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Trick or Treat: Surviving the Sweetest Season
With dozens of varieties of Halloween candy lining the shelves this October, avoiding your sweet tooth may prove to be very difficult. While it is still okay to indulge in Halloween treats, you might wish to educate yourself on some of the candies. In the following guide, you’ll find which Halloween candies are considered the best and the worst.
- Worst Fun Size Candy Bar: Butterfinger (100cals, 4g fat)
- Worst Fruity Candy: 3 Airheads (140cals, 1.5g fat)
- Worst Miniature Candy Bars: 3 Twix bars (150cals, 8g fat)
- Worst Chewy Candy: 4 Brach’s Milk Maid Caramel (160cals, 4.5g fat)
- Worst Halloween Themed Candy: Reese’s Pumpkin (170cal, 10g fat)
- Best Fun Size Candy Bar: 3 Musketeers (63cals, 2 g fat)
- Best Fruity Candy: 3 Dum Dum Pops (77cals, 0 g fat)
- Best Miniature Candies: 3 Tootsie Rolls (70cals, 1.5g fat)
- Best Chewy Candy: 4 Now and Later (53cals, 0.5g fat)
Portion Control: Remember, you can still indulge in Halloween Candy without ruining your waistline! Enjoy 150 calories (or less!) of your favorite Halloween Candies by eating any of the following:
- 3 mini York peppermint patties (150cals, 3g fat)
- 2 fun size packs M&Ms (milk chocolate; 147cals, 7g fat)
- 6 mini Three Musketeers Bars (146cals, 6g fat)
- 3 mini boxes of Nerds (150cals; 0 g fat)
- 2 Caramel Apple Lollipops (140cals, 0g fat)
- 3 Kit Kat Mini Wafer Bar (126cals, 7g fat)
- 20 Original Candy Corn (150cals, 0g fat)
- 5 Pumpkin Candy Corn (140cals, 0g fat)
- 3 mini Twix (150cals, 8g fat)
- 3 mini Snickers (128cals; 6gfat)
- 8 mini Reese’s (140cals, 8g fat)
- 14 Junior Mints (149cals, 2.5g fat)
- 6 rolls of Smarties (150cals, 0gfat)
- 7 Hersey’s Kisses (156cals, 9g fat)
- 5 snack size Twizzlers (150cal, 1g fat)
Tips for Halloween Festivities
At the end of the night, to spare yourself from leftover candy, place any remaining candy outside in a bowl. It’s sure to be gone in the morning, and you won’t be tempted to take a piece every time you walk by the bowl of candy!
Eat a healthy, filling dinner and drink lots of water before the festivities begin. If you’re satiated going in to the evening, then you’re less likely to over eat the sweet stuff! The same goes for any Halloween parties that you may be attending.
Working out the morning of Halloween may help ward off sugar cravings later in the afternoon. If you can get in a good sweat session in the morning, you’re less likely to binge on candy later in the day.
If you’re trick or treating with your children or at the door handing out candy, pop a piece of gum in your mouth. Chewing gum can suppress cravings and is much less calorically dense than candy.
Purchase candy to hand out that is not your favorite! If you’re not staring at a bowl of your favorite candy all night long, you’re much less likely to eat it.
Consider handing out treats to children that are not food related. Small Halloween-themed toys like glow sticks, temporary tattoos, plastic fangs, stickers, and bubbles all make for wonderful alternatives.
Finally, remember that Halloween is just one night out of the year. So if you choose to indulge, just make every effort to get back on track on November 1st! Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Taylor Schellhardt, MS, RD, LDN, Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, has been a Medical Nutrition Therapist at Beebe Healthcare for two and a half years. Taylor graduated from The University of Delaware in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition. Prior to that, she attended The College of Wooster and graduated with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Biology in 2009. Taylor is involved with the Employee Wellness initiative at Beebe, as well ‘I Choose Health’ and the 100th Anniversary Cookbook Committee.