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Amborella Organics lollipops are more than just delicious. They’re an opportunity to connect with your kids in the garden.

Prefer to trick-or-treat from the comfort of your kitchen table? Candy companies up and down the West have you covered. 

Kristin Scharkey  – August 3, 2021

Not quite sure you’ll be ready for the kids to trick-or-treat for Halloween this year? We get it. Coronavirus cases are again on the rise and may continue to do so through the fall. 

Luckily, candy makers across the West have you covered to celebrate the holiday at home. Pumpkin carving isn’t the only activity on our list: We’ve got our eye on some organic lollipops that are more than just delicious—each one is filled with edible flowers or herbs, like marigolds—they’re an opportunity to connect with your kids in the garden.

Amborella Organics lollipops may look like any typical version of the popular candy, but they’re far from it. You can plant the biodegradable stick in the ground to grow the plant or herb that inspired each flavor, from Baby Blue Eyes to mint. The Sage and Marshmallow lollipop, for example, can be planted to grow sage. A Lavender and Lemongrass flavor produces lavender.

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The goal, co-founder Taylor Clarke says, is to encourage people to “think about the things they consume a bit differently, and get into nature and have a relationship with plants.”

The idea for the ’pops came from Taylor’s husband, Brennan Clarke, who was inspired to re-create summer memories of growing tomatoes in a balcony garden with his grandmother. As an adult, he noticed that the bulb and stem of flowers in his own garden looked like a lollipop. The California couple then developed the technology for a seed-bearing stick and recipes for the vegan candy, which are made with plant-based dyes and are gluten-, dairy-, nut-, and soy-free, Taylor says; the seeds are non-GMO.

The couple wants “generations old and young to have that same experience in the garden with someone they love,” Taylor says.

Even Reese Witherspoon is a fan. The actress included the brand’s Champagne and Roses lollipop in her book club’s summer Gift of Reading box. You can also find the lollipops online from Nordstrom, Macy’s and, of course, Amborella Organics.

All of the lollipops are made in San Clemente, Calif. To plant the stick, it must be laid horizontally and covered completely with a layer of topsoil. “Water generously” every day, Taylor says, and make sure it’s exposed to the sun. The stick, which is made of recycled paper, will begin to decompose and release the seeds. It can take up to 12 weeks for germination, Taylor adds.

More into chocolate or caramel? Here are a few other Halloween candy options from makers across the West:

Trick-or-Treat with Candy Made in the West

Honey Mama’s

Honey Mama’s cocoa truffle bars come in a range of flavors, from Oregon mint to lavender rose.

Courtesy of Honey Mama’s

These chewy cocoa truffle bars are as decadent as the packaging is cool, with flavors ranging from Oregon mint to lavender rose and ginger cardamom. They’re meant to be “nourishing,” as founder Christy Goldsby writes online, with no refined sugar, soy, eggs, dairy, gluten, or grains.

Little Flower

Little Flower Candy Co. offers a range of sweets from hand-cut marshmallows to sea salt caramels.

Courtesy of Little Flower Candy Co.

From hand-cut marshmallows to sea salt caramels, Little Flower Candy Co. is creating simple yet artisanal desserts. Order online or stop by the cozy cafe and bakery in Pasadena, Calif. You can grab all sorts of candy to go, from gummy worms to jelly beans.

Woodblock Chocolate

Woodblock Chocolate roasts its own cacao in Portland.

Courtesy of Woodblock Chocolate

This family-run “bean-to-bar” company roasts its own cacao in Portland to create a wide range of different types of chocolate. You can bite into a bar, scoop some out of a jar, or grab some grounds out of a bag to make sipping chocolate.

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