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The Worst Halloween Candy

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Remember when you were a kid and you’d get home from trick or treating and dump out all of your candy on the floor so your parents could “check” it and then you’d immediately go for your favorites and leave all the ‘yucky’ candy alone, however this is not about the least popular candy. This is about the least healthy, most dentally dangerous sweets for Halloween. 

Women’s Day Magazine put together a list of some of the worst candies that are high in calories, fat and sugar, terrible for teeth or all of the above. The sad thing is that these candies are some of my favorites and are probably the ones parents go for when the kids bring their candy home.

Remember sour patch kids? After the initial kick in the teeth that those little things pack, they’re actually quite good, but the bad news is that they stick to your teeth and they’re really high in acidic content. That acid can break down the enamel in your teeth and cause cavities.

Starburst are so yummy. I like to take one of each color and smash them all together to make a Starburts sandwich, but ten Starbursts pack as much sugar as seven and a half packets of sugar. They also stick to your teeth and are notorious for yanking out fillings. Skittles, Milk Duds and Sugar Daddies also fall into this category as well.

Tootsie Pops are fun to eat and count how many licks it takes to get to the center, but these are also terribly high in sugar and take a long time to finish versus other types of candy. Other candies stay in your mouth for only a few seconds, but Tootsie Pops and other lollipops can take anywhere from five to ten minutes to eat. The upside is that eating a Tootsie Pop prevents your kids from shoving candy bar after candy bar into their mouth.

Candy Corn is nothing but sugar and is one of the absolutely worst candies to give out. Not just because it’s nothing but sugar, but because it’s not good. Also stay away from giving out popcorn balls and Necco Wafers.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins are loaded with fat, calories and sugar. One Peanut Butter Pumpkin has almost 200 calories. One Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup has 88 so if you’re a fan of the peanut butter and chocolate combo, go with the cup, not the pumpkin.

This makes me sad. Snickers and Milky Way are by far and away the absolute worst types of candy. The caramel sticks to your teeth and causes cavities. It’s also notorious for ripping out fillings. If you’re going to give out candy bars, opt for 3 Musketeers or Kit Kats.

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