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Healthy candy to try this Halloween

Healthy candy sounds like an oxymoron. But thanks to companies specializing in sweets that are free of GMOS, artificial flavors, corn syrup, preservatives and added sugar, it can be a reality. Here’s a look at some makers that do just that, just in time for your Halloween cravings.

Papabubble NY

Papabubble makes its hard candies from scratch --
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Papabubble makes its hard candies from scratch -- can even see its candy makers at work if you visit the SoHo store. Ingredients include sugar, water, glucose, color and natural flavors like mango and chile peppers, so the candies are naturally gluten-, nut- and corn-free. Seasonal candies are a specialty, so you can find Halloween-inspired hard candies and hand-sculpted lollipops in the shape of eyeballs, Frankenstein, witches, vampires and Jack-o'-lanterns. $6.50/bag, $16-$25/jars, $12.50/character lollipops; 380 Broome St., 212-966-2599, papabubbleny.com

Cracked Candy

This two-year-old Brooklyn-based company specializes in sugar-free candy.
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This two-year-old Brooklyn-based company specializes in sugar-free candy. As an alternative, its sweetness comes from xylitol, a natural birch extract, which is also found in fruits and vegetables. The tinned candies are flavored with peppermint, cinnamon, lemon and orange oils, and are also naturally free of soy, dairy, corn, gluten and GMOs. $5-$6/tin, $29.96/six-pack; sold online and at multiple stories, including Whole Foods, crackedcandy.com

Torie & Howard

All-natural, organic candies and snacks are the MO
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All-natural, organic candies and snacks are the MO of this New Milford, Connecticut-based company. Its hard candies and chews do not feature additives, preservatives, artificial dyes, GMOs, casein, gluten, corn syrup, soy, nuts or dairy. Instead candies are made with organic sugar, rice syrup, citric acid, flavored with natural ingredients like Meyer lemons, fresh raspberries, Italian Tarocco blood oranges, wildflower honey, ripe D'Anjou pears and California pomegranates, and colored with red cabbage, purple carrots, apple and blackcurrant. $4.99/4-oz. bag and 2-oz. tin; sold online and at multiple locations, torieandhoward.com

Quin

This Portland-based candy company uses high-quality, local ingredients
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This Portland-based candy company uses high-quality, local ingredients for its modern take on classic candies, from Oregon-grown blackberries and strawberries in its gumdrops to bits of real tangerine zest in its lollipops. Not in its candy? Artificial colors, waxes, sweeteners and fake flavors. $4-$16; sold online, quincandy.com

UnReal Candy

UnReal is all about using real ingredients. Its
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UnReal is all about using real ingredients. Its peanut butter cups, milk chocolates and chocolate-covered peanuts are free of GMOS, artificial flavors, preservatives and dyes (instead using juices from vegetables like carrots and beets for the candy coats). All of UnReal's products are also gluten free and made with fair trade cacao, cocoa butter and cane sugar. Starting at $17.97 for a three-bag set and $15.02 for eight packs; available at Whole Foods, getunreal.com

Roni-Sue’s Chocolates

The chocolatier offers plenty of indulgent creations, from
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The chocolatier offers plenty of indulgent creations, from handmade truffles to chocolate-covered bacon. But for a light sweet treat, pick up one of its chile lime lollipops. The vegan-friendly lolli is comprised of steeped chile "tea," pure cane sugar, organic agave syrup, fresh lime zest, dried red chile flakes and glucose. $5; 148 Forsyth St., 212-677-1216, roni-sue.com

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