Beating out Easter and Valentine’s Day, Halloween is the biggest candy-selling holiday of the year. Sugary treats and festive decorations begin to appear in supermarkets across the country before the thought of Halloween has even crossed our minds. Once those variety bags of candy start to line the shelves, the urge to consume the sugary confections we typically avoid all year long sets in. Maybe it starts as a midday pick-me-up after a long workweek, but you may quickly find yourself dipping your hand into the candy bowl a little too often. Once or twice isn’t a crime, but more than that and you could risk stretching your waistline before Halloween even hits.
A healthy lifestyle isn’t about depriving yourself, but rather making better choices when you do choose to indulge. Some candies contain more sugar than others, some more fat, and some are full of ingredients you simply can't pronounce, let alone identify. When Halloween rolls around, it’s a good idea to know which candies will have you tipping the scales come November 1, and which won’t. Halloween doesn’t have to be a nutritional nightmare. With some preparation, you can enjoy the holiday and keep your diet on track as well.
To save you the time of reading the tiny nutrition facts on those fun-sized bars, we did a comparison of the most popular Halloween candies.