With all of the tricking and treating said and done for this Halloween, we find ourselves — yet again! — left with more candy than we know what to do with.


This is a time when a little indulgence is justified. While no Halloween candy can necessarily be classified as “healthy,” you can still save yourself any major post-indulgence guilt by identifying which fun-size favorites are safer options and which ones you’re better off skipping.



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Kit Kat v. Twix

Eat: Kit Kat

Skip: Twix

The difference between Kit Kat and Twix simply comes down to a comparison of these two candies’ nutrition labels. While a fun size serving of Twix will come in at 80 calories with about 10 grams of sugar and 4 grams of fat, a fun size serving of Kit Kat comes in slightly under in all categories. At 73 calories, with about 6.7 grams of sugar and 3.7 grams of fat per fun size serving, Kit Kat is definitely the way to go when you’re craving a chocolaty treat with some crunch.



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Reese’s v. Butterfinger

Eat: Reese’s

Skip: Butterfinger

There’s nothing more heavenly than the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. A closer look at these two all-time peanut butter and chocolate favorites, though, shows Reese’s is the better option. While a fun size Butterfinger has 100 calories and 11 grams of sugar, a snack size Reese’s cup has 80 calories and 9 grams of sugar. While Reese’s has 4.5 grams of fat and Butterfinger has less at 4 grams, just 1.5 grams of the fat in Reese’s comes from saturated fat, as opposed to Butterfinger, in which half of the fat comes from saturated fat. Beyond the numbers, Reese’s is also the better option because it is the simpler combination of protein-packed peanut butter and chocolate than Butterfinger, which also contains excess vegetable fat and sweeteners.



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Baby Ruth v. Snickers

Eat: Snickers

Skip: Baby Ruth

Baby Ruth and Snickers are two favorites for anybody who loves the combination of caramel, peanuts, nougat, and chocolate. Despite the similarities in their ingredients and flavors, one of these treats comes in slightly lower in terms of calorie count, as well as fat and sugar content. While a fun size serving of Baby Ruth has about 85 calories, 10 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of fat, a fun size Snickers has 72 calories, 7 grams of sugar, and 3.7 grams of fat. The two are pretty close, but with Snickers containing fewer calories and grams of sugar and fat, it is the better option between the two.



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Skittles v. Starburst

Eat: Starburst

Skip: Skittles

When you’re in the mood for a fruitier candy, Skittles and Starburst may be your top choices. Which is better when you’re deciding between the two? It turns out that while Skittles boasts packing the flavors of the rainbow, it packs a higher number of health costs, as well. A fun size bag of Skittles has 11.3 grams of sugar and .7 grams of fat, whereas Starburst has about 1/3 less sugar and no fat. Not to mention, Starburst has fewer artificial flavors and ingredients. Bottom line – you’re definitely better off reaching for a Starburst to get your fruity fix.



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York Peppermint Pattie v. Junior Mints

Eat: York Peppermint Pattie

Skip: Junior Mint 

Fans of York Peppermint Patties and Junior Mints love the sweet chocolates for the burst of freshness they get from their minty centers. A look at the nutrition content of both, however, demonstrates that one offers this minty burst at a bit of a lower health cost than the other. A snack size box of Junior Mints has 80 calories and contains 1.5 grams of fat and 14 grams of sugar, but a York Peppermint Pattie comes in slightly lower in all categories, with just 50 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 9 grams of sugar. In addition, the individual packaging of the York Peppermint Pattie is likely to limit your intake, according to experts.


How do you resist going overboard with your candy consumption each Halloween? Share your tricks for managing these treats below, or tweet me @tamarahoumi