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Halloween and Diabetes

Kids with diabetes face a challenge on Halloween: what to do with all the candy. While their friends are busy gorging on their trick-or-treat booty, kids with diabetes are often asked to be more careful. That doesn't mean that kids with diabetes shouldn't enjoy the treats -- they should. The issue is integrating the treats into the child's meal plan so as to minimize the disruption in blood glucose control. With fast acting insulins like NovoLog and Humalog, more and more families simply integrate candy into their child's meal plan. (See our poll about Halloween from October 2004.)

There are many possible approaches to helping kids with diabetes enjoy Halloween, including:

Alternatives to Candy

You may even wish to choose non-candy treats to give away. Some families give out Halloween-themed pencils, small plastic bugs, glow-in-the-dark rubber balls, or other small toys instead of candy. These kinds of items are readily available at local party-supply stores, or via mail-order from places like the Oriental Trading Company.

Carbohydrate Values for Common Candies

Candy Size/Package Carbs (g)
3 Musketeers 16 gram fun-sized bar 12g
3 Musketeers 2.13 oz bar 46g
Baby Ruth 2 oz. bar 37g
Baby Ruth 1 fun size 17g
Blow Pop sucker One sucker 13g
Butterfinger 2 oz. bar 41g
Butterfinger 22 gram-fun sized bar 15g
Candy corn 15 pieces 15g
Dum Dum suckers One sucker 5g
Gummy Bears 11 pieces 30g
Heath Bar 1.4 oz. bar 25g
Hershey's Almond 3 minis 15g
Hershey's Almond 1.45oz. bar 20g
Hershey's Kisses 6 pieces 16g
Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar snack size 10g
Jolly Rancher 1 piece 6g
Kit Kat bar 3 piece bar 10g
KitKat 1.5 oz. package 26g
Licorice 3 6-inch Twizzlers 15g
M&M's "Halloween" mini box 10g
M&M's, plain mini pack 15g
M&M's, plain 1.69 oz bag 34g
M&M's, peanut mini pack 13g
M&M's, peanut 1.74 oz bag 30g
M&M's, peanut butter 1.69 oz bag 27g
Milky Way 2.15 oz bar 43g
Milky Way fun-sized bar 14g
Nestle's Cruch 1.5 oz 28g
Nestle's Crunch 4 mini bars 26g
Reese's Cups 2 regular-sized 1 oz cups 18g
Reese's mini cups 4 1-oz mini cups 16g
Skittles 15 pieces 15g
Skittles mini pack 17.5g
Snicker's fun size 12g
Snickers 2.07 oz. bar 36g
Snickers 20-gram fun-sized bar 12g
Starburst 4 pieces 16g
Sweet Tarts mini packs - 5 packs 13g
Tootsie Pop 1 pop 16g
Tootsie Roll midgets 12 30g
Tootsie Rolls 2 bars 23g
Twix 2 2-oz. cookies 37g
Warheads 5  13g
Whoopers 8 Pieces 15g
Whoppers 1 small pouch 16g
Wonka Pixie Stix Each (about 6 in. in length) 2g

Other Halloween Information

Posted 19 October 1999
Updated 1 November 2006

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