Trick or Treat or Blossom Water?

Halloween is a mixed bag. Love it or hate it, either way your doorstep will be inundated by dozens of little ghouls and goblins seeking sweets. What are you going to do about it?

The candy companies would have you take the traditional route of handing out sugary, calorie-laden treats. These sweets can be fun, but they are also significant contributors to childhood obesity, dental caries, high blood pressure, you name it. Candy has its reputation.

According to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the average American kid consumes treats whose ingredients total almost 3 cups of sugar, or 4,800 calories each Halloween. Anna Fader, NYC writer for MommyPoppins.com, did the math on her kid’s Halloween loot and got a total of 7,238 calories. Both figures are more frightening than any ghost on your doorstep could ever be.

The Today Show tells us that the average American eats 24 pounds of candy per year. This might not seem so bad spread out over 12 months, but Halloween consumption makes up a huge portion of this total, especially for kids. Last year, more than 90 million pounds of candy were purchased (and presumably eaten) at Halloween. The average number of calories per ounce of candy or sweet chocolate is roughly 140 calories. At 16 ounces per pound, last year’s Halloween purchase totals exceeded 200 billion calories.

Here’s a snapshot of some of the treats comprising those 200 billion calories:

Twizzlers 1 treat size pkg.= 45 calories
Almond Joy 1 snack size bar = 90 calories
Butterfinger 1 snack size bar = 100 calories
Milky Way 1 snack size bar = 90 calories
SweetTarts 1 treat size pkg. = 50 calories
1 Tootsie Pop 1 pop = 60 calories
1 Tootsie Roll 1 small roll = 13 calories (source: voices.yahoo.com)

Calorie content here is based on single serving Halloween ‘snack’ or ‘fun’ size packages which are slightly less than one ounce, not full size candy bars found in the candy aisle. You can get a more detailed candy calorie breakdown here.

If you are a parent, or a responsible neighbor, we’d like to suggest you break the Halloween cycle of rampant calorie consumption. Give those goblins a bottle of Blossom Water instead! Blossom Water contains 45 calories per 16 ounce bottle – that’s right around 3 calories per ounce – not quite as terrifying as the caloric content in Halloween candy. Happy Halloween!