The other day I went to a meeting and the organizer, who was trying to be sweet (pardon the pun!) decided to bring along some of those lovely little “fun sized” halloween chocolate candies. There were many different types to choose from and I kept staring at them and doing everything I could not to eat them. And do you know what the voice in my head was saying? “It’s okay. They’re just fun-sized so they really shouldn’t have many calories!” Luckily I decided not to give into temptation because when I did some research and became a Halloween Candy Calorie Counter (my self-proclaimed her job title, I swear – I love how it sounds!) I realized that I had just ducked the big diet derail!
Now, realistically, having one fun-sized bit of chocolate shouldn’t make a difference, right? Yep, that would be great if I could limit myself to eating just one! Unfortunately I know myself to well and 1 treat would become 2….3….5….7…. I mean they are fun-sized, right?
So how do these candies break down? Oh I think you might be in for a bit of a shock!
As obvious as it might sound, some candy has less calories than others. So which ones are at the lower end?
Well choosing an individual-sized Tootsie Roll seem to be a solid choice because each Mini-Midgees has only 11 calories, while a Midgee has 23 calories and a small bar has 50 calories. Pretty sweet right? (I know – that was a bad pun – but I couldn’t help myself!)
Hershey’s Miniature Bars (mixed) have an average of 42 calories per bar while Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Fun-Sized Bars have 67 calories each.
A Three Musketeers bar in the Fun-Size has 64 calories.
And looking for some sweet loving? Try jelly beans – at only 5 calories a piece, they are a great idea (unless you are like me and will likely eat 100 – which would equal 500 calories!)
And at the higher end of the spectrum? Unfortunately we have quite a few. Eat 3 of these and you likely could have eaten a full-sized bar for the calories you’ve consumed!
I’m a sucker for M&Ms, but I learned that 1 packaged of Plain, Fun-Sized M&Ms have 88 calories while M&M Peanut in the Fun-Sized bag have 93 calories each!
A Fun-Sized Kit Kat bar has 73 calories, while a Snickers Bar has 80 calories in its Fun-Sized portion.
And my favourite of all time – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – have 100 calories per single sized serving!
Now I’m not saying that you shouldn’t enjoy candy! I’m just suggesting that you may want to truly engage in moderation. Or, if you are a food addict with a sweet tooth, like I am, just say no to candy this Halloween season!