My husband and I were at a restaurant the other night and I gazed over to another table just in time to see that little black ring box being presented by a young man. The woman was shocked and surprised…and who wouldn’t be – a ring so close, but not ON Valentine’s Day? What a novel idea.
Most of us aren’t planning anything that major for next Monday, but we probably are going to be including some sort of sweet, sugary substance in the equation. Even if your sweetie is watching his/her waistline, you probably still want to indulge and give the gift of chocolate (or sugar). Below are some tips to help you with your gift giving.
Battle of the Chocolate Bars
Who wins the battle of the chocolate bars? Depends on your criteria, but here’s some key facts to help:
The Standard: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar has 270 calories, 16 grams of fat – 10 of which are saturated.
Better: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar with Almonds has less calories – 210, less fat – 14 grams of fat (6 saturated), plus you get the benefit of heart healthy almonds.
Better: Hershey’s Special Dark also has less calories than the milk chocolate bar – 218, has less grams of fat – 12 (8 saturated), plus you get the benefits of antioxidant properties of dark chocolate.
And what if your true love likes a little crispy crackle in chocolate? Hershey’s version, Krackel bar, has less calories (210), fat (10 grams) and saturated fat (6 grams) than it’s Nestle’ counterpart, Crunch.
If your sweetie is more into sweets than chocolate, you’re in luck – less calories per serving! For between 25 – 60 calories per serving, you can choose from Smarties, Pixy Stick, Everlasting Gobstopper, SweeTarts or Runts. For between 120 -160 calories per serving, pick Good ‘n Plenty, Twizzler’s Strawberry, Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, and Jolly Rancher Gummies. Be careful here, though, some of the “serving sizes” are quite small.
Trans Fat Villains
Try to steer clear of the following chocolate bars as they contain trans fats (the bad fat that causes an increase in risk of heart disease): Almond Joy, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix Carmel Cookie Bars, 3 Musketeers, and Bay Ruth. Other chocolate candies that contain trans fats include: Reese’s Pieces, Tootsie Rolls, Rolo Caramels and Whoppers.
And yes, can you believe it, the following sugary candies also have trans fats, too: Skittles, Starburst, Tootsie Roll Fruit Rolls and Laffy Taffy.
For a complete listing of other chocolates and candies with more details on each item, check out the website www.acaloriecounter.com