The Five Best and Worst Halloween Candies for Your Waistline
by Apex Capital | October 3, 2014
It’s the most frightening time of the year! With Halloween almost upon us, candy is showing up in truck stops, grocery stores and even at home. It can be hard to resist, so when those Halloween candy cravings show up, choosing the right candy allows you to participate in the spirit of the season without wrecking your health and wellness goals.
Apex gathered a list of our clients’ favorite Halloween candies, and we are stating the facts on the treats that will sabotage your health and wellness goals and the treats that will let you enjoy Halloween.
Five Worst Halloween Candies
Snickers®: Although its tasty combination of chocolate, caramel, peanuts and nougat makes an incredibly tasty treat, the Snickers® bar also has a lot of calories. A full-size bar has 300 calories and 12 grams of fat. Even the fun size that shows up in trick-or-treat bags, contains 160 calories and 8 grams of fat. Spooky!
Mounds®: This tropical candy bar contains coconut and coconut oil, making it high in fat. One full size Mounds® candy bar contains 13 grams of fat. The snack size also contains 80 calories with 4.5 grams coming from fat.
Skittles®: These colorful treats are definitely a trick for your waistline. With 42 grams of sugar (10 teaspoons) in a full-sized bag, Skittles can make your blood sugar spike and fall quickly, leaving you hungry and looking to snack. One full-size bag of Skittles® contains 230 calories, 2.5 grams of fat and 52 grams of carbohydrates.
Butterfinger®: This peanut-buttery candy bar packs a double calorie punch because it contains chocolate and peanuts. One full-size Butterfinger® bar is 270 calories and 11 grams of fat. Even the Halloween-favorite fun-sized bar contains 100 calories with 4 grams of fat.
Candy Corn: This popular Halloween treat contains little to no nutritional value because it is made up of sugar and artificial coloring and flavoring. If you must indulge in this seasonal favorite, be sure to measure an appropriate portion. No blind eating here! Candy corn has 150 calories per ounce, most of which comes from sugar. So stick to a small handful to avoid a scary number on the scale!
Five Best Halloween Candies
Smarties®: If you have a sugar craving that just won’t go away, Smarties® are a great choice to snack on. With only 25 calories and 0 grams of fat in one roll, these treats are a great way to indulge. Just be sure to stick to 1 or 2 rolls when snacking, so you don’t end up consuming more calories than you mean to.
Jolly Rancher®: Hard candy treats, like Jolly Ranchers, tend to be lower in fat and take more time to eat than a candy bar. You will spend more time snacking on the first piece and will be less likely to reach for an additional piece. Three pieces of Jolly Ranchers contain just 70 calories, so enjoy!
Dum Dum® Lollipops: Dum Dums® are a better Halloween candy option because they are portion controlled and take longer to eat. One lollipop has 25 calories and no fat, so it’s a great option to satisfy even the most intense sugar craving.
York Peppermint Pattie®: This cool and refreshing treat is a great option if you are looking to enjoy a chocolate treat. A large York Peppermint Pattie has only 140 calories with 2.5 grams of fat, and the snack size has only 60 calories. What a great way to get your dark chocolate fix!
Candy Bar Minis: If you are craving a bite of your favorite candy and no other option will satisfy you, indulging in a mini version of your favorite full-size candy bar is a great way to treat yourself without ruining your healthy lifestyle. The minis will be lower in calories and fat than the snack or full size. A mini candy bar typically has a calorie count around 45.