KUSA - If you have kids then you know that Halloween candy is as inevitable as the sugar high that comes with it. However, it's not just the children eating all that candy, but plenty of moms and dads. But most of us don't realize just how many calories are in the little bar or bag of candy and how quickly scarfing down 8 or 10 of them can add up to that calorie count.
A few examples are in the table below:
Calorie Counts Halloween Candy (small size)
• Candy Corn has 50 calories, 0 grams of fat and 12 grams of carbs.
• MiniBars (Milky Way, Snickers, 3Musketeers) has 45 calories, 2 grams of fat and 30 grams of fat
• Jr. Mints has 80 calories, 1.5 grams of fat and 16 grams of carbs
• Skittles has 60 calories, 0.5 grams of fat and 42 grams of carbs
• Starburst has 60 calories, 1 gram of fat and 34 grams of carbs
• Swedish has 55 calories, 0 grams of fat and 14 grams of carbs
• Sour Patch has 55 calories, 0 grams of fat and 14 grams of carbs
• York Peppermint Patty has 55 calories, 0 grams of fat and 14 grams of carbs
• Reese's Peanut Butter Cups has 105 calories, 6.5 grams of fat and 12 grams of carbs
So if you end up eating just 9 - 10 little bags or bars of candy, you've just eaten the calorie equivalent of a BigMac!
And if you're kids are "lucky" enough to trick or treat at someone's house that passes out full sized candy bars, you need to realize they are getting full sized calories. Here are some examples.
Calorie Count Halloween Candy (large size)
• Snikers has 250 calories, 12 grams of fat and 27 grams of carbs
• Twix has 250 calories, 12 grams of fat and 24 grams of carbs
• Junior Mints (4 oz box) has 510 calories, 9 grams of fat and 105 grams of carbs
But since getting lots of candy is one of the goals of trick-or-treating here are some tips that might help your kids, and you for that matter, from eating way too much candy over the next few days. First off, if you still need to buy candy buy the type you don't like. That way you'll be less likely to eat piece after piece. And when trick-or-treaters arrive at your front door, make sure you give out your favorite kinds first. We all tend to give away the "bad" stuff and save our favorites so we can have them later, but that means we probably eat way more of them then we intend.
When your kids finally drag themselves home with their bounty of the night, have them separate the candy into two piles. One pile are the ones they like and the other the ones they don't care much for. Get rid of the ones they don't like, and some of the ones the do like if you can get away with it. You can take them to work, although you might not be your coworker's favorite person if you do. You can also donate them to help support troops serving overseas. Two organizations that take your children's candy and box them up for soldiers, sailors and airmen are Operation Gratitude and Operation Shoebox.Your children can also donate, or sell, them back to a local dentist. Dentists that participate in the sell back program will not only pay for your Halloween candy but will also send that candy to troops serving overseas, a well deserved surprise for them. Talk to your dentist to see if they are participating. Or you can go to http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com to find a participating dentist near you.
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