Chocolate tops the healthy candy choices among many diet experts due to its antioxidant quotient. All of the below clock in at 200 calories or fewer per serving.
1. Peanut M&M's
Peanuts = protein and fiber (which help prevent blood sugar spikes and overindulging).
Nutrition info:: 90 calories per "fun-size" pack, 5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 10.5g carbohydrate, 9g sugar, 1.5 g protein
Although Snickers is relatively higher in calories than other candy, it contains filling protein and less sugar than some other candies that are almost entirely pure sugar.
Nutrition info:80 calories per "fun-size" bar, 3.5g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 11g carbohydrate, 9g sugar, 1g protein
3. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
The satisfying combo of protein and (a small amount of) fiber makes this another good pick.
Nutrition info: 110 calories per PB cup, 6.5g fat, 2g saturated fat, 12g carbohydrate, 11g sugar, 2.5g protein
4. Hershey's Miniatures: Extra Dark
Dark chocolate has been shown to decrease heart disease and stroke risk. Small amounts can help increase blood flow, reduce blood pressure and improve HDL cholesterol.
These heart-protective benefits are because of the antioxidant activity of flavonoids that are found in cocoa. Antioxidants keep us healthy by repairing daily cell damage in our bodies to prevent health issues like heart disease
Nutrition info: 200 calories; 13g fat; 7g saturated fat; 25mg sodium; 24g carbs; 18g sugar; 3g protein
5. Raisinets, Snack Pack
See above. Plus, raisins are beneficial to our health when eaten in moderation. In fact, raisins can aid digestion, boost iron levels, and keep your bones strong.
Nutrition info: (Serving Size: 1 box) 150 calories; 6g fat; 3.5g saturated fat; 10mg sodium; 25g carbs; 22g sugar; 1g protein
Least Healthy Options
1. Candy Corn
Contains more than double the sugar of a Snickers or Reese’s...
What’s Inside 110 calories for 15 pieces, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 22g sugar
Yes, they’re low in calories, but those are purely empty calories, meaning it’s devoid of nutrition.
What’s Inside 25 calories for 1 roll, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 6g sugar, 0g protein
3. Gummy Bears
Again, it’s pure sugar..
What’s Inside 140 calories for 17 pieces, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 33g carbohydrates, 18g sugar, 2g protein
4. Jelly Beans
The package may trick you because it says "fat free", but they’re still just sugar.
What’s Inside 100 calories per oz, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 25g carbohydrates, 20g sugar, 0g protein
Packed with artificial colors, flavors, and sugar.
What’s Inside 60 calories per bar, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 15g carbohydrates, 11g sugar, 0g protein