The Healthiest Halloween Candy Ranked from Best to Worst

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Eating healthier versions of your favorite junk food snacks can be a great alternative to satisfying cravings without derailing your diet. But, when it comes to indulging a little bit in the real thing, such as potato chips, it's always good to know the nutrition content.

Halloween candy is no different; sugar, calories, and fat are the best numbers to glance at to determine how healthy these candies are. Here are the top twelve healthiest Halloween candies ranked from best to worst:

1. Smarties

Smarties are low in calories, sugar, and fat, making them the healthiest Halloween candy to indulge in. One serving has 25 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of fat.

2. Tootsie Pops

Because it takes time to finish a Tootsie Pop, it's more challenging to overindulge. One lollipop has 60 calories, 11 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of fat.

3. Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids are both sour and sweet, and actually kind of healthy. One serving has 120 calories, 22 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of fat.

4. Airheads

A vegan Halloween treat, one serving of Airheads contains 140 calories, 19 grams of sugar, and 1.5 grams of fat.

5. Laffy Taffy

Similar to Airheads, Laffy Taffy is healthy in terms of calories. One serving has 140 calories, 19 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fat. The fun-sized versions of Laffy Taffy are vegan-friendly, but the larger version contains eggs.

6. Starburst

This low-fat, tasty Halloween candy option only contains 150 calories, 28 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fat per each mini-pack.

7. Tootsie Roll

Want to satisfy your chocolate craving without compromising on fat? Then a Tootsie Roll might be just what you need! Each serving has 120 calories, 17 grams of sugar, and 2.5 grams of fat.

8. Brach's Candy Corn

Candy corn isn't made just from sugar -- it's also comprised of corn syrup, gelatin, sesame oil, and other ingredients. One serving contains 150 calories, 31 grams of sugar, and 0 grams of fat.

9. Skittles

Although Skittles are low in fat, their sugar content makes them a less healthy treat. Each serving has 190 calories, 34 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fat.

10. Kit Kat

Kit Kats are the healthiest candy bar since it's mostly made of a light wafer. One snack-size Kit Kat contains 140 calories, 14 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of fat.

11. Milky Way

The nutritional content of the smaller-sized Milky Way has nothing on the original three-ounce one. One fun-size Milky Way has 160 calories, 21 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of fat.

12. Butterfinger

Lower in sugar and calories than many other candy bars, Butterfingers are a better choice. One fun-size Butterfinger has 170 calories, 17 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of fat.

What's the unhealthiest Halloween candy of all time?

It's Twix! One fun-size bar contains 250 calories, 17 grams of sugar, and 14 grams of fat. Yikes! When it comes to making the healthiest candy choices, go for candies that have low-to-no fat, which means fruit-flavored hard or chewy treats.

References
  1. "Halloween Candy Ranked, from Healthiest to Never Eat," Delish, October 29, 2015.
  2. "The Healthiest Halloween Candy Ranked from Worst to Best for You," Insider, October 20, 2017.

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