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Choosing healthy candy

Be sure to consider your nutrition before devouring Halloween candy. (AP Photo)

Congratulations, Halloween enthusiasts. Since Gov. Christie signed an order last week, you still had the opportunity to don your favorite costumes this past Monday. And now you have the opportunity to fill your bellies up with your favorite Halloween treats as well.

However, this is no reason to slip up on your health habits. Some Halloween candies are healthier choices than others, and one should certainly take this into account and enjoy appropriately.  Here are the best and worst candies in each respective category with their calorie count and grams of fat. So follow these simple guidelines and save yourself post-Halloween regret.

Firstly, never stock your house with your favorite candy. Resisting the temptation to consume what makes your taste buds sing when it’s sitting merely a few feet away is most certainly a superhuman feat. Avoid the situation all together and buy candy that won’t leave you wanting to forgo your three daily meals in its favor.

Miniature candy bar:

Best: 3 Musketeers

Worst: Butterfingers

The latter contains 45 calories and 2 grams of fat, while the former has less than half the calories and grams of fat.

Fruity candy:

Best: Lemonheads

Worst: Starburst Fruit Chews

Lemonheads have 50 calories and 0 grams of fat, while Starbursts have 204 calories and 4 grams of fat. Although your taste buds might crave the many flavors offered in a single pack of Starbursts, your teeth will regret it, so exercise your best judgment.

Full-size candy bar:

Best: York Peppermint Patty

Worst: Snickers

Packed with peanuts and caramel, Snickers have 280 calories and 14 grams of fat, while Yorks have half as many calories and only 2.5 grams of fat.

Best overall candy:

Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop has 60 calories and half a gram of fat. In addition, it’s long lasting, so chances are slim that you’ll be going back for a second or third as is the temptation with many other candies.

Best classic candies:

Each Dum Dum lollipop has 20 calories and 0 grams of fat. Three Hershey Kisses only have a total of 67 calories and 4 grams of fat. A handful of candy corn (approximately 10 pieces) has 64 calories and 0 grams of fat. One Tootsie roll has 26 calories and half a gram of fat.

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