Hershey's Kisses are undeniably cute, but is that enough to earn them a place in your diet? If you're wondering about the appropriate Hershey's Kisses serving size and how many calories each one has, here's what you need to know.
Hershey's Kisses Calories
Hershey's Kisses calorie count can vary slightly depending on the variety you pick. For instance, the milk chocolate variety has 160 calories per serving of seven pieces, which works out to approximately 22.86 calories per piece. The Milk Chocolate with Almond Hershey's Kisses also have 22.86 calories per piece.
The Cookies 'n' Creme flavor is slightly lower in calories, although not by much; a serving of seven Cookies 'n' Creme Hershey's Kisses has 150 calories, which amounts to 21.43 calories per piece. The Special Dark candies, which are only mildly sweet, also have 150 calories per serving.
If you prefer the caramel-flavored kisses, you're in luck. At 130 calories per serving of seven pieces, the Milk Chocolates Filled with Caramel Hershey's Kisses are among the lowest in calories, with 18.57 calories per piece.
Hershey's Kisses Nutrition
While calories are one of the factors you should consider when you're deciding whether to include a certain food in your diet, nutrition is another. Hershey's Kisses are high in sugar and fat, saturated fat especially, and they don't contain significant amounts of nutrients like proteins, vitamins or minerals.
This is the Milk Chocolate Hershey's Kisses nutrition information. The percentage of daily values are calculated based on a 2,000-calorie diet. These Hershey's Kisses nutrition values are for a serving of seven pieces:
- Total fat: 9 grams (12 percent of your daily value)
- Saturated fat: 6 grams (28 percent of your daily value)
- Trans fat: 0 grams
- Cholesterol: 5 milligrams (2 percent of your daily value)
- Sodium: 25 milligrams (1 percent of your daily value)
- Total carbohydrates: 19 grams (7 percent of your daily value)
- Dietary fiber: Less than 1 gram
- Total sugar: 18 grams
- Added sugar: 16 grams (31 percent of your daily value)
- Protein: 2 grams (4 percent of your daily value)
- Vitamin D: 1 microgram (2 percent of your daily value)
- Calcium: 64 milligrams (4 percent of your daily value)
- Iron: 1 milligram (6 percent of your daily value)
- Potassium: 120 milligrams (2 percent of your daily value)
Read more: Chocolate Milk Nutrition Information
Hershey's Kisses Serving Size
While seven pieces, or 32 grams, is the Hershey's Kisses serving size listed on the packaging, you can adjust your intake to help you meet your dietary goals. For instance, if you're trying to cut down on added sugar, carbs or saturated fat, you can limit your consumption to one or two pieces of candy. Practicing moderation can help you satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your diet.
Although chocolate isn't exactly healthy, eating small amounts of chocolate now and then does have its benefits. An October 2013 study published in the journal Nutrition Reviews found that chocolate not only boosts your mood but may also enhance your cognitive abilities. A May 2013 study published in the journal Nutrients notes that chocolate also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Harvard Health Publishing notes that chocolate is a healthier option than baked goods, hard candies and sticky candies, and says that eating up to 1.5 ounces of chocolate a few times a week is alright.
Read more: Side Effects of Eating Too Much Chocolate
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