Healthier Halloween Candy

Which treats weigh in better than the rest? (This is not a trick question!)

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Q: If you need a little Halloween candy, which is best?

Oz Says: I'm not going to tell you to pass up the sweets and eat raisins instead. Just make good candy choices—yes, I did just say "good" and "candy" in the same sentence. See which weigh in a little better than the rest.

For the Chocolate Lover: A Snack-Size Hershey's Bar

Why: It's the lowest-calorie choice of all of the season's bestsellers. While dark chocolate is generally better, says Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D.N., one study found that people who regularly ate a little bit of any chocolate were less likely to develop heart disease.

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Stats: Just 63 calories for a snack-size bar (and 7 g sugar, 3.6 g fat).

For the Traditionalist: Candy Corn

Why: It's a classic, and you can eat a satisfying amount for not too many calories.

Stats: 21 pieces deliver about 150 calories and no fat (but at around 27 g per serving, it's no sugar bargain).

For Fans of the Chew: Twizzlers

Why: Even if you have six of these, you'll chomp down just 180 cals. Since they take a while to eat, you're less likely to buzz through too many.

Stats: 30 calories per piece, 3.75 g sugar, and 0 g fat.

What to Do with Leftover Candy

Drop it in the mail to Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude; these nonprofits include it in the care packages they send to the troops.

This story originally appeared in the October 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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