We, of course, want our children enjoy Halloween, but we don’t want them to have to face dieting later in life or undergo extra dental visits because of our negligence. Try substituting some of the normal Halloween treats with low-sugar or sugar-free versions this year.
Sugar-free gum and mints are good options for snacking while still out trick-or-treating. The gum occupies the mouth, and mint flavor will dissuade him from repeatedly reaching into his bucket for another treat. A sugar-free piece of Double Bubble gum is a yummy bubble gum flavored option for children that do not like mint flavored options.
Fun colored foods are always a blast to eat. Jelly Belly offers sugar-free jelly beans in 10 distinct flavors. They are packaged in portion-control packs and in 1 pound bags for dispensing. Sugar-free Twizzler’s Strawberry Licorice are also fun to eat and easy to share. Look for sugar-free hard candies available in bright colors for older kids, as these can be a choking hazard for toddlers.
Kids respond to foods they recognize. Sugar-free chocolate is a great option. Hershey’s offers their dark chocolate bars and York Peppermint Patties and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in sugar-free versions. While adults may detect a taste difference, kids are more likely to enjoy the treat and never notice the sugar is missing.