Your Guide to Halloween Candy
Tasty Halloween treats
We're all about healthy eating, but there are those special times -- like Halloween -- when it's fine to enjoy a sugary treat (or two). That's because when you eat right most days, an occasional splurge is no biggie.
That's not to say you should scarf down handfuls of the kiddies' stash or the office leftovers. Just keep in mind your calorie intake (read on for more details on that), and limit portions.
--By Amanda Gardner, Health.com
Brach's Candy Corn
This quintessential Halloween candy is more than 100 years old; it was first released by the Wunderlee Company in the 1800s. The reference to autumn is obvious: the candies are shaped like a kernel of corn in harvest colors. Each morsel has a mere 7 calories (if you can eat just one). Each piece of the pumpkin-shaped mellowcreme version has 28 calories.
Fun fact: According to the National Confections Association, more than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That's 9 billion pieces (63 billion calories), enough to circle this object in the sky almost 21 times.
Available at Halloween time in pumpkin-spice flavor as well as in silver, black, and orange-colored wrapping. A traditional Kiss has 22 calories. The pumpkin-spice flavor adds just one more calorie to the mix.
Fun fact: Kisses first appeared on candy-store shelves in 1907. No one knows where the name came from but some believe the moniker mimicked either the sound or motion of the chocolate being deposited onto the conveyer belt during manufacturing.
One fun-sized pouch contains about 70 calories.
Fun fact: Rumor has it that the makers of this Steven Spielberg movie, which popularized the candy, first wanted to use M&Ms or Skittles but were turned down by the famously secretive Mars Company. Sales soared 65% in June of 1982, when the movie was first released.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
This classic, 80-year-old treat turns into a 90-calorie pumpkin at Halloween. One regular peanut butter cup is 105 calories.
Fun fact: Hershey's makes enough of this favorite in one year to give one cup to every single person in the USA, Japan, Europe, China, Africa, and India.
Halloween varieties of this famously "interactively candy" include glow-in-the-dark dispensers topped by pumpkins and witches heads. The pastel-colored candy inside is only 35 calories per roll.
Fun fact: A Halloween dispenser costs only $1.99, including three rolls of candy, but earlier versions of the dispenser, which debuted in 1927, are collector's items. This 1982 Pez dispenser reportedly sold for more than $32,000 on eBay. The dispenser was one of only two made, prototypes for a product that never made it to retail shelves.
A fun-size version of the U.S.'s best-selling candy bar containing the traditional chocolate, nougat, peanuts, and caramel has only 71 calories. The pumpkin-shaped Halloween special has 90 calories.
Fun fact: Snickers bars were introduced to the market in 1930 by the Mars Company and were named for this favorite pet of the Mars family, which started and continues to run the candy empire.
Distinguished as the first non-melting chocolate, Tootsie Rolls are already made in sizes perfect for Halloween bags. One piece: 23 calories.
Fun Facts: To date, at least three scientific studies have tried to solve the mystery of how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll lollipop, all unsuccessfully.
During Halloween season, this classic chocolate bar also comes in "Pumpkin Singles" -- the same milk chocolate and crisped rice, but shaped like a pumpkin. Each 1.2-ounce piece has 170 calories and a fun size bar has 60 calories.
Fun fact: There are no less than 420 pieces of crisped rice in a standard, 1.55-ounce single-size Nestle Crunch Bar and almost as many sports stars who have been in Crunch commercials: this NBA great, this all-American quarterback, this controversial baseball star and this former No. 1 tennis player.
Mike & Ike
The Halloween version of this popular chewy, fruity candy is called Mummy Mix. Still oval-shaped, but in a limited edition flavor mix (lemon, orange, grape, lime, and raspberry), the candy is distinctive mainly for its creeping, buck-toothed Mummy image on the box. Each piece has only 6 calories, but a serving size of 23 pieces packs 140 calories.
Fun fact: In 2012, rumor had it that Mike and Ike were splitting up, Ike claiming that Mike was "spending way too much time on his music" and Mike accusing Ike of "spending way too much time on his graffiti art." But promotional packaging at Halloween still had both names on the box.