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Halloween Doesn't Have to Mean SCARY Blood Sugars!

Jack o' lantern with jagged teeth next to trick or treating bag.

Halloween should be a treat, not a trick!

Here we go again--the beginning of the holiday season. Although Halloween is supposed to be spooky, it doesn't mean you have to dread its effects on your blood sugars! Let’s face it – resisting Halloween candy is hard to do.  But you can have a guilt-free Halloween while enjoying a few treats as long as you have a few tricks up your sleeve!  After all, most foods are okay in moderation.  In fact, if you allow yourself a treat here and there, you’re more likely to stick to your diet.  With a little knowledge and planning, you can still enjoy the fun (and some candy) while maintaining blood sugar control.

Remember that all desserts and sweets should be eaten in moderation.  Although it is okay to treat yourself sometimes, desserts are a source of empty calories and fat in addition to carbohydrate.  And they don’t provide many healthy nutrients. Limit yourself to one serving of dessert or less per day and make sure to count it in your allotted daily carbohydrates.

Here's a list of common Halloween candies that might end up in your candy bucket! By referencing the list, you'll know how many carbohydrates each piece has so that you can wisely include it in your meal plan. You get to decide if it will be a trick or a treat! Click here for a copy you can download.

Candy

Size/Package

Carbohydrate (g)

Air Head

1

15g

Almond Joy

1 fun size

12g

Baby Ruth

1 fun size

17g

Bit-O-Honey

1

6g

Blow Pop Sucker

1 sucker

13g

Bubble Yum

1

6g

Butterfinger

1 fun size

15g

Candy Corn

15 pieces

15g

Dots

1 small box

20g

Dum Dum Sucker

1 sucker

5g

Gobstopper

1

8g

Gummy Bears

5 pieces

15g

Hershey’s Bar

1 fun size

10g

Hershey’s Almond Bar

3 fun size

15g

Hershey’s Kisses

6 pieces

16g

Jolly Rancher

1 piece

6g

Kit Kat Bar

1 fun size

10g

Licorice

3 Twizzlers

15g

M&Ms (Plain)

1 mini bag

15g

M&Ms (Peanut)

1 mini bag

13g

Mike & Ikes

1 small box

18g

Milky Way

1 fun size

14g

Nerds

1 small box

9g

Nestle Crunch

1 fun size

7g

Reese’s Cups

4 mini cups

16g

1 regular cup

9g

Shock Tarts

1 fun size

11g

Skittles

1 mini bag

18g

Smarties

1 roll

8g

Snickers

1 fun size

12g

Starburst

4 pieces

16g

Sweet Tarts

5 mini packs

13g

3 Musketeers

1 fun size

12g

Tootsie Pop

1 sucker

16g

Tootsie Roll

6 midgets

15g

Twix

1 fun size

6g

Whoppers

1 small bag

16g

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