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Treats or Tricks?

Posted on Oct 22, 12 in Nutrition

Okay, I admit it.  I have a sweet tooth.  If you do too, then you know that Halloween can be one of the most challenging “holidays” of the year.  Between handing out the sweet stuff to trick-or-treaters, and the many goodies our children bring home, this particular day can be truly haunting.

Well, I have some good news.  Sweets can be part of a balanced diet as long as you pay attention to portion sizes.  When it comes to Halloween candy, fun-size bars are clearly a better choice than having a full-size candy bar, but even these tiny treats can be a bit ghoulish.  Just because they are small, doesn’t mean they are calorie free!  To help make this Halloween a little less scary, below is nutritional information for some popular fun-sized treats.  As long as you keep your snack within the 100 to 200-calorie range, you can satisfy your sweet tooth, stick to your healthy diet, and have a Happy Halloween!

(Important Note:  1 teaspoon sugar is equal to 4 grams, so some of these little treats contain 3 to 4 teaspoons of sugar.  Just because it’s low in fat and calories, doesn’t mean it’s a good pick!)

Almond Joy Snack Size – 1 bar (17g):  80 calories, 3g sat fat, 8g sugar

Baby Ruth Fun Size – 1 bar (0.65 oz/18.5g):  85 calories, 2.3g sat fat, 10g sugar

Brach’s Candy Corn – 1 bag (15g):  53 calories, 0g sat fat, 11.7g sugar

Butterfinger Fun Size – 1 bar (0.65 oz/18.5g): 85 calories, 1.8g sat fat, 8.5g sugar

Charm’s Blow Pop – 1 pop:  60 calories, 0g sat fat, 13g sugar

Dots Mini Box – 1 box (21g):  70 calories, 0g sat fat, 11g sugar

Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size – 1 bar (0.49 oz):  77 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7g sugar

Kit Kat Wafer Bar, Snack Size – 1 bar (0.49 oz/14g):  70 calories, 2.3g sat fat, 7g sugar

Milk Duds Snack Size – 1 box (12g):  53 calories, 1.2g sat fat, 9g sugar

Milky Way Bar Fun Size – 1 bar (0.58 oz/17g):  80 calories, 2.3 g sat fat, 10g sugar

M&M’s Milk Chocolate Fun Size – 1 bag (15g):  73 calories, 2g sat fat, 9.3g sugar

M&M’s Peanut Fun Size – 1 bag (18g):  90 calories, 1.8g sat fat, 9g sugar

Mounds Snack Size Bar – 1 bar (17g):  80 calories, 3.5g sat fat, 7g sugar

Nerds Mini Box – 1 box (13g):  50 calories, 0g sat fat, 12g sugar

Nestle 100 Grand Fun Size – 1 bar (21.5g):  95 calories, 2.5g sat fat, 11g sugar

Raisinets Fun Size – 1 bag (16g):  67 calories, 1.7g sat fat, 9.7g sugar

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Snack Size – 1 cup:  110 calories, 2.5 g sat fat, 11 g sugar

Reese’s Pieces Snack Size – 1 bag (13g):  67 calories, 2.7g sat fat, 7.3g sugar

Rolo Snack Pack – 1 roll (18g):  80 calories, 2.5 g sat fat, 11g sugar

Skittles Fun Size – 1 bag (15g):  60 calories, 0.7g sat fat, 11.3g sugar

Smarties – 1 roll (7g): 25 calories, 0g fat, 6g sugar

Snickers Fun Size – 1 bar (17g):  80 calories, 1.5g sat fat, 8.5g sugar

Sour Patch Kids Mini Bag – 1 bag (15g): 50 calories, 0g fat, 10g sugar

Starburst Fun Size – 2 Starburst candies:  40 calories, 0.8g sat fat, 6g sugar

Sugar Babies, Snack Size – 1 pack (21g):  80 calories, 0g sat fat, 15g sugar

Swedish Fish Mini Pack – 1 pack (15g):  50 calories, 0g sat fat, 11g sugar

Three Musketeers Fun Size – 1 bar (15g):  63 calories, 1.3g sat fat, 10g sugar

Tootsie Pop – 1 pop:  60 calories, 0g sat fat, 10g sugar

Tootsie Roll Snack Bar – 1 bar (14g):  50 calories, 0.2g sat fat, 7g sugar

Twix Fun Size – 1 bar (16g):  80 calories, 3g sat fat, 8g sugar

Wonka Mini Laffy Taffy – 1 mini taffy (8.6g):  30 calories, 0.3g sat fat, 4.2g sugar

York Peppermint Pattie, Snack Size – 1 piece (13.6g):  50 cal, 0.7g sat fat, 9g sugar