Healthier Candy Options For Trick-Or-Treaters

October 25, 2017

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Nothing can prompt kids to target your home for a revenge t-ping than handing out treats kids think as "lame", like raisins, pennies or dental floss.  While the thought of handing out candies filled with sugar and empty calories troubles you, there is some hope to come to a compromise.  For instance candy mixed with nuts such as peanut M&Ms and Hershey Kisses with Almonds still have sugary chocolate, a fun size Peanut M&Ms bag has 90 calories, 5 grams of fat and 9 grams of sugar, compared to a fun size Milky Way bat, which has 160 calories, 6 grams of fat and 20 grams of sugar. Perhaps handing out Hershey Kisses with almonds.  One kiss is only 25 calories, 1.6 grams of fat and 2.1 grams of sugar  (handing out four would be 100 calories, 6.4 of fat and 8.4 grams of sugar). However studies confirm kids get just as excited for non-food items as candy such a stickers, glow sticks, temporary tattoos and bouncy balls; all of which can cost the same or less than candy. However since Halloween only comes once a year, why not live a little.  But how much candy should you buy so that you have enough treats but nothing is lingering to tempt you?  Try this math formula.  Estimate the number of kids in your neighborhood, divided by servings (packs) in one bag of candy.  Then determine on a scale of 1 to 5 of how decorated your house and neighborhood is, with 1 being no decorations to 5 being decked out.  Also use that 1 to 5 scale based on weather with 1 being horrible and 5 being pristine.  Add both of those numbers and multiply it by the previous number from the neighborhood kids and servings size.  Divide that answer by two and that is the number of candy bags you need to purchase.  Simple huh?

  • kids in your neighborhood
  • DIVIDED BY
  • servings in one bag of candy
  • MULTIPLIED BY
  • quality of decorations in the neighborhood on a scale of 1 to 5 + quality of the weather on a scale of 1 to 5
  • DIVIDED BY 2
  • equals bags of candy you need to buy

SOURCE: PopSugar & Apartment Therapy