A Halloween without candy isn’t really Halloween at all! I’ve always looked forward to a little sweet indulgence this time of year. However, as my little one has become old enough to actually understand the tradition of trick or treating, it’s been a bit more stressful. Ever since she’s been able to eat solids, I’ve been crazy at monitoring her sugar intake. I’m not exactly sure where my sometimes irrational thought process comes from, but I’m constantly reading labels to check ingredients and sodium but mostly, sugar. Before you go and feel bad for my child, I do allow treats every now and then. It’s just not everyday. And it’s never been an issue. We’ve been out to lunch with other kids where she’s been the only one drinking water in a sea of juice boxes. She’s never asked for it, but she appreciates having it when I do randomly give it to her.
But Halloween is a whole new ball game. There is no escaping candy! I wouldn’t want to. I wouldn’t want to deprive her of the good old tradition of collecting as much candy as you can. So in preparation for the big day, I’ve researched the best candies to give her to whet her sweet tooth. The following is my list of sweet treats I will direct her attention to as she rummages through the spoils of her door to door adventure. My 2 areas of criteria were 1) Flavors and tastes my kiddo would like 2) Lower in sugar.
- Almond Joy, Snack Size – 8 g sugar
- Hershey Kisses – 3 g sugar each kiss
- Hershey’s Miniature Bar- 4 g sugar
- Kit Kat, Fun size – 6 g sugar
- Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Snack Size – 11 g sugar
- Snickers, Fun Size – 8 g of sugar
- Three Musketeers, Fun Size – 10 g sugar
- Jolly Rancher, 3 pieces- 11 g of sugar
- Skittles, Fun Size – 11 g sugar
- Smarties, 1 roll – 6 g sugar
- Sour Patch Kids, Mini Bag – 10 g sugar
- Starburst, Fun Size – 6 g sugar