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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Halloween candy can turn you into a pumpkin



I hate to be a fun-sucker, but the publishers of the newly revised CalorieKing book sent along this Mom_candycorn little nugget to chew on:

While completely depriving kids of their beloved Halloween candy simply won’t work, monitoring their food and candy intake is one of the best steps a parent can take toward ensuring a healthy lifestyle for their little ones.

  • One regular Snickers candy bar – 280 calories
  • A handful of fun-size Twix bars – 400 calories
  • One package of Mike & Ike’s – 220 calories
  • A slice of mom’s delicious homemade pumpkin pie – 300 calories

That adds up to nearly a day’s worth of the recommended amount of calories for children on Halloween treats alone. Can I still pretend that my husband and I don't dive into that candy bucket as soon as the kids are in bed? When I see post-Halloween stories about how you can use leftover candy in brownie recipes or cookies I am puzzled. What is this thing called leftover candy? I've heard of it but never experienced such a thing.

I tend to be of the old school, let them eat until they get sick that first night, line of thinking because sure enough, my kids do seem to hold off the rest of the week after that initial frenzy.

If you do notice some tight waistlines after the sugar coma wears off, the  2010 CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter is out. The pocket-sized book reflects recent menu changes (like those ginormous portion sizes) for more than 200 popular fast-food and chain restaurants. It also has the calorie and carbohydrate counts for more than 17,000 foods – including those Halloween treats even if you don't want to know.

-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne

[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:03am]


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