Anatomy of Halloween Candy: The best and worst

When it comes to Halloween candy, there are some classic likes and dislikes that everyone can relate to.  We all remember that one house, in that one neighborhood, that handed out toothbrushes because one of the adults was a dentist.  Or the house that gave out Bit O’ Honeys and Good & Plenty.  But more than the worst trick or treating spots, we remember those hidden gem houses that gave out King Size candy bars!

No matter what your trick or treating favorites are, there is a definite divide between what we think are the best Halloween candies and what we think are the worst.  The Huffington Post pushed out a list of what they believe are the best and worst Halloween treats. Let’s see where your favorites lie.

Best:

  • Kit Kat
  • Starburst
  • Twix
  • Pop Rocks
  • Butterfinger
  • Snickers
  • Nerds
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Crunch Bar

Worst:

  • Smarties
  • Raisins
  • Pencils (or any other non-edible treat)
  • Good & Plenty
  • Candy Corn
  • Dots
  • Now & Later
  • Hard Candy (think butterscotch)
  • Flavored Tootsie Rolls (I actually love these!)
  • Bubble Gum

There’s no surprise that what people consider to be the best Halloween candy are the big name candy bars.  Interestingly enough, there are actually “better” choices to make this Halloween without having to give up your traditional treat favorites.

Between Pixie Stix (7 straws) and Candy Corn (20 pieces), Pixie Stix pull ahead with just 60 calories and 15 grams of sugar.  Candy Corn has 150 calories and 28 grams of sugar.

Perhaps the lowest calorie candy on the market, Pop Rocks (1 package) wins over Almond Joys (3 snack size pieces) in the better candy choice.  Pop Rocks have 25 calories, 0 grams of fat, and 6 grams of sugar, while Almond Joy has 200 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 19 grams of sugar.

These next two choice battles are close competitions, but fall under the notion that reducing calories is better for you overall.  First, mini Tootsie Rolls (6 pieces) versus Starburst (8 pieces) result in mini Tootsie Rolls on top.  Tootsie Rolls provide 140 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 19 grams of sugar, while Starbursts come in at 163 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 23 grams of sugar.  Next, the debate over fun sized Peanut M&M’s (2 packages) and fun sized 3 Musketeers (3 pieces).  Peanut M&M’s are the better choice with 180 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 18 grams of sugar.  3 Musketeers may have less fat, but provide 190 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 30 grams of sugar.

We have also compiled a list of some of our healthy and tasty Halloween party dishes so you can indulge your sweet tooth while going easy on the candy.

What is your favorite Halloween candy? Least favorite?

Photo credit: andrechinn

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  1. My favorite Halloween candy was the Chunky Bar! I loved how thick it was and it had nuts and raisins all covered in chocolate!! Another close favorite is the Heath candy bar!!! Almond Joy candy bar!!! Oh my goodness, I just LOVE Halloween!!! My husband and I got married on Halloween!!! People ask me why did I get married on Halloween. I answered….”Because marriage is SCARY!!” 😉

  2. Gummies are all 3 of my kids favorite and my 2 grandkids love gummies the best too!
    I and my daughter hate reese’s peanut butter cups! Just dont like all that much peanut butter.

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