Candy is probably the last food you’d expect you could be enjoying when you’re trying to lose weight. But we’re all about enjoying everything in moderation, and that includes your favorite sweet treat. Fortunately, there are some healthier alternatives out there to get your candy fix while sticking to goals. After all, it’s just candies—not kryptonite. We tracked down an option for every craving, so you’ll never have to make snap decisions at the checkout line again. The bonus is that most of these chocolates and gummies are available in Fun Size packs so you can keep your noshing to a minimum.
1 bag (32g): 150 calories, 4.5 g fat (3 g sat fat), 120 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 2 g protein
This diet-friendly spin on M&Ms replaces the chocolate core with pretzel to lessen the sugar and fat content. The salty and sweet combo in one satisfying crunch can be addictive, so be sure to stick to one serving. Enjoy them with a cup of one of these Teas That Stop Snacking to keep your cravings in check.
York Peppermint Pattie
1 pattie (43 g): 165 calories, 3 g fat (2 g sat fat), 12 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 1 g protein
If mint chocolate is your kryptonite, go for York miniature chocolates. You can enjoy three of these minty fresh treats for about the same calories in an entire patty. The difference is that unwrapping each candy will help you savor each bite more and feel satisfied. Fun fact: Mint has been shown to be a natural appetite suppressant — the scent can quell cravings. Peppermint has also been shown to aid digestion.
Life Savers Gummies
10 pieces: 13 calories, 0 g fat (0 g sat fat), 5 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 25 g sugar, 2 g protein
For something chewy and fruity, these brightly colored gummy rings are the perfect pick. At just 13 calories for 10 pieces, your cravings for raspberry, lemon, green apple, and watermelon will be met.
1 bar (43 g): 201 calories, 8 g fat (5 g sat fat), 87 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 22 g sugar, 1 g protein
This Eat This, Not That! Hall of Famer beats out other chocolate bars by 80 or more calories. For a smaller snack, try the Fun Size. Each mini bar is just 95 calories and four grams of fat. And check out the 51 Best and Worst Halloween Candies — Ranked!
Hershey’s Kit Kat
1 bar (42 g): 218 calories, 11 g fat (8 g sat fat), 23 mg sodium, 27 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 3 g protein
As their slogan says, “Everybody needs a break with a Kit Kat Bar,” and this chocolaty and crispy candy is a nice reward. Kit Kat’s light wafer core saves you calories and fat over denser bars that pack caramel, peanut butter, mousse, and nuts.
Hershey’s Take 5
1 bar (42 g): 210 calories, 11 g fat (5 g sat fat), 160 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 18 g sugar, 4 g protein
Made with creamy and crunchy combo of chocolate, caramel, peanut butter, pretzel, and peanuts, Hershey’s Take 5 is the ultimate candy bar at just 210 calories. Granted the peanut butter in this bar is most likely processed, it also has some healthy fats and protein, so you’re more likely to feel satisfied after eating this candy bar than one that doesn’t include it.
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