My kids remind me every day that Halloween is fast approaching. They’re excited about dressing up and trick-or-treating, but, of course, they’re mostly excited about an excuse to eat candy.
I love candy too. And I’m certainly not about to suggest that they read the nutrition labels before they eat candy. But it couldn’t hurt to take note of which candy is worse than others.
I’m not going to ban any brand of candy, but we might try to generally steer clear of the 5 Worst Halloween Candies.
So who decides which candies are the worst? In this case, David Zinczenko, the “Eat This, Not That” guy from Men’s Health. Here’s his list…
5 Worst Halloween Candies
1. Worst “Fun Size” Candy Bar: Butterfinger Bar – As Zinczenko says, “there’s no quicker way to swallow 100 calories.”
4 g fat (2 g saturated)
10 g sugars
2. Worst Fruity Candy: Brach’s Airheads (3 pieces) – They’re made of sugar, artificial flavors and colors, fillers, and trans fat. Yum!
1.5 g fat (1 g saturated)
19 g sugars
3. Worst Miniature Candy Bars: Twix Miniatures (3 pieces) – Just one of these candies has 10% of the saturated fat recommended for an entire day
8 g fat (6 g saturated)
15 g sugars
4. Worst Chewy Candy: Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels (4 pieces) – It’s mostly saturated fat and they’re impossible to get out of your teeth!
4.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated)
16 g sugars
5. Worst Novelty Candy: Reese’s Pumpkin – Has nearly 2/3 more calories than a standard Reese’s peanut butter cup. So stick to the classic!
10 g fat (3 g saturated)
16 g sugars
I recently wrote about 5 Tips for a Green Halloween and a commenter asked, “Can’t we just have fun?” My response? Is fun all about buying a store bought costume? You can have fun AND be conscious of the environment.
If the same question was posed in response to this post, I’d say that you can have fun AND be conscious of what you’re putting in your body.
What candy do you love the most and which one will you avoid? Me? I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but I can’t stand Airheads.