We loved Halloween when we had 8-year-old metabolisms and enough charm to get elicit free gifts, but now that we’re older, the focus on candy makes it seem like a cruel holiday meant to spur binge eating and sugar crashes. Tiny candies in the doctor’s office or office kitchen might seem like a small indulgence, but we looked up the nutrition facts for the popular culprits: They’re not all so harmless. Just one serving of some of these “fun-size” treats is actually worse than eating a normal-sized candy bar. (And if you’re telling yourself that you’ll only eat one, you’re lying.)
. Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins (1 piece)
You tell yourself that you’re being good by eating a peanut butter-and-chocolate treat. Just think of all the protein you’re getting from the peanut butter, you reason. Think again. In one pumpkin, you’re getting 180 calories, 11 grams fat and 17 grams sugar. We think you’re better off with another choice.
2. Dove Milk Chocolate Promises (5 pieces)
How bad can chocolate be? It’s full of antioxidants and can help decrease your risk of heart disease. Nice try. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants. The others aren’t. Instead, you’re eating 220 calories, 13 grams fat and 22 grams sugar. Oh, and we know you’re not going to eat just one – it’s more likely that you’ll down five without thinking about it.
3. Twix Miniatures (3 pieces)
Another candy bar that might not seem so bad for you, Twix bars — with their gooey caramel and cookie crunch — have 150 calories, 8 grams fat and 15 grams sugar. Need to think it over? Don’t grab a Twix.
4. Almond Joy Snack-Size Bars (3 pieces)
Coconut milk and coconut water may be all the rage in healthy eating circles these days, but that doesn’t mean chocolate-covered coconut gets a pass. Instead of a health ben
5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures (5 pieces)
Remember everything we said about the Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins? The same rules apply. This time, though, you’re looking at 220 calories, 13 grams fat and 23 grams sugar.
efit, you’re getting 200 calories, 11 grams fat and 19 grams sugar.
6. Hershey’s Miniatures (5 pieces)
These Halloween treats, which are staples every year, may seem like a good idea because they’re so small, but they’re not. What’s worse? The mixed bags with everything from dark chocolate to Mr. Goodbars beg you to try (at least) one of each. After you do, you’ll need to burn 200 calories, 11 grams fat and 19 grams sugar.
7. Hershey’s Kisses Caramel-Filled (9 pieces)
Hershey’s Kisses seem like a safe bet – they’re so uncomplicated – but like every other treat we’ve seen, they can be a high-calorie, high-fat and high-sugar nightmare. This time you’re looking at 190 calories, 9 grams fat and 24 grams sugar.
8. York Dark Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Patties (3 pieces)
Three minty chocolates. Yum. They melt in your mouth and leave you with great-smelling breath. Who could have a problem with them? Well, us. We have better options for 150 calories, 3 grams fat and 27 grams sugar.
9. Snickers Fun Size (2 bars)
Ever wonder why the commercials say “Hungry? Grab a Snickers.” With 144 calories, 7.4 grams fat and 14 grams sugar, they’re small meals.
10. Kit Kat Snack Size (3 2-piece bars)
These can ruin your diet with 210 calories, 11 grams fat and 24 grams sugar. With stats like these, the scariest thing about Halloween might be the damage they’re doing to your diet.