Americans eat nearly a half-pound of candy each week for an average of 25 pounds a year. It is believed a large portion is consumed by kids on and during the days immediately following Halloween. The best-selling Halloween candy is candy corn and the second best is Snickers. Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and Valentine’s Day are the biggest candy selling days in that order. American adults (18 and over) consume 65% of the candy that’s produced a year. According to one study, visibility and convenience of Chocolates significantly contributed to how many were consumed. On an average day, participants with candies on their desk consumed 2.9 more than those who had the container in their desk.
5 Strategies for Keeping Trim When Candy Lurks …
- If you’re going to give out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, buy it at the last minute to reduce temptation and if you must buy candy before Halloween, buy a kind you don’t like.
- Be sure that getting to the Halloween candy requires a special trip, so that the candy retain special status. It’s a treat, not a regular part of anyone’s diet.
- Out of sight, out of mind. Store candy in an airtight container and put it in the cupboard. A bowl full of candy on the counter is an open invitation to have “just one.”
- Serve your kids dinner or a healthy snack before trick-or-treating. If they aren’t hungry, your kids will be less likely to overindulge on candy when they return home.
- Give your kids a day or two to enjoy the Halloween candy. Then give the rest away or divide up the leftover candy to be eaten a little bit at a time. Get your kids involved in the dividing process. Working with them by repackaging the candy into small bags to control consumption.
One small candy bar, or a few hard candies a day is about 100 calories. Most children older than six years of age can make room for that in their daily diet, while maintaining good nutrition. It is easy to overdo it. It takes nine small fun size candy bars to put on a quarter-pound of fat. A 1.5 oz. chocolate bar has 235 calories, 8g of saturated fat, and takes 30 minutes of biking to burn off. Three pieces of hard candy has 65 calories and takes 13 minutes of gardening to burn off. One peanut butter cup has 90 calories and takes 30 minutes of walking to burn off.