Happy Halloween everyone!
What treats are you giving out this year?
FoodFacts.com understands that we’re talking about candy, and we know there isn’t going to be a healthy Halloween haul for anyone’s child! So instead of reprising the age-old debate of a candyless Halloween or a candyful Halloween, we thought that we’d focus our post on a ghoulish, odd treat … the Cadbury Screme Egg.
It’s ghoulish because it’s filled with green creme. It’s odd because, well, it’s an egg. We wouldn’t think it was odd if the candy were shaped like a pumpkin or a spider or a mummy or something that actually represented Halloween. An egg just doesn’t do that for us. Halloween on the inside, Easter on the outside?
Let’s make the Cadbury Screme Egg an example of the many different candies we will find in our kids’ Halloween sacks at the end of the night and take a look at the very typical nutrition facts and ingredients in this strange treat.
Fat: 6 grams
Sugar: 20 grams
That’s five teaspoons of sugar in one egg. We certainly didn’t expect anything different — it’s candy. If your child really likes them, they’ll probably eat more than one and that sugar adds up quickly.
What do the ingredients look like?
Milk Chocolate ( Sugar, Milk, Cocoa Butter, Chocolate, Milk Fat, Soy Lecithin, Natural And Artificial Flavor), Sugar, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 2% Or Less of: Egg Whites, Calcium Chloride, Artificial Flavor, Artificial Color, (Yellow 5, Blue 1, Yellow 6).
Needless to say, we really don’t like this – even for candy. We can plainly see where that green color is coming from and we’re not really happy about it. Besides giving our kids a sugar rush, these little eggs can contribute to hyperactive behavior — especially if consumed in quantity. Most candy isn’t this colorful. But we’d be hard pressed to find a candy with an ingredient list we’d find desirable.
In general, every overflowing sack of Halloween candy is overloaded with controversial ingredients and a ridiculous amount of sugar. The good news is that it’s improbable that all that candy will be eaten in one night — or even one weekend. Many parents have a habit of making most of that candy disappear after a few days. Different families handle the issue in different ways.
FoodFacts.com just wanted to point out the obvious. We know it’s only one day a year. We don’t want to see a lot of disappointed little faces on a fun and happy occasion. We just don’t want anyone of forget what really going on in that sack!