Snickers is a candy bar that Mars Inc. manufactures. The Snickers slogan -- Snickers satisfies -- isn't far off. Snickers supplies all the major nutrients you need in a balanced diet, as well as many minerals and vitamins. Despite its nutrients, a Snickers bar contains 26 percent of the Daily Value of saturated fat and high amounts of simple sugar. This makes it a less-than-ideal snack choice -- especially on a daily basis.
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A regular-sized Snickers candy bar has a total of 280 calories. Those calories come from 13.59 grams of fat, 35.1 grams of carbohydrates and 4.3 grams of protein. A regular Snickers bar is made with peanuts, milk chocolate, egg whites and hydrogenated soybean oil. Those ingredients contribute to the 5.169 grams of saturated fat, 7 milligrams of cholesterol and 28.8 grams of sugar in Snickers. This bar has 91.77 IU of vitamin A and 0.86 milligrams of vitamin E, both fat-soluble vitamins. It also contains 1.43 milligrams of zinc, 0.41 milligrams of iron, 53.01 milligrams of calcium, 136 milligrams of sodium, 184.11 milligrams of potassium and 108.3 milligrams of phosphorus.
Snickers Fun Size
Snickers Fun Size bars are a popular treat during the holidays, especially during Halloween. One bar has 74 calories. This bar also has 3.58 grams of fat, 7.6 grams of sugar and 1.1 grams of protein. It also contains 1.36 grams of saturated fat and a minimal amount of cholesterol, 2 milligrams or only 1 percent of the DV. This bar contains only trace amounts of vitamins, and minerals are between 1 and 3 percent of the DV, with 36 milligrams of sodium, 13.95 milligrams of calcium, 0.11 milligrams of iron, 48.45 milligrams of potassium and 0.38 milligrams of zinc.
A Snickers Almond bar has 236 calories. One bar contains 11.2 grams of fat, 4.267 grams of which are saturated fat. That's 21 percent of the DV for saturated fat. This bar contains 2 percent of the DV of cholesterol, which is 7 milligrams. It also has 27 grams of sugar. The total carbohydrate count is 32.3 grams; the protein count is 2.7 grams. This bar contains 83 IU of vitamin A and only trace amounts of vitamin E. It contains 66 milligrams of calcium, 78 milligrams of sodium, 0.43 milligrams of iron and only trace amounts of phosphorus. The trace mineral levels, coupled with the amount of saturated fat in the Snickers Almond bar, show that it is not a nutrient-dense snack.
The Snickers Dark bar is made with dark chocolate, instead of milk chocolate. Like the original Snickers bar, it contains nougat, caramel, peanuts, egg whites and partially hydrogenated soybean oil, resulting in 23 percent of the DV of saturated fat and 18 percent of the DV of total fat. It is not a healthy snack choice for everyday consumption. One Snickers Dark has 250 calories, which includes 110 calories from fat. It also has 12 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, but no trans fat. This bar contains 5 milligrams of cholesterol. It also has 5 grams of protein, which is comparable to the original Snickers bar. Ten percent of the DV of carbohydrates are in a Snickers Dark bar, or 31 grams, with 24 grams of sugar.