This or That | Macro Comparisons: Halloween Candy

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It’s that time of year again. October and fall weather has officially hit us here in Chicago, which can only mean one thing… Halloween is EVERYWHERE! Walk into any grocery store and you are bombarded with marketing for those oh, so scrumptious bite size treats for your trick-or-treaters! (Who am I kidding? We all eat out of that candy bowl!)

With candy temptations surrounding us already (seriously people, we are just DAYS into the fall season), I decided to do a little macro comparison for a few typical Halloween treats, so you have a better idea of what you should (or shouldn’t) grab the next time you have the urge at home (or at the office) to dig into the candy!

Here are the different treats that I looked at. With each treat, I consider the macronutrients per serving, the serving size (vs the actual serving size you’ll actually eat), as well as the sugar per serving.




Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups
Serving Size (1 Piece / 21g)
Calories 110 (115)
Fat 7g
Carbs 12g
Protein 1g
Sugar 11g

Serving Size (4 bars / 40g) || (1 bar / 10g)
Calories 200 (206) || 50 (52)
Fat 10g || 3g
Carbs 27g || 7g
Protein 2g || <1g
Sugar 22g || 6g

Serving Size (4 bars / 40g) || (1 bar / 10g)
Calories 180 (196) || 45 (49)
Fat 8g || 2g
Carbs 29g || 7g
Protein 2g || <1g
Sugar 18g || 5g

Baby Ruth
Serving Size (4 bars / 40g) || (1 bar / 10g)
Calories 210 (209) || 53 (53)
Fat 9g || 2g
Carbs 30g || 8g
Protein 2g || <1g
Sugar 25g || 6g

Starburst Fruit Chews
Serving Size (8 pieces / 40g / 4 stick wraps) || ( 2 pieces / 10g / 1 stick wrap)
Calories 160 (163) || 40 (41)
Fat 3g || <1g
Carbs 34g || 9g
Protein 0g || 0g
Sugar 22g || 6g

Skittles Fun Size Pack
Serving Size (3 packs / 46g) || (1 pack / 15g)
Calories 190 (186) || 63 (62)
Fat 2g || <1g
Carbs 42g || 14g
Protein 0g || 0g
Sugar 34g || 11g

3 Musketeers Minis
Serving Size (7 pieces / 41g) || (1 piece / 6g)
Calories 180 (177) || 25 (25)
Fat 5g || <1g
Carbs 32g || 5g
Protein 1g || <1g
Sugar 27g || 4g

Snickers Fun Size Bar
Serving Size (2 bar / 34g) || (1 bar / 17g)
Calories 160 (168) || 80 (84)
Fat 8g || 4g
Carbs 21g || 10g
Protein 3g || 2g
Sugar 18g || 9g

Snickers Minis
Serving Size (4 pieces / 36g) || (1 piece / 9g)
Calories 170 (172) || 43 (43)
Fat 8g || 2g
Carbs 22g || 6g
Protein 3g || <1g
Sugar 19g || 5g

M&Ms Fun Size Pack
Serving Size (3 packs / 40g) || (1 pack / 13g)
Calories 190 (187) || 63 (62)
Fat 7g || 2g
Carbs 29g || 10g
Protein 2g || <1g
Sugar 26g || 9g


My findings…

Per serving:
Fewest calories: 3 Musketeers Mini (also the smallest serving snack at only 6g per piece)
Most calories: Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup (also the biggest serving at 21g per cup/piece)
Least amount of sugar: 3 Musketeers Mini
Most sugar: Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup & Skittles Snack Pack

Of the mini chocolates:
Fewest calories: 3 Musketeers
Most calories: Baby Ruth

Of the snack packs:
Fewest calories: Starburst fruit chews (and you get two!)
Most calories: Skittles & M&Ms TIED!


Some concluding thoughts…

  • The snack packs are probably more satisfying as it will seem as if you’re eating more (because you get as many pieces in a pack versus one mini chocolate)
  • If you’re a macro counter and wanting a snack pack, opt for the Skittles if you need a low fat option OR, in reverse, choose the M&Ms if you’re looking to save a few carbs
  • If you’re craving the chocolate, a 3 Musketeers mini is the way to go! Only 25 calories! It actually had the least calories per serving of all of the Halloween candy I looked at.
  • If you just have to grab a piece of candy, you’re better off opting for a mini rather than a fun size bar (that is, if you can stand to only eat one mini).
  • If you feel tempted to grab more than one mini — go ahead and opt for a fun size bar, but keep it to just one!
  • The Crunch, Butterfinger, 3 Musketeers, and Snickers Minis along with Starburst (two-pack) are all under 50 calories! These are your best choices.
  • None of the above appeal to you? If you’re like me, you’ll be more tempted to grab a seasonal Oreo — so I went ahead and added the macros for those below. 😉 You’re welcome!

Halloween Oreos – Limited Edition w/ Orange Colored Crème
Serving Size (2 Oreos / 29g) || (1 Oreo / 15g)
Calories 140 (147) || 70 (74)
Fat 7g || 4g
Carbs 21g || 11g
Protein <1g || <1g
Sugar 13g || 7g


I hope this helps! Good luck fighting off the ghoulish treats, friends!




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