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Halloween Candy Nutrition: Calories, Fat - and Good News!
by Carol M. Bareuther, R.D.


Candy cravers, take your mark! Halloween is right around the corner. But is indulgence a trick or treat when it comes to good health? Neither! It all boils down to moderation. Here’s my scoop on some top-selling Halloween candies.

Calories Sat. Fat
Dietitian's Tips
Tootsie Rolls
six pieces (40 g) 140 0.5 g
20 g
With less fat and fewer calories than most candies on this list, a Tootsie Roll's downside is its sticky factor. The longer sugars stay in contact with the teeth, the higher the risk for tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association.
Brach's Candy Corn 22 pieces (40 g)
140 0 g
28 g
Fat-free is the plus here. But the stickiness and sugar means munch, then brush.
Kit Kat one package (43 g) 210 7 g 22 g The light wafer makes this bar less dense and therefore lower in sugar per serving than many of its counterparts.
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Kisses
nine pieces (41 g)
230 8 g
21 g
Choose Special Dark to
cut calories by 20 per
serving and add
flavonoids (antioxidants
linked to heart health and
cancer prevention).
Candy Serving Calories Sat. Fat Sugar Dietitian's Tips
M&M's Milk Chocolate Candies
small bag (47.9 g)
240 6 g
31 g
Sort into single colors and
store in portions. Small
studies have found that
people eat more candy if
you offer them different
Milky Way
one bar (58.12 g)
260 7 g
35 g
Eat one, then freeze the
rest (a good idea for just about any candy bar).
one bar (60 g)
270 6 g
29 g
Beware the King Size. On the nutrition label, one serving is only a third of the bar.
Snickers one bar (58.7 g) 280 5 g 30 g Opt for the Fun Size, and sugar, calories and saturated fat drop by two-thirds.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups one package (51 g)
280 6 g
26 g
Like other bars with nuts, these aren't a total zero for nutrition. They contain a little protein and iron. However, I sure wouldn't recommend eating candy to get your nutrients!

CAROL M. BAREUTHER, R.D., is a registered dietitian with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.newsletter-graphic


Last updated and/or approved: October 2010.
Original article appeared in September/October 2007 former print magazine. Bio current as of that issue. This general health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
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written by Beatriz, Living Health , October 24, 2010

Thanks for this great info on Halloween candy so we can all make healthy choices.
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