Let’s be real: Halloween candies and not a single one of them is actually good for us. Often full of preservatives, sugars and other additives are the food with paragraph-long ingredients lists.
We tallied up the ingredients in 15 classic candies and here are the worst offenders.
You will find 15 ingredients, including PGPR, a cost-saving chocolate emulsifier often used instead of cocoa butter. Sugar, wheat flour, nonfat milk, cocoa butter, chocolate, palm kernel oil, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, PGPR, yeast, vanillin, artificial flavor, salt, sodium bicarbonate in this crispy treat.
Sugar, cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil and/or palm oil, cocoa powder processed with alkali, malted barley, salt, egg whites are found in this chocolate sweet.
Dextrose, sugar, malic acid, corn syrup, artificial flavors, carnauba wax, carmine color, blue 1, blue 1 lake, blue 2, blue 2 lake, red 40, red 40 lake, yellow 5, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6, yellow 6 lake and the majority of the 17 ingredients in Wonka Nerds mostly artificial colors and sugar by other names.
Sugar, corn syrup, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, whey, barley malt, wheat flour, milk, salt, sodium bicarbonate, cocoa, resinous glaze, sorbitan tristearate, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, calcium carbonate, tapioca dextrin as well as a couple that are especially tricky to pronounce — a big red flag are the 17 ingredients in Whoppers.
Apple juice from concentrate from skittles is just a sneaky way to say “sugar.” Skittles have 19 ingredients including sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, apple juice from concentrate, citric acid, dextrin, modified corn starch, natural and artificial flavors, yellow 6 lake, red 40 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 2 lake, yellow 5, red 40, yellow 6, blue 1 lake, blue 1, ascorbic acid.
Corn syrup, sugar, ground roasted peanuts, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa, molasses, whey, confectioner’s corn flakes, nonfat milk, salt, lactic acid esters, soy lecithin, soybean oil, cornstarch, artificial flavors, TBHQ, citric acid, yellow 5, red 40 are found on a Butterfinger.
Twizzlers Strawberry Twists looks harmless enough but it actually contains 20 ingredients, including glycerin, which is also used in some soaps. Corn syrup, flour, niaicin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, sugar, cornstarch, palm oil, salt, artificial flavor, mono- and diglycerides, citric acid, potassium sorbate, red 40, mineral oil, soy lecithin, glycerin.