Is There Such a Thing as Healthy Candy?

“Candy Unjunked,” say the Unreal bags. Yes, Unreal’s M&M’s clones (The Gimme Ones) are colored with purple cabbage juice, beetroot juice, and annatto and turmeric extracts instead of food dyes.

That trumps M&M’s. But it’s still candy (plus highly processed fiber). A 1½ oz. serving has 190 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat plus 4½ teaspoons of sugar. That’s 1½ teaspoons less than M&M’s, but it doesn’t make Unreal good for you.

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Ditto for The Smooth One (think Milky Way), The Loaded One (Snickers), The Nutty Ones (Peanut M&M’s), and The Double One (Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups). They’re lower in sugar but still candy.

Then there’s Justin’s All-Natural Peanut bar (milk chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat).

“When hunger strikes, the last thing I want to do is read through a list of unpronounceable ingredients,” says the label. “That’s why I’ve created a candy bar you can feel good about eating.” Sorry, Justin. There’s nothing good about a snack with 270 calories, 6 grams of saturated fat, and 5 teaspoons of sugar.

The trickiest: thinkThin bars. The Divine German Chocolate Coconut squeezes 170 calories into maybe ten bites. How do 6 grams of protein, 8 grams of (highly processed) fiber, 7 grams of saturated fat, and 2½ teaspoons of sugar melt away pounds? And the Chunky Peanut Butter High Protein Bar replaces sugar with sugar alcohols, but still packs 240 calories into not much food. Maybe the bars just help you think of yourself as thin.

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