Which Halloween Candies Should You Be Eating?

By Amanda Roland

 

Halloween is scary, but not always because of the monsters and ghosts! Kids bring home the scariest thing of all in their trick-or-treat baskets — CANDY! Not only can it be temping for your kids to over-indulge in their sweet finds, but it can also be temping for moms and dads to sneak a few treats themselves! If you are going to treat yourself this Halloween, try to go for the candies that are relatively better for you! Here is a cheat sheet of popular candy for you to reference when you need something sweet on Halloween but don’t want to ruin your diet.

 

M&M’s vs. Skittles

Average Handful of Skittles: 115 calories, 1.2 grams of fat and 21.7 grams of sugar

Average Handful of M&M’s: 142 calories, 5.9 grams of fat and 18.3 grams of sugar

 

Skittles contain less calories per handful! However, a serving of Skittles has more sugar than M&M’s, and M&M’s have more fat. Depending on what you are trying to stay away from, you can decide which you want to indulge in. 

 

Reese’s vs Mini Twix

One Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup: 105 calories, 6.5 grams of fat and 10.5 grams of sugar

One Mini Twix: 50 calories, 2.3 grams of fat and 5 grams of sugar

 

When given chocolates on Halloween, they are usually in mini form, which can factor a lot into which one will be a better choice to eat. In this case, one Reeses Cup and one mini Twix are different in size, so eating a smaller Twix, which is only 50 calories, might be a better choice. Just use self control to stop yourself from eating too many!

 

Laffy Taffy vs Candy Corn

Two Laffy Taffys: 70 calories, 1 gram of fat and 9.5 grams of sugar

Average Handful of Candy Corn: 104 calories, 0 grams of fat and 23.5 grams of sugar 

 

Laffy Taffy and Candy Corn are two of the most iconic Halloween candies and they will most likely find their way into your house at some point this month! In this case, one handful of Candy Corn has way more sugar and calories than two Laffy Taffys, so limiting yourself to just two Laffy Taffys might be a better choice if you are trying to go for a slightly healthier candy. 

 

Everything can be good in moderation, but if you are trying to treat yourself without ruining your diet, start checking the nutrition labels on your Halloween candy this month and pick the better options!