Halloween Candy That Won’t Give You a Bump in the Night

I didn’t really miss Halloween candy until about three years ago when I decided to start eating better. Because I couldn’t eat loads of junk food without feeling guilty and I, unlike my college peers, wasn’t terribly interested in dressing up like a woman of compromising values, Halloween, my favorite holiday, left me sitting on my couch watching horror movies all night. No candy. Just “The Candy Man.” This year, in spirit of my new-found Cat Hair in my Coffee philosophy, and after discovered a great Fitness Magazine article, I’ve discovered that I can have some of my favorites without the bulge.

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

“If you’re craving chocolate, then the darker, the better,” says Katie Cavuto Boyle, RD, owner of Healthy Bites. “Dark chocolate has less sugar, is dairy-free, and is rich in antioxidants that have been shown to reduce blood pressure and decrease your risk of cardiovasculardisease.”

  • Nibble: Hershey’s Miniatures: Special Dark
    Serving Size: 5 pieces
    200 calories; 13g fat; 7g saturated fat; 25mg sodium; 24g carbs; 18g sugar; 3g protein

    Image courtesy of Hershey's.

  • Nix: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures
    Serving Size: 5 pieces
    220 calories; 13g fat; 5g saturated fat; 130mg sodium; 26g carbs; 23g sugar; 4g protein

Go Nuts!

“Chocolate that contains nuts may be even better for you, because the nuts contain a variety of nutrients and healthy fats that may displace some of the total chocolate, sugar, etc.,” says Marie Spano, RD, owner of Marie Spano Nutrition Consulting in Atlanta.

  • Nibble: Dove Silky Smooth Almond Milk Chocolate Bar
    Serving Size: 1 bar
    190 calories; 12g fat; 6g saturated fat; 20mg sodium; 18g carbs; 16g sugar; 3g protein
  • Nix: Twix Caramel Cookie Bars
    Serving Size: 2 cookies (1 pack)
    250 calories; 12g fat; 9g saturated fat; 100mg sodium; 33g carbs; 24g sugar; 2g protein

White? Out!

“White chocolate is your least healthy option,” says Boyle. “It doesn’t actually contain any cocoa — only cocoa butter — and it’s packed with sugar and added fat from the extra milk products used.”

  • Nibble:Kit Kat Snack Size

    Image courtesy of Fitness Magazine.

    Serving Size: 3 packs
    210 calories; 11g fat; 7g saturated fat; 30mg sodium; 27g carbs; 21g sugar; 3g protein

  • Nix: Hershey’s Bliss White Chocolate Meltaway
    Serving Size: 6 pieces
    230 calories; 14g fat; 9g saturated fat; 70mg sodium; 24g carbs; 24g sugar; 3g protein

Go to Grape Lengths

If you love chocolate-covered anything, opt for raisins over pretzels or marshmallows. “Raisins are rich in antioxidants and provide extra fiber that you won’t get from chocolate alone,” says Boyle.

  • Nibble: Raisinets, Snack Pack
    Serving Size: 1 box
    150 calories; 6g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 10mg sodium; 25g carbs; 22g sugar; 1g protein
  • Nix: Milk Duds
    Serving Size: 1 regular-sized box
    230 calories; 8g fat; 5g saturated fat; 135mg sodium; 38g carbs; 27g sugar; 2g protein

Lighten Up

“Some of the unhealthiest candy choices are loaded with sugar, fat, and artery-clogging saturated fat,” says Boyle. “3 Musketeers is a good alternative, as it is significantly lower in calories and fat.”

  • Nibble: 3 Musketeers Minis
    Serving Size: 7 pieces
    170 calories; 5g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 80mg sodium; 32g carbs; 27g sugar; 1g protein
  • Nix: Snickers Bar Miniatures
    Serving Size: 4 pieces
    170 calories; 8g fat; 3g saturated fat; 80mg sodium; 22g carbs; 18g sugar; 3g protein

Chew on This

“Caramels contain a high percentage of saturated fat, so if you’re looking for something chewy, you’re better off with a low-calorie candy, like Now and Later, that takes longer to eat,” says Boyle.

  • Nibble: Now and Laters
    Serving Size: 9 pieces
    120 calories; 1g fat; 0g saturated fat; 40mg sodium; 28g carbs; 22g sugar; 0g protein
  • Nix: Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels
    Serving Size: 4 pieces
    150 calories; 4g fat; 3g saturated fat; 90mg sodium; 25g carbs; 15g sugar; 2g protein

For the complete list of Nibbles and Nixes.

Have a Happy Halloween!

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