Halloween is the one day a year that you are literally surrounded by candy. With holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving, at least some of the foods have nutritional value and you can make reasonable choices. But Halloween? There's no way to justify any "health benefits" of candy. It's an indulgent treat, that's it.
But despite Halloween candy have no real nutritional value, does that mean you have to avoid it all together? Of course not! It's all about moderation, people. So to help, I have come up with a handy guide to Halloween treats that will show you how you can still indulge in your favorite candies. You just have to be smart about it!
Halloween Candy Guide
LOW-CALORIE CHOCOLATE TREATS
These tiny treats can't be beat. Each one has 20 - 35 calories and 0.5 - 1.5g fat.
3 Musketeers Minis, Hershey's Kisses, Sixlets 8-piece tubes, Tootsie Roll Midgees, Whoppers Malted Milk Balls 3-piece tubes
Minis are the small, typically square morsels. The kinds below have 35 - 55 calories and 1.5 - 3g fat per piece.
Baby Ruth , Butterfinger, Hershey's Special Dark, Krackel, Milk Chocolate, and Mr. Goodbar, Kit Kat, Milky Way, Nestlé Crunch, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers, Twix
Snack-size and fun-size candies are usually about 2 inches long and weigh in at around half an ounce. The ones listed here have 60 - 85 calories and 1 - 4g fat per piece, pack, bag, or box.
3 Musketeers, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Junior Mints, Kit Kat (one 2-piece bar), M&M's Milk Chocolate, Milky Way , Nestlé Crunch, Raisinets, Snickers, York Peppermint Patties
SNACK-SIZE/FUN-SIZE CHOCOLATE PART II
Same specifics as the last list of snack-size/fun-size treats (about 2 inches long and half an ounce in weight), but these are a little higher in stats. Each bar or pack has 90 - 95 calories and 4 - 6g fat
100 Grand, M&M's Peanut, Mr. Goodbar, PayDay
These goodies are impressive in the stats department: 30 - 50 calories and 0 - 1g fat each.
AirHeads mini bars, Laffy Taffy mini bars, Now and Later (2 pieces), Starburst (2 pieces), SweeTarts Chews, Twizzlers Pull 'n' Peel snack-sized pieces
CALORIE-BARGAIN TREAT-SIZE/SNACK-SIZE BAGS
Pouches, packs, bags, and packages! Each of these small sacks has 50 - 55 calories and 0f fat.
Brach’s Candy Corn, Hot Tamales, Mike and Ike, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish
MORE MINI BOXES 'N BAGS
While not quite as pint-sized in the calorie department as the last list, each petite pack has a reasonable 60 - 75 calories and 0 - 1g fat.
Dots, Mini Chewy SweeTarts, Skittles Fun Size
LOW-CALORIE SWEETS & SUCKERS
All-star stats here! Just around 20 - 25 calories and 0g fat each.
Dum Dums, Everlasting Gobstopper mini pouches, Pixy Stix (3 straws), Smarties rolls
With 50 - 60 calories and 0 - 0.5g fat per pop.
Blow Pop, Ring Pop Halloween, Tootsie Caramel Apple Pops, Tootsie Pops
Healthy Halloween Recipes
If traditional Halloween candy isn't your style, try out some of these healthy (and adorable) recipes! Unlike the candy, these will actually have some nutritional benefits ;)