Yummy Earth Organic Vegan Lollipops And Fun New Extracts
This weekend Whole Foods was having a big birthday party with music, cake, and wine tasting. Bummed they didn’t have any vegan cake, we made a stop in the treats isle to check out their new goodies. A big bag of Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops caught my eye, having just recently read about them on Alexandra Jamieson’s blog. The post was about her concern over the treats her son’s doctor’s office was choosing to hand out, and why these organic lollipops are a better option. These lollipops are vegan, free of artificial dyes, artificial flavors, corn syrup, casein, GMOs, nuts, soy, wheat, NSG, and dairy. And each pop only has 22 calories! I grabbed them off the Whole Foods shelf so I could have handy little treats to stick in my purse or tote for my little man, but I’m sure I might accidentally eat one or two. I love having something like this we can both get excited over! He loves the sweet treat, and I love not worrying what kind of junk he may be ingesting.
A couple licks have been shared with me, and I can assure you the flavors are absolutely fantastic! No one would ever dare say these taste like “health food”, even if they’re expecting them too. I think the cardboard-esque, bland, boring flavors people have learned to equate with “health food” are definitely not coming from real healthy foods or ingredients, but that’s a whole other issue. A bag (or cute reusable container) of Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops is pricier than their high-fructose-corn-syrup-and-red-dye-laden counter parts, but sometimes a little extra is just worth it to me. And with Halloween around the corner, consider doing something kind for your neighborhood children and handing out these or other yummy vegan candies. I know it doesn’t seem like one HFCS-free vegan piece of candy in the entire bag can make a difference, but if it catches the interest of the child or the child’s mom, they might seek out a bag and make a change!
I also made a quick stop to browse Sur La Table and stumbled upon these extracts I had looked for in the past. I’ve come across many recipes recommending chocolate extract, but offering a substitution in case that wasn’t possible, so I was excited to finally have a bottle. Rose extract caught my attention as well, and the scent is just divine. I know neither of these are “rare” finds, but I love special little ingredients the average non-kitchen-enthusiast wouldn’t just have laying around!
When it comes to treats, do you worry about artificial dyes, artificial colors, and artificial sweeteners?