It is only a couple of more weeks until Halloween, a favorite holiday among children and adults alike. However, there is one aspect of the holiday that parents dread. That is the amount of candy their children are likely to consume as a result.
As always, parents will struggle with the whole issue of safety and health when it comes to Halloween candy distribution. The rest of us, who intend to give out treats for the holiday, can help them by making good decisions regarding the types of candy we choose.
While many people are switching from candy to other types of treats like toys, trading cards or silly bands, the fact remains the vast majority will still go the candy route. With the high cost of produce, the likelihood of being able to hand out fruit is becoming slim. While some may opt to go with the baked goods option, that still opens up the whole safety issue once again.
Candy is, has been and will likely always be the number one Halloween treat option. If we can’t get away from that fact, the least we can do, is make the best candy choices available. To that end, I have been analyzing some of the most popular children’s candies to help consumers along the way.
Today’s candy option is 3 Musketeers. This Masterfood’s product has been a candy favorite for decades. It has grown in popularity recently, because it is one of the lower fat candy options available today.
The Fun Size Pack of 3 Musketeers contains 8 bars with a total weight of 4.06-oz. Three bars make a serving.
There are 190 calories per serving of 3 Musketeers. That means there are only 2.5 servings in each Fun Size Pack.
Of the 190 calories, only 50 of them at fat-related. In fact there are just 6 grams of fat per serving. Of that amount, 4 grams come from saturated fat.
Unfortunately, there are 34 grams of carbohydrate per serving, as well as 30 grams of sugar, 85 milligrams of sodium and 5 milligrams of cholesterol. That makes 3 Musketeers the first candy I have reviewed with cholesterol content.
On the flip size, a serving of this candy also provides 1 gram of protein and fiber. Additionally, it offers 2% of the daily-recommended amount of calcium.
The ingredients of 3 Musketeers includes cocoa butter, lactose, corn syrup, egg whites, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, milk chocolate, milk fat, salt, skim milk, soy lecithin and sugar. It also contains alkali, artificial and natural flavors.
While the lower fat content may be a plus for some, the higher sugar and carb content must give others pause. In essence, one has to measure and balance multiple options in order to determine whether the trade off is acceptable.
Here is my summary review:
Smart Choice? Maybe. If fat is the main concern, then this candy bar might be a good choice. However, if sugar is the main concern, then this option is the worst one I have identified thus far. Used in moderation, one 3 Musketeers Fun Size Bar — instead of three – – could be okay. It certainly would not be any worse than any other candy option. However, one must keep in mind that, if consumed in excess, this candy could lead to a sugar overload.
Tasty? Yes. There is something about 3 Musketeers creamy malted nougat center and milk chocolate coating that appeals to adults and children alike.
Variety? Yes, although not extensive. 3 Musketeers comes in the original formula as well as two other options — mint and truffle crisp. Neither of those are addressed in this article.
Attractive Packaging? Yes. The candy is packaged in a bright silver wrapper with red and blue trim and print. I miss the old red, white and blue packaging with the 3 Musketeers printed on the front. However, one can’t deny it looked outdated. The newer packaging is fresh and easily identifiable.
Easy to Store? Yes, the Fun Size carton measures 10 ½ ” by 2 ¾” by 3/4″. It is relatively flat. That makes the candy easy to store almost anywhere including a cabinet, pantry or drawer. The individual bars measure around 2 ½” by ¾” by ½”. They are certainly small enough to fit almost anywhere you wish to store them. That could include a pocket, purse, lunch pail, candy bowl or jar.
Are They Fresh? Yes. Usually. If the bars are kept stored in a cool place, away from heat, they should remain fresh for quite a while. However, this is one candy that can become stale over time. It is important to pay attention to the expiration date printed on her Fun Size Package in order to prevent this from happening.
Diet Safe? It depends. People on a low fat diet might consider this treat just what the doctor ordered. However, those wanting to go sugar free or those cutting carbs may consider this option a dangerous one. It is really a case of semantics with 3 Musketeers.
Easily Available? Yes. 3 Musketeers are sold anywhere candy is sold. That would include grocery stores, discount retail chains, convenience stores and drug stores.
Price Effective? Not if you go by serving size. Following the recommended serving size of 3 bars, that means there are only 2.5 servings per package. Since the Fun Size Package retails for between $1 and $2, that is anywhere between $.45 and $.90 per serving. That makes it one of the least economical choices I have reviewed thus far.
Product Purchase Recommendation? It’s a toss up. The low fat content is definitely a plus. However, the high sugar and carb content makes this one questionable. It could go either way. Would I distribute it? Probably not because I watch sugar content and this candy’s sugar content is just too high for my taste.