Tips: Best & worst Halloween candy for kids

Tips: Best & worst Halloween candy for kids

Tips: Best & worst Halloween candy for kids


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Posted on October 31, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 10:56 AM

Halloween is traditionally a holiday when most parents drop their rules about kids eating treats and just deal with the results afterwards.

But experts say there are some ways parents can limit their kids’ sugar intake without limiting the holiday fun.

Madelyn Fernstrom, the health and diet editor for NBC’s TODAY show, said it’s a matter of moderation and variation.

She recommends thinking about which textures your kids will enjoy most and also looking at the size, sugar content and fat content of the treat.

She said a long-lasting candy like a lollipop can also cut back on the amount of treats a child is popping into their mouth.

Here are some others she put on her “best” list:

  • Jolly ranchers
  • Blow pops
  • Gobstoppers
  • Pixy stix
  • Candy corn

Her “worst” list:

  • Mr. Goodbar
  • Nutrageous
  • Snickers
  • Baby Ruth
  • Mounds

Fernstrom encouraged parents to go through their kids' candy collections after they trick-or-treat and get rid of the candies on the "worst list."  Then, talk to kids about eating the treats over a longer stretch of time, instead of chowing down on all of it on Halloween night.

Another option she suggested was working out a deal with kids to "trade in" their candy with you, in return for a special toy they'd like to have.