Your Go-To Halloween Candy Guide: What To Know BEFORE You Treat

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While Halloween may be on Tuesday, for some of us, the real treat comes Wednesday, when Halloween candy goes on sale. It can be pretty tempting to go ham on those Reese's pumpkins, because they’re just so. dang. good.

But there’s a downside to this candy free-for-all: studies now suggest that sugar, not necessarily fat, is what contributes to weight gain.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the average American eats 152 lbs of sugar and 146 lbs of flour (which, of course, is broken down into sugars) per year. YIKES.

The American Heart Association suggests the following daily maximum intake of added sugars:

  • Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)

  • Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

It’s a safe bet that most of us are unknowingly consuming significantly more than the recommended amount of added sugar. And all this sugar can lead to numerous health issues: obesity, diabetes, liver problems, high cholesterol… basically, our sugar overload is killing us. That’s spooky.

So while we don’t recommend putting a bowl of candy out on your desk (helloooo temptation to eat it all while working on that boring spreadsheet), it is okay to allow yourself a Halloween treat, as long as you keep it as just that: a treat.

To help you make smart choices, we’ve rounded up nutrition info—calories, sugar, and gluten status for our Celiac or gluten intolerant babes—for some of our favorite Halloween candy. At the end of this post, find additional resources if you want to learn more about sugar, healthy fats, and a list of gluten free Halloween candy.

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Note: All nutrition facts are based on the “fun sizes” of these candies.

// 3 Musketeers //

>> Serving Size: 3 bars

>> Calories: 190

>> Sugars: 30 g

>> Gluten free

Full Nutrition Guide

// Kit Kats //

>> Serving Size: 2 (2 piece bars)

>> Calories: 140

>> Sugars: 14 g

>> NOT Gluten free

Full Nutrition Guide

// Nestle Crunch Bar //

>> Serving Size: 4 mini bars

>> Calories: 200

>> Sugars: 22 g

>> NOT gluten free

Full Nutrition Guide

// Snickers //

>> Serving Size: 2

>> Calories: 160

>> Sugars: 17 g

>> Gluten free

Full Nutrition Guide

// Twix //

>> Serving Size: 2 cookies (1 serving per pack)

>> Calories: 250

>> Sugars: 17 g

>> NOT Gluten Free

Full Nutrition Guide

// Candy Corn //

>> Serving Size: 21 pieces

>> Calories: 150

>> Sugars: 27 g

>> Gluten Free

Full Nutrition Guide

// Reese's Peanut Butter Cups //

>> Serving Size: 1 piece

>> Calories: 110

>> Sugars: 9 g

>> Gluten Free (except for seasonal shapes)

Full Nutrition Guide

// Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar //

>> Serving Size: 2 pieces

>> Calories: 130

>> Sugars: 14 g

>> Gluten Free

Full Nutrition Guide

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// HELPFUL HEALTH RESOURCES //

Gluten Free Candy List Guide

10 Reasons Why Sugar is Bad for You

Sugar or Fat: What’s Worse for Weight Gain