It's that time of year again—the time to dress up as your favorite Halloween character and trick-or-treat with your kids. Like with any holiday, certain candies and treats define Halloween. From Reese's to Smarties, a myriad of candy flavors are favorites to everyone. But what's the unhealthiest Halloween candy?
For parents, this might be a question on top of their minds. They don't want their little ones consuming candy that could leave them with a sugar high and rotten teeth. Conversely, what are the healthiest candies to eat?
This guide looks at the unhealthiest candies you should consider dumping before your kids eat them. They are the candies that are high in sugar and calories. These specific candies can give your kids a stomach ache or a dental visit nightmare.
What Kind of Candy Should You Avoid?
Kids should avoid many unhealthy candies because of the high sugar and damage it can cause to their teeth. Looking at these candies can give you a better idea of what to take out of their bag before they consume it.
While no particular candy is healthy for you, certain candies are worse than others.
1. Candy Corn
Candy corn consistently makes the lead of one of the most hated candies. For good reason: it's often a candy that people don't like because of the unique maple flavor.
It's also one of the worst candies for you because it's filled with corn syrup. There are 31 grams of sugar and 150 calories. While eating them in moderation is fine, it's fine to dump them out if you're trying to keep only the healthier candy.
Smarties are chock-full of sugar. They also taste like sweet chalk. While they seem small and harmless, they are the worst because you get zero nutritional value from them.
They are comprised of high sugar, even though they have little calories or fat.
3. Almond Joy
Almond Joys might be hard to pass up if you love coconut with chocolate. This classic candy is also one of the worst for your teeth and overall health, let alone terrible for kids.
It's filled with high fat and sugar content that will leave you in a daze after you eat it. It specifically has 16 grams of fat and 9 grams of sugar.
4. Peanut M&Ms
Peanut M&Ms are the perfect snack for movies. They are also one of the most classic Halloween candies. They are delicious peanuts covered with milk chocolate.
No matter how tasty they are, they are also one of the worst candies because of the high fat and sugar content. One of the main reasons they are unhealthy is because they have chemical-filled shells that aren't the greatest for you or your kids. It has 180 calories, 18 grams of sugar, and 10 grams of total fat.
5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
It's hard to deny the deliciousness of eating a Reese's peanut butter cup. They melt in your mouth as soon as you eat it.
They are also among the worst because they have about 220 calories, 22 grams of sugar, and 13 grams of total fat. In some instances, the Halloween edition of these candies is often worse than the original versions.
6. Fun Size Twix Bars
There's nothing like a crunchy Twix bar with caramel and chocolate. They also have a tremendous amount of fat, making them one of the worst candies for your kids.
The Fun Size Twix Bars are even worse because they come in a much larger size with more fat content.
7. Gummy Bears
The final unhealthy Halloween candy you should avoid is the gummy bears. While kids love these candies, they also have 100 calories for 13 pieces. They also contain 13 grams of sugar.
One of the worst things about gummy bears is that they are notorious for getting stuck in your teeth. If your kids have cavities, you may find that these candies can pull out the cavity and leave your kids in a lot of pain on Halloween night.
8. Nestlé Crunch
While not an incredibly common candy bar that is usually found in your kids' candy pails after trick-or-treating, it still gets in there from time to time. These little puffed-rice-filled treats are filled with artificial ingredients and are high in calories.
While raisins are typically a healthy and delicious treat, Raisinets are incredibly high in sugar and saturated fat. To top it off, they actually contain very little real fruit. Moderation, of course, is key, but if you're looking to limit your child's candy intake, you can feel good about tossing these.
Say it isn't so! Skittles are an incredibly popular candy among trick-or-treaters and candy-lovers in general. But Skittles is a candy that has been deemed one of the unhealthiest candies out there. Filled with sugar and artificial flavorings, these little candies are as unhealthy as they get.
Why Should You Avoid the Most Unhealthy Halloween Candy?
The most obvious reasons to avoid these candies are their high fat and sugar content. They have candy that can destroy your health, especially your kid's teeth. It can also elevate your kid's blood sugar and give them a sugar high.
Consider dark chocolate candies if you're wondering what candy to stick with. Dark chocolate is known to have ingredients that are healthier for you. Dark chocolate has flavanols that help lower your risk of diseases. Overall, choosing less sugary and high-fat content candies can be better for your kid's health.
And once Halloween is over, it's time to start planning for your next festive get-together! If you want to wow your guests with a tasty recipe that they won't stop talking about, try this delicious and easy minty candy cane cheesecake. Enjoy!Print
- 2 cups of chocolate cookie crumbs
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 and 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 8 oz packages of cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candy
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine chocolate cookie crumbs, sugar, and butter. Then, press into a 9-inch spring form pan.
- Blend sour cream, sugar, eggs, flour, and extracts until smooth.
- Add softened cream cheese and 2 Tablespoons of butter. Slowly stir in crushed peppermint candy.
- Pour over the crust and bake on the lowest rack of your oven for 50-60 minutes or until firm.
- Allow to cool and refrigerate overnight. Remove from pan and serve.
- Top with whipped cream and garnish with a candy cane for a decorative and delicious pop, if desired.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Baking
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