Halloween Candy (Stock Photo)
Like it or not, it's going to happen - and soon.
can strike at any time: in the middle of the afternoon, after hours in
front of your computer or late in the evening watching TV. Bowls filled
with chocolaty, fruity and chewy treats meant for pint-sized costumed
visitors will slowly be emptied, possibly even before Halloween night.
can be a challenge to resist dipping into a bowl of candy, or sneaking a
treat or two out of your children's Halloween stash. Even if you rarely
have sweets in the house, you're bound to have a few bags of candy in
your pantry to welcome trick-or-treaters. Because it's inevitable that
you'll be enjoying some Halloween candy soon, you'll want to know that
some candies may be better for you than others. They're all treats of
course, and all loaded with sugar and fat, but some contain more than
end, we generated a list of 25 popular Halloween candies and whittled
them down to the five best and five worst candies. We ranked them not by
popularity or taste, but instead put together some advice for the
treats to reach for or avoid.
Halloween Events in Triad
Gail Wisniewski and Kim Lett offered guidance on the ranked candies.
Both agree that Halloween candies are a treat, and should be enjoyed in
keeping it in moderation. 'A little dab'll do ya,' so to speak," said
Lett, who is the senior wellness director at the Oviedo YMCA.
Halloween candy is really just added sugar in your diet, the candies
were ranked according to grams of sugar, from fewest to greatest, and
then by saturated fat. Certain ingredients deemed OK in moderation by
the dietitians, such as dark chocolate and nuts, gave some treats an
edge over others.
chocolate and nuts are good for you, again in small amounts, like an
ounce of each per day - basically like two of the
5. Almond Joy and Mounds: The
fifth-ranked treats are tied on the list. Almond Joy and Mounds edge
out a field of close competitors, including their fun-size counterparts
like Crunch, Kit Kat and Hershey's because of their almond and dark
chocolate content, respectively. Both treats have 80 calories and 4.5
grams of saturated fat. Because Almond Joy contains almonds, its 8 grams
of sugar keeps it on even footing with Mounds, which has 7 grams of
sugar.dark kisses or a
fun-size Snickers," Wisniewski said.
4. Starburst: A fun-size Halloween pack of these fruity chews
contains two wrapped candies for a total of 28 calories, 4.8 grams of
sugar and no saturated fat. However, its chewy nature makes it prone to
stick to your teeth, so that sets it behind the Hershey's Dark Nuggets.
3. Hershey's Special Dark Nuggets with Almonds: The
third ranked candy is the first to contain saturated fat - 3 grams'
worth. However, it contains both dark chocolate and almonds, and this
saving grace leap frogged it over the fourth ranked treat. Two nuggets
contain 100 calories, 8.5 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.
would say that a candy with nuts and chocolate is more satiating than
candy with pure sugar, as there is fat and protein," Wisniewski said.
"Protein is very satiating."
One roll of these pastel-colored, melt-in-your-mouth candies also
contains no saturated fat and will set you back just 25 calories and 6
grams of sugar. Keep it to one roll, though. A second roll doubles the
amount of sugar to 12 grams, moving the treat to the "worst" list.
1. Charms Blow Pops:
With only 15 calories per lollipop, no saturated fat and 4 grams of
sugar, this treat topped the list. But, try to resist biting into the
lollipop as long as possible.
candies can also stick to teeth when eaten, and they can linger in the
mouth for a longer period of time, also contributing to dental erosion,"
5. Candy corn: It's
sad to say, but this iconic treat, despite its legendary status as the
go-to seasonal candy, made the list of the worst five treats. A typical
Halloween-sized individual bag contains about seven pieces of candy.
There is no saturated fat, but you'll get about 12 grams of sugar. In
comparison, five Special Dark Hershey's Kisses will set you back 105
calories for the same amount of sugar.
4. Tootsie Rolls: Another
Halloween favorite has made the worst list. Along with their chewy
nature, which isn't the best choice for your teeth, just four Tootsie
Rolls have 12.67 grams of sugar. They will also set you back 93
3. Sweet Tarts: Ranked third on the worst list, just eight pieces contain 13 grams of sugar and 50 calories.
2. Nerds: To
say nothing of their artificial colors, these little rocks of sugar
contain 14 grams of sugar in each 60-calorie tablespoon full. However,
it will probably be the candy of choice in the Wisniewski household. Her
favorite is Almond Joy, so she said she'll be purchasing Nerds instead
so that the treats don't get eaten before trick-or-treaters arrive.
1. Sugar Babies:
for a candy with such a charming name, its effects on your body and
your teeth are less than sweet. These candy-coated caramels have the
dubious honor of being the worst candy on the list, with 15 grams of
sugar and 80 calories in each snack-sized pack.