Is there Halloween candy in your future (or present)? It’s pretty hard to escape because candy is everywhere – on desks, in restaurants, even in my veterinarian’s office in a purple bowl with a dog bone painted on the side.
Halloween and the week afterward account for about 5% of all candy consumed for the year. Big box stores don’t wait for mid-October to start stocking their shelves — by the second week in September most of them have already filled their shelves with orange and black trimmed packages of mini-candy boxes and bars – right along side the school supplies.
What do you steal from your kids’ Trick or Treat bags? What do you go for first?
Don’t feel guilty if you have. If you’ve ever swiped candy from your kid’s trick or treat bag, you’re certainly not alone. According to the National Confectioners Association, 90% of parents confess they occasionally dip into their kid’s stash. I know I sure did.
Not only do parents swipe candy form their kids’ bags, they invade them big time — they eat one candy bar out of every two a child brings home. Their favorite targets are snack-sized chocolate bars (70%), candy-coated chocolate pieces (40%), caramels (37%) and gum (26%).
How many calories are in Trick or Treat bags?
It’s been estimated that, on average, a child in the US collects between 3,500 and 7,000 worth of candy calories on Halloween night.
If you choose to eat all of that on top of your regular daily intake, you’re looking at a pound or two added to your waistline (or hips).
A One Day Indulgence Isn’t Such A Big Deal
One day of collecting (and eating) candy isn’t going to make a child – or an adult – overweight or obese (what it can do to behavior is another story). It’s the constant bombardment with candy, sweets, and other treats that can lead to weight (and health) issues.
Some food (or candy) for thought: a treat is only a treat if it happens once in a while – like Halloween, birthdays, and other holidays. If it’s a common occurrence it can become an expectation or a habit.
In Case You Want To Pick The Least Caloric Candy
Here are the calories in some popular Halloween candy – just in case you might want to minimize the caloric damage (you didn’t read that wrong — candy has a big range of calories and fat grams):
- Hershey’s Milk Chocolate: snack size .49-ounce bar; 67 calories; 4g fat
- Snickers: Fun size; 80 calories; 4g fat
- Tootsie Rolls: 6 midgee pieces; 140 calories; 3g fat
- Skittles Original Bite Size Candies: Fun size bag; 60 calories; 0.7 g fat
- M&Ms: Fun size bag; 73 calories; 3g fat
- Butterfinger: Fun size; 85 calories; 3.5g fat
- Tootsie Roll Pop : 60 calories; 0g fat
- Starburst Original Fruit Chews: 2 pieces; 40 calories: 40; 0.8g fat
- Brach’s Candy Corn: 20 pieces; 150 calories; 0g fat
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup: Fun size; 80 calories, 4.5g fat
- Peppermint Pattie: Fun size; 47 calories; 1g fat
- Kit Kat: Fun size; 73 calories; 3.7g fat