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Trick or Treat: 6 Best Sweets to Nom on Halloween

Six Halloween treats that will satisfy your sweet tooth without killing you slowly...

Boy expresses his excitement about his candy haul. Flickr Creative Commons.

With Halloween looming closer, everyone’s stocking up on candy to fill party dishes and hand out to costumed freeloaders—ahem, trick-or-treaters.

However, since most of the usual candies consumed in large quantities at Halloween are remarkably unhealthy, we’ve put together a list of sweets you can feel (mostly) good about indulging in:

1. Mini or Fun-Size

If you can limit yourself to only one or two bars or pouches, you’ll be consuming much less sugar, saturated fat, and everything else that will kill you slowly.

3 Musketeers Minis or Fun-Size M&Ms are great alternatives to the real deal!

2. Dark Chocolate

Ghirardelli can be found in most grocery stores. Flickr Creative Commons.

If you must eat chocolate, opt for dark chocolate, which is full of antioxidants and contains markedly less sugar than milk chocolate.

Hershey’s will likely hit the spot, though you can also check out Godiva and Ghirardelli chocolates, among many others. No matter how creamy and delectable, avoid Dove.

3. Real Food Covered in Chocolate, Caramel, or Yogurt

Caramel apples are even better when they're covered in nuts. Flickr Creative Commons.

If you just can’t find it within yourself to abstain from candy this Halloween, make chocolate-, caramel- or yogurt-covered nuts and fruits your sweets of choice. 

Nuts provide protein and other minerals and vitamins that will cause you to become full faster and they’ll also help to prevent the dreaded sugar crash. Fruits like apples and raisins are even better, as they’re packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and other nutrients.

4. Sugar-Free

Good for you, braving the sugar-free candy!

Just make sure that the sugar in your candy of choice hasn’t been swapped for a sketchy sugar substitute like aspartame—those substitutes are often much worse.

5. Natural Gummies & Lollipops

Many find natural gummies tastier than artificial gummies. Flickr Creative Commons.

Natural gummies and lollipops—especially those made with real fruit juice—are a much better alternative to their artificial counterparts.

You can buy Annie’s and Surf Sweets’ fruit gummies and various lollipop brands at natural grocery stores like Whole Foods and Sprouts. 

6. Popcorn

Go easy on the butter, though. Flickr Creative Commons.

Believe it or not, popcorn has actually proven to be a decently healthy snack food. It’s a whole grain food, providing your body with fiber and complex carbohydrates, among other nutrients. And popcorn is so good for you that you can probably get away with covering it in caramel!

With all of these healthy-but-yummy noms at your disposal, why not just skip all of the Butterfingers, candy corn, and Twix bars and live a few years longer?

From all of us here at Austin.com, have a safe and happy Halloween!

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