This Surprising Halloween Candy Has The Least Amount Of Sugar

For those of us with a sweet tooth, Halloween is probably the most anticipated holiday of the year — right behind Easter, that is, which also sees its fair share of candy sales (in the neighborhood of $3 billion in the U.S. annually, according to GO Banking Rates). If you dig into a pile of candy each Halloween, you're not alone, either — over the holiday week, the average American consumes about two pounds of the sweet stuff, says Business Insider.

While all that candy might be a party for your palate, it's a bit of a downer for your health. Each year, nutritionists warn of Halloween overindulgence with many treats leading to loading up on calories, trans fats, and hydrogenated oils (via The Healthy). It's said most children will collect between 3,500 and 7,000 calories in their haul from just one night of trick-or-treating (via UPI). Even if you're not calorie counting, you might want to protect your teeth by cutting down on Halloween sugar consumption, which dentists say can lead to cavities or even oral infections (via University of Connecticut).

When you're ready to rifle through your Halloween haul and zero in on its lower-sugar options, here's which surprising common sweet treat has the least amount of sugar.

Smarties for the win!

When you think of Halloween candy, your mind might go to common trick-or-treating handouts such as mini-chocolate bars or candy corn. But if you're looking to be responsible about your sugar consumption this Hallow's Eve, take note: These options are some of the worst in terms of their sky-high sugar content. "There's nothing good from candy corn — just don't touch it," Brooke Alpert, a New York-based nutritionist, told The Healthy. "You may as well be injecting sugar into your bloodstream."

If you're looking for a healthier Halloween indulgence, experts say to go for the Smarties in your candy bucket — those pastel-hued tablets are, surprisingly, some of the lowest-sugar candies out there, according to Insider. As the article notes, per serving, Smarties contain only 25 calories, 6 grams of sugar, and zero grams of fat,

Still, the fact remains that a lot of people hate Smarties according to this article on the worst candies ever made. If you count yourself among that crowd, try a Tootsie Pop or some Sour Patch Kids, which are both relatively low in sugar, too, adds Insider. Happy, "healthy" Halloween!