Watching my grandchildren get prepared for Halloween is always fun. They inevitably go through many costume ideas before they finally settle on the perfect one.
While Halloween is a fun time of the year for children, it can be a difficult one for adults. Parents are none too crazy about the amount of candy their children are likely to ingest as a result of this one spooky day of the year.
I admit that I am a bit leery in my own way. As a grandmother I want to spoil my grandchildren by giving them everything their little hearts’ desire. On the other hand, I don’t want to do anything to put their health in jeopardy. So, for me, Halloween can be a contradiction in terms.
This year I decided to make a concerted effort to choose the best “treats” possible for my little visitors on Halloween night. My hope is that other parents and grandparents will do the same.
However, as I have delved deeply into the world of chocolate and other sweet treats, I have to say that my enthusiasm is waning. I wish with all of my heart that I could afford to distribute something different than candy this year.
Since that isn’t to be, unfortunately, I am determined to make the best candy choices possible. I am also passing on the information I have discovered with you so that you can make good choices as well.
The next candy on the list is one of the top brands ever made — Snickers. In this case, I am using the Fun Size Bars. They come 8 to a pack, which ultimately weighs 4.62-ozs.
A product of Masterfoods USA, a division of Mars Candy, Snickers has been around for a very long time. Unlike a lot candy options that have peaked and waned; however, Snickers has always had a strong following. There is something about the rich nougat center, the creamy caramel, the crunchy peanuts and the milk chocolate that just won’t be denied.
A serving size of Snickers Fun Size Bars is two candy bars, which are about 34 grams total. That means there are 4 serving inside of each Fun Size Pack.
There are 160 calories per serving of Snickers. Almost half of them are fat-related.
There are 8 grams of fat in a serving. Approximately 3 grams of that comes from saturated fat. Thankfully, there are no trans fats involved.
There are 21 grams of carbohydrate, 17 grams of sugar, 85 milligrams of sodium and 5 milligrams of cholesterol in each serving. That makes Snickers only the second candy I have reviewed with cholesterol content.
On the flip side, Snickers offers 3 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber. They also offer 2% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium.
Ingredients include chocolate, cocoa better, corn syrup, egg whites, milk fat, peanuts, salt, skim milk, soy lecithin and sugar. They also include artificial flavor, lactose and partially hydrogenated soybean oil.
One of the major problems with this candy option is its significant peanut content. A lot of children are allergic to peanuts and some may ingest them by accident before mom and dad get a chance to filter they Halloween haul.
Here is my summary review:
Smart Choice? Uncertain. Consumed in moderation – – one Fun Size Snicker’s Bar instead of two – – Snickers are arguably no worse than any other candy choice. However, done in excess, with its high fat, high carb and high sugar counts, Snickers could add to health-related issues (like weight gain) in later years.
Tasty? Yes. Snickers pretty much have everything that kids like in one little bundle. Many children, like I did as a child, enjoy eating the bar in layers. It has become a kind of right of passage.
Variety? Yes. While the original Snickers is still the favorite, there are other options. These include Snickers Dark, Snickers Fudge and Snickers Almond.
Attractive Packaging? Yes. The traditional Snickers packaging is done in brown, navy, white and red. Those are the same colors the candy has used for decades. It is hard to mistake Snickers packaging for any other candy option. It is extremely easy to spot on the store shelf.
Easy to Store? Yes, the Snickers Fun Size Bar package measures 10″ by 2 1/2″ by 5/8″. Because it is relatively flat, that makes it easy to store almost anywhere, including a kitchen cabinet, pantry or drawer. The individual bars are small at 2 ½” by ¾” by ½”. Individually, they are small enough to fit into a candy bowl or jaw, pocket or purse.
Are They Fresh? Yes. Every Snickers bar is individually wrapped and sealed in cellophane and then packaged in the Fun Size Bar package. The candy will stay fresh for quite awhile as long as it isn’t exposed to heat or extreme cold. Each package comes labeled with an expiration date so that the consumer can be confident in its freshness.
Note: Some people like to eat Snickers bars that have been refrigerated or frozen. It is important to keep in mind; however, that re-freezing the candy a second time will affect its overall taste and texture significantly.
Diet Safe? No. Anyone who needs to watch his or her carb or sugar intake should probably not partake of this candy bar on a regular basis.
Easily Available? Yes. Snickers are sold almost anywhere candy is sold. That includes grocery marts, discount department stores, convenience stores and even drug stores.
Price Effective? Not particularly. At between $1 and $2 for a package of 8 bars, if one sticks with 2 bars as a serving that means there are only 4 servings in a package. That equates to between $.15 and $.30 per serving, which isn’t very economical.
Product Purchase Recommendation? Uncertain. The high sugar and carb intake makes this candy possibility dangerous if ingested in overload proportions. However, if monitored and allowed in small doses, I think it could be difficult to keep this candy option away from children. That is especially true at Halloween.