Are You a Halloween Candy Nazi?

Halloween is the one day of the year that I allow my daughter to go hog wild when it comes to candy consumption. After watching her schlep ten blocks to gather 100 pounds of treats she ought to be able to choose whatever piece of sugary goodness she desires, regardless of whether I think her choice is disgustingly gross.

Cough, cough… Laffy Taffy… ahem, cough… Circus Peanuts… ahem, cough, cough… Wax Bottle candy.

I examine her trick-or-treat loot for broken packaging and stray needles, but I certainly don’t waste time reading the nutrition labels on each piece of candy before allowing her to devour it.

Don’t tell David Zinczenko, the infamous “Eat This, Not That” guy from Men’s Health magazine, who also makes regular appearance on the “Today Show.” The guy has good intentions, but I tell you he is a candy Nazi around in the weeks before Halloween.

Recently, he unveiled his list of the 5 Worst Halloween Candies. And by worst he means nutritionally bad, not bad tasting.

In fact, his list actually features some of my daughter’s favorite candy.
Each parent deals with their child’s Halloween candy consumption on their own terms. If you worry about whether the candy your son or daughter is chowing down on is going to build strong bones and muscles, you might want to reconsider the idea behind trick-or-treating… or you could simply eliminate the candies listed below courtesy of Zinczenko’s Men’s Health article:

Worst “Fun Size” Candy Bar: Butterfinger

Zinczenko says, “There’s no quicker way to swallow 100 calories.”
100 calories

4 g fat (2 g saturated)

10 g sugars

Worst Fruity Candy: Brach’s Airheads

According to Zinczenko, they’re made of excessive amounts of sugar, artificial flavors and colors, fillers, and trans fat.

140 calories

1.5 g fat (1 g saturated)

19 g sugars

Worst Miniature Candy Bars: Twix Miniatures

According to Zinczenko, just one of these candies has 10% of the saturated fat recommended for an entire day.

150 calories

8 g fat (6 g saturated)

15 g sugars

Worst Chewy Candy: Brach’s Milk Maid Caramels

They kill your teeth!

160 calories

4.5 g fat (3.5 g saturated)

16 g sugars

Worst Novelty Candy: Reese’s Pumpkin

Zinczenko says the pumpkin shape version has nearly 2/3 more calories than a traditional Reese’s peanut butter cup.

170 calories

10 g fat (3 g saturated)

16 g sugars

What do you make of Zinczenko’s list?

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.