Halloween Candy: How Much Is Too Much?
Curious about the calories in your Halloween candy? Kids come in all sizes and each person's body burns energy (calories) at different rates, so there isn't one perfect number of calories that a kid should eat. But there is a recommended range for most grade school-age kids: 1,600 to 2,200 per day.
How Many Calories in a Typical Halloween Splurge
If a typical Halloween splurge involves eating: 1 Snickers, 2 Twizzlers, 3 Kisses, 1 Kit Kat, 10 Candy Corns, 3 Hershey’s Miniature Bars, 3 Tootsie Rolls , and a Tootsie Pop -- that adds an additional 600 calories to their day
A 75-pound child burns nearly:
It could take quite some effort for a 70 lb. child to burn 600 calories.
Halloween Candy Comparison
- 400 calories per hour playing basketball, about
- 300 calories per hour playing touch football or soccer
- 135 calories per hour riding a bike
- Almond Joy, Snack Size – 80 calories, 8 g sugar
- Butterfinger, Fun Size – 100 calories, 10 g sugar
- Gummie Bears (Haribo) – 8 pieces, around 65 calories, 21 g sugar, and make sure to brush teeth well after gummy bears.
- Heath Bar, Snack Size - 76 calories, and 9 g sugar
- Hershey Kisses - Average 25 calories and 2 - 3 g sugar each kiss
- Hershey's Miniature Bars - Average 42 calories and 4 g sugar each bar
- Jolly Rancher - For the kids who like candy with pucker power, a serving of three Jolly Ranchers is only 70 calories, 0 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
- Kit Kat, Fun size - 60 calories and 6 g sugar
- Peanut M & Ms - Speaking of chocolate morsels, a fun size pouch comes in at 93 calories, but the kiddos are getting some protein here. The serving has 5 g of fat and 9 g of sugar.
- Peeps - No, we're not talking leftover chicks here. Halloween brings out the pumpkin variety. They come in way low on the calorie counter, but they're basically a handful of sugar. One peep has just 16 calories, no fat and 3.5 calories.
- Pixie Sticks vs. Candy Corn - Almost equal calories, 0 calories from fat, but 7 pixie sticks is healthier than 20 pieces of candy corn which weigh in at 147 calories.
- Pop Rocks vs. Almond Joy - A package of Pop Rocks has just 25 calories compared to 80 calories for a mini-Almond Joy or Mounds.
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, Snack Size - 110 calories, 11 g sugar per peanut butter cup
- Skittles, Fun Size – 60 calories, 11 g sugar
- Smarties – 1 roll, 25 calories, 6 g sugar
- Snickers, Fun Size - 80 calories, 4 g of fat and 8 g of sugar
- Sour Patch Kids, Mini Bag – 50 calories, 10 g sugar
- Starburst, Fun Size - 2 candies, 40 calories, 6 g sugar
- Three Musketeers Minis - The fun size bar has less calories and fat than many other chocolate bars, just 64 calories, 2 g of fat and 11 g of sugar.
- Tootsie Pops & Charms Blow Pops - The treat has lasting value—if you don't bite into it, that is. The pops have 60 calories, 0 g of fat, but 10 - 13 g of sugar.
- Tootsie Roll Midgee - This chocolaty treat comes in at 23 calories. At 3 g of fat and 20 g of sugar, six Tootsie Roll Midgees have a few less calories than 8 Starbursts.
- Twix Minis –1 bar, 50 calories, 5 g sugar
- Twizzlers (Strawberry Twists) – 2 pieces, 50 calories and 6 g sugar
- York Peppermint Patty - If the minty taste is too much for your kids, you may be tempted to snitch this one from the goody bag. Watch the calories, though—all 140 of them in a full-size patty. It has 3 g of fat and 25 g of sugar. Jr. Mints, Snack Size are a better choice at 80 calories and 14 g sugar.
Read More: 7 Tips and Strategies for Healthy Halloween Candy Consumption