Food & Nutrition

Your Handy-Dandy Halloween Candy Guide

Not all treats are created equal. We give you the SmartPoints lowdown on more than 20 candy favorites.

Who hasn't dipped into our kids’ Halloween bags after bedtime—including that supply set aside to “donate?” Or, bought five too many bags of clearance candy the day after? Whether you have one treat or many, many, (many!) treats this Halloween, knowledge is your best ally. It can help you make smart candy decisions before eating a full-size candy bar only to learn it used up more than a third of your daily SmartPoints budget.

When the kids dump out 10 pounds of post-trick-or-treat candy on your kitchen table—plus three different sizes of Snickers—we’ve got your back when it comes to making smart decisions that won’t derail you.

 

Chocolate classics


If you’re looking for just a taste, a 3 Musketeers or a single Hershey’s Kiss are your best bets at just 1 SmartPoints value each. Can’t decide between Fun Size and mini? Smaller is usually better, but you might as well go for a Nestlé’s Crunch Fun Size—since, like a mini, it has 3 SmartPoints values. When you know you won’t be satisfied with anything less than full size, tear open a York Peppermint Pattie, at 8 SmartPoints values.
 

Your chocolate cheat sheet


Snickers Full Size: 12 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 4 SmartPoints value, Mini: 2 SmartPoints value

Milky Way Full Size: 13 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 4 SmartPoints value, Mini: 2 SmartPoints value

3 Musketeers Full Size: 13 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 3 SmartPoints value, Mini: 1 SmartPoints value

Butterfinger Full Size: 12 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 4 SmartPoints value, Mini: 2 SmartPoints value

M&M’s Milk Chocolate Full Size: 12 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 4 SmartPoints value

M&M’s Peanut Full Size: 11 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 4 SmartPoints value

Twix Full Size: 12 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 5 SmartPoints value, Mini: 2 SmartPoints value

Hershey’s Kisses Milk Chocolate 1 SmartPoints value

Nestle Crunch Full Size: 11 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 3 SmartPoints value, Miniature: 3 SmartPoints value

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Full Size: 10 SmartPoints value, Snack Size: 5 SmartPoints value, Miniature: 2 SmartPoints value

York Peppermint Pattie Full Size: 8 SmartPoints value, Snack Size: 3 SmartPoints value

KitKat Full Size: 11 SmartPoints value, Snack Size: 4 SmartPoints value, Miniature: 2 SmartPoints value 

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The sweet & sticky stuff


Because many of these treats are fat-free, they clock in at fewer SmartPoints values. But don’t let that fool you: They won’t keep you full until mealtime—unless you opt for a Payday, with a full-size bar offering 7 grams of satiating protein. Although very sugary, it’s a decent snack pick in a pinch.

If all you want is a sweet end to your day, you’ll find the most value in two Mini Midgee Tootsie Rolls, or one Twizzlers Snack Size, Dum Dum, Jolly Ranchers, or Tootsie Pops Miniature for 1 SmartPoints value each.
 

The sweet SmartPoints lowdown


Tootsie Roll 2.5-oz bar: 12 SmartPoints value, Snack Bar: 3 SmartPoints value, Junior: 2 SmartPoints value, Midgee: 1 SmartPoints value, Mini Midgee: 2 for 1 SmartPoints value

Tootsie Pops Full Size: 3 SmartPoints value, Miniature: 1 SmartPoints value

Dum Dums 1 SmartPoints value 

Jolly Rancher Original 1 SmartPoints value

Sour Patch Kids Full Size: 11 SmartPoints value, Treat Size: 3 SmartPoints value

Payday Full Size: 10 SmartPoints value, Snack Size: 4 SmartPoints value

Twizzlers Twist: 2 SmartPoints value, Snack Size: 1 SmartPoints value

Skittles Original Full Size: 13 SmartPoints value, Fun Size: 2 SmartPoints value

Airheads Full size: 3 SmartPoints value, Mini: 2 SmartPoints value

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