Originally Posted by journey
How about just plain old dates? They're really sweet, but still healthy.
Them, and about any other dried fruit. The biggest problem I've found with dried fruit is how expensive is can be- unlike, say, a patch of Sour Patch Kids from your local drug store, you can't mindlessly finish a bag of organic dried mango while you're watching a movie.
The best stuff to get is bulk dried fruit (do NOT get sucked in to the flashy labels on a lone, $8 dollar little bag of dried apple or goji berries sitting in the middle of the trail mix section at an average grocery store- find a place where they sell bulk! Can still be very expensive, but much less so. And I don't know whether all Cops stores are now selling bulk products, but ours is at least). And the least expensive options are usually in the raisin or currant family. If you like raisins enough on their own, use them when you crave sugar whenever you can. Dried currants (I get Zante Currants, whatever that means lol) are like tiny little raisins, packed with a lot of sugar. Giant Flame Raisins are wonderful, and I've gotten them via Whole Foods (which sells lots of bulk dried fruit). Golden raisins, however, are usually a lot more expensive then dried red grapes or even currants.
I also like to snack on regular chocolate chips- my favorite is actually SunSpire's Grain-Sweetend Chocolate Chips. Yes, you read right.
Okay, so they're an aquired taste, because they are a lot less sweet than most white sugar-sweetened chocolate chips, but you get more chocolate per serving if you ask me because it's not SO sweet that you can't really indulge in it....
Anyway, there are a lot of good alternatives out there. There's also fresh fruit!
(Out of curiosity, although it's definitely not good for you, what's the verdict on Twizzlers in general? Like, the cherry pull-and-peels, and- in particular- the regular strawberry ropes?? I would hate for them not to be vegan!!)