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12 Most Popular Halloween Treats

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author image Susy Sedano
Susy joined LIVESTRONG.COM at its inception in 2008. Focused on all things food, fitness and health related, her daily contributions as the LIVESTRONG.COM community manager is an asset to the site and the millions of community members. She has a M. A. in Clinical Psychology.

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12 Most Popular Halloween Treats
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Halloween is known for it’s tricks -- ghouls, ghosts and black cats -- but the real treat is sugary candy and delightful desserts. At LIVESTRONG.COM, we wanted to know which “treats” are your favorites, so we crunched the data and analyzed millions of food entries logged in MyPlate to come up with the 12 most popular All Hallows’ Eve foods. Read on to see what everyone will be indulging in this Halloween.

1. Butterfinger Bar
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1 BUTTERFINGER BAR

Butterfingers are loved for their peanut-buttery crunchy taste. The traditional Butterfinger candy has expanded its product line to include cups, crisps and bites. Fun-size Butterfingers track 1,024 percent higher on Halloween. Opting for two fun-size bars instead of a regular Butterfinger will save you 70 calories and nine grams of sugar.

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2. Milky Way Bar
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2 MILKY WAY BAR

Milky Way was named after the malted milk shakes that were popular in the 1920s. A product of Mars, the company releases Caramel Apple Minis for a limited time during Halloween. Three pieces of this seasonal candy has 114 calories, a 126-calorie saving from the original full-size bar.

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3. Pumpkin Butter
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3 PUMPKIN BUTTER

Pumpkin butter is a fall favorite. LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate users track this spread 750 percent more during the month of October compared with the rest of the year. Typically made from canned pumpkin, apple juice, sugar and spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg), a tablespoon of pumpkin butter contains about 40 calories.

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4. TWIX Bar
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4 TWIX BAR

They say things are better in pairs, but a TWIX bar single pack has 250 calories and 24 grams of sugar. It would take about one hour of raking leaves to burn off those calories. Instead, swap out for three mini bars -- you’ll save about 100 calories and nine grams of sugar.

Related: 15 Reasons to Cut Sugar

5. Skittles
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5 SKITTLES

When health experts advise to “eat the rainbow,” they aren’t talking about Skittles candies. These little treats are in every kid’s loot -- but are enjoyed by adults too. The numbers don’t lie: Skittles are tracked 1,058 percent more on Halloween. Another Mars products, these candies were introduced to the United States in 1979 with the original four flavors: orange, lemon-lime, grape and strawberry.

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6. Frosted Pumpkin Cake
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6 FROSTED PUMPKIN CAKE

Thanks to office and Halloween parties, frosted pumpkin cake is an all-time favorite. Unfortunately, one slice can set you back about 500 calories, which is frightening. Want to put some calories back in the bank? Drizzle the cake with a light glaze instead of topping with a thick layer of frosting. You can also substitute applesauce for oil in your recipe to reduce overall calories and fat. Pumpkin cake recipes typically call for a cup or two of puréed pumpkin, which is a good thing because this squash is rich in potassium and vitamins A and C.

Related: 12 Fall and Winter Foods

7. Milk Duds
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7 MILK DUDS

A member of the Hershey family, Milk Duds are the bite-size chocolate-covered caramels that come in the yellow box. Known for getting stuck to teeth (a parent’s nightmare), this candy is another Halloween favorite. One full-size box has 220 calories and 27 grams of sugar. It would take about an 80 minutes of trick-or-treating to burn off this treat.

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8. Snickers
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8 SNICKERS

Created by Mars in 1930, Snickers is one the most popular candy bars on the market. At 250 calories and 27 grams of sugar, these bars are fairly equal to other bars. Since the 1930s, the product offering has grown to include Snickers Almond, Snickers Egg, Snickers PB Squared and even an ice-cream line.

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9. Reese’s Pieces
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9 REESE’S PIECES

In 1978, Hershey’s introduced Reese’s Pieces candy to the market. It was four years later in 1982 that they made their big-screen debut in “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.” Maybe it’s because of their Halloween colors that tracking of these treats skyrockets 1,717 percent on October 31. At about four calories per piece, the calories can add up quickly. These little candies also contain trans fats and artificial colorings.

Related: 11 Banned Food Ingredients Still Allowed in the U.S.

10. Tootsie Pops
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10 TOOTSIE POPS

One of the oldest candies, Tootsie Pops were introduced by Tootsie Roll Industries in 1931. It’s still loved by kids and adults today. This top-selling candy-filled lollipop is tracked 1,820 percent more on Halloween. Today the offerings include Tootsie Drops (without the stick) and Tootsie Pop Miniatures. At only 60 calories a pop, they’ll put less of a dent in your diet overall.

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11. Pumpkin-Spice Coffee Creamer
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11 PUMPKIN-SPICE COFFEE CREAMER

When the leaves start to turn color, the pumpkin-spice products start to hit the market. And with good reasons -- consumers love it. Consumption of pumpkin-spice creamer increases by 4,071 percent in October. Full of sugar and partially hydrogenated oils, it’s definitely not the best coffee addition available. For a healthier option, try adding a small amount of creamer or milk and mix in real pumpkin spice to your coffee.

Related: Ultimate Guide to Natural Sweeteners

12. Kit Kat Bar
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12 KIT KAT BAR

A member of the Hershey’s family, Kit Kat bars are tracked 2,033 percent more on Halloween. A regular, full-size bar has 210 calories and 21 grams of sugar, comparable to other chocolate bars. To save on calories, opt for the fun-size option instead, which contains only 70 calories and seven grams of sugar.

Related: 15 Reasons to Cut Sugar

What Do YOU Think?
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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Do you indulge in Halloween treats and candies? Which are your favorites? Are there any other candies or sweets that you feel should have made the list? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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