Steve Eighinger

The best and worst of what to fill your belly with on Halloween

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 23, 2018 10:35 am

Admit it, you love Halloween night when the kids -- or grandkids -- make their way back to your living room with bags full of goodies.

You preach moderation to the kiddos, warning them too many Milky Ways or Snickers will make them sick, when in reality you are simply stopping the inhalation of chocolate so you can pick out a few of your favorites.

Well, with Halloween a little more than a week away, the "Eat This, Not That!" website has produced the worst and best sweet treats to consume. Writers Olivia Tarantino and Cassandra Talmadge worked with some nutritionists to determine which candies are "better" than others.

Factors taken into consideration included calorie count, fat count and ingredients (for example, candies got points off for containing more artificial colors than others).

"Consider these numbers: Three miniature Reese's Peanut Butter Cups fill your belly with more sugar than a glazed doughnut," Trantino and Talmadege wrote. "Half a pack of Skittles has more sugar than a scoop of Haagen-Dazs Cookies and Cream Ice Cream; nine Twizzlers carry as many calories as a Wendy's Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe."

So here are Tarantino-Talmadge's top 10s, minus all the references to calories and grams of fat and sugar:

Worst of the worst

1. Reese's Peanut Butter Cup miniatures.

2. Reese's Pieces (snack size).

3. Hershey Take 5 (snack size).

4. Butterfinger (fun size).

5. M&Ms Chocolate.

6. 100 Grand bar (fun size).

7. M&Ms Peanut (fun size).

8. Mike and Ike Snack Packs.

9. Starburst Fruit Chews.

10. Twizzlers.

"The American Heart Association says an adult woman should have no more than 25 grams of added sugar a day," Tarantino-Talmadge wrote. "Reese's manages to pack more than half that much into one serving. Maybe they should be called ‘maxiatures?'"

Best of the worst

1. Jelly Belly jellybeans.

2. Pixy Stix.

3. Smarties candy rolls.

4. Dum Dums (suckers).

5. Nerds (fun size).

6. M&Ms Pretzel (fun size).

7. York Peppermint Pattie (snack size).

8. 3 Musketeers.

9. Werther's Original (hard candy).

10. Tootsie Rolls.

"Ironically, the candy brand that sounds the fattest may actually flatten your belly," Tarantino-Talmadge wrote. "At four calories per bean, they're the slimmest way to enjoy cotton candy, toasted marshmallows, and strawberry shortcake. Jelly Belly uses real fruit purees to flavor these beans. It's still candy in every sense, but it's certainly the lesser of many sugar-loaded evils."