Love it, Like it, Hate it: Halloween Treats!

Halloween is the year’s annual sugar fest -- but it is possible to keep Trick-or-Treaters happy without piling on even more sugar – and without being the neighborhood Halloween Scrooge!   In today’s Love it, Like it, Hate it, we’ve got the best & worst of Halloween treats, including some that you can actually feel good about.

 

So whether you celebrate Halloween with block parties, school events or door-to-door Trick-or-Treating, tune in for Molly’s top picks for treats that won’t leave trick-or-treaters in sugar overload in this week’s “Love it, Like it, Hate it”!

 

LOVE IT!

 

Popcorn Snack Packs like Angie’s BoomChickaPop Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

  • Per pack: 70 calories – 9 grams carb – 1 gram fiber – 4 grams sugar
  • Ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil, dried cane sugar, sea salt

 

Non-edible treats! Halloween tattoos, bracelets, bubbles, glow-in-the-dark vampire teeth!

 

 

LIKE IT!

 

 

Veggie Chips

  • Per pack: ~50-70 cals – 8 grams carb – 0 fiber – 0 sugar
  • Ingredients typically include potato starch, rice flour, salt sugar

 

Pretzel packs

  • Per Pack: ~50 calories – 12 grams carb – 0 fiber – 0 sugar
  • First few ingredients: enriched (white) flour, water, salt

 

Teddy Grahams, Annie’s Bunnies, Goldfish

  • Per Pack: 50 calories – 8 grams carb – 1 gram fiber – 3 grams sugar
  • Ingredients include: whole wheat flour, wheat (white) flour, sugar, oil

 

HATE IT!

 

Most chocolate candy bars, and pure-sugar candies like Starbursts, Skittles, Candy Corn, Gushers

  • Typical ingredients: Sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated oil, artificial food dyes

 

“All natural” fruity-sugary candies like Fruit Snacks + “Organic” Gummy Snacks

  • Ingredients still typically include brown rice syrup, cane sugar, gelatin, fruit juice…
  • Some, like Fruit Roll Ups, also contain artificial food dyes like Red 40, Yellow 5 & 6, and Blue 1.

 

 

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