Halloween is right around the corner and we all know what that means…endless amounts of candy! Candy is the number one item bought during the month of October, the most popular being Candy Corn, followed by Snickers, Reese’s, Kit Kats, and M&Ms. It has been reported that the average American eats 24 pounds of candy a year, and most of that is likely consumed around Halloween (“Halloween Candy Facts.”) That is a lot of candy and most of it is made with ingredients that are harmful to the body.

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Before looking into the Halloween treats I want to see how well you know your candies.

All Candies are 1 serving size (Fun Size Bag):

  1. Does 1 serving of M&M’s or 1 serving of butterfingers have more calories?
  2. Which fun size treat has the most sugar: Skittles, M&M’s, or Hershey’s Bar?
  3. Which fun size treat contains the most fat: Almond Joy, Reese’s peanut butter cup, or Milky Way?
  4. Does 1 serving of Sour Patch Kids or 1 serving of Skittles have more sugar?
  5. What candy has the least amount of calories per serving: Milk Duds, Kit Kat, or 3 Musketeers?

 

Halloween treats can remind us of fun times from our childhood, which adds to their temptation. Having one Halloween treat here and there is not going to wreak havoc on your healthy eating habits but it is very challenging to stop at just one or two. If a typical Halloween splurge involves eating: 1 Snickers, 2 Twizzlers, 3 Kisses, 1 Kit Kat, 10 Candy Corns, 3 Hershey’s Miniature Bars, 3 Tootsie Rolls , and a Tootsie Pop — that adds an additional 600 calories to your day. Just remember that Halloween comes every year and the same candies you look forward to eating will fill the stores shelves once again.

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Below are some of the most popular Halloween treats and their nutritional value…

Candy Corn – 53 calories, 0g sat fat, 11.7g sugar

Gummy Bears (Haribo) – 8 pieces, around 65 calories, 21 g sugar, and make sure to brush teeth well after gummy bears.

Heath Bar, Snack Size – 76 calories, and 9 g sugar

Hershey Kisses – Average 25 calories and 2 – 3 g sugar each kiss

Jolly Rancher – 3 pieces – 70 calories, 0 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.

Peanut M & Ms – 93 calories, 5 g of fat and 9 g of sugar.

Peeps – One pumpkin peep – 16 calories, no fat and 3.5 g of sugar.

Pixie Sticks – 7 sticks – 60 cal, 15 g sugar

Pop Rocks – 34 calories, 0 g fat, 8 g sugar

Smarties – 1 roll, 25 calories, 6 g sugar

Snickers, Fun Size – 80 calories, 4 g of fat and 8 g of sugar

Starburst, Fun Size – 2 candies, 40 calories, 6 g sugar

Twix Minis –1 bar, 50 calories, 5 g sugar

Twizzlers (Strawberry Twists) – 2 pieces, 50 calories and 6 g sugar

York Peppermint Patty vs Junior Mints – 140 cal, 3 g fat, 25 g sugar in a full-size patty. Jr. Mints, Snack Size are a better choice at 80 calories and 14 g sugar.

(“Halloween Candy: Calorie and Sugar Comparison”)

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Quiz Answers: nutritional value is based on a fun sized serving

  1. Does 1 serving of M&M’s or 1 serving of butterfingers have more calories?
    • M&Ms – 73 calories, 9.3g sugar
    • Butterfinger – 100 calories, 10 g sugar
  2. Which fun size treat has the most sugar: Skittles, M&M’s, or Hershey’s Bar
    • Hershey’s Miniature Bars – Average 42 calories and 4 g sugar each bar
    • M&Ms – 73 calories, 9.3g sugar
    • Skittles, Fun Size – 60 calories, 11 g sugar
  3. Which fun size treat contains the most fat: Almond Joy, Reese’s peanut butter  cup, or Milky Way?
    • Almond Joy – 80 calories, 8 g sugar, 3 g saturated fat
    • Milky Way Bar Fun Size – 80 calories, 10 g sugar, 2.3 g sat fat
    • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – 110 calories, 11 g sugar, 2.5 g sat fat
  4. Does 1 serving of Sour Patch Kids or 1 serving of Skittles have more sugar?
    • Sour Patch Kids Mini Bag – 50 calories, 0g fat, 10g sugar
    • Skittles Fun Size – 60 calories, 11.3g sugar
  5. What candy has the least amount of calories per serving: Milk Duds, Kit Kat, or 3 Musketeers?
    • Milk Duds Snack Size 1 box – 53 calories, 1.2g sat fat, 9g sugar
    • Kit Kat, Fun size – 60 calories and 6 g sugar
    • Three Musketeers Minis – 64 calories, 2 g of fat and 11 g of sugar

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Sources:

“Halloween Candy Facts.” HUFFPOST TASTE. Web.

“Halloween Candy: Calorie and Sugar Comparison.” USCF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Web.

“The Great Halloween Candy Comparison”, Cooking Light. Sidney Fry, MS, RD. Web

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