The Halloween candy that’s most likely to sabotage your diet

Let’s face facts: Some Halloween candy is more tempting than others. In an online poll conducted by the “Today” show, respondents named candy corn, something resembling peanut butter taffy and hard candy in general as the least-coveted treats.

If that were all we (or our kids) brought home after a night of knocking on doors, it wouldn’t be too hard to stay on the straight and narrow. Alas, it’s not uncommon to binge on candy in the early days of November. The more conscientious among us may go to the trouble of looking up the calorie content of our favorite treats online to see just how much damage we’re doing to our diets.

The results of these searches provide one way of gauging the relative popularity of different types of Halloween candy. According to the search data logged at, these treats saw the biggest increase in search action in the first two weeks after Halloween last year:

1. Butterfinger

2. Snickers

3. Kit Kat

4. Milky Way

5. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

6. Tootsie Roll

7. M&Ms

8. Twix

For advice on dealing with the Halloween candy coming into your house tonight, check out this story from Monday’s Health section. One counterintuitive suggestion: Chop up the fun-sized candy bars and bake them into brownies.

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