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Candy is meant to be a treat, but even when consumed in moderation some varieties push the wellness envelope. To have your sweets and stay healthy too, limit candy that's particularly high in sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients. Read on for 20 candies that can really spook your health.

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1. Sour Patch Kids

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Naturally colorful foods are highly nutritious, but Sour Patch Kids definitely don't grow on trees. The fruity flavors and colors aren't derived from actual fruit. Consisting mostly of sugar and corn syrup, these sweet and tart candies also contain artificial flavors and colors. The United States Food and Drug Administration maintains that artificial additives like Yellow 5 are safe, but the science is mixed, so some food companies are responding to consumer concern by removing these food dyes and turning to natural alternatives.

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2. Candy Corn

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Enter another sticky, sugary, full-of-fake-ingredients treat. For many people, Halloween just isn't right without candy corn. From a dietary standpoint, though, they're more likely a trick than a treat. Even brands that list "real honey" as an ingredient contain 28 grams of sugar and several artificial colors in just one serving of 19 pieces. Because they're chewy, candy corn may also stick to your teeth, raising the risk for cavities.

3. Butterfinger

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The downsides of Butterfingers can really linger. Each "fun size" bar provides 85 calories and four grams of fat. And you'll get 8.5 grams of sugar from the crunchy yet sticky center, which is also likely to get stuck in your teeth. Nestlé committed to removing all artificial colors and flavorings from their chocolate products by the end of 2015, and apparently they're not big on keeping promises. The bars contain a list of artificial ingredients, such as TBHQ and citric acid.

4. Twizzlers

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Don't let the "low fat" marketing fool you. What they lack in fat they make up for in sugar. Twizzlers consist almost entirely of sugar (along with some refined flour and artificial additives to keep things interesting). One piece provides five grams of sugar. But who eats just one? Since it's also a chewy treat, the sugar will likely stick where it's least welcome -- all over your teeth and gums.

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5. Hershey’s Take 5

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If you haven't had enough artery-damaging trans fats by the end of Halloween night, look no further than Hershey's Take 5. Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, a major trans-fat source, falls in the top half of its lengthy ingredient list. Made mostly of sugar and refined flour (in the pretzels), one bar pack gives you 18 grams of sugar and a quarter of the Daily Value for inflammatory saturated fat. Like Nestle, Hershey's has committed to cleaning up their act. The company is working towards using non-GMO products in their Kisses and chocolate milk products. They're also removing artificial flavors, colors and high fructose corn syrup although their timeline is less definitive.

6. Baby Ruth

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Don't be fooled by the healthy, protein-packed peanuts that cover this bar. Sugar is the number-one ingredient in these babies: Just one "fun size" bar has 10 grams. Baby Ruth is part of the Nestlé family, meaning that they should have dumped all artificial ingredients by now, right? Wrong. Baby Ruth bars still contain many of the same artificial chemicals they did two years ago.

7. Fun Dip

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Fun Dip is only fun if your idea of a good time is a visit to the dentist and having blood sugar imbalances. The sweet stick and dip are almost 100 percent sugar. The rest is made up of artificial flavors and colors. One snack-size pouch supplies 13 grams of sugar. You might as well just dip your tongue directly into a bowl of the white stuff!

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8. M&Ms

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These cute little guys are full of color: Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake and Blue 2. Like many other chocolates on the market, they contain GMOs from sugar and soy and contain artificial flavors to boot.

9. Raisinets

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Raisins are healthy. Add in sugar and coat with milk chocolate? Not so much. But you wouldn't know that from the packaging touting "30 percent less fat" (they still have five grams of saturated fat -- 23 percent of the Daily Value) and "natural source of fruit antioxidants." Looking for a treat to hand out this Halloween? Stick to little boxes of raisins instead.

10. 3 Musketeers

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Another clever marketing ploy: 3 Musketeers are marketed as a "lighter" way to enjoy chocolate. Lighter than what? A single candy bar has five grams of saturated fat and more sugar than three Krispy Kreme doughnuts! Hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil is listed as an ingredient -- more than 80 percent of the fat in palm kernel oil is saturated.

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11. Twix

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With 17 grams of sugar (fun size), two is not always better than one. This duo also contains artificial flavors, corn syrup and soy lecithin. Twix (along with many other processed chocolates on the market) contain palm oil, which is blamed for climate change, deforestation and animal extinction. Orangutans are at the forefront of this disaster.

12. Milky Way

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The amount of sugar in this candy bar is out of this world. While the "fun size" should help with portion control, a serving of these smaller bars still pack in 21 grams of sugar. They also contain hydrogenated palm kernel oil, which is bad for our hearts, the climate and orangutan survival. Plus, the caramel and nougat are prime candidates for sticking to your teeth and causing cavities.

13. Kit Kat Bar

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Nothing to see here, folks. Palm kernel oil, sugar and soy lecithin are just a few of the offenders on this list. Each regular-size bar has seven grams of saturated fat and 21 grams of sugar. Don't break off a piece of this.

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14. Starburst

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They may suit gluten-free diets, but Starbursts aren't without risk. The ingredient that makes the fruity squares "unexplainably juicy" isn't as healthy as it sounds. The first three ingredients listed? Corn syrup, sugar and apple-juice concentrate -- also known as sugar, sugar and sugar. There are 22 grams of sugar in just nine pieces.

15. Mounds

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Coconut may be the single redeeming quality of these chocolate candies. The bar is essentially a mound of corn syrup and artificial flavors. Another plus is that it's lower in sugar compared with other typical candy bars (10 grams per bar), but what it lacks in sugar it makes up for in saturated fat, with 10 grams per bar (or 50 percent of the Daily Value)! Hershey's has promised to remove genetically products from their Kisses and chocolate milk products. They're also removing artificial flavors, colors and high fructose corn syrup over the next few years.

16. Dots

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While they're cute and reminiscent of the Candy Land game and Willy Wonka's factory, these dots are primarily made up of corn syrup, sugar and artificial colors. Each "dot" has about two grams of sugar, and that can add up quickly.

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17. Reese’s Pieces

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Don't let the peanut-buttery taste fool you into thinking these are in any way healthy. Sugar, hydrogenated palm kernel and soybean oil, corn syrup and dextrose are some of the first few ingredients listed. Artificial colors Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Red 40 Lake and so on round out the list. Just don't.

18. Whoppers

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Sugar, corn syrup and hydrogenated palm kernel oil are the first three ingredients listed in these little malted balls. One serving (18 pieces) will whop you with 24 grams of sugar and seven grams of saturated fat.

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19. Skittles

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When you "taste the rainbow" of Skittles, you're actually tasting sugar and some not-good-for-you fats. Skittles contain nine different artificial colors: Red 40 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1 Lake, Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 1.

20. Snickers

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Despite the advertising, Snickers probably shouldn't be your food of choice to "handle your hunger." They probably shouldn't even be your Halloween-handout choice. The "fun size" clocks in at 17 grams of sugar and also contains trans fats (partially hydrogenated soybean oil). You're better off leaving this bar behind.

FAQs

How unhealthy are Skittles? ›

Skittles have 47 grams of sugar in a pack, which isn't surprising as the first two ingredients on the label are sugar and corn syrup. They also contain hydrogenated palm kernel oil aka trans fats, which are the worst kind of fats for your body.

Are starbursts unhealthy? ›

When you munch on Starbursts, you're not only ingesting corn syrup and sugar but hydrogenated palm kernel oil, the third item on the ingredients list after all that sweet stuff. It's a greasy substance that actually adds to the fat count.

What candies are banned? ›

According to Marketplace, the law that got Kinder Surprise banned in the US goes back to 1938. The legislation in question basically outlaws candy that has a "non-nutritive object" embedded in it, which precisely describes the Kinder Surprise. And it's a ban that's stuck around for decades.

Are Skittles illegal? ›

To get the scare out of the way first, there are no plans to ban the sale of Skittles in the U.S. The candy meets food safety regulations put in place by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Is Skittles being sued? ›

Skittles was sued for containing titanium dioxide. Plenty of other products have it too. In a lawsuit filed last week, a consumer alleged that Skittles were "unfit for human consumption" because the rainbow candy contained a "known toxin" – an artificial color additive called titanium dioxide.

Why did Skittles apologize? ›

WE APOLOGIZE FOR RUINING THE FLAVOR EXPERIENCE.

What is the most unhealthy food? ›

List of the Most Unhealthy Foods in the World
  • Super-Sweet Cereals. Breakfast cereals are commonly loaded with sugar. ...
  • Sugary Coffee Drinks. Many people are accustomed to starting their day with high-calorie coffee drinks. ...
  • Canned Soup. ...
  • Margarine Bars. ...
  • High-Calorie Soda. ...
  • Processed Meats. ...
  • Ice Cream. ...
  • Frozen French Fries.
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Are Skittles OK to eat? ›

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has expressed concern over the use of this product, as it is not possible to rule out its potential to cause chromosomal damage, or genotoxicity. But in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to deem it safe for human consumption.

Do Skittles expire? ›

Do skittles expire? Skittles do not go bad in the traditional sense but will rather lessen in quality and flavor over time. While they probably can't make you ill or cause major health problems, it's best to always opt for fresh skittles rather than old and less tasty candy!

Are Skittles poisonous to dogs? ›

Not a health threat in small quantities: Sugary products are largely safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. However, overeating can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Candy corn, Skittles, sour candy, Starburst, Smarties, Blow Pops and Jolly Ranchers are safe for dogs in quantities of less than 10 grams.

Why are Skittles banned? ›

Skittles manufacturer is sued over claims candies contain poisonous colorant titanium dioxide which can damage vital organs and DNA.” “Skittles banned in Europe” was also trending on Google search after the lawsuit was filed.

What is World sourest candy? ›

Toxic Waste candy is widely revered by daring teenagers as the most sour candy in the world. The name says a lot, and the flavor doesn't disappoint. These intensely flavored treats are “hazardously” tart, yet slightly sweet and deliciously fruity.

Is ketchup banned anywhere? ›

KETCHUP IN SCHOOL CAFETERIAS

A school cafeteria without ketchup? It's un-American! In 2011, France banned the tomato condiment from school cafeterias in order to preserve French cuisine. The one ironic exception: Students can still eat ketchup on French fries.

Where are Pop Tarts banned? ›

Now for the not-so-good: Pop-Tarts aren't allowed in certain European countries due to the inclusion of food dyes Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Red 40 (via Stacker). The use of these dyes in food is banned in Finland, France, Austria, Norway, and the U.K., according to AARP.

Is Red 40 illegal in Europe? ›

This popular dessert in the United States contains food dyes Yellow 5 and Red 40. While they now are permitted in the European Union, they have to carry warnings that they cause adverse effects in children. They are also banned in foods for infants and young children.

Where are Ritz crackers banned? ›

Ritz Crackers & Coffee-mate

These ingredients are also banned in Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Norway and Denmark.

Do Sour Patch Kids have titanium dioxide? ›

From the Package. SUGAR, INVERT SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF CITRIC ACID, TARTARIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE 1.

How many Skittles are in a bag? ›

We discovered that the average packet includes 52 skittles with thirteen being green and twelve orange. Purple and red were the least common sweets in the pack with eight red skittles and seven purple.

What are British Skittles? ›

skittles, game of bowling at pins, played primarily in Great Britain. Skittles was played for centuries in public houses or clubs, mostly in western England and the Midlands, southern Wales, and southeastern Scotland.

Are lime Skittles back 2022? ›

Published on March 23, 2022. Skittles is embarking on an “apology tour” to make amends to fans for ditching its original lime flavor in 2013. The Mars Wrigley candy brand announced in September that the lime flavor, introduced with the brand in 1979, would return, replacing green apple.

Did Skittles remove apples? ›

That's because the company that makes them, Mars, has finally corrected the grave error that forced me to abandon the candy eight years ago. Just last month, Skittles announced it would be changing its current green Skittle flavor and going back to its previous iteration. Green apple is out, and lime is back in, baby.

What flavor is the red Skittle? ›

Meanwhile, strawberry (red) is America's favorite Skittles flavor (33 percent).

What is the sweetest candy? ›

If you really think about it, Pixie Sticks and Fun-Dip being ranked as the sweetest candy in the world is no surprise. They are both bags of sugar; one comes with a dip stick to assist in the sugar-to-mouth process, and the other involves pouring fruity flavored sugar directly into your mouth.

What is the sweetest food in the world? ›

The sweetest compound in the world is a protein known as Thaumatin. Over 2000 times sweeter than sucrose, Thaumatin is extracted from West African grown katemfe fruits.

What is the unhealthiest drink? ›

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  1. Soda. It should come as no surprise that soda is one of the worst beverages you can choose for your body, whether you're drinking regular or diet. ...
  2. Fruit juice. ...
  3. Powdered drink mixes. ...
  4. Low-fat milk. ...
  5. Liquid coffee creamer. ...
  6. Sweet cocktails. ...
  7. Flavored water. ...
  8. Energy drinks.
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What is the unhealthiest meat? ›

Lamb typically has more saturated fat — which can raise your levels of bad cholesterol, putting you at higher risk of cardiovascular disease — than beef or pork. T-bones, rib-eye and New York strip steak tend to be fattier forms of beef when compared to ground rounds, sirloin or flank steak.

How do they put the S on Skittles? ›

There's a Real Science for why this happens: the letters on the Skittles are printed with a non-water soluble ink. The letters are attached to the candies with an edible glue that dissolves in water, rendering the floating S's.

Are Skittles halal? ›

Q: Are Skittles Halal? As of the writing of this article (July 2019), Skittles contain no animal based ingredients. Therefore, Skittles are Halal.

Are Skittles vegan? ›

Most types of Skittles are considered vegan, but not all. While Skittles Classic Fruits, Skittles Sour, Skittles Tropical and Wild Berry Skittles are all currently suitable for vegans, some special editions such as the Once in a Blue Moon Skittles are not, as the blue skittles contain animal product derivatives.

Can Skittles grow mold? ›

Generally, Skittles don't rot or mold because they don't have microorganisms thriving on them. Instead, they just become brittle or hard to eat.

Does Hard Candy go bad? ›

Hard candy: Hard candies essentially have an indefinite shelf life, provided they are stored properly. Items like lollipops, Jolly Ranchers, and other individually wrapped candies do best without exposure to moisture.

How long do Kit Kats last? ›

Usually, as stated on the package, Kit Kat has a shelf life that lasts up to 12 months. This means that Nestle guarantees the quality of the taste of Kit Kat for a year, so if you notice any changes in the chocolate bar after the date, the manufacturer would hold no responsibility at all.

Can dogs eat popcorn? ›

Yes and no. Plain, air-popped popcorn is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. Buttered popcorn or popcorn with other toppings is not safe for your dog on a regular basis, although eating a few dropped pieces here and there probably won't hurt them.

Can dogs eat grapes? ›

Can dogs eat grapes? The answer (and this goes for raisins, too, which are just dried grapes) is easy: No, dogs should never eat grapes. Grapes and raisins are known to be highly toxic to dogs, though research has yet to pinpoint exactly which substance in the fruit causes this reaction.

Can dogs eat bananas? ›

Yes, dogs can eat bananas. In moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They're high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are low in cholesterol and sodium, but because of their high sugar content, bananas should be given as a treat, not part of your dog's main diet.

What are the most unhealthy candies? ›

To have your sweets and stay healthy too, limit candy that's particularly high in sugar, unhealthy fats and artificial ingredients.
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The 20 Most Dangerous Candies
  1. Sour Patch Kids. Image Credit: Demand Media Studios. ...
  2. Candy Corn. ...
  3. Butterfinger. ...
  4. Twizzlers. ...
  5. Hershey's Take 5. ...
  6. Baby Ruth. ...
  7. Fun Dip. ...
  8. M&Ms.

Is Toxic Waste candy dangerous? ›

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government says candy imported from Pakistan called Toxic Waste Nuclear Sludge is not safe to eat. Who would have guessed? The Food and Drug Administration announced that the U.S. distributor of Nuclear Sludge chew bars is recalling the candy because of lead contamination.

What is in White Rabbit candy? ›

Ingredients Liquid Maltose, White Granulated Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Butter, Food Additive (Gelatin, Vanillin), Edible Glutinous Rice Paper (Corn Starch, Cassava Starch, Water, Glyceryl Monostearate). Contains milk products.

Are warheads dangerous? ›

Candies with high acidity (low pH) can accelerate the erosion of tooth enamel. Warheads packaging includes this warning: "Eating multiple pieces within a short time period may cause a temporary irritation to sensitive tongues and mouths".

What is healthiest chocolate? ›

The bottom line

Chocolate with over 70% cocoa packs the best punch for your health, but enjoy it in small amounts: 100 g of dark chocolate has 500 calories! Unsweetened chocolate is 100% cocoa.

Is my girlfriend toxic waste? ›

Are Toxic Waste Sweets Gluten Free. Yes, there are no ingredients containing gluten in this sweet - it is Coeliac or Celiac friendly.

What is World sourest candy? ›

Toxic Waste candy is widely revered by daring teenagers as the most sour candy in the world. The name says a lot, and the flavor doesn't disappoint. These intensely flavored treats are “hazardously” tart, yet slightly sweet and deliciously fruity.

What is the most sour candy in the World 2022? ›

Toxic Waste was chosen by Delishably as its top pick for sourest candy on earth, and it even comes with its own challenge, printed right on the case, based on the length of time you can keep the candy in your mouth (15 seconds you're a wuss, 60 seconds a hero).

Is White Rabbit safe? ›

every day over a lifetime to exceed the tolerable threshold" for melamine. In September 2008, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection warned consumers not to eat "White Rabbit Creamy Candy" because tests by the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station Laboratory determined that it contained melamine.

Is White Rabbit paper edible? ›

This is how you eat a white rabbit milk candy. Twist open the wax paper ends, and feel the thin rice paper dry on your fingertips. You can eat the rice paper. It will dissolve on your tongue, and it will taste like the translucent film left in the rice cooker after dinner.

What flavor is White Rabbit? ›

As per CNN, Adrienne Borlongan, the owner of Wanderlust Creamery first desctibe the taste of White Rabbit ice cream as 'cheap-vanilla'.

Why do Warheads hurt? ›

As the oil melts, it releases hits of malic acid. Like citric acid, large quantities of malic acid can cause dental erosion and canker sores, thus the product warning: “Eating multiple pieces within a short time period may cause a temporary irritation to sensitive tongues and mouths.”

What was the first sour candy? ›

One of the greatest examples of such promotions is the Ferrara Pan Candy Company, which actually introduced the sour candy – Atomic Fireballs around a specific historical moment. Sour candy came out in 1954. It was around the time of the U.S. military's first detonation of the hydrogen bomb.

Are Sour Patch Kids vegan? ›

Going by the list of ingredients: Yes, Sour Patch Kids are vegan! Unlike many other soft, chewy candies, there is no gelatin or eggs used to create that bouncy texture.

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