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50 Scary-Sugary Candies for this Halloween

  • 50 Scary-Sugary Candies for this Halloween

    For many, the scariest thing about Halloween isn’t the ghouls or the goblins, but the amount of sugar in your kids’ favorite treats. Refined or processed sugar can lead to tooth decay, obesity, and behavioral issues in children, so it is important to take note of how much sugar you and your kids consume this Halloween.

    At Stacker, we used the ESHA’s Nutritional database of over 70,000 different food items to rank which 50 candies have the greatest sugar content, as represented by grams of sugar over total weight. For candies with the same sugar ratio, we looked to the total grams of sugar and total calories to break the tie. Homemade recipes, private-label candy brands, and smaller regional brands were removed from the list.

    We begin with the fiftieth most sugary candy and work our way to number one. After reading our list, you may be tempted to say, “trick, please!” this upcoming Halloween.

  • #49 Two-Way Tie: Charms Sour Balls

    Maker: Tootsie Roll

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 6g

    Sugar: 4g

    Calories: 20

    A hard candy classic, each can comes in six flavors and contain 67% sugar.

  • #49 Two-Way Tie: Charms Squares

    Maker: Tootsie Roll

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 6g

    Sugar: 4g

    Calories: 20

    Similar to their spherical cousins, Charms Squares are two-thirds sugar and come in packs of ten individually-wrapped candy squares.

  • #46. Three-Way Tie: Charms Mini Pops

    Maker: Tootsie Roll

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 15g

    Sugar: 10g

    Calories: 50

    Although these lollipops have “mini” in their title, Charms MiniPops pack a “mega” sugary punch with flavors like Blue Razz, Pink Lemonade, and Bubble Gum.

  • #46. Three-Way Tie: SweeTarts Mini Chewy

    Maker: Nestle

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 15g

    Sugar: 10g

    Calories: 50

    Don’t let their tanginess fool you! SweeTarts Mini Chewys are also part of the two-thirds sugar club.

  • #46. Three-Way Tie: Original Spree

    Maker: Nestle

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 15g

    Sugar: 10g

    Calories: 50

    Our first entrant from The Willy Wonka Candy Company, Original Sprees come in five classic flavors and feature 10g of sugar for every 15g of candy. Original Sprees might look like they could be small pills, but their sugar content is anything but medicinal!

  • #45. Raisinets

    Maker: Nestle

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 45g

    Sugar: 30g

    Calories: 200

    Introduced to America in 1927 by the Blumenthal Brothers Chocolate Company, Raisinets are a classic cinema treat with 67% sugar in every handful.

  • #44. Brach's Hi-C Orange Slices

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    Maker: Ferrara Candy

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 45g

    Sugar: 30g

    Calories: 150

    First raisins and now orange slices, will the betrayal ever end? Brach’s Hi-C Orange Slices might help protect you from a cold, but they also check in at 67% sugar.

  • #43. Three Musketeers

    Maker: Mars

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 60g

    Sugar: 40g

    Calories: 262

    Introduced in 1932, this rich chocolate and nougat fusion originally came in packs of three flavors: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Whether you like your Three Musketeers traditional or fun-sized, you’ll get a mouthful with two-thirds sugar. 

  • #42. Trader Joe's All Natural Fruit Jellies

    Maker: Trader Joe's

    Sugar Content: 67%

    Weight: 43g

    Sugar: 29g

    Calories: 140

    If we’ve learned anything from this list, it’s that fruit candies can have their fair share of sugar. Trader Joe’s All Natural Fruit Jellies round out the tier of candies with a sugar ratio of 67%.

  • #41. Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs

    Maker: Hershey Company

    Sugar Content: 68%

    Weight: 40g

    Sugar: 27g

    Calories: 190

    For those still holding onto their springtime stockpile, Cadbury Milk Cholocate Mini Eggs come in flavors like white chocolate, dark chocolate, and chocolate crunch creme. With a rich chocolate filling and coated in a speckled candy shell, Cadbury Milk Chocolate Mini Eggs contain 68% sugar.