Healthy Halloween Candy Choices

It’s no secret: Halloween candy can have a frightening amount of sugar, calories, and fat. You can indulge without packing on the pounds, here's how.

By Reader's Digest Editors
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    3 Musketeers Minis

    Why It's a Treat 1 Fun Size bar contains 63 calories, 2 grams of fat, 11 grams sugar Instead of chocolate bars filled with caramel or peanuts, choose this lighter, chocolaty snack that has far fewer calories and fat than other chocolate bars.

    York Peppermint Patty

    Why It's a Treat
    1 full-size bar contains 165 calories, 3 grams of fat, 27 grams sugar This light, refreshing treat is also lower in calories and fat than heavier chocolate treats. Added bonus? It leaves you with minty-fresh breath.

    Peeps Pumpkins

    Why It's a Treat 1 marshmallow contains 16 calories, 0 fat, 3.5 grams sugar A handful of these marshmallow treats contain very few calories, though keep in mind, they are pretty much all sugar.

    Tootsie Roll

    Why It's a Treat 1 small Tootsie Roll contains 50 calories, 1 grams fat, 10g sugar Try this old favorite that offers a chewy, chocolate fix in moderation. But beware, at 50 calories each, the calorie count can really add up.

    Peanut M&M's

    Why It's a Treat
    1 Fun Size Pouch contains 90 calories, 5 grams fat, 9 grams sugar Peanut M&M's aren’t a bad choice when you think about the fact that their peanuts contain protein, which provides a small boost of energy. The portion-control pouch is an added advantage for weight-watching candy lovers.

    Jolly Ranchers

    Why They're a Treat
    3 Jolly Rancher candies contain 70 calories, 0 fat and 11 grams of sugar Jolly Rancher candies offer lasting flavor and a low calorie count (if you don’t chew on them!). A few of these sweet treats will ward off any sweet tooth goblins.

    Charms Blow Pops

    Why It's a Treat One Charms Blow Pop contains 60 calories, 0 fat, and 13 grams of sugar. Lollipops are a great way to keep your mouth busy (and not eating other high calorie foods). With only 60 calories and gum included, you can't lose.

    Sources: redbookmag.com, realbeauty.com, realsimple.com, msnbc.com

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    Your Comments

    • moirrigan

      Anything can be fit into any diet (including diabetic-I do). Since they have those handy Nutrition Facts on EVERYTHING. Of course, depending on the diet you may need a LOT of willpower and some tricks. Actually the right tricks can help with will power.
      The tricks are ones you develope for yourself. Here’s some of mine: make it difficult to get, so no blind eating ’cause it’s there. The forbidden candy goes into a freezer bag, into the deep freeze. Which is in the basement at the other end from the stairs. Add a degree of dificulty because I’m on crutches. Now I’m NOT advocating adding those just to make it harder, but the degree of pain is also a deterent. I am truly addicted to chocolate, but this slows me down! I also can only bring up 1/2 to 2 servings (depending on what fits the diet right then). so, again, no blind eating.
      Also slice, chop or whatever your treat so you can eat it VERY SLOWLY. It does leave the taste in your mouth longer.
      I guess I don’t have willpower, just the ability to make and keep my own rules!

    • Kelli_bryant

      All candy is healthy for you I read it.

    • Frankogiba

      3 musketeers !!!?, mainstream poison. my comon sence choice would be the  pure chocolate bare