Halloween candy calories and sugar can get out of hand quickly when oodles of treats are lying around. Download this Halloween candy calories chart to increase your awareness of sweets and treats at Halloween.
Halloween buckets and pillowcases are teaming with mini-bites of Snickers, Kit Kats, and JuJube boxes, but what’s the low down on calories? And sugar?
If you’re like me, you’re guilty of justifying multiple handfuls of those mini-bad boys for your kids (and maybe even yourself).
Don’t get me wrong—I am not anti-candy—I am pro-awareness. Halloween poses its own set of challenges, and you need to pay attention to how much you and your kids are eating.
Most of these mini or snack size versions contain 10% or less of the calories I typically allot for Fun Food.
In other words, one or two per day is fine, on average. But you need to look at the big picture.
How do these treats stack up when considering what’s eaten during the whole day? The week?
Paying attention to the actual sugar content is important because there are guidelines for this in children. While Halloween candy is a blatant source of added sugar, you can track how they fit into the whole day, especially when added to other sources of sugar.
Recommended Daily Sugar Intake for Children
2-3 years: 4 teaspoons (16 grams) of added sugar per day
4-8 years: 3 teaspoons (12 grams) of added sugar per day
9-13 years: 5-8 teaspoons (20 – 32 grams) of added sugar per day
14-18 years: 5-8 teaspoons (20 – 32 grams) of added sugar per day
Most kids are getting far more than the recommended amounts of sugar in their diet. This is due to consumption of soda or other sugary beverages, hidden sources of sugar (cereal, yogurt), and blatant sources, like candy and desserts.