Satisfy every craving with these better-for-you-but-still-real-candy options.
Approximately 598 million pounds of candy are sold annually during the Halloween season, according to Nielsen. With only 44 million children living in the US, that's a whopping 13.5 pounds of candy per child or a lot of adults snagging more than just one piece of Halloween candy!
Here are some healthier options to satisfy every candy craving from Adam Bornstein the editorial director at LIVESTRONG.com. Don’t worry, we’re not telling you to grab a mug of sugar-free hot chocolate in lieu of a candy bar or chew a stick of gum instead of peppermint patties—I’d never do that to you! Read on to find your fix!
Chocolate Candy Craving:
Trick: Hershey's bars have 210 calories, 13g fat, and 24g sugar
Save: 1/2 the calories, 1/6 the fat, and almost 1/2 the sugar!
Nutty Candy Craving:
Trick: Snickers bar has 280 calories, 14g fat, and 30g sugar
Treat: CocoaVia chocolate covered almonds have 140 calories, 11g fat and 8g sugar
Save: 1/2 the calories and almost 1/4 of the sugar!
Fruit Candy Craving:
Trick: Skittles have 250 calories, 2.5g fat and 47g sugar
Treat: Gushers (mixed fruit bag) has 80 calories, 0g fat and 14g sugars
Save: 1/4 the calories and 1/3 the sugar!
Mint Candy Craving:
Trick: York Peppermint Patties have 140 calories, 2.5g of fat, and 25g sugar
Treat: Red Bird Peppermint Puffs have 60 calories, 0g fat, and 15 g sugar
Save: 1/2 the calorie, and more than 1/3 the sugar!
As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.