Life's Guilty Pleasures: 10 Favorite, Fat Free Candy Choices

No matter how much we may like sugary, fat-filled candies, it is often necessary to consider what to consume and how often. Some of us do so in an effort to help control excess consumption of fat or sugar by our children or grandchildren.

My Jay's Favorite Candy is Jelly Belly's

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Confession time: candy, yes, I like candy. And truthfully I really prefer the unhealthy kind. You know the kind: chocolate, chocolate covered anything--

  • O, wait, chocolate is good for me, right? Well some kinds that is. Once in a while I will have some of the ridiculously full of fat and sugary kind to satisfy my wicked craving for it.
  • Choosing a candy without fat can be problematic. Some people say, 'Oh, if I am going to have candy I am not looking at the nutritional facts on the package!'
  • A word of caution~~Fat-free does not mean calorie free. Many of these candies do have sugar so it is recommended that only a small serving be given to your children when you are giving candy as a treat.

If you want to grow up to be a big, strong pea, you have to eat your candy," Papa Pea would say.

— Amy Krouse

Okay ...so ...

Monday to me is as wonderful as every other day for me since I retired. I do admit that when Sunday evening arrived while I was still working (and I LOVED my work), I felt a stab of trepidation as I knew the next day was Monday and the weekend was ending.

But the lovely thing was...the 'candy' in Monday was that I was beginning a whole wonderful new week and would relish the moments.

Mix and match the flavors of jelly belly candies

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Candy is natures way of making up for Mondays

— unknown

Jelly Belly Candies

Playing With Our Food

Jelly Bellys

Jelly bellys are one of my favorite fat free treats. I love it that you can pick flavors and come up with a new flavor...my favoirte is lemon meringue pie.

A word of caution---about 25 equals 100 calories. They are really basically sugar...They are a gulty pleasure indeed. One that I do not indulge in often as they are quite addictive and they really are in that other food group: you know, the food groups---chocolate, chocolate, and sugar. Yeppie, jelly bellys are in the sugar group, no question about it.

Enjoy a few once in a while for a special treat. They are a fun candy.

Lemon Heads

If you like lemons, chances are you will like these. They are tiny lemon-shaped bursts of lemon flavor. A favorite of my daughter for years, I finally broke down and tried them. While they are not a candy I would want too often, once in a while they are a nice treat.

Lemon Heads & Friends

Lemon heads and friends are like lemon heads but come with a mixture of flavors. Kids like to sort them so if you can don't mind them playing with them before you give them a few it is an activity you can have them do.

If you have on hand Mike & Ikes or gobstopper (which is not listed as one of the 10), they can sort by size, shape, color.

"See, My Sour Gummi Worm is ALL Gone!!"

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Gummi Worms

These are fun candies for kids. While all gummi worms are not fat-free, many are. Check the package before you buy them though.

Kids like these. Every time I gave them as a little treat, a smile came across the faces of the children even as they were saying ''eeeeew.".

Sour Gummi Worms

These are gummi worms but they take this worm thing to a whole other level. They are sour!! Check the package as all of them may not be fat-free.

Again, children would "eeeeew" when the plate landed on their desk but they had fun eating them. My lips pucker as I recall their flavor.

Mentos Mentos!!! What Fun!!!

jujubes

Jujubes bring back memories of trips to the movie theater that was thirty miles from my home. I did not go often, maybe once a month. When I went I had money to buy a box of them. They kept my tongue and lips busy for quite a while.

The chewiness and the subtle flavor made my mouth happy. Who would have thought they would still be around today??

One More Time: Mentos and Soda

mentos

Mentos are an interesting little candy treat. The outer shell sort of crackles as you bite into it and the soft inner portion of the candy melts on your tongue.

Mentos are a fun candy.

If you have not done what I am about to describe, you must. It is fun.

Buy an several bottles of diet cola. Buy several packages of mentos.

Open the soda bottle. Open the mentos and put in a few and watch what happens!! (Wear a raincoat or get ready to run.)

Swedish goldfish

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Swedish Goldfish

Swedish Goldfish are sort of like a gummi candy but the texture is a little different.

A fun thing to do is to make blueberry jello and just before it sets add a few of these 'goldfish.' Kids love it!!


Mike and Ikes
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Mike & Ikes

These are fun little candies. Just a few can satisfy the desire for something sweet.

I did find that they did not keep well when the package was opened even in a closed container. It is recommended that you do not open the package unless you have enough mouths around to consume them.

Twizzler Bites

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Twizzlers: An Exception---considered a Low Fat Food

An old favorite treat that has been around for many year this candy is a favorite of many. The Hershey website even has a timeline.

Of course I speak of the twizzler. Twizzlers are available in its original form, a fat little rope of chewiness, or the peel and pull form. I prefer the peel and pull kind. I can pull just a little strand off of the fat little rope and munch away. I still have more for later.

© 2012 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Peggy Lucky you not to have a sweet tooth for candy. The main reason I know the ones in this article is that I tried to have a little treat on hand in the classroom..and tried to choose those that would do the least harm to the kidoes.

I do like candy....mainly jelly bellies and dark chocolate.

Thank you for visiting.

Angels are once again on the way ps


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Peggy W 20 months ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Patricia,

I never was much of a candy eater. My mother once told me that when we were little and got Easter baskets, after my younger brothers would finish their candy, I would dole out my candy to them. I was not even familiar with most of the candy you referenced. I remember jelly beans which now seem to be renamed. That lemon meringue pie jelly belly sounds interesting! Up votes and passing this along for people who love eating candy.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

justateacher.. Hi, glad you stopped by. I am now a retired teacher. I did give some sweet treats sometimes and tried to stick with the fat-free varieties like these. However they are not sugar free so I did not give them out often.

Kids do like a sweet treat once in a while and I do too!! I try to stick with fat-free varieties if I can exert enough will power...:)

I will be over to visit soon.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

smcopywrite...thank you for stopping by. I had fun putting everything together for this. As I did I was reminded of the many sinfully delicious one that aren't fat-free...but..I know these are healthier options and I do try to be good most of the time about 'junk.'

My sweet tooth also needs a little 'fix' sometimes though. I will be over to visit soon.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida Author

CookwareBliss...as a teacher I did give some sweet treats but not too often. We mainly stayed with healthier options for snacks. But if I did give candy, I tried to find one that was the lesser of two evils (fat or candy).

I admit it...I like sweets!! Chocolate is my favorite but I have not found any fat-free that I like...o, my..I am in trouble.

thank you for stopping by...I will visit soon.


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smcopywrite 4 years ago from all over the web

nice information. as a candy lover i was happy to find out some good stuff is still out there for those of us with a sweet tooth. thanks for sharing


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

Love Twizzlers and Lemonheads...Lemonheads have been a favorite since I was a child...twizzlers are a more recent treat!


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CookwareBliss 4 years ago from Winneconne, WI

Yummmm....I have a huge sweet tooth, thanks for sharing some alternative candy options for those who are watching their weight :)

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