8 Healthier Halloween Candies
What are the first three words that pop into your head when you think about Halloween? If you ask kids, the answer will probably sound something like “costumes,” “pumpkins” and “candy.” If you ask dentists, you’ll probably receive a much different answer.
There are obvious implications from binge-eating candy, not the least of which are rotten teeth and copious cavities. But it doesn’t have to be this way! If you’re among the thousands of Halloween hosts looking to give your trick-or-treaters a healthy yet exciting treat this Friday, we’ve got you covered.
While it’s hard to avoid sugar altogether, here are 8 options to nibble on!
Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate
You’ve probably heard that dark chocolate actually has some nutritional value such as antioxidants, and Hershey’s Special Dark is no exception. With a mini dark chocolate bar registering just 44 calories and 2.6 grams of fat, you can snack on a couple and still not feel guilty about it.
York Peppermint Patty
This delicious candy will freshen your breath and satisfy your appetite. The classic round treat is 165 calories with just 3 grams of fat.
One of the most popular candies, these twisty red sticks are both addicting and low in fat content. As a matter of fact, two Twizzlers sticks are less than 50 calories while containing zero grams of fat.
These miniature chocolate rolls may not satisfy your appetite, but they will give you that rich “chocolately” taste without breaking the calorie calculator. Three mini Tootsie Rolls contain a modest 70 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
Another addicting snack food, Raisinets are one of the healthier candies out there. Be aware, though: there’s a good amount of sugar in these bite-sized buggers, so read the nutrition label and exercise portion control.
If you’re trying to eat smart (or trying to be a smart Halloween host), make the wise choice with Smarties. Each tangy roll is just 25 calories, while containing 0 grams of fat and a modest 5 grams of sugar.
Contrary to its name, Whoppers are actually a smart choice if you’re trying to stay skinny (and candy is unavoidable). Eighteen of these delicious milk chocolate malt balls comes out to 180 calories. They also have no cholesterol.
With a wide-variety of options, including favorites like Oreos, 100-calories packs are a calorie-efficient snack for anyone. You can pick up a whole box at the supermarket.