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Halloween Survival Guide: Candy Breakdown

I have a love-hate relationship with Halloween. I love going pumpkin picking, making jack-o-lanterns, roasting pumpkin seeds, and creating costumes. Oh, who am I kidding? I also love the candy, the bags of tiny bite-sized servings are my weakness. To keep my candy intake in check, I buy my candy a few days before Halloween and buy the candy I don't like.

How bad are these tasty little morsels, really? A few bites can't hurt, right? To see how many calories haunt your favorite Halloween candy,

The calorie content in this chart is based on one piece of Halloween ‘snack’ or ‘fun’ size candy, not full size servings found in the candy aisle. The good news is that on most bags of candy, the serving size includes 2-3 pieces/bags/packets of each. I guess those candy companies know how "fun" those fun packs really are.

1 treat size (fun size) Calories Fat (g) Sugar (g)
Snickers 71 3.6 7.6
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup 88 5.2 8
Reese's Caramel Cup 100 5 11
Reese's Nutrageous 95 5.5 7.5
Milky Way 77 2.9 10.2
Butterfinger 85 3.5 8.5
Almond Joy 91 5.1 9.2
Milk Duds 40 2 6.3
M&Ms 90 4 11.5
Peanut M&Ms 93 4.7 9.1
Nestle's Crunch 51.3 2.7 5.6
Peppermint Pattie 47 1 8.6
Kit Kat 73 3.7 .67
Dots 70 0 11
Skittles 80 .8 15
Jelly Belly Jellybeans 35 0 7
3 Musketeers 63.3 2 10
Milky Way 75 3 10
Hershey's Bar 66.7 4 7.7
Take 5 105 5.5 9
100 Grand 95 4 11
Nerds 50 0 12
Whoppers 100 4 13
Mike & Ike 50 0 9
SweeTarts 10 0 2.4

Knowing the calorie count of some of my favorite treats, I don't feel so bad about stealing a few pieces of my daughters' candy.


Spectra Spectra 9 years
Now I know why my dad always only let us have a maximum of 5 pieces of our Halloween candy a day. It got rationed out in our lunchboxes over the course of a month or more. I'm sure my dad ate all the Mounds bars (his favorite) and my mom ate most of the other chocolate because I only remember having Skittles, Smartees, lollipops, and Tootsie Rolls. My friends all thought I was weird because I didn't eat all my candy the night of Halloween. YIKES.
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
I remember loving all the candy on Halloween when I was younger. Now I just like getting dressed up crazy and having fun with my friends. I used to love Reese's Peanut Butter Cups like no other, but at work I'm around a lot of candy and they smell super artificial to me. I guess that's not a bad thing, right?
EcannDallas EcannDallas 9 years
gosh dont you miss counting and dividing your candy after trick-or-treating and then eating 20 pieces when ur mom wasnt looking!?!?! UGH!
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
jelly bellys aren't bad... for a small pack. i mean, it's not like you're supposed to get full of candy... you're just supposed to cure your sweet tooth and jelly bellys are only... 35 cals. i can't believe skittles is more then a kit kat.
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
electropop...that's awesome that your dad owns a 7-11! i mean... b/c i'm a sugar free red bull fanatic. haha.
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
peanut m&ms have MORE cals then a snickers??? are you kidding?!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 9 years
Omg. I already attacked the candy bowl at home. Darn parents and their sweet tooths! Mmmm. candy.
cmachter1 cmachter1 9 years depressing.
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
My dad owns TWO 7-11's so it's HARD to avoid candy ALL year!!! LOL.
kristine13 kristine13 9 years
i cannot resist reeses peanut butter cups, which is why i absolutely NEVER buy them ;-)
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
Though I never get candy during Halloween, I think Halloween should be a day where calories shouldnt count. Im not suggesting going over board, control yourself, but just enjoy the day and candy! And the next day hit the treadmill extra hard! lol
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Good, my fav isn't on there so I will never truely know how bad it is for me :)
laneylaney laneylaney 9 years
Take 5 is absolutely AMAZING.
gonedelirious gonedelirious 9 years
i don't even get trick or treaters but i always buy a little candy for my boyfriend and me. looks like sweetarts, milk duds or jelly bellies for us. But those are all candies I would have bought anyway.
livetolove livetolove 9 years
I could never stop at just one... but it's nice to know how the 25 pieces I eat will add up!
colieoats colieoats 9 years
I have a weakness for Three Musketeers! I can't help it! My son is only 18 months old though so I don't think we'll be taking him around anywhere anyway...Halloween is getting too dangerous and he's not old enough yet to understand.
fiddlefaddle fiddlefaddle 9 years
See. I factor in calories, but I also consider how long these last me. Skittles is the winner for me because although they aren't the least in calories, they last me far longer than say...a crunch bar.
nikkipez nikkipez 9 years
ehh one or two pieces arent bad!!! its one day out of the year! moderation :)
itoldyou itoldyou 9 years
Snickers and Hershey's Bar are the only candy I can't resist.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I will be celebrating minus the candy this yr-I'm keeping it healthy :)
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
LOL kiddylnd, I too am a HUGE sucker for Take 5 as well as Jelly Belly's. I won't be buying candy either.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
The most popular candy holiday of the year, of course, is Halloween. It's pretty irresistible this time of year, but this list makes it good to keep things in check.
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
Yum, sweeties. Everything in moderation!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
I'm also a sucker for the Take5. :(
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
Just think - Snickers is the most popular candy sold at Halloween. Yikes! I am not buying ANY candy this year.
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