Counting Candy Calories

trick-or-treat

Welcome to the open candy buffet!!! It’s HALLOWEEN! (AKA: Better take two, they’re small!)

I am not someone who counts calories. I do read labels for ingredients, but more often than not, I am a portion person. I was never a member of the “clean plate club” growing up. Occasionally I over-indulge, but not often, even on chocolate and sweets.

As a kid, I remember filling trick-or-treat bags on Halloween night. We’d come home and my father would be waiting at the dining room table to do the ‘candy safety check’. Looking back, it’s entirely possible my father was actually sorting through for his favorites while examining wrappers and tossing home-made sweets.

This was back in the days when full-sized candy-bars were the norm and any neighbor caught skimping would wake up on November 1st to tendrils of Charmin drifting from their trees and bushes. I guess it’s a little different today. We have gone from full-sized to fun-sized to “minis”, “snack” and “treat” sized in the span of a few decades.

I recently saw a calorie breakdown of trick-or-treat candy. I know it’s important to watch your intake of sweets, so I thought I’d share what I found.

75-80 calories each (the most):

Butterfinger Fun Size

Milky Way Fun Size

Snickers Fun Size

50-70 calories each:

3 Musketeers Fun Size

Jolly Ranchers Lollipop

M&M’s Fun Size

Skittles Fun Size

Sour Patch Kids Treat Size

Swedish Fish Treat Size

York Peppermint Patties Snack Size

30-50 calories each:

Airheads Mini Bars

Kit Kat Miniatures

Milky Way Minis

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures

Snickers Miniatures

Starburst Fun Size (2 pieces)

Twix Caramel Cookie Bars Minis

25 calories each:

3 Musketeers Minis

Hershey’s Kisses

Smarties Candy Rolls

These calorie counts are all fine and good, but who actually eats just one of those itty-bitty fingernail sized candies? If you are like me, you will have 3… 4… 5… of the micro-candies and the only thing slowing you down is the individual wrappers. Just for fun, I thought I’d compare calories in the life-sized version of a few of these treats:

Full Size Candy Bar Calories:

Three Musketeers: 212

Kit-Kat Bar: 220.5

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: 222

Peanut M&M’s: 242

Skittles: 231

Snickers: 273

Twix: 284

Just a little food for thought.

About Cat Wilson

Cat Wilson is "That Girl" on Cape Country 104 – a Cape Cod native and longtime Cape radio personality. She is a passionate supporter of Military and Veteran causes on the Cape and also hosts local music spotlight program, “The Cheap Seats” on Ocean 104.7.


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