In the mood for a healthy treat? Maybe something sweet? Pass the candy and chocolate please. Sugar cravings are totally normal. Back in ancient times, sweet fruits were commonly eaten and a source of valuable nutrients. Because of this, humans evolved a sweet tooth. But these days, many sweets are loaded with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial colors, and preservatives. Say goodbye to any potential health benefits. At Thrive Market, we bring you only the highest quality treats. From organic cacao bars to sea salt caramels to hard candies—we have something for you and your whole family. All our sweets are non-GMO, plus we have dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and vegan candy options. So go ahead, satisfy your sweet tooth.
Is Chocolate, Candy?
According to the dictionary, candy is “a sweet food made with sugar or syrup that's been combined with fruit, chocolate, or nuts.” That means chocolate—also called cacao or cocoa—is distinct from candy. By itself, 100% cacao has a bitter taste that comes from flavonoids in the cocoa bean. Although bitter, one compound called theobromine has been studied for its positive effects on mood. Based on the definition, it seems that pure chocolate is not candy. However, sugary treats containing chocolate can be.
Top Candy and Chocolate Brands
If you’re looking for the best brands, these top picks will hit the sweet spot without preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
Chocolate is a superfood, not candy. Enjoy these antioxidant-rich, fair trade cacao bars lightly sweetened with organic maple sugar. Even better? They’re free of gluten, dairy, and soy.
When Thrive Market does candy, you know we do it right. Discover our premium line of xylitol gum, mints, and organic dark chocolate.
Founded 15 years ago, Alter Eco set out to produce sustainably sourced chocolate. The sweets brand partners with small-scale farmers and maintains an ethical supply chain so you can feel good about every indulgence.
Best Organic Chocolate
Nothing beats a high-percentage dark chocolate bar. Try these member favorites.
Made with two simple ingredients: organic cacao and organic coconut sugar, this smooth and satisfying bar makes the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
The crunch of burnt caramel, the sweet bitterness of cacao, the saltiness of the sea—this 70% cacao bar was made to please.
Gluten Free Candy
Skip gluten with these naturally-sweetened candies guaranteed to make your mouthwater.
Feed your sugar dragon without unhinging your healthy lifestyle with these decadent morsels from Justin’s.
You won’t find high fructose corn syrup in these naturally flavored gummies from Wholesome. Kids and adults both love them.
Rich dark chocolate. Creamy almond butter. Organic powdered sugar. The end result? Taste bud heaven!
Sugar-Free Gum and Mints
Cutting back on sugar? These zero sugar gums and mints will keep your goals on track.
Spry Peppermint Xylitol Gum
Freshen breath and boost dental health with this sugar-free gum from Spry.
With peppermint, cinnamon, berry and lemon flavors—these xylitol mints are designed for powerful, lasting refreshment.
Allergen-free, aspartame-free, and gluten-free—this xylitol gum hits your mouth like a cool wind on a winter’s day.
Organic Sweetener Tips
When guilty pleasures are made with organic sweeteners, there’s no need to feel badly about them!
Clear a space for organic coconut sugar, organic honey, organic stevia, plus other alternative sweeteners in your cupboard.
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