Halloween calories

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHalloween and sugar have become one and the same.  It’s all about the candy.  But there’s good news and bad news about this situation.

Bad News: it’s all about candy, and lots of it.  It’s a sugar overload nightmare.  If you have trouble resisting sweets, Halloween candy can be scarier than any horror movie or spooky costume.

Good News: 21st Century Halloween candy comes in tiny sizes.  For example: in the 1950’s, a 5 cent Snickers bar weighed 41 grams and was around 200 calories.  The “fun size” that’s typically handed out to trick or treaters now is 17 grams and 80 calories.  That’s not bad if you can be satisfied with small sweet treat.

Occasional small sweet treats are OK, if you stick to one, perhaps after a meal.  So the current shrunken-size Halloween candy bars fit the bill.  Most of them are 100 calories or less.  Here are some examples for the snack/fun size candy packs:

  • Snickers: 80 calories
  • Candy Corn: 13 pieces, 100 calories
  • Kit Kat: 80 calories
  • Reese’s Peanut butter cup (one 21 g cup): 105 calories
  • Almond Joy: 80 calories
  • M&M’s: 85 calories
  • Milky Way: 80 calories
  • Hershey’s snack size: 70 calories

So in general, these sizes of candy are running at 100 or fewer calories.  If you need 100% accuracy, check the Nutrition Facts panel on the package, as candy sizes can change.

If you want to use tiny Halloween treats for that occasional sweet craving in the future, put them in your freezer.  That’s also a good way to discourage mindless bingeing.  Frozen candy doesn’t taste good, and is impossible to chew.

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