Is healthy Halloween candy fiction or a legitimate possibility? The truth is, candy can never come close to the nutritional benefits of kale, but not all sugary sweets have scary nutrition facts.
Here is a list of the healthiest (or least guilt-inducing) favorites you, your kids, and trick-or-treaters can enjoy without worrying too much about weight gain and cavities.
Hershey’s Special Dark
Hershey’s is famous for their array of chocolate bars, but the classic Special Dark is a crowd favorite because of its rich, velvet-like taste and antioxidant properties. The best part is, two miniatures has only 88 calories and 5.2 grams of fat.
These colorful, button-shaped chocolates with real peanuts contain fiber, protein, calcium, 4.7 grams of fat, 9.1 grams of sugar, and 93 calories for every seven pieces.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
This Halloween classic scares most parents, but minimizing consumption to two minis only has 88 calories, 9.2 grams of sugar, and 5.2 grams of fat. Choose dark chocolate for extra antioxidants.
“Have a break, have a Kit Kat” because a two-piece bar boasts only 70 calories, 9.2 grams of sugar, and 3.6 grams of fat.
Dum Dum Lollipop
With delicious flavors like blueberry, cherry, grape, and even butterscotch and cream soda, there is much to love about Dum Dum Lollipops. One pop has 20 calories, 4 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of fat.
A student study from Purdue University concluded that it takes about 364 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop — which is a lot of licks for something that only has 60 calories and 0 grams of fat (center included). However, be mindful of the sugar content since there are 10 grams in a single pop.
These sweet, fruity candies are a long-time favorite of kids and adults alike. Two hard candies have a combined 47 calories and 8 grams of sugar.
This licorice-like candy has no actual licorice content, which sometimes causes potassium levels to temporarily drop. You can enjoy two Twizzler sticks for less than 100 calories and 0 grams of fat.
These candy bars consisting of chocolate-covered, fluffy, whipped nougat are light enough to snack on with no guilt. But stop at two because while they have less than 50 calories, the 8 grams of sugar makes them more of an indulgence.
Dark Chocolate Raisinets
Although dried fruits are known to be high in sugar and calories, they can also increase your nutrient intake and supply your body with antioxidants. The dark chocolate and raisin combination has 67 calories and less than 3 grams of fat per 42 pieces (snack-size bag).
A Word of Advice
As trick-or-treat fast approaches, it is important to indulge with caution because sugar has addicting properties that can cause health risks when eaten in excess. If you are a parent, it is best to limit the number of sweets your child consumes, and to ensure they brush their teeth after snacking. As a final step, prevent cavities and tooth decay by making routine visits to your family dentist.