Halloween and Healthier Candy Choices

October 18, 2017 | posted in: Fitness Tip of the Week, Nutrition | by

Who is already being surrounded by Halloween candy? If it hasn’t happened yet, it will soon. Obviously, I would recommend not buying it until the last minute so there is less possibility of opening and eating it yourself.  But we can’t avoid it when others bring it into work, give it as presents, etc.

ACE provided an article titled Better & Worse Halloween Candy. Here is a quick list of the worst candy and a list of better options for candy if you use can’t avoid the stuff or if you want to choose the less calorie option to hand out to kids.

Worse Halloween Candy:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, 1 cup = 105 calories (40 calories from fat); 6.5 g total fat; 10.5 g sugar
  • Mounds Snack Size, 1 bar = 80 calories (40 calories from fat); 4.5 g total fat; 7 g sugar
  • Almond Joy Snack Size, 1 bar = 80 calories; 40 calories from fat (4.5 g total fat); 8 g sugar
  • Kit Kat Snack Size, 3 pieces (42 g) = 210 calories; 90 calories from fat (11 g total fat); 21 g sugar
Better Halloween Candy:
  • Starburst, 9 pieces = 150 calories; 0 fat; 22 g sugar
  • Dum Dum Pops, 1 serving size or 3 lollipops = 59 calories; 0 fat; 11 g sugar
  • Tootsie Roll, 6 Tootsie Rolls (40 g) = 140 calories (30 calories from fat); 3 g total fat; 19 g sugar
  • Candy Corn, 26 pieces = 150 calories; 0 fat; 28 g sugar
  • Jolly Ranchers Hard Candy, 3 candies = 70 calories; 0 fat; 11 g sugar
  • York Peppermint Patty Snack Size, 1 mini patty = 50 calories; 1g fat; 9g sugar

Healthy, happy living!


ACE Fitness Article; last accessed 12 October 2011

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