It’s Halloween night and your kids are eyeing up their payload, but all you see is a sugar coma waiting to happen. You spend all year keeping the unhealthy snacks to a minimum, but you have only a few minutes to sort through the mountain of “fun size” sugar bombs before the kids go crazy. Rest assured, there is nothing fun about watching your 8 year old get a cavity filled. So, how do you decide which treats stay and which ones go?
As the proactive mother of a hyper child, I have done my fair share of researching low sugar Halloween candy. And while it’s almost all sugar, some options are definitely better than others. Here, the popular picks weigh in, in grams of sugar:
Dum Dum Pops – 3.67 grams per pop
M&Ms (Halloween size package) – 4 grams
Twizzlers – 4 grams per twist
Mary Jane – 4 grams per chew
Whoppers (fun size box) – 5.56 grams
Smarties – 6 grams per 15-candy roll
Kit Kat (fun size package) – 7 grams
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (fun size package) – 7 grams
Twix (fun size package) – 8 grams
Nestle Crunch (fun size package) – 8 grams
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – 8 grams per cup
Snickers (fun size package) – 9 grams
3 Musketeers (fun size package) – 10 grams
Milky Way (fun size package) – 11 grams
Skittles (fun size package) – 12 grams
Charms Blow Pops – 13 grams per pop
Junior Mints (fun size box) – 14.5 grams
Milk Duds (fun size box) – 19 grams
Trust me, you don’t even want to know the sugar counts if your kids were “lucky” enough to find a house that was passing out full-size candy bars. And popcorn balls aren’t as great as they sound either; Act II’s version packs 12 grams of sugar into their “healthy” Halloween snack.
So what do you do with the treats that didn’t make the cut? Sell them to your dentist. That’s right; go to www.halloweencandybuyback.com to find dentists near you who will buy the candy from your kids for a buck a pound. He ships it to troops stationed overseas, your kids get some pocket money, and you aren’t tempted to sneak your favorite candies while the kids are sleeping. It’s a win-win for everybody!