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The 5 worst Halloween candies for your health — and five better alternatives

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  • We rounded up the five least healthy Halloween candies you might find in your kids' basket this year.
  • The worst offenders were chosen based on calories, fat, and sugar content.
  • We also came up with five, slightly healthier (and comparable) candy swaps you can make leading up to Halloween.
  • Twix is the worst candy overall, but Kit Kat makes a slightly better option.

 

We usually think of Thanksgiving as one of the most indulgent holidays, but thanks to the giant bags full of sugary sweets kids lug home after a night out trick-or-treating, Halloween isn't that much better. 

We rounded up the five least healthy Halloween candies, and five comparable alternatives you can substitute them with to cut down on some of the sugar and fat content. The nutritional information for each candy listed below is for the fun-sized serving (which is usually one package for loose candy, or two bars for candy bars).

Of course, you're trying to choose between one sugary sweet versus another, so nothing will exactly be healthy. But when your kid is facing a mountain full of candy after a hard night's work of going door to door, every little bit helps.

SEE ALSO: The 'unhealthiest' Halloween candy, ranked from most to least healthiest

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#5 Worst — Raisinets

Raisins are healthy because they're made of fruit, right? Wrong. 

A fun-sized portion of these chocolate-covered raisins will cost you:

203 calories

28 grams sugar

8.2 grams fat



Better alternative — Tootsie Rolls

If you're craving a chewy, chocolate-flavored candy this Halloween, but want to steer clear of those super indulgent Raisinets, a Tootsie Roll snack-size bar is only:

120 calories

17 grams sugar

2.5 grams fat



#4 Worst — Nestle Crunch Bar

Krisped rice covered in chocolate never tasted so good. Unfortunately, Crunch Bars (even in smaller, fun-sized portions), will cost you:

190 calories

21 grams sugar

9 grams fat

 



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