“Snickers” Peanut Butter Caramel Corn and Your Halloween Candy Survival Guide

Happy Halloween!

Today’s post is all about learning how to survive that big bad candy bowl sitting by your front door and deciding which candy bars are the skinniest choices for sneaking out of your kids trick or treat bags….

 

Because lets be serious. We’re all going to eat a candy bar or two.. or three…  but with a couple easy tricks you can easily navigate how to indulge in some Halloween fun without totally splitting your skinny’s! It’s all about moderation ladies and gents. If you tell yourself you can’t eat any candy you’re setting yourself up for a possible sugar binge later in the evening. So let’s choose wisely and enjoy ourselves!

The first trick is to put out some healthier snacking options by the candy bowl.

This way, instead of being tempted into grabbing a new candy bar every time the doorbell rings you can feel a lot less guilty munching on a sweet snack – like my “Snickers” Peanut Butter Caramel Corn! This sweet snack is loaded with creamy peanut butter, salty peanuts, rich caramel, and drizzled in a smooth milk chocolate. You can eat a whole 3/4 cup of this stuff for about 170 calories . So for the caloric equivalent of about 2 little fun size candy bars you can eat almost a cup of this caramel corn!

 

The second trick is to educate yourself about which candy bars are your lowest cal option. My resident RD, Ashley, has put together 3 fab  tips for you all!

 

1. Fun Size! Its all about the fun size. Fun size is fit size because its portion controlled. Don’t even try and let yourself sneak into that king sized Reese’s… because you know your going to eat both peanut butter cups!

 

2. Non-chocolate candies are all typically fat free – skittles, dots, starbursts, etc. But don’t let the fat-free fool you – these are all still loaded with sugar! And that still means calories ladies. A calorie is a calorie and those little sugar drops are going to stick right to your pretty little butt. So just because they’re fat free doesn’t mean you can polish off the whole bag!

3. Look for less dense candies like 3 Musketeers and York Peppermint Patties, these are lower calorie than denser picks like Reese’s Pumpkins and Snickers. Boo.

I’m listing below the calorie counts on a bunch of popular candy items. This way you can make smarter decisions raiding the candy bowl!

 

So what are your best bets when choosing Halloween Candy?

Calorie counts generated from calorieking.com and hungrygirl.com

Hungry Girl also has an AWESOME guide for calorie counts and weight watcher points for a zillion candies. For even more counts check out her page here.

 

And check out my “Snickers” Peanut Butter Caramel Corn recipe below for a lower cal sugar fix! I slightly adapted an already delicious recipe from Cooking Light Magazine!

Comments

  1. Thanks for the helpful calorie/fat info! Those spider cups are simply adorable!

  2. So I’m making this. End o story. OMG I cannot wait!

  3. Great guide! And great popcorn idea. It looks yummy.

  4. Oh my goodness, these look amazing! The spider cupcake holders are brilliant too.

  5. Looooove this caramel corn! So yummy. Great post.

  6. This caramel corn is calling my name! I love that you added peanut butter and chocolate!

  7. What an awesome guide to Halloween!! Looks great!

  8. Ah, I love this post and I’m obsessed with this popcorn! Snickers bars are my favorite ever, and I love that I can get all the same yummy flavors with less guilt. Thanks for helping us all fit in our skinny’s come Nov. 1st Kristina and Ashley!

  9. what a delicious recipe for Halloween!!

  10. So wish I had this to snack on right now!

  11. The absolute perfect popcorn my friend :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  12. Hands down, the caramel corn wins. Who needs a candy bar when you could have a heaping helping of delicious caramel corn. Yum! Love the spider cups.

  13. Ooh yum this is just amazing. I love caramel corn, and you just took it to a whole other level

  14. This really is all my favorite treats rolled into one (popcorn, Snickers, peanut butter)! Definitely can’t wait to try this one :)

  15. That is some gorgeous popcorn! Although I think I could have done without all the calorie information on Halloween candy…I’ve eaten way too much of it this week, although fortunately there aren’t a lot of leftovers.

  16. I totally cannot help myself around candies. Popcorn is also another weakness of mine. Loving this!

  17. Dangerous. Seriously. That is what this is…dan.ger.ous!

  18. I’m your newest follower from Eat yourself Skinny! :-) LOVING your website! ;-)

  19. I’m SO glad I did not see this during Halloween. This would have been the death of me!! YUM!

  20. OMG!! This looks absolutely divine! Halloween candy didn’t make it 2 days in our house. Thinking a Christmas gift for my Dad, snickers and popcorn are his favs:)

    Take care
    Connie

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Caramel corn’s one of my dad’s favorite too :) We get him a huge tin every year! And haha same with our candy… it was pretty bad.

  21. This looks decadent! I’m really bored with Crunch & Much, so I’m browsing popcorn recipes.

    Can shortening be replaced with butter here, even though there’s already butter in the recipe?

    • Whipped Baking says:

      You can definitely try, but the shortening really helps the drizzle solidify and stiffen, it might just be a bit more runny with the butter.

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