It’s confession time! Nutrition experts get real about the candy they obsess over. And no, there are no kale chips or cacao nibs on the list.
“Kit Kat bars are fabulous because I can sit there and savor them layer-by-layer,” says Ami Paulsen, a certified nutritional therapy practitioner. Although that’s not to say she only eats one. “I’m always surprised by how many mini candy bars I can pound in one night,” she says. Some may see the pile of wrappers as a monument to shame, but we say it’s a tribute to your unwavering dedication to celebrating Halloween.
This colorful, crunchy-sweet snack hit the top spot on many of our expert’s lists. “Peanut M&Ms are always my go-to treat,” says Molly Devine, RD, LDN, founder of Eat Your Keto and advisor to Remedy Review. “They’re tasty, plus the added protein and healthy fat from the nuts ups the nutritional profile somewhat.” The trick is portion control, so she suggests buying the fun-size bags. Or you can get the party pack and strap it to your face, feedbag-style, and tell everyone you’re going as Mr. Ed for Halloween.
Candy corn may be the season’s most polarizing treat; you either love it or you hate it. I say it’s a tasteless nub of ugly wax, but there are those who love it, really really love it, like Lauren Manaker, MS, a registered dietitian. Don’t try getting fancy with the flavors or mix-ins, she says. “I am a sucker for classic candy corn, and I make no apologies for that,” she says. Find out the most popular Halloween candy in your state.