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Choose These Halloween Candies
Trick-or-treat night can be a ghoulish one for people on a diabetic meal plan. But with the help of this Halloween candy guide, you can enjoy a sweet treat while you're handing out goodies.
Diabetic Living compares calories, grams of fat, grams of carbs, and grams of sugar in these candies to help you choose wisely.
Choose a Fun Size Kit Kat Bar
Fun Size bars are always a more responsible choice than having full-size candy bars, but having the Kit Kat Bar (a wafer-based rather than peanut butter-based bar) will save you 35 calories and 3 grams of carbs and sugar.
Choose This: Kit Kat Wafer Bars, 1 snack-size bar (0.53 ounce) -- 70 calories, 4 g fat, 9 g carb (7 g sugar)
Not That: Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, 1 piece (0.74 ounce) -- 105 calories, 6.5 g fat, 12 g carb (10.5 g sugar)
Choose Almond M&Ms
Regular milk chocolate M&Ms are made from pure milk chocolate, so they are carb- and sugar-dense. Almond M&Ms displace some of the chocolate by adding almonds to every piece, saving you 3 grams of carbs and 3 grams of sugar in each serving while incorporating some heart-healthy fats.
Choose This: Almond M&Ms, 1 snack-size bag (21 g) -- 110 calories, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 12 g carb (10 g sugar)
Not That: Milk Chocolate M&Ms, 1 snack-size bag (21 g) -- 104 calories, 4.3 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 15 g carb (13 g sugar)
Choose Hershey's Dark Chocolate with Almonds
Dark chocolate contains heart-healthy antioxidants, but not all dark chocolate is created equal. Dove chocolate has 7 more grams of sugar per serving than the same amount of Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate with Almonds.
Choose This: Hershey's Special Dark with Almonds Nuggets, 3 nuggets (1.4 ounces) -- 150 calories, 15 g carb (12 g sugar)
Not That: Dove Dark Chocolate Miniatures, 5 pieces (1.4 ounces) -- 210 calories, 24 g carb (19 g sugar)
Choose Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Gummy Bears
Fruity chewy candies can be fun to munch on, and they take longer to eat than a two-bite candy bar, but these fruity candies can contain plenty of hidden carbohydrates. Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Gummy Bears save 30 calories and have zero grams of sugar.
Choose This: Sugar-Free Jelly Belly Gummy Bears, 12 pieces, about 1/4 cup (20 g) -- 50 calories, 15 g carb (0 g sugar)
Not That: Skittles Original Fruit, 1 snack-size bag (20 g) -- 80 calories, 18 g carb (15 g sugar)
Choose a Caramel Apple Pop
Suckers or pops are convenient treats that take a long time to eat -- which can make you feel like you are treating yourself to even more candy. Either of these chewy suckers will satisfy your sweet tooth, but the Caramel Apple Pops have 60 calories while the Sugar Daddy provides a whopping 170 calories.
Choose This: Caramel Apple Pops, 1 pop (0.6 ounce) -- 60 calories, 0.5 g fat, 0 g saturated, 15 g carb (10 g sugar)
Not That: Sugar Daddy, 1 pop (1.4 ounces) -- 170 calories, 2 g fat, 0.5 g saturated, 36 g carb (24 g sugar)
Choose a Strawberry Twizzler Twist
Twizzlers Strawberry Twists are sweet, chewy, and fun to eat. One piece of Twizzlers also contains fewer calories and carbohydrates and less sugar than three pieces of Starburst Original Fruit Chews.
Choose This: Twizzlers Strawberry Twists, 1 regular-sized twist (0.4 ounce) -- 40 calories, 0 g fat, 9 g carb (5 g sugar)
Not That: Starburst Original Fruit Chews, 3 fruit chews (0.53 ounce) -- 60 calories, 1 g fat, 12 g carb (9 g sugar)
Choose a Hershey's 100-Calorie Crisp Wafer Bar
Just a small handful of Nestle Buncha Crunch will set you back 180 calories and 25 grams of carbs. A Hershey's 100 Calorie Pretzel Bar only contains 100 calories and 12 grams of carbs, an indulgent chocolate and pretzel alternative.
Choose This: Hershey's 100 Calorie Crisp Wafer Bars, 1 bar (0.7 ounce) -- 100 calories, 5 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 12 g carb (9 g sugar)
Not That: Nestle Buncha Crunch, 1/3 cup pieces (1.3 ounces) -- 180 calories, 9 g fat, 5 g saturated, 25 g carb (20 g sugar)
Choose Jolly Rancher Hard Candies
It is easy to toss a few pieces of bite-size candy in your mouth and not think anything of it. If you choose long-lasting hard candies with less sugar, they could wreak less havoc on your blood sugars. Jolly Rancher Hard Candies contain only 7 grams of sugar per 3 pieces, while 1 Fun Size bag of Skittles Wild Berry Candies contains 15 grams of sugar.
Choose This: Jolly Rancher Hard Candies, 3 pieces (0.5 ounce) -- 70 calories, 17 g carb (11 g sugar)
Not That: Skittles Wild Berry Candies, 1 snack-size bag (0.7 ounce) -- 80 calories, 18 g carb (15 g sugar)
Choose Sugar-Free Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Need a sweet and salty, chocolatey and peanut buttery, rich and delicious treat? Look no further. Reese's provides the perfect diabetic-friendly treat in its Sugar-Free Mini Peanut Butter Cups, in which a serving provides only 145 calories and 0 grams of sugar.
Choose This: Reese's Sugar-Free Mini Peanut Butter Cups, 4 pieces (1.2 ounces) -- 145 calories, 22 g carb (0 g sugar)
Not That: Butterfinger Bars, 4 minis (1.4 ounces) -- 180 calories, 29 g carb (18 g sugar)
Choose a Fruit by the Foot
Taffy can bring you back to your childhood with one delicious bite -- but why waste the calories when you don't have to? Try a Fruit by the Foot roll next time you get a craving for this chewy treat, and your sweet tooth will be satisfied.
Choose This: Fruit by the Foot Strawberry, 1 roll (0.7 ounce) -- 80 calories, 1 g fat, 0 g saturated, 17 g carb (9 g sugar)
Not That: Laffy Taffy, 5 mini pieces (1.5 ounces) -- 160 calories, 2 g fat, 1.5 g saturated, 36 g carb (27 g sugar)