Halloween Candy - Which is Better?
Halloween is just around the corner! Here’s a comparison of 6 popular candies from Registered Dietitian Margaret Moses:
York Peppermint Patties vs. Almond Joy
The winner: Peppermint Patties. Both are under 200 calories per two-piece “snack size” serving, but the dark chocolate with mint filling feels indulgent without much saturated fat, while the coconut-based filling the Almond Joy has up to 6 g.
Whoppers vs. Pretzel M& M’s
The winner: M & M’s. Both are crunchy and light, but pretzel M & M’s are only 150 calories for three fun size bags! Eighteen malted milk balls are just shy of 200 calories with 7 g saturated fat.
Snickers vs. 3 Musketeers
The winner: Snickers. They are satisfying thanks to 3 g protein from peanuts in 4 minis. You can have seven 3 Musketeers minis for the same number of calories, but they’re higher in sugar and saturated fat.
Tricks for getting rid of treats after Halloween:
- Donate it – Mail your individually wrapped chocolates or hard candy to Operation Gratitude 1644 Refugio Road, Encino, CA 91436
- Freeze it – Stash leftover chocolates in the freezer – they’ll be out of temptation’s way, and frozen candy takes longer to eat. When you want to indulge, chop up a mini candy bar or two and sprinkle a teaspoon of the pieces on a half-cup of plain nonfat yogurt for a sweet snack that has less than 200 calories.
- Toss it – Think of it this way: it’s better to feel guilty about a pound of candy in the trash can than a pound of candy on your thighs.