Happy Halloween! There are tons of reasons why I love this holiday: ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween, watching “Hocus Pocus” an unprecedented amount of times, costumes galore, pumpkin everything. Let’s not forget all the candy, either. Did you know 90 million pounds of chocolate is sold during Halloween week? That’s the highest number of chocolate sales compared to any other holiday — even Valentine’s Day! Halloween only comes once a year, so take a moment to indulge today! While no chocolate bar is considered “healthy,” read on to see which chocolate candies won’t completely blow your diet.
One small tootsie roll has about 25 calories. Pop four of these chewy, chocolatey candies for a 100 calorie, guilt-free fix.
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate
The darker the chocolate, the better it is for your overall health. Dark chocolate has less sugar and is packed with antioxidants. That doesn’t mean eating an entire bag of dark chocolate will reduce your chances of heart disease, though. Instead, nibble on a piece (or two!) of Hershey’s miniature dark chocolate. At 40 calories each, it’s the perfect treat to have after a night of costume parties and dancing.
A “Fun Size” 3 Musketeers bar only has 63 calories. Filled with a light chocolate mousse, this treat has fewer calories and fat than bars with caramel, nuts or nougat centers.
A full-size York Peppermint Patty has 165 calories and 3 grams of fat. This candy feeds your chocolate craving while giving you fresh breath at the same time!
A “Fun Size” package of Peanut M&Ms has less than 100 calories. If you want a candy that also provides a small health benefit, the energy-dense peanuts in this treat are perfect for you.
What are your favorite Halloween candies? Let me know in the comments below!
Wishing all of you a safe, happy and healthy Halloween!
Wondering where I got my information? Special thanks to:
This Huffington Post slideshow
This “Reader’s Digest” slideshow
This “Fitness Magazine” slideshow