Halloween Haunts

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 23:40
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Halloween is already announcing its arrival.  The food manufacturing  marketing ploy is to buy, buy and buy. But before you succumb to purchasing Halloween candy this early you might consider your real motive and the extra calories you are adding to your daily diet. Some say they are buying that candy for others.  Frankly does anyone really need candy as a snack? What’s wrong with a lovely dish of fresh fruit instead?

Just to make you aware here are just a few calorie counts. Note too that candy sizes are packaged differently now,  Miniature, Fun size, Snack size etc. Always read the original packaging for actual nutrition information:

  • Hershey Kisses:  26 calories and 8 g carb for each kiss
  • Miniature Bars: Milky Way, Snickers, Twix, 3 Muskateers – average 38 calories and 5 g carb for each bar
  • Nestle's Crunch Caramel Bars:  Fun size – 70 calories and 9 g carb
  • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups: Miniature (about 9 grams each) – 44 calories and 5 g carb per cup; Snack size (17 g) – 88 calories and 10 g carb; Snack size (21 g) – 100 calories and 12 g carb; White, Snack size (21 g) – 100 calories and 11 g carb.

As you can see these cute little fun packages can add up real fast if you don't pay attention to how many you are snacking on.

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