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Halloween Candy, By The (Calorie-Filled) Numbers

Americans are projected to spend $2.5 billion on Halloween candy this year.
Posted at 4:27 PM, Oct 06, 2016

Candy is one of the best parts of Halloween — for the kids who trick or treat and for the parents who sneak pieces when their kids aren't looking.

Americans will spend an estimated $2.5 billion on Halloween candy this year — but some of that candy is healthier than others.

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We looked at the calories in some of the most popular candy brands. The worst offenders turned out to be be Snickers and Twix bars, which each have 250 calories.

Coming in just behind them with 240 calories each, are Milky Way and 3 Musketeers bars as well as milk chocolate M&Ms.

There are a whole lot of variations of M&Ms — but if you're looking for the least calorie-filled, you might want to grab the pretzel ones. One bag is 150 calories.

Next up with 220 calories each are Hershey's and Almond Joy bars.

And a package of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups has only 210 calories.

But if you think you'll be able to ward off some of those calories by just eating the miniature versions, think again. A single serving equals five of those mini individually-wrapped peanut butter cups, which amounts to 220 total calories.

Next, Kit Kat bars are also giving you a bit of a break at 210 calories per package.

As it turns out one of the "healthiest" candies on the market are Tootsie Pops.

One lollipop has only 60 calories.

So, unless you wanna turn into a giant turkey by Thanksgiving, maybe don't eat all that candy in one sitting.