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The Best and Worst Halloween Candy for Kids
MSN Health ^ | By the Editors of Best Life

Posted on 10/30/2008 7:40:43 AM PDT by Oyarsa

With so many American children struggling with obesity, you may not find joy in handing out globules of empty Halloween calories.

The typical jack-o'-lantern bucket holds 250 small chocolate bars (about 9,000 calories), and 20 percent of kids eat every last piece they collect. If you don't want to be the neighborhood Scrooge who's giving out apples and dental floss—or worse, pulling toilet paper from your trees the next day—try these tricks to treat their sweet tooths without expanding their waistlines.

(Excerpt) Read more at health.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: candy; grinchstolehalloween; halloween; halloweenies; nannystate
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To see the list designated "best" and "worst" Halloween candy, click on the link; you'll see two charts; I couldn't get them to display correctly, which is why I linked to the piece.
1 posted on 10/30/2008 7:40:43 AM PDT by Oyarsa
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To: Oyarsa

Micheal Jackson candy = white chocolate with a nut inside.


2 posted on 10/30/2008 7:43:22 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: Oyarsa

In our house, they get one hour to eat themselves sick. (Dad too)

Then it’s swept and sent into Daddy’s work.

Let them eat what they want. It’s Halloween for pity sake. It happens once and year. And they’ve run for two hours before it anyway.


3 posted on 10/30/2008 7:45:09 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: Oyarsa

I’m giving out large Nestles Crunch bars for the healthy rice crispies inside and bags of Famous Amos chocolate chip oookies for comfort food.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!


4 posted on 10/30/2008 7:45:46 AM PDT by poobear (“…individual salvation depends on collective salvation." Barack Hussein Obama Wesleyan University)
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To: Oyarsa

Give out single sticks of Trident gum and your house gets egged. Just sayin...


5 posted on 10/30/2008 7:46:18 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Oyarsa

When I was a kid... sigh, it seems so long ago, I did my paper route collecting at the same time. Got lots of tips, everybody was home, and TONS of candy. I would fill my paper sack with about 30 pounds or so.


6 posted on 10/30/2008 7:46:28 AM PDT by irishtenor (Check out my blog at http://boompa53.blogspot.com/)
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To: Oyarsa
Best Candy Choices

Type of Candy Calories Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Carbs (g)
Trident gum (1 stick) 6 0 0 0.9
Reese's Mini Cup (1) 35 2 1 4
Kit Kat Bites (3) 40 2 1.3 5
Mr. Goodbar (1 miniature) 42 2.6 1.4 5
Snack-Size Raisins 45 0 0 11
Hershey's Milk Chocolate Miniature (1) 50 2.5 2 5
Jolly Rancher (3 pieces) 50 0 0 13
Tootsie Roll (1 small roll) 50 1 0 10
Miniature York Peppermint Patties (1) 53 1 1 11
Charms Blow Pop (1) 60 0 0 16.8

Worst Candy Choices

Type of Candy Calories Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Carbs (g)
Snickers (1 fun size) 70 3.5 2 9
Milky Way (1 fun size) 75 3 2 12
Kit Kat (1 fun size) 80 4 3 10
Skittles Original Fruit (1 fun size) 80 1 0 18
Wild n' Fruity Gummy Bears (10 pieces) 87 0 0 22
Butterfinger (1 fun size) 100 4 2 15
M&M's Plain (1 fun size) 100 4.5 2.5 15
M&M's Peanut (1 fun size) 110 5 2 13
Twizzler Twists (snack size) 130 0.5 0.5 31

7 posted on 10/30/2008 7:47:35 AM PDT by politicalamity
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To: Oyarsa

We are handing out aspirin and sucrets in honor of the cold and flu season.

Actually, we don’t have trick or treaters. They don’t like to climb.


8 posted on 10/30/2008 7:49:25 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: politicalamity
Oh good the chocolate has the lowest of the carbs!
9 posted on 10/30/2008 7:49:51 AM PDT by angcat ("FOR THE LOVE OF GOD" PRAY FOR MCCAIN/PALIN)
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To: Oyarsa

From the last ****The Official Friday Silliness Thread****

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2114004/posts

The 10 Most Disappointing Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

Toothbrushes
Dentists and orthodontists should not be allowed to celebrate Halloween if they’re going to get all tooth doctory on us. Do not bring your work home with you, folks! We all have a personal responsibility to brush, and maybe some of us will forget, but your complimentary bristles on a stick (instead of a Snickers) will not help us remember. It will make us despise you and your trade.

Raisins
Little boxes of stuck-together shriveled globs are not what little kids schlep around the neighborhood for all night. When they say trick-or-treat, they want candy that will rot their teeth, not wrinkled grapes. (Using an empty box as a kazoo-like instrument, though, is kinda fun.)

Candy Corn
The most polarizing candy of all. The fruitcake of Halloween; it just never goes away. If you love them, fine. But don’t subject the rest of us haters to the sickeningly sweet triangle that tastes like neither candy nor corn.

Necco Wafers
These chalky candies are supposedly “fruit-flavored,” but no fruit I know tastes like dust — and makes everything eaten after taste like dust

Dum Dum Lollipops (they are NOT TootsieRoll Pops)
Usually, foods on a stick are yummy (corn dogs, ice pops), but Dum Dums just can’t be included on that list. Not even if they were breaded and deep-fried and served at a fair.

Apples
Long before “poisoned candy” scares, evil people were handing out apples instead of candy on Halloween. This disappointing “treat” is the main reason to avoid unwrapped food while trick-or-treating.

Tootsie Rolls
It looks like chocolate and sort of smells like chocolate, but the mini brown tubes are not real chocolate. They taste like watered-down chocolate, and have a chewy texture that will strip the fillings right off your molars.

Miscellaneous, Wrapped Hard Candies
Halloween is supposed to be a holiday for young people, not senior citizens who suck on hard candies all day. Something about the strawberry-shaped strawberries, gold-wrapped butterscotch, and peppermint feels past the expiration date. (These usually get set aside for Granny.)

Laffy Taffy
I do not laffy when I get these. I sobby. I get depressedy. Because it gets all stucky to my teethy and doesn’t even taste that goody.

Anything Fun-Sized
Who started calling it this? Since when is one bite fun?! Give us the rich houses with the sprawling driveways and full-sized candy bars any day. Portion control doesn’t need to start this young.


10 posted on 10/30/2008 7:50:18 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Oyarsa

“try these tricks to treat their sweet tooths without expanding their waistlines”.

...this is SOOO stupid! What kid goes out trick or treating looking for a “low-fat”, “low-carb” alternative to candy?! You trick or treat and you eat the best stuff (Kit Kats, Milky Ways, Reeces PB Cups) then you throw the rest away or give the “Smarties” and “peppermints” to your Dad for the folks at the office! They’ll usually eat anything that’s free.

Teach your kids moderation in ALL things and have them get some exercise. There is NO excuse for a kid to be fat! And don’t give me that “glandular condition” BS! Use articles like this to line a bird cage.


11 posted on 10/30/2008 7:50:21 AM PDT by albie
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To: Oyarsa
Worst. Candy. Ever.

12 posted on 10/30/2008 7:50:53 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: netmilsmom

I AGREE!

We ate Halloween Candy for weeks after Halloween (how do you expect the barter system of 2nd-6th grade to work without the Fall installment of the Halloween stash!?!) and somehow managed to keep all our teeth.

Some of are fat of course, but that’s usually happened later on. haha


13 posted on 10/30/2008 7:51:02 AM PDT by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: evets

Circus Peanuts are easily the worst candy ever made...period.


14 posted on 10/30/2008 7:51:29 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Forget the 3AM phone call. Obama can not even answer the phone at 3PM.)
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To: Oyarsa

I just usually hand out cigarettes and those little nip sized bottles of whiskey, since I’m concerned about the obesity epidemic.


15 posted on 10/30/2008 7:52:02 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: angcat

I wouldn’t have expected twizzlers to be the worst either.


16 posted on 10/30/2008 7:52:21 AM PDT by politicalamity
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To: NavyCanDo

That list is hilarious!!


17 posted on 10/30/2008 7:53:30 AM PDT by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: albie

It’s Halloween for pete’s sake ! One day/night a year to dress up and eat lots of candy. Enjoy it !


18 posted on 10/30/2008 7:54:54 AM PDT by Sunbunny
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To: beer
Growing up in Pittsburgh in the 60's,
we would get a local candy from most families.
Clark bars were about a foot long.
They'd last me a month...

19 posted on 10/30/2008 7:55:22 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: autumnraine

Hey, I look at the bag of candy and gain weight.
Eventhough I’ve run for two hours with the kids!!!


20 posted on 10/30/2008 7:55:41 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: evets

I was allergic to chocolate - my favorites were Zagnut. Haven’t seen them in years!


21 posted on 10/30/2008 7:56:43 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: Oyarsa

Just let the kids eat too much candy. It’s only one day.


22 posted on 10/30/2008 7:57:51 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: netmilsmom

I’m handing out pennies this year, bad economy, spread the wealth, etc.etc.


23 posted on 10/30/2008 7:57:54 AM PDT by MikeFrancesa.com (www.war69.com)
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To: evets

Popcorn balls are my favorite!!! My kids used to have an agreement that they would give me the popcorn balls in exchange for my holding out some chocolate. Good deal for me!


24 posted on 10/30/2008 7:58:26 AM PDT by SoftballMominVA
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To: albie
the best stuff (Kit Kats, Milky Ways, Reeces PB Cups)

These days it seems kids don't care as much about the chocolate -- they want all that super-sour fruit crap. *shudder*

25 posted on 10/30/2008 7:58:54 AM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: evets

I love Clark bars. I eat Zagnuts when I give up chocolate for lent. (I’m from Cleveland)

Did you get Mallo cups and Smoothies from Boyer in Altoona?

My dad was a salesman and Boyer was one of his customers (trucking sales) We would take a trip with him every summer and while he talked to customers, we got to go the the store there. We would get a box of each.

And were giddy at the ‘money’ inside. I got a 1.00 cardboard once! I’m not even sure we cashed them in.


26 posted on 10/30/2008 7:59:28 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: meowmeow
mmm Zagnuts, or even
27 posted on 10/30/2008 7:59:34 AM PDT by politicalamity
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To: politicalamity

I’m handing out almost every type of candy on the “worst” list. Oh well, at least the trick-or-treaters will be happy!


28 posted on 10/30/2008 8:00:06 AM PDT by Buckeye_Hoosier
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To: MikeFrancesa.com

LOLOLOL!!!

The kids are going to love you. *snicker*


29 posted on 10/30/2008 8:00:25 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: Oyarsa

They have to ruin everything. Everything from my childhood, everything from the America i grew up in has to be shown as wrong, corrupt, unhealthy, etc,,,
Screw em,,,, a kid at Halloween getting candy is great.

Im surpised we didnt get the obligatory warning that they will probably get molested at a third of all doorways or something.


30 posted on 10/30/2008 8:01:28 AM PDT by DesertRhino (Dogs earn the title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: NavyCanDo

What about Jack Chick tracts?


31 posted on 10/30/2008 8:02:00 AM PDT by GoSarah
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To: Oyarsa

Here's my favorite treats. They all also safety sealed for my protection.

32 posted on 10/30/2008 8:02:38 AM PDT by BulletBobCo
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To: workerbee

Not my kids.
We did a Halloween Campout this year. All through the campsite whenever someone would give us Whoppers, they would hand it to me and each of us would get one from the bag of three.

My older daughter is the Reeses PB Cup kid and gets them all. The younger one is into Milky Way.

Dad will eat anything.


33 posted on 10/30/2008 8:02:42 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: NavyCanDo
The 10 Most Disappointing Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

Add the 11th ... booklets of Bible verses. Look lady, I'm here for the candy. If you think that kids trick-or-treating is step one on the path to Satan, just turn out your porch light that night. (yes, I had a neighbor like that when I was a kid).

34 posted on 10/30/2008 8:02:44 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Obama: Spread the Wealth = Marx: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs)
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To: autumnraine
And that list is so true. And item #1 toothbrushes - My father in-law is a dentist, and yes he does this. Worse, since our son became trick-or-treating age the in-laws spend Halloween evening at our place to join in the fun. Along with the candy we hand out, he buts in with “don't forget to brush and floss”. So embarrassing.
35 posted on 10/30/2008 8:03:37 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: netmilsmom
Yeah, they were the 2nd most common Pgh treat.
I sent in the coupons when we all pitched in.
Got a box of candy in the mail!
(Lots of cavities too!)

36 posted on 10/30/2008 8:03:55 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: netmilsmom

You’ve raised smart children. ;-)


37 posted on 10/30/2008 8:04:01 AM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: GoSarah

>>What about Jack Chick tracts?<<

How about Obama buttons?

We had a lady last year handing out suckers with business cards for her cosmetic business, attached to suckers.

Tax right off, much?


38 posted on 10/30/2008 8:04:29 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: Oyarsa

"All I got is a rock."

39 posted on 10/30/2008 8:05:35 AM PDT by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: evets

Those are them alright!

I need a Mallow Cup!


40 posted on 10/30/2008 8:05:45 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: NavyCanDo

Hmmm, Candy Corn... My late uncle, a man of great taste and distinction, once whipped out a jar of candy corn mixed with salted peanut halves that he carried while traveling. It sounds gross, but was very good. I actually used to love to mix it myself to put in a candy dish at work or wherever. Other people were doubting until they tasted it and became converts. It’s the only way I will eat nuts of any kind.


41 posted on 10/30/2008 8:06:23 AM PDT by Mjaye
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To: GoSarah

Can I spell or what?

right=write


42 posted on 10/30/2008 8:06:27 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( Obama And Osama both have friends who bombed the Pentagon)
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To: Oyarsa

I like that stuff that makes your teeth stick together for a week


43 posted on 10/30/2008 8:07:01 AM PDT by woofie
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To: evets

Candy corn gets a bad rap, IMO. In small doses it’s fine. A perfectly respectable filler for the candy dish. I like the kind with the pseudo-chocolate bottom layer.


44 posted on 10/30/2008 8:07:57 AM PDT by workerbee (If you vote for Democrats, you are engaging in UnAmerican Activity.)
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To: netmilsmom

Personally, I agree. I posted for two reasons.

1) There may be Freepers who share the assumptions of the article, in which case, they have it if they want it.

2) Figured people would enjoy reminiscing about Halloweens past or discussing kids favorite candy, etc, or give their “bests” and “worsts”.


45 posted on 10/30/2008 8:09:10 AM PDT by Oyarsa
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To: BulletBobCo

Mmmmmmmmm - I’m coming to your house tomorrow night!


46 posted on 10/30/2008 8:10:13 AM PDT by ninergold3 (By Election Day I'll Be An Anorexic/Alcoholic. . .Stress Sucks!)
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To: KarlInOhio
#12

Worthless stock certificates.
Hand out WaMU to any kid in a Obama mask. I don;t have any of those, by My Husky Tickets (0-7 WA Huskies) are as as bout as worthless, and also a good choice if I want to disappoint a kid on purpose.

47 posted on 10/30/2008 8:10:47 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: workerbee
Ha ha. Just for you!

Candy corn pumkins
48 posted on 10/30/2008 8:11:10 AM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: NavyCanDo

I bet your kids want to crawl in a hole in the floor!

Poor NavyCanDo. And it’s your father in LAW, so you really can’t say much without ticking the wife, mother in law, everyone off!


49 posted on 10/30/2008 8:11:26 AM PDT by autumnraine (Churchill: " we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall never surrender")
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To: Oyarsa

Anybody remember ‘Pennies for Unicef’?


50 posted on 10/30/2008 8:11:32 AM PDT by Jack Wilson
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