearson’s Salted Nut Roll
Quaker Chewy Halloween Mini Chocolate Chip Granola Bars – 28 count for Halloween
Red Vines – They use much less palm oil than Twizzler but there is a minute amount in their citric acid which is derived from palm oil.
Peanut Butter Cups: Miniatures, Halloween versions, etc.
A note about Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
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!
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 – 60 count for Halloween and 32 regular pack
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
You can easily make your own sweets and desserts without palm oil. If you are baking from scratch, be sure to AVOID USING SHORTENING which most always contains palm.
Store-bought desserts and baked sweets — everything from cookies and cupcakes to donuts and pies — use palm oil, palm kernel oil and palm oil derivatives, including Mono- and Diglycerides, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80 and more.
Boxed cake and dessert mixes often contain it as well. As with everything, the less ingredients something has, the less chance there will be palm oil in it.
When baking desserts from scratch to avoid palm oil, know these items likely contain it:
Because shortening most always contains palm oil, use real butter instead.
Whipped Cream and Whipped Toppings
These types of toppings in spray canisters most always contain palm oil derivatives in the form of Mono- & Diglycerides. Frozen whipped toppings contain palm kernel oil, Polysorbate 60, and Sorbitan Monostearate.
You will find palm oil ingredients in margarine and other “like butter” substitutes. Use real butter in desserts to avoid palm oil.
Sprinkles and Jimmies
Watch for palm oil and palm kernel oil. Colored sugar, such as Wilton Sugar — it’s available in Red, Pink, Dark Green, White Sparkling Sugar, and Blue — is palm oil free. (It’s available at Target.)
Baking and Cooking Spray
Be sure to read labels; you can find baking spray without palm oil. It’s also easy to use a canola, soybean or other oil and grease the pan with a paper towel.
You will see canned frosting most always contains palm oil or palm kernel oil among many other palm oil derivatives, including Monoglycerides, Mono & Diglycerides, Polysorbate 60, and Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate.
It’s easy to make your own; see below.
Almond Bark, Candy Melts
These contain palm oil and palm kernel oil.
Only Red Star Active Dry All Natural Yeast in the 3-pack doesn’t contain palm oil; others contain Sorbitan Monostearate. More information below.
Imitation Vanilla Extract
Use pure vanilla extract; imitations contain Propylene Glycol, a palm oil derivative.
Food Coloring and Dyes
These contain Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, and Polysorbate 80.
Refrigerated cookie dough
While the mainstream brands contain palm oil ingredients, you may find a specialty brand that doesn’t include palm oil. Read labels.
Desserts without palm oil
While convenience is great, with a little planning, you can easily make your own confections.
It’s often less expensive, healthier and fairly simple to make desserts without palm oil at home, even if baking isn’t your passion.
These recipes take 5 – 15 minutes, and that includes the cleanup.
Many of these palm free dessert recipes are dairy-free. You won’t have to worry about the Vitamin A Palmitate — a palm oil derivative — which is added to most milks, even seemingly healthier ones, like nut milk.
Some of the recipes include chocolate chips and chocolate which contain milk but are palm oil free.
Buttercream frosting without palm oil
Canned frosting contains palm oil. This frosting takes less than five minutes to make.
1 cup real butter (salted or unsalted)
1 lb box/4 cups of confectioners sugar or powdered sugar
3/4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
1 tablespoon whole milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Mix butter, sugar and cocoa powder. Add in vanilla and milk. Blend. Add additional milk as needed.
Omit the cocoa powder for vanilla frosting.
Avocado cacao pudding
This recipe has the bonus of containing avocado, which is a healthy fat. After you add all the ingredients, your kids won’t even know.
It’s super creamy and best when it’s been chilled in the refrigerator.
For an even greater nutritional impact, use a higher quality cocao, such as Navitas Organics. Their Organic Cacao Powder is fair trade certified and contains 25% daily value of Magnesium per 2.5 tablespoons.
You can easily use Hershey’s Cocoa, 100% Cacao which is easy to find and also palm oil free.
It’s also vegan and uses only four ingredients. You can also make easy substitutions for the sweetener as necessary.
The recipes calls for unsweetened coconut, almond or cashew milk. Make your own so it is palm oil free.
I’ve usually make this recipe with homemade almond milk but the last time I combined walnuts and almonds. If you own a food processor or Vitamix, it’s fast.
Soak the nuts for an hour or two and rinse them off. (Before using them, check the label to be sure they are free from palm oil derivatives.)
Blend 20-25 almonds per cup of water in your Vitamix. The recipe calls for two cups of milk but you can make however many you want to.
It’s fast and easy. Pour the two cups of almond or other nut milk into a mason jar. Add six tablespoons of chia seeds and any other flavors you want. The recipe suggests honey or maple syrup and vanilla extract. Shake.
Set in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. When you are ready to eat it, you can top it with fruit or anything you want.
The best part about this — aside from being healthy, easy, and delicious — is you can add anything you want to it. You can even add cacao powder or palm free chocolate chips.
Sometimes when I’m making the almond milk, I add banana, raspberries, blueberries and/or strawberries for a sweeter taste. You can make it your own.
According to MedicalNewsToday.com, chia seeds are good for you. They provide protein, fiber, and Omega-3 fatty acids and are rich in antioxidants.
Prior to making this recipe, I’d never bought chia seeds in my life. I’m so grateful to Brittany at EatingBirdFood.com for posting this recipe.
This makes for a tasty palm free dessert or snack as well as a great breakfast.
Chocolate mug cake
As with all of these recipes, this is a tasty dessert without palm oil. You use 100% pure cacao which is naturally free from palm oil.
Also, by using almond flour, you can make it gluten-free as well.
The thing to note about making this mug cake is that microwave times vary. Pay attention the first time you make it so you know the optimal time to get the consistency you like.
You will be amazed at how delicious, fast and easy this is to make!
Chocolate cake without palm oil
This Crazy Cake recipe is from SweetLittleBluebird.com. Just like the Chocolate Mug Cake above, I made this cake several times. Here it is for my son’s birthday.
It’s fluffy and moist, easy to make, and delicious. The beauty of this cake is it doesn’t use eggs, butter or dairy. You won’t miss them.
In addition to making Crazy Cake cupcakes, which worked perfectly, I used the batter in my two donut makers.
It’s exceptionally difficult to find donuts without palm oil so I wanted to see if this recipe would work. It worked great in both of them.
I used a plug-in mini donut maker. My other donut maker makes regular-sized donuts. It’s the type where you pour the batter in the donut-shapes and put the pan in the oven.
This cake recipe turned out really great in both makers, and now we can enjoy cakes, cupcakes and donuts without palm oil.
(Please note, M&M’s doesn’t make claims these are palm oil free; however, Milk Chocolate and Mint with Dark Chocolate — not their Crunchy Mint and not their Crispy Mint — are fine for my son who reacts to anything with palm oil and palm oil derivatives. We love to use them for decorating homemade cupcakes and cakes.)
You may have read my son gets sick from palm oil. Once, a friend came over for a play date. His mom looked very hard to find a “safe palm oil free dessert” my son could eat.
Amazingly, she found one! She brought Biscotti Bros. Vanilla Biscotti.
My son loved them. I looked for them at the grocery stores in the area and couldn’t find them. It turns out, the store she bought it from stopped selling them. Since then, I had been looking for another biscotti brand at other stores. They either had way too many ingredients to worry about, or they were very expensive.
Still, months later, my son still talked about those biscotti. So I woke up one summer day and pulled up this recipe and made them with great success.
It took me a little longer than the 15 minutes prep time indicated, but it was still only 20 minutes or so. I substituted anise with the Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract we use safely.
If you use this recipe, be sure to take them out of the oven after 20 minutes, and then slice them with a pizza cutter.
Then put them in for another 7 – 10 minutes. This tip was from the first comment on the recipe, and it made it much simpler than the way the recipe instructs.
(The recipe states to bake it then let it cool, and then cut it, and then put back in the oven for 5 – 6 minutes. I imagine it would be very crumbly and also will take so much more time.)
The biscotti will harden after it comes out of the oven and cools.
These turned out and taste SO GREAT!!! They were exactly as my son remembered them. He was stunned (I’m not the world’s best baker) and so was I.
I made them another two times.
Sugar cookie recipe
Read this to find pre-made cookies without palm oil in stores. Even the ready-made tubes of cookie dough usually contain palm oil.
You can make this a two-ingredient recipe, using just the banana and the chocolate.
Just be sure to find melting chocolate, chocolate bars, or chocolate chips without palm oil.
In addition, you can add whatever toppings you want, just be sure they are palm oil free.
Some examples include nuts, shredded coconut, nut butter, chocolate chips, dried fruit, and regular M&Ms.
(Note to watch the M&Ms. The original/plain are palm oil free right now but be sure to read the label. They’ve recently changed ingredients and Peanut M&M’s now contain palm oil Some of their other flavors do as well.)
This is especially fun to eat in the summer.
Butterless cookie cake with ice cream
When we first found out my son reacted to palm oil, I panicked over what to do for his birthday cake. I always bought cupcakes or a cake from the grocery store. Being that was no longer an option, I thought maybe I could make a cookie cake. In this way, I wouldn’t have to deal with frosting. I’ve only ever bought frosting in the can.
I’ve made this recipe five times. Instead of making it into cookies, we’ve only ever put the dough in a glass circular pan and made it into a cake.
Follow the directions, and grease the bottom of a pan. Cook it for 18 – 20 minutes. Let it cool.
Add the ice cream on top just before you are ready to serve it.
I used Milk Chocolate and Mint M&Ms (not the Crunchy Mint or the Crispy Mint, both of which contain palm oil derivatives) to decorate. You can use chocolate shavings as well.
The first few times I made it, I froze the cookie. It becomes too hard to eat unless it’s much thinner. So if you use a larger pan so it’s thinner, that will work.
We use Breyer’s Natural Vanilla Ice Cream — only get the Natural Vanilla, not any of their other three vanilla flavors which may seem the same but they contain Mono- and Diglycerides.
My family loves this so much my kids decided we can only make it for one of our birthdays so it remains special!
Banana ice cream
Bananas are really great for their texture, especially when blended from frozen. Plus, it’s another dessert without palm oil that’s on the healthier side.
If you’ve looked in the store for palm oil free ice cream, you know how hard it is to find.
In additional to the easy-to-see-on-labels ingredients, palm oil and palm kernel oil, ice cream manufacturers use a common palm oil derivative known as mono- and diglycerides.
But if you have a food processor or blender, you will be amazed at how easy it is to enjoy this palm oil free ice cream, even if you aren’t particularly fond of bananas.
I use a Vitamix but any food processor will do.
This tastes so unbelievably much like ice cream, you will be amazed. It’s so simple!
How to make banana ice cream
Slice bananas and freeze up to three or four bananas in a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag. Try to freeze them so they are in a single layer, rather than balled up.
Note: Several times, I sliced over a dozen bananas and put them in a gallon-sized Ziploc. I don’t recommend it. You don’t want the bananas to clump because it makes it really difficult for your food processor to whip them up.
Another tip is to cut the bananas every which way so they don’t nest together.
Not to complicate this simple recipe, but the idea is you really want it as easy as possible for your food processor to whip up the bananas. (Your food processor will thank you.)
Once the bananas are frozen — they don’t even need to be frozen solid — put them in the food processor or Vitamix.
Add vanilla extract to taste — approximately a quarter teaspoon per three bananas.
Add cacao powder to taste. You can add a few tablespoons, depending on how many bananas you have.
You can also make a larger batch of this banana ice cream and freeze for later.
Blend until it’s the consistency of ice cream. It’s a really tasty dairy-free and palm oil free ice cream treat that amazingly has the consistency of ice cream.
While it’s awesome with vanilla extract and the cacao, you can add anything to it. Instead of vanilla, use peppermint extract. You can blend in strawberries and/or slice them to mix in for strawberry ice cream. We use organic vanilla extract which has a much better chance of being palm oil free.
You can add nuts, other fruit, etc. for more variety.
Like in the other recipes, you can use the easy-to-find Hershey’s 100% Cocoa powder. For an even richer flavor, use fair trade certified Navitas Organics Cacao or other 100% cacao powder.
Chocolate Tapioca Pudding
I just made this palm oil free pudding from Allrecipes. It was my first time using tapioca flour which has the added bonus of being gluten-free. I only had Hershey Milk Chocolate bars on hand and will get better quality next time.
I kept it boiling for two minutes like the recipe instructed but I burned the bottom of it. I’m not sure if I wasn’t supposed to keep the lid on it (which I did) or if I needed to boil it for less time.
Aside from that, the majority of it tasted wonderfully.
Brownies without palm oil
If you are looking to make desserts without palm oil, brownies are an easy choice.
We love these brownies made with olive oil from SimplyWhisked.com. So many recipes are created using canola oil, yet olive oil is much healthier.
Prep time for these is about 15 minutes. Once you’ve boiled the water, it’s fast to make.
It requires 10 common ingredients. However, while this recipe has more ingredients than the others listed, they are common ingredients you may already have or can easily get.
Some of them include cocoa powder, vanilla extract, sugar, eggs and baking soda.
The brownies are moist, chocolately and delicious.
We love homemade from scratch brownies best but we have found very good brownie mixes without palm oil.
Brownie mix without palm oil
Pillsbury makes many palm oil free brownie mixes
Purely Simple Chocolate Chunk
They are simple to make. Just add oil (canola, soybean, olive oil, etc.; just not palm oil), water and two eggs.
Learning to bake palm oil free confections
It’s important to note, I’m not a baker! I am learning as I go. You can do it too.
Shortening contains palm oil and palm oil derivatives. Use real butter instead of shortening in your favorite recipes and especially in pie crusts.
Margarine contains palm oil. Use real butter in your desserts.
Whipped topping and frosting
Doing online searches, you can find ways to make whipped topping without palm oil by using heavy cream without Vitamin A Palmitate.
Avoid canned frosting which contains palm oil. You can easily make your own with confectioners sugar and real butter. It’s easy and palm oil free. There are many recipes online.
Ask before buying popcorn at movie theaters, sports events, stadiums, and events. They usually contain palm oil.
Please support these choices of palm oil free popcorn.
Popcorn without palm oil
Sea Salt & Pepper
Sea Salt Mini Cakes
Salted Caramel Mini Cakes
Cinnamon & Sugar Mini Cakes
Popcorn review: We buy Skinny Pop Original a lot. It’s a great snack for home and on the road.
It only contains Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, and Salt.
The Skinny Pop Mini Cakes are amazing. They are a fun way to eat popcorn in a small version of a rice cake. They are excellent for lunchboxes and snacks.
We regularly buy the Sea Salt, Salted Caramel, and Cinnamon & Sugar Mini Cakes. Sometimes we mix the Sea Salt with one of the other flavors for a sweet and salty mix.
We look forward to buying their other palm oil free flavors when we see them in our local stores.
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop
Sea Salt Popcorn
Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
Light Kettle Corn
Salted Caramel Popcorn
Buttery Caramel Popcorn
Popcorn review: Ever since Costco started selling Angie’s Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, our family buys several bags monthly. My family and I love this popcorn.
It’s unbelievably great — the perfect blend of sugar and salt. It’s a convenient and healthy sweet treat for our family.
This popcorn, made without palm oil, only contains Popcorn, Sunflower Oil, Cane Sugar, and Sea Salt.
We’ve also had Angie’s Sea Salt Popcorn, which is also delicious.
Do be aware some of their specialty seasonal flavors, like Candy Corn flavored Kettle Corn and Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn each contain palm oil and palm kernel oil.
Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl
Oh My Ghee!
Jalapeno ‘n Honey
Popcorn review:Look at these flavors! Lesser Evil doesn’t use any palm oil in their popcorn and other snacks.
Their organic popcorn uses quality ingredients. Depending on the flavor, some ingredients include Himalayan salt, organic extra-virgin coconut oil, and/or extra-virgin avocado oil.
Nearly Naked Popcorn
Popcorn review: We enjoy the large bag of Popcornopolis’s Nearly Naked Popcorn when we see it at Costco. Unfortunately, it’s not always available. We buy it when it is.
This popcorn is delicious and very flavorful. There are few kernels at the bottom of the bag. My kids, husband and I all love it.
Hopefully, Popcornopolis will include their ingredients on their website soon. Because they aren’t listed, and we aren’t able to find all of their flavors in stores, we can’t cross-reference their ingredients to check for palm oil.
We were only able to verify the ones above.
Via email, Popcornopolis confirmed these popcorn flavors below are free from palm oil. Again, do your own due diligence and read labels.
Nearly Naked Popcorn
Fifty Fifty Popcorn
Organic Sea Salt & Black Pepper Popcorn
Organic Low Sodium Popcorn
Popcorn review: We’ve tried Simple Truth Organic Low Sodium Popcorn and love it. This is also something we purchase when we are on road trips and going to friends’ homes.
Simple Truth is a Kroger brand, with organic and non-organic lines. While it’s not available everywhere, we were able to purchase this popcorn at Kroger-owned stores.
Please support these flavors of popcorn without palm oil. Let companies know you want products without it.
Remember, you must avoid microwave popcorn unless you buy this one brand from Quinn as explained below. Otherwise, every single brand we researched contains palm oil or palm kernel oil.
If you look at the ingredients in stores, you will see this for yourself.
Microwave popcorn without palm oil
Quinn Snacks Microwave Popcorn
Real Butter & Sea Salt
Vermont Maple Kettle Corn
Just Sea Salt
Aged Parmesan & Rosemary
Real Butter Tastes Better Truffle Butter
Real Butter Tastes Better Butter & Sea Salt
We are grateful to Quinn Snacks for being so innovative with their microwave popcorn. We appreciate them using such quality ingredients.
(Be sure sure read labels and buy the ones above. Their Real Butter Tastes Better Extra Butter contains organic red palm oil. Note it is organic, fair trade and sustainable.)
Pre-made popcorn at events
If you are at the movie theater or sports venue, etc., you will have to ask about the ingredients. We usually avoid it unless we speak to the manager. It might contain palm oil. Additionally, it is likely to contain many artificial ingredients.
Make homemade popcorn palm free
While at home, you can make homemade popcorn. It doesn’t take long, especially if you have an air popper. Then, you can add your own salt, butter, cheese or caramel creations, knowing exactly what it is.
We use a Hamilton Beach Hot Air Popcorn Popper. It’s simple enough for my kids to use, fast, and pops practically all the kernels.
Look for sunflower oil, safflower oil, and coconut oil popcorn.
When you are looking for palm oil free popcorn, you need to carefully read the labels for butter popcorn.
Many times, you will see ingredients such as tocopherols, and/or medium chain triglycerides. These typically contain palm oil.
Know that while we work very hard to live without palm oil, we aren’t food scientists or medical professionals. We gathered this information by researching popcorn in stores and online; reaching out to manufacturers; and learning all we can about the names for palm oil. Please always read ingredient labels when you are looking for popcorn without palm oil. This list is meant for reference only.
If you know of other brands, please let us know in the Comments. Why do you avoid palm oil? It it getting harder to find palm oil free options?
The snack market continues to expand. Consumers routinely buy processed and packaged snacks. If you are looking for snacks without palm oil, we update this list regularly.
Here’s a list of easy, palm oil free snacks, especially in categories in which companies use palm oil often. Many are grab and go. Thank you for being an educated consumer!
Palm oil free snacks
Toward the bottom is a list of snacks that usually don’t contain palm oil and are typically safe snacks for people who are avoiding palm products.
Brownies without palm oil
What to look for: You might get lucky with so-called healthier brands, but brownies without palm oil are difficult to find.
Nature’s Bakery Double Chocolate Brownie
Be sure to choose Nature’s Bakery’s non-organic brownies. Their organic brownies contain palm oil, palm oil derivatives, and more ingredients overall than their regular, non-organic brownies listed above.
For more sweet treats, see desserts without palm oil. Sweet biscuits, packaged pastries, packaged cakes, and bakery snacks usually contain palm oil.
Chocolate and candy
Definitely read ingredients before you purchase. In addition to palm oil and palm kernel oil, manufacturers use tocopherols, mono- and di-glycerides, magnesium stearate, glycerin, and other palm oil derivatives.
This is one category in which you should be able to find palm oil free snacks. Take a few moments to read labels, and choose the palm free option.
What to look out for: Avoid canned chips and snacks. They often contain palm oil, palm kernel oil, and mono- and diglycerides, which are typically made from palm oil.
Some chips without palm oil include:
Mission Tortilla Rounds
Garden Veggie Straws – Sea Salt
Garden Veggie Chips – Sea Salt
See below for potato chips.
We are in the process of researching and adding to this list. Please check back often as we will have more options to look choose from.
What to look for: Look for crunchy and not chewy cookies. Both non-organic and organic store-bought cookies usually contain palm oil. Manufacturers introduce new flavors often. They typically contain palm oil.
What to look for: Read labels. You will see “palm oil” in many crackers now. In addition, watch for mono- and diglycerides and DATEM.
Even saltine-type crackers use these ingredients. Buttery-type crackers do as well.
Here are some palm oil free crackers:
Whole Wheat Original
Thin Crisps Sweet Potato & Cinnamon
We will be researching more palm oil free crackers.
Fruit and vegetable chips
What to look for: These make for great snacks without palm oil. However, the only ingredients should be the fruit or vegetable. Any other ingredients should be ones you recognize, such as cane sugar, sea salt, etc.
Bare Fruit Chips: Here’s a sample of their flavors without palm oil.
Fuji & Reds Apple Chips
Cinnamon Apple Chips
Simply Banana Chips
Cinnamon Banana Chips
Toasted Coconut Chips
Chocolate Coconut Chips
Sea Salt Carrot Chips
Salt & Vinegar Beet Chips
Fruit snacks and fruit strips without palm oil
What to look for: Many chewy foods contain palm in the form of glycerin, glycerine, glyceryl, and glycol. Avoid these ingredients completely because there’s no way of knowing if they are made with palm oil.
Kirkland Signature Organic Fruity Snacks
Stretch Island Organic Fruit Strips: Grape, Strawberry, Tropical
What to look for: Read labels; don’t just buy what’s on sale.
What to look for: Buy already-popped or popcorn kernels. Completely avoid microwave popcorn unless you buy the palm oil free flavors from Quinn Snacks. Most of their flavors are palm-free.
It was a nice surprise to see the iconic Cracker Jack is still made without palm oil. Even their Holiday Sugar Cookie Popcorn is palm oil free. (Many holiday versions mean more ingredients which means a greater likelihood the snack will contain palm oil.)
These are brands that offer some palm free snack options:
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop
Lesser Evil Buddha Bowl Organic Popcorn
Quinn Snacks: Most of their microwavable flavors are free from palm oil which makes them a convenient snack.
What to look for:Watch organic brands. Many contain organic palm oil or red palm oil. Chips in cans typically contain palm oil ingredients, this includes shoestring potatoes.
Lay’s Potato Chips
Salt & Vinegar
Lesser Evil Green Elephant
Jalapeno ‘n Honey
Salt ‘n Apple Cider Vinegar
We will be adding to this list. You CAN find potato chips without palm oil. Read labels.
Note: Lesser Evil makes ALL of their snacks without palm oil. They make organic popcorn, puffs, and potato chips.
What to look for: Many gluten-free and regular pretzels contain tocopherols and/or DATEM, palm oil derivatives. Watch out for yogurt-covered and chocolate-covered and other flavors which have more ingredients. Also, be aware of Halloween versions in the small packs. Depending on the company, it may contain palm oil.
You should be able to find these snacks palm oil free so be sure to read labels before purchasing.
What to look for: Many shelf-stable meat and jerky products contain palm oil derivatives. Unless you contact the company, you won’t know if the citric acid, flavorings, and spices are derived from palm oil.
Epic Bar makes all of their meat snacks without palm oil.
Wagyu Beef Steak Strip
Smoked Salmon Maple
Turkey Cranberry Sage
Venison Sea Salt + Pepper
Sweet Savory Bison & Uncured Bacon
Hickory Smoked Bacon
Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Beef
Sweet Sesame Ginger Chicken
Maple Glazed & Smoked Salmon
Savory Herb Blend Turkey
Sweet Maple Uncured Bacon & Pork
Original Hunter’s Recipe: Tender Venison Steak
Sea Salt Pepper Rinds
Texas BBQ Pork Rinds
Maple Bacon Pork Cracklings
Himalayan Sea Salt Rinds
Chili Lime Rinds
Hunt & Harvest Mix:
Lesser Evil Grain Free Paleo Puffs
“No Cheese” Cheesiness
Himalayan Pink Salt
Apple Cider Vinegar
What to look for: Avoid protein, nutrition, and snack bars with chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, fillings, and coatings as these typically contain palm oil. Most chewy bars use palm oil. Some crunchy snack bars do not, especially if they are fruit-flavored.
Look for nutritional type bars which use figs or dates to bind their ingredients instead of palm oil ingredients.
Glycerin, glycerine and tocopherols are common in snack bars. They are typically made with palm oil.
A special shout out to Enjoy Life Foods, first in the US to have their snack line of Grain & Seed Bars and four flavors of their Protein Bites to be certified as palm oil free.
Enjoy Life Foods
Grain & Seed Bars (all flavors)
Maple Sweet Potato
Protein Bites Chocolate (in these flavors)
Companies which make their bars without palm oil include:
Honey Bunchies – These peanut and pecan honey bars are palm oil free.
One trend in snacking is consumers are replacing meals with snacks. Consumers want exciting flavors with “fresh” packaging with clean labels and healthy and natural ingredients.
Snack companies are using alternative ingredients, including many plant-derived and plant-based ingredients. Know that these can contain palm oil.
Read labels to find snacks without palm oil
There are certain categories of foods and snacks in which palm oil ingredients are prevalent so always read labels.
As with everything, less ingredients is better. Foods usually taste better too. Also, companies change ingredients frequently. Sometimes you will see the exact same product on the shelf with different ingredients.
We are updating this list of palm oil free snacks regularly.
Please note, snack manufacturers change ingredients and vendors regularly. This is meant for reference purposes only. Please read ingredient labels at the point of purchase before buying snacks and processed foods. This list is not guaranteed and is meant as a starting point. Let companies know you support foods without palm oil.
What are your favorite palm oil free snacks? Please list them in the Comments.