Shocking Candy Calorie Counts

Check out this list to see if your favorite candies are hiding more calories than you think.

Shocking Candy Calorie Counts

You sit down at the movie theater with a big box of candy and without even noticing, you've downed the whole thing before the previews even end. Sound familiar? Although indulging in your favorite candies every once in a while can be a well-deserved treat, knowing the serving size and calorie count will help keep you from overindulging in the sugary stuff. You'd be surprised how many calories come in very small packages.

Here are some shocking candy calorie counts to get you started. Note that not all serving sizes are created equal (for example, it can be tough to limit your snack to only four Twizzlers when there are more in the bag), so you may be able to get more candy for your calories with a few smart choices. If not otherwise noted, the serving sizes are based on the original full-size candy.

Butterfinger Original
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 270   

Twizzlers Strawberry Twists
Serving size: 4 twists
Calories: 140

Serving size: 1 pack
Calories: 240

Kit Kat
Serving size: 1 pack
Calories: 210

Peanut M&M's
Serving size: 1 pack
Calories: 250

Serving size: 2 cookies
Calories: 250

Hershey's Kisses
Serving size: 9 pieces
Calories: 200 calories

Life Savers Hard Candy Five Flavors
Serving size: 4 candies
Calories: 45 calories

Milk Duds
Serving size: 13 pieces
Calories: 170 calories

Serving size: 11 pieces
Calories: 130 calories

Rainbow Nerds
Serving size: 1 tablespoon
Calories: 60 calories

3 Musketeers
Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 240 calories

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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