It’s summer and everyone’s talking about beach bodies and bathing suits (yep, guilty as charged!). But every now and then you have to treat yourself to some sweet, sticky, melt-in-your-mouth candy. So, in celebration of National Candy Month (happening now!) and our 10th birthday (also happening now with great deals and more), we’re bringing you 10 delicious and healthier substitutes to your favorite candies!
After all, it’s kind of…mean that National Candy Month is in the middle of prime bikini season.
Try: Florida’s Natural Organic Pocket Fruit Sticks ($4.89/pack of 12)
If You Love: Fruit Roll-ups, Gushers
A great on-the-go snack for the whole family, Florida’s Natural Organic Pocket Fruit Sticks are just 40 calories with 0 grams of fat.
If you really like fruit roll-ups or are prone to indulging in your kids’ sweets, these organic fruit rolls are perfect to toss into everyone’s lunch bags—they provide the sweetness of dried fruit, plus they’re gluten free! Choose from Orange, Blueberry or Strawberry.
Try: Almond M&M’s (M&Ms.com, $2.95)
If You Love: Plain M &Ms, Chocolate-Covered Nuts
Sometimes you just have to have the real thing (and there’s no true way to replace an M&M). So, you’re allowed to indulge with Almond M&M’s. Almonds are well-known for their healthy benefits: lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and diabetes. And although this snack has a pretty high calorie count (220/serving), sometimes the good fats (and the good tastes) are worth it.
Really a peanut girl? Dark Chocolate Peanut M&M’s have the same calorie count per serving, and dark chocolate does have antioxidants!
Try: Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops ($3.99/.5lb on NaturalCandyStore.com)
If You Love: Lollipops, Sucking candies
There is nothing like a lollipop. Lucky for you, Yummy Earth’s Organic Lollipops are a healthier alternative to the traditional high-fructose, bubble-gum infused lollipops of yore.
Yep, just 70 calories for three lollipops and 0 grams of fat, these gluten-free, vegan treats are simply delick-ious! And in flavors like pomegranate, blood orange, watermelon or (a more sophisticated) chili lime, you’re sure to please everyone’s palettes. Purchase individual flavors or a variety pack (see above).
Try: Detour Whey Protein Bar in Caramel Peanut ($3.29)
If You Love: Snickers, Twix, anything with nougat
Candy bars, a.k.a. a staple of our youth, are nearly impossible to pass up—Halloween has been a downfall of many a diet (mmm, how many fun-size Snickers equal a full-size again?!). If you are craving a classic candy bar, try Detour’s Whey Protein Bar in Caramel Peanut.
Aside from great taste, get the benefits of whey protein (it’s an appetite suppressant, stabilizes glucose levels, and contains very little fat or carbs)—it’ll also save you from the sugar crashes and cravings that normal candy bars cause. Available in a variety of flavors, these are great for active ladies who are looking to build muscle/reduce fat but don’t eat meat or have time to make a protein shake after a workout.
Try: Hershey’s Sugar Free Jolly Ranchers (Kmart, $1.90)
If You Love: Jolly Ranchers, Hard Candy
Sometimes sugar-free candy is an absolute necessity, especially with juvenile diabetes on the rise. And aside from being sans sugar, Hershey’s sugar-free products also boast about 20% less calories and come in great bite-sized packages.
So go ahead and enjoy a few Jolly Ranchers—four pieces come in at a mere 35 calories! Hershey’s also offers sugar-free varieties in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, York Peppermint Patties, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Hershey’s Caramel-Filled Chocolates!
Try: Bissinger’s Lemon Ginger Yuzu Gummy Pandas ($5)
If You Love: Gummy Bears
Bissinger’s Lemon Ginger Yuzu Gummy Pandas with natural sweeteners are a healthier alternative to traditional gummy bears. With 0 grams of fat and 130 Calories per 16 pieces, these chewy treats make for an awesome, flavorful snack.
The lemon ginger option offers a grown-up tang along with a good ol’ dose of Vitamin C. There are several different flavors to choose from, including Blueberry Acai and Apricot Green Tea!
Try: Figamajigs ($23.85/ Box of 15)
If You Love: Chocolate-Covered Cherries/Fruit
For ladies who are looking to eat healthier, Figamajigs are the perfect snack. Not only are they 100% fat free, but they contain a fruity, good-for-ya fig covered in luscious dark chocolate.
Providing all the antioxidant power of figs, including regulating the digestive system, dark Figmajigs are more than a reduced calorie treat.
Try: Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans ($1.79 on LuckyVitamin.com)
If You Love: Jelly Beans
The mere thought of the JellyBelly Factory is mouth-watering. …But eating a pound of jelly beans isn’t the healthiest decision. Opt for an organic jelly bean instead, made with fruit juice and organic sweeteners.
Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans also provide 100% of your daily recommended Vitamin C. With flavors like cherry, grapefruit, grape, lemon, strawberry and orange at 130 calories per serving, how can you go wrong?
Try: Gayle’s Miracles Chocolate Truffle Snack Pack ($9.99)
If You Love: Truffles, Milk Chocolate
Craving the sweet, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate goodness that is a truffle? Coming in at only 30 calories per truffle, Gayle’s Miracles Chocolate Truffle Snack Pack means you can definitely afford to treat your sweet tooth with a little dessert.
Try: Labrada Nutrition Rockin’ Roll Nut Roll, Nutty Peanut 12 ea ($23.49 on drugstore.com)
If You Love: Pay Days
Nuts about chocolate? No worries, Labrada’s Rockin’ Roll Nut Roll is a great way to enjoy the classic candy bar without the classic guilt that usually accompanies it. This better-for-you bar features tons of protein, good fats and only 2 grams of sugar in one chewy, chocolaty disguise.
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Halloween is finally here, and after scouring through our mother’s photographs, we have compiled our favorite childhood costumes. From rock stars to princesses to genies, we at PageDaily appreciate the glitz and glamour of the holiday! What’s more fun than dressing up? Oh, well . . . maybe snacking on some sweets. Read all about our favorite candy! Happy Halloween from everyone at PageDaily!
Melissa Meyers, Founding Editor
I’m having a really hard time with this. I only eat healthy. But I suppose if you threatened to take away my Blackberry, I’d go with Reese’s.
Nancy Rotenier, Editor-in-Chief
It’s all about Baby Ruth. And Snickers. And 100,000 Grand. And Butterfinger. And candy corn. And and and. . . (please refer to my recent confessional blog post about my not-so-grownup eating habits!). My son said it best: “Mommy, all my teeth are sweet teeth.”
Dania Slochowski, Production Manager
Twix. Why? Because candy with too much caramel hurts your teeth. But Twix has a cookie in it, which adds the crisp and makes the perfect mix. It’s just right. 😉 And the mini ones are even better because you eat more and feel like you ate less!!!
Daniela Apeloig, Lifestyle Editor
Dove Chocolates OF COURSE! They come in the perfect portion, one square, perfect for the sweet tooth you need after the meals. Plus they have cute messages in the foil paper they are wrapped with that brighten your day.
Lindsay Leff, Assistant Beauty Editor
When I think of the most absolutely, deliciously perfect Halloween candy, it must consist of two things – peanut butter and chocolate. My obvious choice, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures! The best part, they’re bite size, so I can keep popping them without getting full…or maybe that’s bad?
Katrina Caspelich, Assistant Fashion Editor
Each year, I look forward to Easter—Cadbury Mini Eggs Easter Chocolate is hands down my favorite candy, so much so that I tend to finish an entire bag myself. There’s something so addictive about the crunchy, sugar shell and the smooth, chocolaty center. Definitely a match made in heaven.
Lindsay Hahn, Video Production Associate
Wait…I have to pick just one? Everyone at PageDaily can vouch that my sweet tooth does not discriminate between tasty treats! The proof is in my Top 5 Sweet Treats You Have To Try. If I had to choose just one though I would have to say Peanut M&Ms!
Colleen Hagerty, Video Production Associate
Favorite candy?! It really changes all the time, though I have to say right now I’m loving the secret stash of mini Reeses and Blowpops in my apartment.
Olivia Hayes, Office Manager
When I was a kid, I didn’t care about candy when I went trick or treating. Instead I would ask if the person had a dog, and if they did, I would ask to play with it. My mother was always mortified. My love for dogs started early. Now, I would have to say Cadbury fruit and nut tops my list.
Andrew Betsch, Videographer
Cherryheads, the most overlooked and underappreciated of Ferrara Pan’s delectable offerings.
Will Hall, Copy Editor
I’m a big fan of SweetTarts, those delicious little things that make you scrunch up your mouth as if you just bit into a lemon.
Kate Bryan, Social Media Intern
The little mini boxes of Junior Mints have got to be my favorite Halloween candy, so much so that I just bought a giant bag of them at the drug store despite the fact that we will clearly not get any trick-or-treaters at my apartment. I guess I’ll just have to eat them all myself!
Kimberly Hedmark, Marketing Intern
My all-time favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s because it is made of my two favorite things in life-chocolate and peanut butter. They have been, and always will be my weakness.
Noelle Mihalinec, Broadcast Intern
My favorite candy is York peppermint patties. I absolutely love the taste of mint and chocolate, it also leaves my breathe fresh. It has less calories than regular chocolate so if I eat more than three its okay!
While my days of running around in all-pink ensembles and thinking candy = dinner are unfortunately over, I still love to indulge my inner child by visiting Sweetiepie in the West Village. With a mirrored, pink décor (imagine Barbie goes to Versailles) and a menu that will please the pickiest palettes, Sweetiepie is a great place to take anyone from the actually young to the young at heart for a delicious meal. My favorite: the teeny tiny ice cream cones, practically so bite-sized I’m tempted to order a second round!—Colleen Hagerty
19 Greenwich Ave (between Christopher and 10th)
New York, NY, 10014
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