Tales From A Hungry Life

October 21, 2016

The Best and Worst Halloween Candy

By Maria Schulz

I ventured outside my cubicle the other day and saw that my old nemesis had returned to haunt me. No, I’m not talking about one of my coworkers. I’m talking about this guy.


Come to me…

Do you remember him? I’ve written about him before because someone in my office takes him out every year about this time and fills him with things I can’t resist: Snickers, Almond Joy, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Three Musketeers, and 100 Grand Bars.


I can’t resist either

I was hoping to research all that candy and get permission to indulge my raging sweet tooth, but instead I found this article that ranks the 52 Best and Worst Halloween Candy.

almond joy

When you feel like a nut.

When I was little, I didn’t worry about eating candy. I simply spent weeks dreaming about getting as much as humanly possible. First. I would spend weeks thinking about what costume I’d wear, assembling the ensemble, and getting every detail just right. Whether I was Snow White (hot plastic mask and all) or Raggedy Ann with red yarn hair, my costume had to be thought out and ready for my big day.

Well, that was the way until I was about 9 and I decided that being a gypsy or bum was the easiest and fastest way to get out the door and begin my quest for more candy than one human could carry in a brown paper bag.

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Back then, I was guaranteed to walk around the neighborhood for a couple of hours. I didn’t worry about having to burn off all the calories because I knew I’d bring that bag of candy home and six big, hungry boys would eat 95% of it within hours of my arrival.

I miss those days. Now, if I bring home two tons of candy, there’s a good chance that my little family and I will eat more than is good for a small village. So I try to keep the candy out of my house until the very last minute, and then give away big handfuls to anyone who comes to my doorstep. Yes, even the mailman gets Kit Kats and 100 Grand Bars so I don’t eat them myself.

kids playing

Did someone say CANDY?

The fact that Smilin’ Jack is right outside my office door makes it harder for me to stay on the straight and narrow, but I’ve learned something along the way of this “eating right” journey. Deprivation is the mother of all food binges. If I want one tiny candy bar, I have it. That way, I can stop thinking about it. I don’t let that pumpkin scare me anymore. I save my energy for the truly scary things in life.


Now that’s scary

Once I’ve satisfied my craving,  I watch all the people sticking their grubby hands into that pumpkin and I realize…maybe I’m not so hungry after all.

Recipes: Healthy Halloween Ideas


Here are some really fun, healthier treats that you can whip up for your kids (or keep ’em for yourself…I won’t tell). You’ll find recipes for Monster Sandwiches, Frozen Banana Mummies, Goblin Potion, and more.

So, Hungry Lifers: what’s your favorite Halloween candy? How do you avoid eating too much of those little candy bars? What’s your best Halloween recipe? Please leave a comment and let us all know. Thanks!




  1. Candy corn, Peppermint Patties and Junior Mints!

    Comment by lisasafran — October 21, 2016 @ 10:30 am | Reply

    • I love Peppermint Patties! And Junior Mints are very refreshing. Thanks for the comment, Kramer.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — October 21, 2016 @ 10:43 am | Reply

  2. Maria, Milky ways are the best. But all are great. I too have a difficult time during Halloween, keeping the candy for the trick-or-treats is useless if the candy is bought too early in October. Then I have to go out and buy a whole bunch more with a chocolate high. Sorry I don’t have something healthy to contribute to the blog, but I never thought this holiday was for that anyway, Tony

    Comment by Tony Lagalante — October 21, 2016 @ 11:22 am | Reply

    • I like Milky Ways too! Halloween isn’t really ever going to be the poster child for healthy holidays. I just like to know all the options out there! I’ll probably still enjoy my Almond Joys and my Three Musketeers no matter how hard I try! Thanks for the comment.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — October 21, 2016 @ 11:32 am | Reply

  3. Halloween wasn’t for candy when I was a kid, it was for mischievous jokes like tossing stink bombs in the Schiller’s door when the opened it or knocking over garbage cans if someone was foolhardy enough to put one out on that night. It was Thanksgiving when we would dress up in old adult clothes and ring the bell and ask “Anything for Thanksgiving?” and no candy but apples, bananas or some other fruit was given, maybe a small box of raisins? It had nothing to do with health, an apple cost less than penny candy and I guess we might have been a bit more rowdy when we were kids. But no-one got shot, and the yearly trip to the dentist had less cavities to take care of, maybe. Trick or Treat anybody?

    Comment by bglou — October 21, 2016 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

    • Your childhood sounds like the scene from Meet Me in St. Louis! I bet you enjoyed yourself, but I’m partial to the way I did it. Ugh raisins! Give me Kit Kats any day.

      Comment by talesfromahungrylife — October 21, 2016 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  4. BTW I’m glad Halloween falls on Monday and not the weekend this year for obvious reason.

    Comment by bglou — October 21, 2016 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

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