Vegan Candy Recipes: The amount of candies that are not vegan is honestly shocking. A lot of brands use animal-based colorings or texture enhancers to create more easily marketable products despite the ingredients not being entirely necessary. Vegan candies often seem to fall into a routine of being chocolate-based and if you want something a little different, vegan recipes can be few and far between. Let’s take a look at three delicious non-chocolate vegan candy recipes that are perfect for gifting or just making for yourself!
1. Vegan Gummy Bears Recipes
Vegan gummies are one of the most satisfying sweets. They’re jiggly and delicious, offering a ton of flavor in a tiny bite. These gummies do require a bear mold but you can opt to go for a different shape based on what you have on hand or even pour the mixture directly onto a sheet pan to later cut into squares for a low-effort version.
This recipe is derived from this one from The Edgy Veg.
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 tbsp liquid sweetener
- 2 tbsp agar agar powder
- Whatever fruit flavoring you want to use (more on this below)
How To Make
- Blend the fruits you want to use as a flavoring with the apple juice until smooth. Typically, the ratio would be one serving of the fruit with the apple juice. So, one whole peeled orange for one cup of apple juice. A handful of berries for one cup of apple juice. So on and so forth.
- Strain the blended mixture so no pulp remains or very little
- In a saucepan combine the liquid sweetener and agar agar with the fruit liquid.
- Bring this to a simmer and stir constantly to prevent any lumps from forming
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool to a workable temperature
- Use a dropper or spoon to place the liquid into the molds, trying to be as neat and clean and possible
- Place in the freezer until fully set
2. Saltwater Taffy Recipes
A classic carnival treat, saltwater taffy is perhaps one of the most versitale and easily flavored options out there! Plus, it is super fun to make!
This recipe was inspired by this one from Buzzfeed’s Tasty.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp butter alternative
- ⅔ cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp flavoring of choice
- Food coloring
How To Make
- Place the sugar into a large pot. Add the corn starch and whisk well until well combined.
- Add the butter alternative, corn syrup, salt, water, and vanilla to the pot and mix well
- Heat the mixture, stirring often to prevent burning, until it reaches around 250 degrees Fahrenheit
- At this point, you can add the food coloring and mix to combine
- Pour the mix into a heat-safe, well-greased dish.
- Let it cool for around ten minutes or until you can safely touch it
- Begin stretching the taffy. Stretch it to a length of twelve inches then fold it back over itself. Repeat for ten to fifteen minutes.
- Once it becomes difficult to pull, roll it into a log and cut it into pieces.
- Wrap with wax paper and store. Enjoy!
3. Turkish Delight Recipes
Turkish delight is a classic treat that is sweet and floral due to the inclusion of rosewater in the recipe. It is also conveniently vegan!
This is adapted from this recipe from The Spruce Eats.
- 4 cups sugar
- 4 ½ cups water
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 ¼ cup corn starch
- 1 ½ tbsp rose water
- 1 cup powdered sugar
How To Make
- Line a glass pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and spray well with non-stick spray. Set aside.
- In a saucepan, combine the sugar, 1 ½ cups of the water, and lemon juice over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture boils
- Allow the mixture to continue to boil without stirring until it reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit. This can take 45 to 60 minutes. Watch it closely to prevent burning or spillage
- In a separate saucepan that is larger, combine the rest of the water with the cornstarch and cream of tartar.
- Heat over medium heat, stirring often until it thickens.
- Remove the sugar mixture from the heat once it is to temperature and slowly add it into the cornstarch mixture, stirring well.
- Reduce to low heat and simmer for about an hour, stirring every ten minutes or so.
- Remove from the heat and add the rosewater and any food coloring you may want
- Pour the candy into the greased pan and let it set, uncovered, for twenty-four hours.
- Remove the candy from the pan
- Slice into cubes on a well-greased or powdered sugar-coated work station
- Toss in powdered sugar to prevent sticking
These vegan candy recipes are delicious, vegan, and definitely worth giving a shot if you have some extra time and a hankering for sweet treats!