I know that you are probably already thinking, “Dude, Halloween is only once a year! It doesn’t matter if you eat 6 or 60 pieces one day a year! It’s the other 364 that will make you fat if you eat candy EVERY DAY!” For the other’s that don’t want to take the risk this will be helpful for you.
1. Jolly Ranchers: Three jolly Ranchers have only 70 calories, no fat and 11 grams of sugar. How much better can you do than that?
2. Blow Pops: This 18-gram candy/gum combo lollipop has only 60 calories for one, no fat and only 13 grams of sugar.
3. Gobstoppers: Nine pieces of this never ending treat has 60 calories, no fat and 14 grams of sugar.
4. Pixy Stix: For the sugar lovers, pixy sticks are 60 calories, 0 grams of fat and 15 grams of sugar in seven straws of this fruit-flavored candy.
5. Candy corn: Nineteen pieces of the most popular Halloween candy has 140 calories, no fat and 32 grams of sugar.
1. Mr. Goodbar: A 49-gram Mr. Goodbar will cost you 250 calories, 17 grams of fat (including seven grams of saturated fat) and 23 grams of sugar.
2. NutRageous: I am a fan of candy with nuts in them but a 51-gram NutRageous bar, will run you 260 calories, 16 grams of fat (including five grams of saturated fat) and 22 grams of sugar.
3. Snickers: With as high as the calories are in snickers, it might as well be a meal replacement candy. A 59-gram bar has 280 calories, 14 grams of fat – (including five grams of saturated fat) and 30 grams of sugar.
4. Baby Ruth: A 60-gram bar has 280 calories, 14 grams of fat (including 8 grams of saturated fat). It also has 33 grams sugar, the 2nd highest sugar total among the candies that were examined, better only than a 60-gram 3 Musketeers candy bar that has 40 grams of sugar (though a 3 Musketeers bar has only eight grams of total fat).
5. Mounds: The only candy on our “Worst 5” list to not have peanuts, a 49-gram bar of this coconut treat has 230 calories, 13 grams of fat and 21 grams of sugar. It has 10 grams saturated fat, which is the highest of the 37 surveyed candies.
Most people know that no matter what, candy has allot of sugar, so it’s better to find sweets that are low in fat, or fat-free. Saturated fats increases artery-clogging cholesterol and raise the risk of heart disease.
When you are giving treats to children, it is much better to stay with healthier items like sugar free gum, popcorn, pretzel packs and raisin boxes. It may not come as a surprise to you but candy is in the top three expenses for Halloween in any giving year – the typical American consumer plans to spend $17.99 on candy this year, compared to $20.75 on costumes and $14.54 on decorations.