There are a lot of scary things that surface around Halloween — ghosts, goblins, witches, clowns (to name a few). But what’s even scarier than all of those things?
At Goods Unite Us we think it’s pretty darn scary how many brands and companies contribute money to politicians and PACs — and how many consumers don’t realize it (because until now that information hasn’t been readily accessible).
According to USA Today, the National Retail Federation anticipates Halloween candy sales will top $2.7B this year.
That’s a lot of candy.
So we thought it’d make sense to provide you with a list of the best and worst candies to hand out this year if you want to get corporate money out of politics.
Lindt, Godiva and Ghirardelli: All three of these brands have a perfect Campaign Finance Reform Score of 100, which means they and their senior employees make very minimal or no political contributions. So load up on Lindt pumpkin truffles, Godiva chocolate bars and Ghirardelli Pumpkin Spice Caramel squares.
Ring Pops: They might be old school but Ring Pops (owned by Topps) have a decent Campaign Finance Reform Score of +45. Other Topps candies include Push Pop (ice cream), Juicy Drops, Bazooka, Crunchkin and Baby Bottle Pop.
3 Musketeers: 3 Musketeers is owned by Mars, Inc., which has a score of +40. Other Mars candies that are good for Halloween include Twix, Dove, Starburst, Skittles, Snickers, M&M’s and Milky Way.
Hershey: Hershey (the company) has a Campaign Finance Reform Score of +35. And Hershey owns a ton of different candy brands, including Krackel bar, Milk Duds, Mounds, Mr. Goodbar, Whoppers, Take 5, Heath, Rolo, Reese’s, and Almond Joy.
Nestle: Nestle has a Campaign Finance Reform Score of -30. So if you want to get corporate money out of politics, don’t spend your money on Crunch, Baby Ruth, Nerds, 100 Grand, or Butterfinger (sorry Bart Simpson).
Jelly Belly: Say it ain’t so! We (used to) love these multi-flavored jelly beans. But we’ll have to forego them now because they have a Campaign Finance Reform Score of -75.
Don’t get tricked this Halloween! Make sure you download our app and check out the “candy” category page when purchasing your treats this year.