Treats or Tricks? Details on Halloween Candy

We believe in balance... and we surely don't want to spoil the fun this Halloween. Here at PrimalRock, we want to share the details behind the candy you enjoy!

As we all know, most candy isn't necessarily healthy. However, there are certain brands of candy that are less unhealthy than others and there are even a few types of candy that offer health benefits. 

5 Most Unhealthy Halloween Candies

1. Candy Corn

While maybe the most iconic treat, candy corn is almost entirely comprised of sugar and artificial ingredients, such as yellow 5 and titanium dioxide color. 

2. Baby Ruth

Despite Nestle's vow to remove all artificial ingredients by 2015, they haven't quite made good on that promise. What's most unhealthy about Baby Ruth bars is its sugar content. There is 10 grams of sugar in one "fun-sized" bar, which is about the size of a quarter...

3. Butterfinger's

Butterfinger's contain 4 grams of fat and 85 calories in just one "fun-sized" candy bar. Its fat content could partially be attributed to the nuts inside, but it is still not the best.

4. Twizzler's

Most people may not think of a Twizzler as one of the least healthy candy brands due to its low-fat claims on the wrappers. Twizzler lands on our list due to its insanely high sugar content. One Twizzler contains 5g of sugar!

5. Sour Patch Kids

Sour Patch Kids are delicious and come in many flavors. Their sweet and sour taste comes from an insanely high sugar content, paired with their artificial ingredients like high fructose corn syrup.

5 Better Picks of Halloween Candies

1. Mounds Bar

Like most candy, these bars have a high fat content of 11g per serving, they also offer 2g of protein due to their coconut filling. This makes Mounds Bars a half-decent treat if you're feeling low energy and not looking to crash.

2. M & M Mini's

If you're craving a lower-calorie chocolate fix, M&M Mini's are a hit. The one-ounce tube treats only contain 150 calories and 7 grams of fat, making them a better option!

3. Lindt Chocolate Bars

This gourmet chocolate offers higher quality ingredients than most chocolate brands. While different varieties of Lindt will have differing ingredients, their original bar has only 12g of sugar in a 250-calorie serving size. While 250 calories is a bit on the higher end, these treats have a high cocoa concentration which provides your body with a healthy dose of beneficial antioxidants.

4. Dove Bar with Nuts

These bars contain almonds which are a supposed "super food". Dove Bars with Nuts stand among the healthier candies available. In fact, your doctor may even recommend these bars if eating them is the only way for you to eat almonds. Almonds contain several extremely beneficial ingredients such as Vitamin E, healthy fats, magnesium, fiber and protein. 

5. Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate

The consumption of chocolate dates back thousands of years, and long before the invention of artificial ingredients. Comprised of entirely natural ingredients, chocolate in its purest form is one of the healthiest foods on earth.

We associate chocolate with "junk food" and perceive it as unhealthy. However, any candy bar consisting of mostly dark chocolate is likely good for you. The milk chocolate-based candies are known to be unhealthy, as they are generally high in fat and low in any of chocolate's health benefits. 

Dark chocolate's major health benefits include:

  • High nutritional value (contains magnesium, fiber, iron, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and selenium)
  • Great source of Antioxidants. Antioxidants are proven to help reduce many different types of cancer
  • Lowers blood pressure, effectively lowering the chances of developing heart disease

Unlike other candies, eating dark chocolate should be encouraged in moderation. So if you're going to steal any candy from your children this year, make sure it's their dark chocolate. Happy Halloween!

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