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Healthiest and Unhealthiest Choices for Halloween Candy

Despite my best efforts, I eat more candy in the month of October than the rest of the year combined. I'm not advocating for increased candy consumption, but if you are buying candy this year, you can reduce the guilt by picking among the lower calorie options.


I'm not sure what the trick-or-treating situation is in my neighborhood this year. But at the risk of disappointing adorable children, I am planning to buy Halloween candy.


I realized that in the event the kiddos decide not to come door-to-door (or even grab candy from a bowl in the front yard) I will be stuck with a giant bag of candy, which is certainly not ideal to keep in the house.


While I am trying to find a better system to reduce the temptation of candy, I also decided to research the "healthiest" candy options.


Keep reading for the top 5 healthiest Halloween candy options.


1. Kit Kat


When you think about the ingredients in a Kit Kat, it's not that surprising that it makes the top 5 healthiest candies. It's basically just a wafer and a layer of chocolate. A snack-size Kit Kat is 140 calories and a full size is 280 calories.


2. Starbursts


If you're a fruit candy person over a chocolate candy person, try buying those little two-packs of Starbursts this Halloween. They are low in fat and 150 calories per package. My only warning with Starbursts and other sticky candy is to brush your teeth thoroughly afterwards. The sugar can coat your teeth and cause cavities.


3. Smarties


Personally, I am not a fan of these tiny, chalky candies. But if you're really trying to stick to the healthiest candy options, Smarties is the winner. In one pack of Smarties, you're looking at 25 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of total fat.


4. Baby Ruth


The redeeming quality of candy with nuts is that they have some protein in them. Snack-size Baby Ruth bars have about 170 calories, 20 grams of sugar, and 8 grams of total fat. In terms of traditional candy bars, this is one of the better choices.


5. Almond Joy


Almond Joys tend to be a polarizing candy choice - you either love them or you hate them. The good news for Almond Joy fans is that the coconut and almond offer fiber and protein that other candies do not. And if you buy the dark chocolate variety you can even get antioxidants. The fat content is relatively low at just 9 grams and even the sugar is comparatively better (16 grams).


Honorable mentions: Nestle Crunch, 3 Musketeers, and Plain M&Ms.


Hopefully, you aren't too disappointed by this list. If you can even find one of the above 5 candies that you like, I would say that's a win. Now if you're here for the bad news ... keep reading. Below are the top 5 worst candy choices when it comes to calories, fat, and, sugar.


1. Reece's


Say it ain't so. This delicious chocolate and peanut butter cup has some of the worst statistics of all the candy, ever. A snack-size Reece's has 220 calories, 22 grams of sugar, and 13 grams of fat. So if you're going to indulge in these sweet treats, just tell yourself it's worth it for the 5 grams of protein they have.


2. Twix


A single mini Twix has 250 calories and 17 grams of sugar. So even a two-bite version of this candy is pretty unhealthy. The processed carmel is also very sticky and hard to remove from the surface of your teeth.


3. Butterfinger


A fun-sized Butterfinger is basically a single bite of candy. Which if you ask me isn't all that fun. It's 85 calories and 4 grams of fat a bite. This is also perhaps the worst candy when it comes to getting stuck to your teeth. So, if you're planning to eat a Butterfinger this Halloween, expect to spend about 30 minutes trying to get it out of your teeth.


4. Candy Corn


Candy Corn is usually a Halloween staple, but it's basically all sugar. It isn't high in calories or fat, but it's easy to overeat beyond the suggested serving size (14 pieces).


5. Sour Patch Kids


Again, this isn't a candy high in fat, but the amount of sugar is crazy. Sour Patch Kids have a lot of artificial flavors too.


The Best Way To Approach Halloween


Now that you have all the information, here is my advice.


If you are going to eat Halloween candy just the one night of Halloween, it's okay to indulge in some of your favorites despite the nutritional information. If you're going to eat a few pieces every night leading up to and following Halloween, maybe keep some of the healthier options in the house. You can also check out some of the healthy alternatives on the market here.


And if you are going to eat candy, enjoy every little bite. Take your time and savor it.


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