Halloween Candy Can Be Scary

Frightening facts:

  • According to the Huffington Post, Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy each year for Halloween. Equivalent to the weight of 6 Titanic ships.
  • According to USA Today, the average American eats around 3.4 pounds of candy on Halloween, and children consume around 7,000 calories and 3 cups of sugar on the day.
  • The healthiest Halloween candy is Hershey’s Special Dark: 40 calories, 3.8g sugar
  • The least healthy Halloween candy is Candy Corn: 17 pieces: 110 calories, 22g sugar

The 5 most popular Halloween candies are:

  • Skittles 1 mini pack: 60 calories, 11g sugar
  • Reeses 1 mini cup: 44 calories, 4.6g sugar
  • M&M’s 1 mini pack: 73 calories, 9.6g sugar
  • Snickers 1 mini bar: 80 calories, 9g sugar
  • Starburst 1 piece: 20 calories, 2.5g sugar

Helpful tips for maintaining control:

  • Don’t purchase Halloween candy until just before the occasion.
  • Purchase candies that are your least favorite to reduce temptation.
  • Purchase “mini size.”
  • Limit candy consumption to 3 pieces -or-
  • Prepare a healthier alternative for yourself.
  • Limit children to 5 pieces/day then play a game to burn off the sugars.
  • Hide the bag of candy and take out only the portioned amount.
  • Best not to leave a bowl on the counter, out of sight out of mind.