Americans consume between 3,500-7,000 calories from Halloween candy every year. That is an astoundingly high amount of calories. And that is just the confections designated as “Halloween candy”! That number doesn’t include calories from any other candy we may be eating throughout the year. The NPD Group, a marketing research company that studies eating trends, has published some other pretty scary and shocking Halloween facts that are a must read.
- 4% of the candy consumed in the United States is eaten on Halloween
- Almost every child will eat candy on Halloween and about ½ of all adults will. That is compared to 24% of kids and adults who will enjoy a treat on the other days of the year.
- Kids will eat 4 hard or chewy candies for every one eaten by adults.
- Adults prefer chocolate candy over hard or chewy candies.
- On a typical day, 10% of adults and kids will have a cookie. But on Halloween, 14% of them will.
Halloween Tips and Tricks
Don’t throw in the towel. Halloween is a holiday to be enjoyed. Remember splurging is a voluntary act. Armed with my “Halloween Tips and Tricks” you will be able to make better choices this year and not let the treats get the better of you.
Halloween Tips and Tricks
- Eat Before You Treat: One of the biggest mistakes people can make is forgoing “food” in place of “treats”. Treats are SOMETIMES/FUN FOODS and they will never satisfy true hunger. . In fact, if you listen to your hunger cues (we went over this in the “7 Mind-Blowing Secrets To Weight Loss”) eat how you regularly would on Halloween instead of trying to cut back to allow for some treats. Why? Cutting back will only cause you to be hungrier later. With all of the candy around, this will weaken your resolve and increase the risks of over-indulging on the very treats you are trying to eat responsibly.
- Non-Candy Treats of Today: Growing up no one liked going to the house where they just gave out a few pennies (or raisins for that matter) but with dollar stores popping up all over the place giving out fun treats like a mini bottle of bubbles or snap bracelets are easy, fun, and economical.
- Put It Off: Delay buying your Halloween candy until the day of or the day before. If it is not around you can’t eat it. Waiting until the last minute to purchase your Halloween candy allows for less time to rummage through the candy and pick at it the days leading to the holiday.
- Out of Sight Out of Mind: Store the treats (either the ones for the trick or treaters or the ones your trick or treaters brought home) where they aren’t easily accessible or seen. You are more likely to forget about the treats if they aren’t in your face.
- Treats In Small Packages: Buy candy that comes in the smallest sizes, these are usually called “fun size”. This will help you MANAGE YOUR SPLURGES a little easier.
- Have a Little But Discriminate: This is true across the board. It is absolutely unnecessary to shun Halloween candy all together. Avoiding your favorite foods doesn’t work long term (or make for a very satisfied person). Try altering your behavior instead. Allow for a certain amount of your favorite candy. Instead of sitting down with a bag of treats eat your treats in a mindful manner. Take whatever amount you deem to be appropriate that will satisfy your hankering for a specific treat, for instance, 3 peppermint patties and eat them when you can truly enjoy the taste and experience of them. Tip to make this easier: Divide your favorite candy in zip-lock bags and eat that amount when you choose instead of when it chooses you!
- Slow and Steady: Have a treat that may take a little longer to get down. Having a lollipop will take longer to eat and will prevent you from shoveling food into your mouth. This is especially helpful when trick or treating with your kids. It may take a full lap around the neighborhood to finish one tootsie roll pop 😉
- Love It Or Leave It: If you feel like your resolve is low than consider buying and giving out candy that you don’t love. This will make it easier for you to resist the treats stashed in your home.
- Trash It: Get rid of all of your Halloween candy after a week. You will be glad that you did. If you are worried that your kids will care — they probably won’t. Most children do not “emotionalize” food. If it is not around or spoken about often they will forget about it. Just don’t let them see you throw it out and don’t let them see it in the garbage can. There is always another treat coming their way — whether it is a birthday party or Halloween, they don’t care where it is coming from.
CALORIES IN YOUR CANDY
Before I leave you, I wanted to also give you a chart of the most popular Halloween treats and the amount of calories that are in each of them. This is not to deter you from enjoying your favorites, it is just to educate you so you can make the best choices for yourself.
|Tootsie Roll Minis||140 calories/6 minis||Almond Joy||80 calories/fun size bar|
|Sweet Tarts||60 calories/6 candies||Reese's Peanut Butter Cups||105 calories/cup|
|M&M's||60 calories/fun size pack||Hersey's Bar||67 calories/fun size bar|
|Candy Corn||140/19 candy corn||Butterfinger||85 calories/fun size bar|
|Snickers||80 calories/fun size bar||Kit Kat||73 calories/fun size bar|
|3 Musketeers||63 calories/fun size bar||Hershey Kisses||75 calories/3 kisses|
|Twix||80 calories/fun size bar||Milky Way||80 calories/fun size bar|
|Tootsie Roll Pop||60 calories/pop||Blow Pop||60 calories/pop|
|Dum Dum Pop||25 calories/pop||York Peppermint Pattie||60 calories/fun size|