Here’s The Carb Count of the Top Halloween Candy

Though the true intention of Halloween is to scare ourselves silly, many suggest that candy is responsible for our nation’s fixation on the spooky holiday.

In 2012, Americans spent $12.6 billion on chocolate alone, a USA Today article reported, and by 2019 that number will jump to $25 billion. But for those kids (or adult children) with Type 1 diabetes who go out trick-or-treating, it’s not about what sells; it’s about what you “can” and “can’t” eat, and how much. Throw in Halloween-themed “Fun Sizes,” and counting carbs becomes a confusing nightmare.

So here’s a candy carb chart from JDRF that you can print out:


(Chart is Fun Sized. Click on it to make it full sized.)

With this chart in mind, here are the 5 top-selling candies that you’re likely to come across this year, and their carb counts:

5. Kit Kats, which total 10 grams of carbs per Fun Size. If you do as their jingle suggests and “give it a break” into two pieces, it’s only 5 grams of carbs per chocolate wafer stick.

4. With over $300 million in sales, you’ll likely scrounge up some Hershey’s Mini chocolate bars, which contain about 5 grams of carbs each, on the door-to-door rounds.

3. Snickers are sure to make an appearance in the candy haul. With 10 grams of carbs, the Fun Size peanut-and-caramel chocolate bars are something to indulge in carefully.

2. With $500 million in sales, M&Ms, will surely be dropped into many a plastic orange pumpkin. The Fun Size chocolate packs contain 10 grams of carbs and the Fun Size peanut ones have 11.

1. Is it true that the peanut butter-to-chocolate ratio is better in the bigger pumpkin-shaped Reese’s cups than the regular-shaped ones? Hard to say, but the Hershey company raked in over half a billion dollars in Reese’s products overall. With a staggering carb count of 17 grams for the peanut butter pumpkin cups, it may be better to opt for a single cup of the standard-shaped ones, a 10-gram-carb alternative.

Happy Halloween! Trick-or-treat responsibly.

P.S. For the haters giving out Dots or Hot Tamales, my question is: Who you mad at? I’m sorry you weren’t held or loved as a child, but don’t take your rage out on the children.

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Travis served as a staff writer for Insulin Nation and Type 2 Nation in 2015. Previously, he was a staff writer for Insight, a high school newspaper, as well as a copywriter for The Emersonian, Emerson's yearbook.

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